“In heaven you can taste the wind and hear the imperfect love song of Delilah & Venezio.”
Multi-award-winning Playwrights for A Cause writer and celebrated member of the Planet Connections community, José Rivera, (Obie winner, “Marisol” and “References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot”), 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) runs February 8 2020 – 22 at the Theater at the 14th Street Y, 344 E 14th Street, New York City, with previews on Sat, 2/8 @ 7:30 p.m.; Sun, 2/9 @ 5 p.m.; Mon, 2/10 @ 7:30 p.m.; Tues, 2/11 @ 7:30 p.m.; opening Sat, 2/15 @ 7:30 p.m.; and running Sun, 2/16 @ 5 p.m.; Mon, 2/17 @ 7:30 p.m.; Tues, 2/18 @ 7:30 p.m.; closing on Sat, 2/22 @ 7:30 p.m.
“Lovesong (Imperfect)” premiered in staged-reading format at Planet Connections Theatre Festivity. “This is a very significant piece,” says playwright Jose Rivera, “I’m thrilled to see its growth and thankful to Glory [Kadigan] and Planet Connections for the support,” he concluded. “Lovesong (Imperfect)” is co-presented by The Theater at The 14th Street Y.
Opening around the same time at The Theater at The 14th Street Y is DARK PLANET: Not Your Mother’s Valentine’s Day, presented by Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, running Thursday and Fridays, February 6-21 featuring the works of Monica Bauer, Jake Brasch, Erik Champney, Gabrielle Fox, Glory Kadigan, Drew Larimore, Quincy Long, Desi Moreno-Penson, Jan Rosenberg, and Lenny Schwartz. This is an unbridled, nefarious evening of playlets and decadent dark comedies.
Jose Rivera (Playwright and Director) 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.”