Sonnets for an Old Century


In the afterlife, 18 total strangers face the unknown and answer the question: if you had one statement to make about your life, if you had one last story to tell the universe, what would you say?
From the author of Marisol and The Motorcycle Diaries.


Additional creative team, cast, and release date to be announced at a later date. 

About The Playwright

José Rivera

José Rivera

José Rivera is a recipient of Obie Awards for Marisol and References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot, both produced by The Public Theatre, NY, and seen regionally and internationally. Other plays include Cloud Tectonics (Playwrights Horizons, Humana Festival, La Jolla Playhouse), Boleros for the Disenchanted (Yale Rep, Huntington Playhouse), Sueño (Hartford Stage, Manhattan Class Company), Sonnets for an Old Century (Barrow Group), School of the Americas (Public Theatre), Massacre (Sing to Your Children) (Goodman Theatre, Rattlestick), Brainpeople (ACT/San Francisco), Adoration of the Old Woman (Sundance Theatre Lab, INTAR, La Jolla Playhouse), The House of Ramon Iglesia (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Another Word for Beauty (Goodman, New York Stage and Film), The Maids (INTAR), The Kiss of the Spiderwoman (Menier Chocolate Factory, London), Each Day Dies with Sleep (Circle Rep, Berkeley Rep). “The Motorcycle Diaries” was nominated for 2005 Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar – making him the first Puerto Rican writer ever nominated for an Academy Award. It was also nominated for a BAFTA and Writers Guild Award, and received top screenwriting awards in Argentina and Spain. “On the Road” premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. “Trade” was the first film to premiere at the United Nations. Rivera co-created and produced “Eerie, Indiana,” (NBC) and was a consultant and writer on “Penny Dreadful: City of Angels” (Showtime) 2019. He will be the sole writer of the Netflix series based on One Hundred Years of Solitude. Rivera’s short film “The Fall of a Sparrow” has been seen in film festivals around the country. In 2020 he directed the world premiere workshop of his play Lovesong (Imperfect) at the 14th Street Y as well as the short film “The Civet.” He has served on the boards of Theatre Communication Group and the Sundance Institute and mentored at Sundance Screenwriting Labs in Utah, Jordan, and India. His most recent play Your Name Means Dream was part of the Rattlestick Playwrights Jam, 2020, and read at the Sundance Theatre Lab.