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OBIE Winner, José Rivera
(“Marisol” and “References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot”),
premieres another powerful stage-work

Lovesong (Imperfect)
February 8 – 22
Theater at the 14th Street Y
344 E 14th Street, New York City

PREVIEWS: 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 NIGHT: Sat, 2/15 @ 7:30 p.m.
PERFORMING: Sun, 2/16 @ 5 p.m.; Mon, 2/17 @ 7:30 p.m.; Tues, 2/18 @ 7:30 p.m.;

CLOSING NIGHT: Sat, 2/22 @ 7:30 p.m.

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“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, 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.

“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.

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.”

Sara Koviak (Delilah): Most Recent: Kayla Nixon in HBO’s new series “The Undoing”, starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant; Lily in “The Fall of a Sparrow” (also producer of this short suspense film written/directed by José Rivera); multiple zany characters in 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 José 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 Hoffmann, Laurent Pelly’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 Matter’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 José Rivera’s Lovesong.

Francesco Andolfi (Venezio) is a New York based Italian actor and playwright. During his almost eight years working in the city, his theater credits include: Messer Nicia in The Mandrake Roots with KIT, lead in Beats Me(Boh) with Fringe in Rome, Dorian Gray in The Picture of Dorian Gray at Workshop Theater, Ajax in Drones with Planet Connections, Casper in Clover at LaMaMa, Troubadour in The Troubadour Struck by Lightning with Fringe NYC, Creon in Antigone at Theater Row. He recently premiered in Rome with his Of Trains and Heroes and will soon bring the show to the Player’s with Janice Orlandi. He won Outstanding Lead Actor Award at Planet Connections Festivity and received two nominations for Best Playwright and Best Reading of a Play for DEFENCE.


James B Kennedy (Dr. Gopnik) is a Brooklyn based actor, & thrilled to be back working with Planet Connections. He was previously seen in their world premiere of Erik Ehn’s Clover at LaMama and The Hunting Season at 2018 Planet Connections Theatre Festivity (Winner Best Overall Production, & nominated for Best Featured Actor). Other P.C.T.F. credits include His Beauty (nominated Best Supporting Actor), & New Beulah (Winner Best Featured Actor & Best Ensemble Cast) with other recent theatre credits including All Is Bright at the 2019 Minnesota Fringe Festival (Winner Best of Fringe – “Twin Cities Arts Reader”); Nylon Fusion’s This Round On Us series; Minor Deviations at the Kraine Theater; Pause at Gene Frankel Theatre; and Clown Alley at NJ Rep. He can be seen on the web series, “The Z-List” & “Seeking Sublet,” and in the video game “Red Dead Redemption 2.” You can also hear him on the pod musical, “The Fall of the House of Sunshine.” James is also a member of Barefoot Theatre Company.

The Theater at the 14th Street Y focuses on social awareness and change through big picture narrative.  Inspired by works that welcome artists of all backgrounds, we place artists at the heart of our community and seek to create an inclusive and open cultural experience for all.

The 14th Street Y is a vibrant community center grounded in the belief that contemporary Jewish sensibilities can be a source of inspiration, connection, and learning for the individuals and families we serve throughout downtown Manhattan. The 14th Street Y focuses on health and fitness, education and enrichment programs, and innovative arts and cultural programming. The 14th Street Y is committed to the development of the whole person and bettering people’s lives and strengthening individual and family connections by building an inclusive and sustainable community.

The 14th Street Y serves more than 26,000 people annually and is proud to be part of the Educational Alliance, a 501c3 non-profit organization with a 129-year history of serving New Yorker downtown.

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