“This book is an absolutely extraordinary achievement from a writer at the height of his powers. Carlos Murillo takes themes hinted at in other works and here develops them into magna opera. Although nominally a play collection, The Javier Plays belongs on the metafiction shelf between Roberto Bolaño’s 2666 and David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest.” -- Brad Rothbart in American Theatre Magazine
Winner of the Doris Duke Impact Award in Theater, 2015
Carlos Murillo's mind-bending trilogy slips in and out of apocrypha and meta-fiction. Abundantly annotated with five essays and three plays, this beautifully intricate set of works find, lose, loosen, and reanimate, composing from the truth and lies of a deep, weird America. Plays include: Diagram of a Paper Airplane, A Thick Description of Harry Smith (Vol.1), and Your Name Will Follow You Home.
"Carlos Murillo's Javier Plays are to the typical fare on American stages what monster flea markets are to shopping malls: Instead of being sterile and orderly with explicable consumables, these epic works are beautiful, messy, ambitious, ragtag, populous, and crazy-full of life. They fold and unfold like America itself—its violence, its identity crises, its homegrown art, its shape in the eye of the immigrant. And they are many other things as well, these urgent and urgently necessary creations: challenging, dangerous, playful, and full of mind. All writers create histories and biographies for their creations, but this playwright dares to bring those background stories into the foreground of his work, to work that meta like nobody’s business, until the fictional and the real-life-true-stories are inseparable from one another. Carlos Murillo is an obsessive genius writing about obsessive geniuses in search of this nation's genius." - Todd London, Executive Director, University Of Washington School of Drama & Former Artistic Director of New Dramatists