The Untranslatable Secrets of Nikki Corona

  • Written by

    José Rivera

  • Directed by

    Jo Bonney

  • Scenic Designer

    Myung Hee Cho

  • Costume Designer

    Stephanie Kerley Schwartz

  • Lighting Designer

    Lap Chi Chu

  • Sound Designer

    Cricket S. Meyers

  • Projection Designer

    Hana S. Kim

  • Dramaturg

    Rachel Wiegardt-Egel

  • Production Stage Manager

    Ross Jackson

  • Assistant Stage Manager

    Julie Ann Renfro

  • Casting Director

    Phyllis Schuringa, CSA

The Untranslatable Secrets of Nikki Corona

September 4 - October 7, 2018
Gil Cates Theater

World Premiere
Written by José Rivera
Directed by Jo Bonney
Featuring Ricardo Chavira, Sara Koviak, Zilah Mendoza, Onahoua Rodriguez & Juan Francisco Villa

How many of us have wished for one more chance to say the right thing? A Better Orpheus Inc. provides an alternative to regret—a service that allows the living to communicate with the dead. When Nikki Corona loses her twin sister, A Better Orpheus puts her in touch with Orlando, a man dying too young. The ensuing love story leads to a quest through a vivid, fantastical afterlife as Orlando learns whether Nikki’s message to her sister has the ability to transcend death.

In the rich literary tradition of magical realism and inspired by Dante’s Inferno comes a brand new play by Academy Award-nominated screenwriter and Obie Award-winning playwright José Rivera (Motorcycle Diaries, References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot). Directed by Drama Desk Award winner and Geffen alum Jo Bonney (By The Way, Meet Vera Stark, Cost of Living), this stunning world premiere suggests that with love, all things are possible.

Recipient of the Edgerton Foundation New Play Award

Major support for this world premiere production provided by the Edgerton Foundation New Play Production Fund



Meet The Artists

JOSÉ RIVERA (Playwright)
The first Puerto Rican screenwriter to be nominated for an Academy Award, for The Motorcycle Diaries, Rivera is also the author of 26 full-length plays including the Obie Award-winning Marisol and References to Salvador Dalí Make Me Hot, both produced at the Public Theater, New York. Other plays include Cloud Tectonics (Playwrights Horizons), School of the Americas (Public Theater), The Maids (INTAR), Adoration of the Old Woman (INTAR), Massacre (Sing to Your Children) (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater), Brainpeople (ACT, San Francisco), Sonnets for an Old Century (Barrow Group),Another Word for Beauty (Goodman Theatre), Boleros for the Disenchanted (Yale Repertory Theatre), The Street of the Sun (Mark Taper Forum), Sueño (Manhattan Class Company) and Lovesong (Imperfect) (Chaskis Theatre, London). Screenplays include On the Road, The 33, Trade, Letters to Juliet and A Thousand Miles to Freedom. Rivera co-created and produced the NBC series Eerie, Indiana, and has written pilots for HBO, TNT and Showtime. Awards include a Fulbright Arts Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, a McKnight Fellowship, a Rockefeller Grant, a Whiting Foundation Award and New York Council for the Arts grant. Rivera has mentored the Sundance Screenwriting Lab in Utah, Jordan and India, and leads the New York-based Writers Group.

JO BONNEY (Director)
Jo Bonney has directed premieres of plays by Alan Ball, Eric Bogosian, Culture Clash, Eve Ensler, Jessica Goldberg, Danny Hoch, Neil LaBute, Warren Leight, Martyna Majok, Lynn Nottage, Dael Orlandersmith, Suzan-Lori Parks, Darci Picoult, John Pollono, Will Power, David Rabe, José Rivera, Seth Zvi Rosenfeld, Diana Son, Universes, Naomi Wallace and Michael Weller, and productions of plays by Caryl Churchill, Nilo Cruz, Anna Deavere Smith, Charles Fuller, Lisa Loomer, John Osborne, Carey Perloff and Lanford Wilson. She has directed at American Repertory Theater, Performance Space 122, Public Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, Second Stage Theater, Goodman Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, MCC Theater, Geffen Playhouse, Williamstown Theatre Festival, McCarter Theatre Center, Playwrights Horizons, Arena Stage, Mark Taper Forum, Signature Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, New Group, Classic Stage Company, Humana Festival, Royal Court Theatre, Almeida Theatre (London), Edinburgh Festival, Market Theatre (Johannesburg), Baxter Theatre Centre (Cape Town) and Cine 13. She is the recipient of a Lucille Lortel Best Musical and Lucille Lortel Best Revival, a Drama Desk nomination for By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, an Audelco Award for Father Comes Home from the Wars, an Obie Award for Sustained Excellence of Direction and a Lilly Award.

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