Theatre Communications Group (TCG) has announced the publication of Boleros for the Disenchanted and Other Plays, a new collection of four plays by the Obie Award-winning and Oscar-nominated writer José Rivera (Marisol, The Motorcycle Diaries), which includes the titular Boleros, as well as Adoration of the Old Woman, Brainpeople and Pablo and Andrew at the Alter of Words. Rivera's writing was last seen Off-Broadway at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in a revised production of the playwright's Massacre (Sing to Your Children).
This new collection of work showcases Rivera's typically lush language, open heart and stylistic engagement with the surreal: In Boleros for the Disenchanted, he tells the moving story of his parents' sweet courtship in 1950s Puerto Rico and the 40 years following of more difficult times in America.
Mr. Rivera's upcoming projects include a new translation of Kiss of the Spiderwoman, as well as a new musical inspired by the real life annual beauty pageant in the national women's prison in Bogotá. Developed in collaboration with The Civilians in New York City and the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, the project marks the largest-scale theatrical collaboration between U.S. and Colombian artists in history.
José Rivera is the Obie Award-winning author of Marisol, Cloud Tectonics, References to Salvador Dalí Make Me Hot and many other plays. Rivera was nominated for an Academy Award, a BAFTA and a Writers Guild Award for his screenplay The Motorcycle Diaries, and his screenplay of Kerouac's On the Road will premiere internationally in 2012. For HBO he's written a pilot for a series based on Massacre (Sing to Your Children) called Mayhem. Also in the works is The 33, a film about the 2010 rescue of 33 trapped miners in Chile. Celestina, based on his play Cloud Tectonics, will mark his debut as a feature film director in 2013. Rivera, who is playwright in residence at the Lark Play Development Center and a member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre and LAByrinth Theater Company, lives in New York.
Boleros for the Disenchanted by José Rivera. Paperback 256 pages. $16.95. 978-1-55936-390-7. July 2012.
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