Isaac Anthony Sisneros wrote and directed “Knocking on the Devil’s Door,” based on his experiences as a young adult. The Monte Vista native was inspired by a song to turn his story into a play and hopes his production will inspire others to follow their creative ideas. The Adams State University Theatre production opens at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, in the Xperimental Theatre.

Sisneros developed the semi-autobiographic play for personal reasons. “It’s based on how I grew up. What I saw, heard, and experienced as a teenager.” The song, “Real Gangsta,” by SPM, sparked the idea to write the play. “The character, Tony, is 18, and looking back on what happened in his life in the late 2000s.” Here in the San Luis Valley, there are not a lot of stories, especially theatre productions that address a young person’s experiences.

“My playwrighting and directing debut acknowledges where I am from and I hope it inspires others to pursue their own creative endeavors while acknowledging where they are from.”

Sisneros enjoyed working with the actors and helping them bring their characters to life. Although he didn’t enroll at Adams State as a theatre major a first-year-seminar professor encouraged him to be a part of the theatre community. “Associate Professor Gerke made me realize I could express my creativity as a technician and over time I ingrained myself in the program.”

Knocking on the Devil’s Door” continues at 7:30 p.m. March 13 through March 15, in the Adams State Xperimental Theatre. Tickets are $13 for general public and free to Associated Students and Faculty with current Adams State identification. Tickets may now be purchased online at; by calling 719-587-8499 or visiting the box office, open 3p.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.