Boleros for the Disenchanted and Other Plays

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Praise for José Rivera:

"Even if you've never seen Puerto Rico or grown old, you sit there ruminating on love, sacrifice, and betrayal."—Chicago Tribune, on Boleros for the Disenchanted

"Teasingly engrossing. . . . Vividly written. . . . An intriguing and evocative drama."—The San Francisco Chronicle, on Brainpeople

"Mr. Rivera's intimate play . . . uses historical fact as a frame to pose intriguing questions about what might have happened."—The New York Times, on School of the Americas

Three new works from José Rivera, a writer known for his lush language, open heart, and stylistic flirting with the surreal. Boleros for the Disenchanted is the moving story of the playwrights own parents: their sweet courtship in 1950s Puerto Rico, and then forty years later in more difficult times in America. With Brainpeople, Rivera explores the troubled minds of three women in a post-apocalyptic setting who feast on a freshly slaughtered tiger. In School of the Americas, he imagines Che Guevara's encounter—more passionate than political—with a young schoolteacher in Bolivia. Also included is his one-act penned in protest of California's Proposition 8, Pablo and Andrew at the Altar of Words.

José Rivera's works include the plays References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot, Marisol, Cloud Tectonics, and Sueno (an adaptation of Life Is a Dream), as well as the Oscar-nominated screenplay to The Motorcycle Diaries.

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About the author

Rivera studied with Nobel Prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez at the Sundance Institute.

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Sep 11, 2012
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Drama / American / General
Family & Relationships / Love & Romance
Literary Collections / Caribbean & Latin American
Social Science / Ethnic Studies / Hispanic American Studies
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Nilo Cruz is the most produced Cuban American playwright in the United States and was the first dramatist of Hispanic descent to receive the Pulitzer Prize. In his plays, Cruz almost always journeys back to Cuba, even when the play is not set there. Cruz is a sensualist, a conjurer of mysterious voyages and luxuriant landscapes. He is a poetic chronicler, a documentarian of the presence of Latin people in American life. He conveys the strength and persistence of the Cuban spirit through a wholly dramatic imagination.

This volume also includes the one-act play, Capriccio.

Two Sisters and a Piano
“Cruz’s tightly constructed study of incarcerated sisters provides the spine for an authentic study of oppression that bends but never breaks the human spirit.”—Variety

Beauty of the Father
“He is that rare American scribe who embraces the role of stage poet and the legacy of Tennessee Williams.”—The Seattle Times

Hortensia and the Museum of Dreams
“Cruz explores all kinds of loss . . . lost childhood, lost freedom, lost innocence. Yet he infused Hortensia with joy, with desire, with humor and hope and healing.”—The Miami Herald

Lorca in a Green Dress
“Like Lorca, Cruz is a lyrical writer in whom the surreal is grounded in the musical world of the senses . . . it is fresh, wonderful and dazzling.”—Mail Tribune (Oregon)

Nilo Cruz is the author of many plays, including A Park in Our House, A Bicycle Country, Dancing on Her Knees, Night Train to Bolina and other works. He is a recipient of numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Alton Jones Award and the Kesselring Prize. Mr. Cruz is a professor at the Yale School of Drama. He resides in New York City and is a New Dramatists alumnus.

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