If there were one word that described Dezi Gallegos, it would be "storyteller." A senior studying Film & Television Production at the School of Cinematic Arts, Gallegos has had major success sharing his stories both onstage and onscreen. His show "Prop 8 Love Stories," which he co-wrote and assistant directed, toured throughout the California Bay Area, and then opened Off-Broadway in New York for two weeks. Broadway World awarded this show the title of "Best Special Theatre Event" of 2010. In 2015, his play "Yesterday Again, Please," was positively received, winning the 2016 SOTA Award for "Best New Play." As for his success on the big screen, last year his short film "Aroncore" was chosen as a 480 thesis film, and just this past Sunday, a working cut of his latest short "My Ex-Girlfriend is a Shovel" screened at the Feminist Media Festival, winning first place.
Gallegos has returned to telling stories on the stage with "Quite Dead." A dark comedy of absurd proportions, "Quite Dead" tells the story of Charles Logan and his dysfunctional family. When Charles' dreaded Aunt Marjorine tries to teach the Logan family a lesson by pretending to be dead, what was supposed to be a semi-normal family reunion turns into an epic mess.
Proving the notion that inspiration can strike at anytime, Gallegos says that the idea for "Quite Dead" came to him while driving to school during his junior year of high school. He shares that the titular line "popped into my head: 'She's dead.' 'How dead?' 'Quite dead.' They felt like British lines, so I made a British play."
From there, the writing of "Quite Dead" began. Gallegos confesses, "I write the scene that I am most inspired to write in the moment," and continues to share that "I don't write chronologically, I jump all around and then weave it all together. I generally have a fair idea of what the structure is, but leave room to write scenes where the ending isn't what I expected."
Perhaps in the future Gallegos' talent for writing for the stage and writing for the screen will collide, as he hopes to "make a very silly movie out of it one day. However, "for now, the only plan is to make you chuckle when you see it this weekend."
"Quite Dead" will be playing April 12th-15th in Cammilleri Hall. There is a recommended $5 donation at the door. For tickets, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bnt-presents-quite-dead-tickets-44712740009