Playwright’s Name: Nelson Diaz-Marcano
Tell us about your latest project:
Radical is a dark fast pace political thriller based on the events that happened in Chile during the coup of September 11, 1973. I am a very passionate individual about Latin America and its people. If you knew me and heard that, you wouldn’t believe it. Most people think this play is more humorous. My friend literally asked me how many d*** jokes I had in my play? Answer: I need new friends.
What excites you about being a part of the Downtown Urban Arts Festival?
Everything. The marketing, the way it makes you feel, the fact that these shows that are there with yours are as good as yours./ Many problems that exist with festivals, is that most producers take the money and choose whoever is willing to pay. The problem with that is that you end up with a mix festival, in which shows get buries under mediocrity. Not this one. Being part of DUAF is an honor and an opportunity unlike many in this city.
What’s your upcoming project after the Festival?
I am currently developing a play about Puerto Rican identity and colonialism. Sounds fun, huh? It will be a lot of fun, we are coming up with some incredible material. If you’ve seen one of my plays before, you know they could be anything but boring. Also working on a web series called “Evil” which is in post production right now.
Saturday, March 26 at 7pm
HERE (145 Sixth Avenue – enter on Dominick Street)
Tickets are $18 at http://www.here.org or by calling 212-352-3101