Earthquake / Hole in the Floor / Ghosts of the Freeway
Sonnets for an Old Century
Written & Directed by José Rivera
Premieres December 1 at 7:30PM EST
Run Time 95 Minutes
Accessibility Closed Captioning
Content Warning Adult Language & Content
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About The Play
In the afterlife you're given one chance to make a statement about your life. Your words go out into the universe to be "recycled among the living." You can tell a story, make a confession, argue with existence, bargain with God, whatever you want. In "Sonnets for an Old Century," 18 recently deceased people give their statements and tell their side of the story. A scientist talks about a mysterious force that nearly seduced her in her youth ... a man can analyze other people's laughter ... another man convinces us he's the mythical character Icarus ... a screenwriter claims she gets advice from her brain tumor ... a migrant farm worker watches her parents turn to rain ... a young woman talks about all the "first times" that made her life truly meaningful. These stories and many others make up this intimate mosaic, this snapshot of who we were at the turn of the century.
Check out a post-show discussion with José Rivera, composer María del Sol, and cast members, Isabel Arraiza, Danielle Davenport, Sara Koviak, Joél Pérez, Felix Angel Solis, MichaelJohn McGann where they discuss their experience with the play and take live questions from the audience. The conversation was moderated by Paula Vogel (Founder and Co-Curator of Bard at the Gate).
About Bard at the Gate
Bard at the Gate, founded by Paula Vogel and co-curated by Paula Vogel and Nicole A. Watson, directly responds to the lack of representation of diverse voices within the American theatrical canon. This uniquely curated virtual reading series is designed to become a widely accessible platform for powerful, overlooked plays by BIPOC, women, LGBTQ, and disabled artists.
ABOUT THE TEAM
Air Pollution / Public School / Brain Tumor
Glasses / X / First Time
My Wife / Apology / Latino Actor
Sins / Icarus / Unrest
Three Days in the City / Laughter / Attraction
Founder and Co-Curator
Writer & Director
Editing and Video