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The Untranslatable Secrets of Nikki Corona Cast

  • Ricardo Chavira

    Ricardo Chavira as Orlando

    Ricardo Chavira is a South Texas native whose acting career spans theater, film and television. His stage highlights include The Motherf**ker with the Hat at the National Theatre in London and the Off-Broadway production of Jesus Hopped the A Train. He has also appeared in regional theater productions across the U.S., including An Enemy of the People and A Streetcar Named Desire at the Guthrie Theater, Living OutTracersThree SistersDogeaters¡Bandido! and Macbeth. His television credits include ScandalJane the VirginSanta Clarita DietHawaii 5-0CastleBurn NoticeWelcome to the FamilyDesperate Housewives, garnering two SAG Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series; George Lopez24Joan of ArcadiaJAGNYPD BlueThe Division and Six Feet Under. On the film side, he has appeared in Being CharliePowder and GoldDon’t Let Me DrownThe AlamoPiranha 3-D and Saving God. Chavira holds an M.F.A. in acting from the University of California, San Diego.


  • Sara Koviak

    Sara Koviak as Maren / Lisandra

    Sara Koviak is thrilled to make her debut at Geffen Playhouse! She has most recently performed in workshops in Chicago (Goodman Theatre) and Boston (Huntington Theatre Company), as well as the 25th anniversary of José Rivera's Marisol. Prior to her acting career, Koviak was an accomplished, lifelong classical dancer, gracing the stages of The Metropolitan Opera (Bartlett Sher’s Tales of Hoffmann, Laurent Pelly’s Manon, Robert LePage’s Damnation of Faust, Mary Zimmerman’s Armida) and David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center (Cinderella and Peter and the Wolf). Her other credits include working with Steven Schwartz as the aerial soloist in Goodspeed Musicals’ tour of Pippin; Have You Seen Calvin? (film); Elsinore County at Theatre Row (also choreographer); Oklahoma!; The MaidsOne Life to Live and Jordan Matter’s Dancers Among Us (book). Koviak is an accomplished film and theater choreographer and current faculty at New York Film Academy and New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts.


  • Zilah Mendoza

    Zilah Mendoza as Noelle / Paloma / Bobbi / Maria Sol

    Zilah Mendoza has originated lead roles in the theater such as Ana in Lisa Loomer’s hit Living Out (Mark Taper Forum, Second Stage Theater), Matilde in Sarah Ruhl’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated The Clean House (Yale Repertory Theatre), Electricidad in Luis Alfaro’s Electricidad (Mark Taper Forum) and Perla in Juliette Carrillo’s Plumas Negras (Cornerstone Theater Company). Her performances have garnered awards including an Obie, a Garland and a Lortel nod in N.Y.C. for her work in Living Out, as well as numerous Backstage Awards for her work in Los Angeles. Mendoza has had recurring and guest-starring roles on Modern FamilyThe King of QueensCurb Your EnthusiasmGrey’s AnatomyMAD TVLaw & OrderMedium and 24. She is the Associate Artistic Director of the Mentor Artists Playwrights Project (MAPP), a nonprofit arts-based literacy program working in North America.


  • Onahoua Rodriguez

    Onahoua Rodriguez as Abril / Nikki

    Onahoua Rodriguez is proud to make her Geffen Playhouse debut with José Rivera’s The Untranslatable Secrets of Nikki Corona. She originated the role of Ceci for the Denver Center Theater production of Lydia, followed by productions at Yale Repertory Theatre and the Mark Taper Forum. Her other theater credits include Anna in the Tropics at South Coast Repertory and Coconut Grove Playhouse, Beauty of the Father at Seattle Repertory, Cutting Open Wings at the Met Theater and Blood Wedding at the La Jolla Playhouse, as well as roles in N.Y.C. stage productions at INTAR, MCC Theater, Theatre Row’s Beckett Theatre and Repertorio Español, among others. She has guest-starred and/or recurred in numerous TV series, including Major Crimes (TNT), Shameless (Showtime), Weeds (Showtime), Mad Dogs (Amazon) and The Shield (FX). Rodriguez is a graduate of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA).


  • Juan Francisco Villa

    Juan Francisco Villa as Manny / Priest / Bernardo / Eldon / Felipe

    Juan Francisco Villa has appeared in the NY Times Critic’s Pick Oedipus El Rey, by Luis Alfaro, directed by Chay Yew at the Public Theater in New York. He has portrayed Tennessee Williams in the Off-Broadway Abingdon Theatre Company production of The Gentleman Caller by Philip Dawkins at Cherry Lane Theatre. His Off-Broadway credits include The Play About My Dad (Collaboration Town/59E59), Nature of Captivity (Mabou Mines) and One Night in the Valley (INTAR). In Los Angeles, he starred in the autobiographical Empanada for a Dream (LATC), which he also wrote, and Kissing Che (Celebration Theater). His Chicago credits include Twelfth Night (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); Hillary and ClintonMojada (Victory Gardens Theater); 2666El Grito del Bronx (Goodman Theatre);Our Lady of 121st (Steppenwolf Theater); Elliot: A Soldier’s Fugue (Rivendell Theatre/Teatro Vista); Gun Show (16 Street Theater); and Take Me Out (Steppenwolf Theater Company). Villa’s television credits include Madame Secretary (CBS), Chicago PD (NBC), Blacklist: Redemption (NBC) and Betrayal (ABC).