June 5-22, 2014
“A story of theatrical enchantment, in which the ordinary is suddenly transformed into the miraculous.” – Chicago Tribune
Celestina de la Sol is a young woman who claims to be 54 years old and to have been pregnant for two years. From Obie Award winning acclaimed Puerto Rican playwright José Rivera, Cloud Tectonics brings new meaning to a “timeless” love story. When Anibal de la Luna picks up Celestina in a torrential storm, her arrival to his house literally makes the clocks stop, and that’s only where this enchanting and unconventional romance takes off. With the world outside his house awashed in pain and war, Cloud Tectonics reminds us that simple miracles exist all around us if we care to find them.
About the Playwright
Born in Puerto Rico, José Rivera’s family moved to Long Island, New York, when he was four years old “as part of a mass exodus because essentially the Great Depression never ended on the island.” He wrote his first play at age 12. He is the recipient of two OBIE Awards for Playwriting, a Fulbright Arts Fellowship, a Whiting Foundation Award, a McKnight Fellowship, a Rockefeller Foundation Grant and a Kennedy Center Grant. He studied with Gabriel García Márquez at the Sundance Institute and was writer-in-residence at the Royal Court Theatre, London. Mr. Rivera’s U.S. premieres include The House of Ramon Iglesia, Slaughter in the Lake, Flowers and The Promise ( Ensemble Studio Theatre); Each Day Dies With Sleep (Circle Repertory Company and Berkeley Repertory Theatre); Marisol, Tape and Cloud Tectonics ( Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival of New American Plays); References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot ( South Coast Repertory); Sonnets for an Old Century (Greenway Arts Alliance); Sueño (Hartford Stage); Giants Have Us in Their Books ( Magic Theatre); Maricela de la Luz Lights the World and Adoration of the Old Woman ( La Jolla Playhouse, Mark Taper Forum; School of the Americas at The Public Theater and LAByrinth Theater Company); Massacre (Sing to Your Children) (Goodman Theatre and Teatro Vista); Brainpeople (American Conservatory Theater); Gliese 581D ( Chicago Humanities Festival); Boleros for the Disenchante ( Yale Repertory Theatre); Yellow ( Collaboraction); Human Emotional Process (a commission by McCarter Theatre), and Pablo and Andrew at the Altar of Words. Mr. Rivera was nominated for a 2005 Academy Award, a BAFTA Award and a Writers Guild of America Award for his screenplay The Motorcycle Diaries.
Third Floor Skinner Studio
- Wednesday and Thursdays at 7pm
- Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm
- Saturdays at 2pm
- Sundays at 3pm
The Players: An Actor Talkback
Sunday, June 8th
Join the cast of Cloud Tectonics for an informal talkback after the show, moderated by director Allison Heishman.
Post-Show Classroom: Go Back To School with Local Professors
Sunday, June 15th
Wish you could go back to college and really analyze a play, its themes, and its ideas? Stay after the show for a panel of guest professors who will shed light on the play. And pay attention, there might just be a pop quiz at the end. Guest professors to be announced soon.
Behind The Scenes, On The Stage: Explore the Production Process
Sunday, June 22nd
Get a glimpse into what it takes to put a production on its feet and meet production designers in a post-show talkback. Learn about what different designers do, how a director approaches a script and what the heck a dramaturg is.
Conversation with the Community: Topics at Play in the Real World
Time and Date TBA
Plays & Players partners with a local organization whose mission explores the play’s themes in a practical setting. Gain a more immediate perspective for how elements of the show play out in today’s Philadelphia.
Cast and Creative Team
Starring: Taysha Canales, Eric Scotolati, and Anthony Martinez-Briggs
Allison Heishman (Director) is an Artistic Associate at Azuka Theatre, and a freelance ‘theatrician’ throughout Philadelphia. Her work includes Directing, Performance, Script Analysis, Stage Management, and a smattering of Dramaturgy and Writing. She has done work for Azuka (Actor: Long Christmas Ride Home, Director: The Terrible girls, Hazard County, I Love You I Hate You); National Constitution Center (Program Manager/Educator: Living News, AD/Dramaturg: Fighting for Democracy,Director/Writer: Theatre Exhibition Series); The Wilma Theatre (AD; Angels in America, parts I and II); Tiny Dynamite (Director: Spacewang – A Play, A Pie and A Pint); Flashpoint Theatre (Actor: Autobahn, Dead Guy); Madhouse Theatre (Actor: Pounding Nails into the Floor); Quince Productions (Director: Beebo Brinker, Chronicles, Well of Horniness). Up next she will direct: A Taste of History, An Evening with Chef Staib in collaboration with The Kimmel Center and City Tavern for PIFA; and Failure: A Love Story for Azuka.
Set Design by Lindsey Mayer, Costume Design by Amanda Sharp, Lighting Design by Andrew Cowles, Sound Design by Daniel Kontz, Props Design by Danielle Ferguson, Assistant Direction by Erlina Ortiz, Dramaturgy by Lena Barnard, Stage Management by Lauren Tracy, Assistant Stage Management by Lena Barnard