Marco Antonio Rodriguez
Born and raised in New York City, with roots from the Dominican Republic, Marco Antonio holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Southern Methodist University. His acclaimed play, ASHES OF LIGHT (LA LUZ DE UN CIGARRILLO), has received productions in theaters across the nation and internationally such as Off-Broadway's LATEA theater, Lehman Stages, Dominican Republic's Teatro Las Máscaras and Buenos Aires, Argentina's Teatro La Mueca. It is the recipient of 5 HOLA and 4 ACE awards, including Outstanding Achievement In Playwriting. ASHES OF LIGHT (LA LUZ DE UN CIGARRILLO) has been published in a dual Spanish/English edition by NoPassport Press and is available on Amazon.com.
Marco Antonio is the recipient of a Banff International Writing Residency in Alberta, Canada and a CUNY Dominican Studies Fellowship. He was recently given an honorary award by the Dominican Ministry Of Culture and the New York Dominican Parade. His play, BARCELÓ ON THE ROCKS (BARCELÓ CON HIELO), was an O'Neill Theater Conference semi-finalist, won the national MetLife Nuestras Voces Playwriting competition as well as 4 HOLA awards which include outstanding achievement in playwriting. NoPassport Press has published BARCELÓ ON THE ROCKS in a dual English/Spanish edition available on Amazon.com.
Marco Antonio was recently commissioned to adapt Julia Alvarez’ best-selling novel, IN THE NAME OF SALOMÉ, into a stage play. It has won 4 HOLA and 5 Latin ACE awards including best play and best production and enjoyed a critically acclaimed, extended run at New York's Spanish Repertory Theater. His new play, BLOOM, is currently being developed at New York's IATI theater as part of the CIMIENTOS play development program. This will culminate in a public reading this upcoming June 2019.
NOTE FROM PLAYWRIGHT
“Give people a fact or an idea and you enlighten their minds; tell them a story and you touch their souls."
LIST OF PLAYS
PICO DE GALLO
IN THE NAME OF SALOMÉ (EN EL NOMBRE DE SALOMÉ) (Adaptation of Julia Alvarez' best-selling novel)
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|Source Title||Author||Description||Free sample|
|ASHES OF LIGHT - Divina [EXPLICIT]||Marco Antonio Rodriguez||
A woman mourning the death of her only son finally reveals the true cause of the demise of her marriage.
|ASHES OF LIGHT - Julio César||Marco Antonio Rodriguez||
After the death of his father, a young man reluctantly returns home to confront a truth that has created distance between him and his mother.
|ASHES OF LIGHT Full Length Play||Marco Antonio Rodriguez||
English edition of Marco Antonio Rodriguez' award-winning play (LA LUZ DE UN CIGARRILLO) about the struggles and aspirations of a Dominican family in New York City.
|BARCELÓ ON THE ROCKS - Dennis||Marco Antonio Rodriguez||
A stuttering, street-smart New York thug attempts to convince his brother not to move out of the apartment they share with their increasingly difficult father.
|BARCELÓ ON THE ROCKS - Nino||Marco Antonio Rodriguez||
An ailing Dominican man finally reveals a long-kept secret to his two sons.
|BARCELÓ ON THE ROCKS Full-Length Play||Marco Antonio Rodriguez||
A Dominican man, living in New York with his two sons, is forced to confront his mortality and the dark secrets that have plagued his family for generations.
|IN THE NAME OF SALOMÉ - Salomé||Marco Antonio Rodriguez||
A young female poet living in the oppressive times of 1800's Dominican Republic confronts her father about wanting to reveal her politically charged poetry to the world.