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February 8 – 22 (schedule TBA)
Theater at the 14th Street Y
344 E 14th Street, New York City
“In heaven you can taste the wind and hear the imperfect love song of Delilah & Venezio.”
Multi-award-winning Playwrights for A Cause writer, José Rivera, premieres a new play with a powerful message spiced with magical realism. In “Lovesong (Imperfect)” Death has been declared illegal by the U.S. government, trees grow lights instead of leaves and ghosts love the living. There, two foolhardy lovers search look for a love that lasts forever in this fantastical comedy about imperfect relationships.
“Lovesong (Imperfect)” exemplifies the message of the mission of the Theater at the 14th Street Y, which is to focus on social awareness and change through big picture narrative. Inspired by works that welcome artists of all backgrounds, The Theater places artists as the heart of our community and seek to create an inclusive cultural experience for all.
Jose Rivera is a recipient of Obie Awards for Marisol and References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot both produced by The Public Theatre, NY. Other plays include Cloud Tectonics (Playwright’s Horizons), Boleros for the Disenchanted (Yale Rep), Sueno (MCC), Sonnets for an Old Century (Barrow Group), School of the Americas (Public Theatre), Massacre(Sing to Your Children) (Rattlestick), Brain people ( ACT, San Francisco), Adoration of the Old Woman (INTAR), The House of Ramon Iglesia (EST), Another Word for Beauty (Goodman Theatre), The Maids (INTAR), The Kiss of the Spiderwoman (Menier Chocolate Factory, London), Each Day Dies with Sleep (Berkeley Rep), and The Fall of A Sparrow (Planet Connections Playwrights for a Cause). His screenplay “The Motorcycle Diaries”, was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar, a BAFTA and a Writers Guild Award in 2005. “On the Road” premiered at The 2012 Cannes Film Festival. “Trade” was the first film to premiere at The United Nations. For television he 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 head writer for the Netflix series based on One Hundred Years of Solitude and is at work on a feature film “Landfill Harmonic.”
Sara Koviak returns to the role she created: Deliah. Most Recent: Kayla Nixon in HBO’s New Series “The Undoing”, starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant, “The Fall of A Sparrow” (short suspense film written/directed by Jose Rivera); The Silencer (Best Play Nominee in New York Theatre Festival). Workshops include world premieres in Chicago (Goodman Theatre), Boston (Huntington), and the 25th Anniversary of Jose Rivera’s Marisol in NYC. Prior to her acting career, Sara was an accomplished lifelong classical dancer, gracing the Metropolitan Opera (Bartlett Sher’s Tales of Hoffman, Laurent Kelly’s Manon, Robert LePage’s Damnation of Faust , Mary Zimmerman’s Armida) and Lincoln Center (Cinderella and Peter And The Wolf). Other credits include working with Steven Schwartz as the aerial soloist in Goodspeed’s tour of “Pippin”, “Have you Seen Calvin?” (film), Elsinore County at Theatre Row (also choreographer), Dream Laurie in Oklahoma! At Media Theatre, The Maids at INTAR, “One Life to Live”, and Jordan Latter’s “Dancers Among Us” (book). Accomplished film and theatre choreographer and current faculty at New York Film Academy’s Musical Theatre School and The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. Planet Connections alum with the featured staged reading of Jose Rivera’s Lovesong. www.sarakoviak.com
Planet Connections Festivity is New York’s premiere socially-conscious arts festival. The Festivity is designed to invoke the power of art in motivating philanthropy, community outreach and social change. Planet Connections’ artists use their work to shed light on the causes that matter, while inspiring audiences to get involved. PCTF is also the country’s first eco-friendly arts festivity as all our artists work to create eco-concious art by revising their marketing, design and rehearsal techniques. Since its inception, Planet Connections has presented nearly 500 Full Theater Productions and over 100 Staged Readings. More than 300 charities have benefitted from Planet Connections Artists.