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Fade

By: Tanya Saracho
Narrated by: Karla Souza,Carlos Miranda
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Publisher's Summary

When Mexican-born novelist Lucia lands her first TV writing job, she immediately feels out of place in the White, male-dominated writers' room. Before long, she’s drawn to the only other Latino around, a janitor named Abel, and the two begin an unlikely friendship—one that’s tested when Abel’s confidences start showing up in Lucia’s scripts. 

Written by acclaimed playwright and screenwriter Tanya Saracho (Vida) and originally performed on stage, Fade touches on issues of class and race within the Latinx community and beyond, exploring the reality that status can’t change who you are at your core. Brought to vivid life by performers Karla Souza (How to Get Away with Murder) and Carlos Miranda (Station 19).   

©2022 Tanya Saracho (P)2022 AO Media, LLC

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About the Creator

Tanya Saracho is a playwright and television writer who most recently served as creator, showrunner, and executive producer of the critically-acclaimed series Vida on Starz, which earned 100% critical rating on Rotten Tomatoes for all three of its seasons. The show, which aired its third and final season on Starz in May 2020, featured all Latine directors in season one, and all Latina directors in seasons two and three, including Saracho, who made her television directorial debut. The series had an all-Latine writers room for seasons one and two, and in season three, the room was composed of all Latina writers.
Saracho co-founded the Untitled Latinx Project (ULP), whose mission is to increase Latine representation in television, broadcast, cable, and streaming platforms through content created by Latine writers, along with co-founding the Writers Access Support Staff Training Program, to help increase representation and opportunities for underrepresented communities. In addition, Saracho launched the Ojalá Ignition Lab in June, 2021, as part of her overall deal with Universal Content Productions (UCP), which is a lab and incubator program aimed to nurture, amplify, guide, and empower intersectional Latine voices. The fellows and finalists for Ojala’s inaugural lab were announced in January 2022.
Saracho is the recipient of the Norman Lear Writers Award at the 36th Annual Imagen Awards, taking place October 2021. Named one of "TV Scribes to Watch" by Variety in 2018, Saracho was also honored by the LGBTQ California Legislative Caucus as their 2020 Pride Month Honoree. She received the Rising Star Award at the Outfest Legacy Awards, and was awarded the New Voice Award by Final Draft. Vida won the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comedy Series in 2019, and was nominated for seasons two and three as well. The series was also honored by the National Hispanic Media Coalition with the 2019 Impact Award, won the Audience Award at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival, and made its season two premiere as an Official Selection of the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival.
Saracho’s television credits include How to Get Away with Murder, HBO's Looking, and Devious Maids.
Saracho was named "Best New Playwright" by Chicago Magazine, and has had plays produced at New York City’s Primary Stages and 2nd Stage, as well as Victory Gardens Theatre, The Denver Theatre Center, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Goodman Theater, Steppenwolf Theater, Teatro Vista, Teatro Luna, Fountain Theater, Clubbed Thumb, NEXT Theater and 16th Street Theater.
Saracho was also named one of nine national Latino "Luminarios" by Café Magazine, and received the first "Revolucionario" Award in Theater by the National Museum of Mexican Art. She is the founder of Teatro Luna (the first all-Latina Theatre Company in the nation, now defunct) as well as the founder of ALTA (Alliance of Latino Theatre Artists). She is currently in development with South Coast Repertory and Two River Theatre.
Saracho was born in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, México, and raised along the Texas border, spending the better part of her adult life in Chicago. She currently resides in Los Angeles.

About the Performer

Karla Souza is an actress best known for her role as ‘Laurel’ in ABC’s hit international drama, How to Get Away with Murder, starring opposite Viola Davis, which ran for six seasons. Since then, she has starred as ‘Rosario' in Amazon’s 2020 Spanish-language drama, El Presidente. The series, created and written by Academy Award winner Armando Bo (Birdman) tells the story of the 2015 FIFA scandal.
Souza can currently be seen starring opposite Topher Grace in ABC’s Home Economics, a comedy following three adult siblings and their families. Season three of the series premieres on Wednesday, September 21st. She can also be seen starring opposite Jamie Foxx, Snoop Dog and Dave Franco in her latest film, Day Shift, streaming on Netflix.
Next up, Souza will star and produce DIVE from award-winning Argentinian director, Lucía Puenzo, whose debut feature film XXY won the Critics Week Grand Prize of the Cannes Film Festival. Dive is a searing thriller which tells the story about the complexities of relationships when set against a backdrop where winning is defined as the ultimate dream. Other upcoming projects include the Spanish musical Voy a Pasarmelo Bien.
Previous film credits include the 2020 Netflix feature film, The Sleepover, Catalina Aguilar Mastretta’s Everybody Loves Somebody (2017) in which Souza served as an executive producer and starred opposite K.C. Clyde and José María Yazpik, as well as three of Mexico’s top grossing films of all time: ¿ Qué Culpa Tiene el Niño? (2016), Nosotros Los Nobles (2013) and Instructions Not Included (2013).
Growing up, Souza spent four years in France where she was part of a professional theater company that toured throughout the country. She went on to study at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London and in 2008, received the CCP Award, which is presented to the most promising actress in London. Following her time in the U.K., Souza was selected to study in Moscow, Russia, with acting coach Anatoly Smilianski. She later traveled to present a showcase in New York and subsequently began receiving offers for leading roles in Mexico City.
Born in Mexico City, she currently resides in Los Angeles. Karla Souza is repped by CAA and Wishlab Inc.

