Seven Spots on the Sun

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Mainstage: Seven Spots on the Sun

by Martín Zimmerman

April 26 through June 4

In collaboration with The Sol Project

Directed by Weyni Mengesha (New York Directorial Debut)
Cast and Crew to be Announced Soon

The village of San Isidro has been without its doctor for eighteen months. Moisés has remained a recluse, refusing to even look at a patient, since the day the army took his wife away during the country’s civil war.  But when a mysterious plague begins to ravage the countryside around San Isidro, the local parish priest convinces Moisés to take action. And when Moisés examines his first patient, he discovers he has the miraculous power to heal this plague with the touch of his hand. But among the thousands of pilgrims who flock to San Isidro, Moisés is forced to confront his past, and the violence that tore San Isidro apart. A meditation on mourning, redemption, and revenge, Seven Spots On The Sun follows each character’s attempt to come to terms with the extraordinary loss they have suffered and the miracles they have witnessed.

“...dark and powerful SEVEN SPOTS ON THE SUN feels more like a Grimm fairy tale than a fable.  Overall, powerful stuff and damn good theater.” -Behind the Curtain Cincinnati

"SEVEN SPOTS ON THE SUN...dramatizes the effects of civil war on a village called San Isidro in an unidentified Latin American country. The setting is allegorical rather than naturalistic: We never learn who is fighting whom, or what either side hopes to accomplish. War is simply the environment that these characters occupy and, we learn, helplessly perpetuate." -The Los Angeles Times

"In Martín Zimmerman’s mystical fable SEVEN SPOTS ON THE SUN, the dark solar storms represent both good and evil. " -The San Diego Tribune

MARTIN ZIMMERMAN is a multi-ethnic, bilingual playwright and screenwriter whose plays include Seven Spots On The Sun,  White Tie BallThe Making Of A Modern Folk Hero, The Solid Sand Below, and Let Me Count The Ways, and have been produced or developed at The Kennedy Center, Goodman Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse In The Park, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, Roundabout Underground, LCT3, New York Theatre Workshop, Victory Gardens Theater, The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Marin Theatre Company, The Playwrights’ Center, Alliance Theatre, A.C.T. (Seattle), PlayPenn, Icicle Creek Theatre Festival, American Theater Company, The Theatre @ Boston Court, Chicago Dramatists, Primary Stages, Teatro Vista, Playwrights Foundation, Cara Mía Theatre Co, Ojai Playwrights Conference, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, The City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs, Theatre Row, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Borderlands Theater, Source Festival, The Gift, Collaboraction, Red Tape, The University of Texas at Austin, and Duke University.

A recipient of the Terrence McNally New Play Award, Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award Citation, Humanitas Prize New Voices Award, Sky Cooper New American Play Prize, McKnight Advancement Grant, Jerome Fellowship, Carl Djerassi Playwriting Fellowship, and the National New Play Network’s Smith Prize, Martín was a Staff Writer on Netflix’s Narcos, has been the Alliance for Latino Theater Artists (ALTA) Artist of the Month,  was a member of the 2011-2012 Playwrights’ Unit at Goodman Theatre, is a Playwright in Residence at Teatro Vista, a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists, and has been a finalist for the Kendeda Competition and Heideman Award. MFA in Playwriting: The University of Texas at Austin. BA in Theater Studies, BS in Economics: Duke University.
WEYNI MENGESHA

Weyni Mengesha

WEYNI MENGESHA built her award-winning storytelling career in theaters across Canada. She recently made her U.S. directorial debut with Bars and Measures at the Boston Court in Los Angeles where she currently resides. She is thrilled to make her NYC debut with Rattlestick.  Recent directing work includes the Canadian premiere of Father Comes Home from the Wars by Suzan-Lori Parks and Breath Of Kings, an original adaptation of the Herniad Cycle at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. Toronto Critics award-winning productions include Lungs and The Small Room at the Top of the Stairs with Tarragon Theatre. Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts awards and nominations include Butcher (Why Not Theatre/The Theatre Centre), Kim’s Convenience and A Raisin in the Sun (Soulpepper Theatre), blood.claat(Theatre Passe Muraille), and the acclaimed ’da Kink in My Hair (Mirvish Productions). Upcoming productions include “Soulpepper On 42nd St” at The Pershing Square Signature Center. Weyni received her BFA in Directing at York University. Find her online at weynimengesha.com.

THE SOL PROJECT is a New York City-based initiative catalyzing change via a national movement to provide productions by Latinx playwrights, bringing the stories and culture of their community to the fore of the American Theater.

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Founded by Artistic Director Jacob Padrón with a collective of producers, actors and directors, Claudia Acosta, Elena Araoz, Adriana Gaviria, David Mendizábal, Kyoung Park and Laurie Woolery, The Sol Project builds visibility by activating a synergistic network of off-Broadway companies and regional theaters, all committed to producing Latinx stories and artists. By placing Latinx plays in conversation with other works in the seasons of major theater companies, the project is slated to not only make a difference in the lives of gifted Latinx playwrights but also to contribute a bold, kaleidoscopic body of work to what will become the new American canon.