About the Performer

Carlos Miranda can currently be seen on the ABC series Station 19 but probably best known for his role as ‘Johnny’ on Starz’ VIDA created by Tanya Saracho.
Carlos was born and raised in San Francisco and is of Nicaraguan descent, speaking fluent Spanish. Having moved to LA in 2008, he landed his first feature film role that year opposite Joel Edgerton in Warrior, directed by Gavin O’Connor. He since went on to work with Sofia Coppola in The Bling Ring opposite Emma Watson, Paul Weitz in Grandma with Lily Tomlin, as well as have guest star roles on CBS All Rise, ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder, and NBC’s Chicago PD and Law and Order: SVU.
In 2017, whilst primarily driving for Uber to make ends meet, he was able to complete a short film he wrote, produced, and directed, titled End Trip. In the midst of finishing post on his short film, he landed a co-starring role opposite screen legends William Shatner and Christopher Lloyd in an upcoming indie feature, Senior Moment that can be seen in March.
He was seen in recurring roles on the final season of Amazon's Bosch and the Comedy Central series Ana.
Carlos has the upcoming crime-action heist indie feature Righteous Thieves starring opposite Jaina Lee Ortiz, Lisa Vidal and Cam Gigandet.

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Encore!

The best listen I’ve had in a while. Makes me want to re-listen to The Barbarian Nurseries. Tanya—more, more, more! Give us a novel. Excellent narration too. A+

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Write Who You Know

Ms. Saracho manages to weave together Latinx classism, belonging, and betrayal in an unsuspecting master class of engaging character study.

And she does it with a in a way that easily invites you in, almost as if you're coming in mid-conversation with a friend. And, indeed, we want to be Lucia's friend. We feel her loneliness, apartness - the diversity hire -  of being the only Latina in the room.

Her quick friendship with Abel - a life raft in the murky ocean of LA's industry politics - comes naturally. We like him too. We like them together. Abel calling her out early on and eventually opening up to her is what we all aspire in a friendship. They both have problems, but together they can rise above them.

But don't we forget, we're in Hollywood, baby.

Lucia's transformation into an LA TV writer is slow, but she eventually learns how to play the game, no matter what the cost.

That soft Fade Out in the end is brutal - harsher than any slam of a door - an erasure of what could have been, an understanding of how things work around here.

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30 Minutes From Finishing This Book But ....

I seriously don't understand the use of the "F" word so often in this, and other, books. Do young women, especially, speak this way in real life because no one I know or grew up with spoke this way. I am a Mexican woman born in America like Abel, but in all my 66 years have NEVER spoke that F word - EVER. Maybe that's why it's so hard to believe women speak that way all the time these days. Either that or authors are trying to make their books more attractive to .... to ..... to who???? It is a sad, sad shame and I am disappointed in this Mexican author. I was looking forward to reading more of her writing. Maybe not anymore.

Finished now and ending is VERY UNSATISFYING!!! Such a shame ---

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Really Good

I recommend you get this story/play if you are looking for a quick engaging listen. I usually don’t enjoy the plays on audio, but this one works well for my brain. Only two voices really helped as well.

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It was way better! The characters were real and I could relate to them both. Great story line.
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Love this!

Loved this refreshing story and behind the scenes of a writers room! Really great acting as well.

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Loved the short audio. Characters are so real and easy to to care about. The narration was superb. ❤️

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I had big hopes for this book as a Latino story but frankly, it seems racist, quite biased, and unresolved.
Both narrators are good as is the production but the story is really, really bad and -I repeat- it feels unresolved, rushed, and unfinished.
I am glad that I didn’t pay for it but the time I wasted listening to it is never coming back.
I can’t understand why, Audible sometimes puts their assets into producing lousy stories like this. From my perspective, Fade ought to really fade-out into oblivion.

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NegÀtive resction

My biggest problem with this book was the language. I also did not like the behavior of the female; i.e.- her using of the custodian