Photos: Martín Zimmerman’s SEVEN SPOTS ON THE SUN opens at Rattlestick

SEVEN SPOTS ON THE SUN castmembers Rey Lucas, Claudia Acosta, Flora Diaz, Peter Jay Fernandez, Cesar Rosado, Flor De Liz Perez and Socorro Santiago (not pictured- Sean Carvajal). Photo by Lia Chang

The New York premiere of Martín Zimmerman’s meditation on mourning, redemption and revenge, Seven Spots On The Sun, directed by 2016 Dora Award winner Weyni Mengesha, opened at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, on May 10th. I caught up with the cast and creative team after the show at Macondo West, where the opening night party was in full salsa mode.

Playwright Martin Zimmerman, Peter Jay Fernandez and director Weyni Mengesha. Photo by Lia Chang
Playwright Martin Zimmerman, Peter Jay Fernandez and director Weyni Mengesha. Photo by Lia Chang

Presented in collaboration with The Sol Project, Seven Spots on the Sun features an 8 member all Latinx cast including Sean Carvajal as Luis,  Flora Diaz as Belén, Peter Jay Fernandez as Eugenio, Rey Lucas as Moisés, Flor De Liz Perez as Mónica, with Claudia Acosta, Cesar Rosado and Socorro Santiago rounding out the ensemble as The Town.

SEVEN SPOTS ON THE SUN castmembers Rey Lucas, Claudia Acosta, Flora Diaz, Peter Jay Fernandez, Cesar Rosado, Flor De Liz Perez and Socorro Santiago (not pictured- Sean Carvajal). Photo by Lia Chang
SEVEN SPOTS ON THE SUN castmembers Rey Lucas, Claudia Acosta, Flora Diaz, Peter Jay Fernandez, Cesar Rosado, Flor De Liz Perez and Socorro Santiago (not pictured- Sean Carvajal). Photo by Lia Chang

In Seven Spots On The Sun, a Latin-American village has been without its doctor for 18 months. A recluse, he has refused to look at any patients since the army took his wife away during the country’s civil war. Yet, when a mysterious plague ravages the countryside, he discovers he has the miraculous power to heal with the touch of his hand.

Seven Spots On The Sun performs Wednesday to Saturday evenings and Monday evenings at 8pm with matinees on Saturdays and Sundays at 3pm, through June 4, at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater (224 Waverly Place). Running time is approximately 85 minutes.

Director Weyni Mengesha, Playwright Martin Zimmerman, Flora Diaz, Peter Jay Fernandez, Flora De Liz Perez, Cesar Rosado, Claudia Acosta and Rey Lucas. Photo by Lia Chang
Director Weyni Mengesha, Playwright Martin Zimmerman, Flora Diaz, Peter Jay Fernandez, Flora De Liz Perez, Cesar Rosado, Claudia Acosta and Rey Lucas. Photo by Lia Chang

Tickets are $50 (General), $25 (Artist), $15 (Student). Tickets can be bought at www.Rattlestick.org or via phone at 212-627-2556.

Peter Jay Fernandez and Flor De Liz Perez. Photo by Lia Chang
Peter Jay Fernandez and Flor De Liz Perez. Photo by Lia Chang

Photos: Peter Jay Fernandez, Flor De Liz Perez, Sean Carvajal, Rey Lucas and More in New York Premiere of Martin Zimmerman’s SEVEN SPOTS ON THE SUN at Rattlestick, Opens May 10 

A Visit with the Cast of Martin Zimmerman’s SEVEN SPOTS ON THE SUN at Rattlestick, Opens May 10

Peter Jay Fernandez, Flora Diaz and Flor De Liz Perez Lead Cast of New York Premiere of Martin Zimmerman’s SEVEN SPOTS ON THE SUN at Rattlestick, April 26 – June 4 

Peter Jay Fernandez, Alex Breaux, Lucas Caleb Rooney and Zoë Winters Celebrate Opening Night of NYTW’s RED SPEEDO by Lucas Hnath 

Click here for more articles on Peter Jay Fernandez.

Click here for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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Photos: Peter Jay Fernandez, Flor De Liz Perez, Sean Carvajal, Rey Lucas and More in New York Premiere of Martin Zimmerman’s SEVEN SPOTS ON THE SUN at Rattlestick, Opens May 10

Peter Jay Fernandez. Photo by Russ Rowland
Cesar J. Rosado, Claudia Acosta, Peter Jay Fernandez, Socorro Santiago and Rey Lucas. Photo Credit: Russ Rowland
Cesar J. Rosado, Claudia Acosta, Peter Jay Fernandez, Socorro Santiago and Rey Lucas. Photo Credit: Russ Rowland

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, in collaboration with The Sol Project, presents the New York premiere of Martín Zimmerman’s meditation on mourning, redemption and revenge, Seven Spots On The Sun, directed by 2016 Dora Award winner Weyni Mengesha, starring Flora Diaz (The Eyes of My Mother, Fox’s “Gotham”), Peter Jay Fernandez (Broadway: All the Way, Cyrano de Bergerac) and Flor De Liz Perez (CBS’s “The Good Wife,” West End: The Motherf**ker with the HatDolphins and Sharks).

Cesar J. Rosado, Claudia Acosta, Socorro Santiago, Peter Jay Fernandez and Rey Lucas. Photo Credit: Russ Rowland
Cesar J. Rosado, Claudia Acosta, Socorro Santiago, Peter Jay Fernandez and Rey Lucas. Photo Credit: Russ Rowland

Seven Spots On The Sun is currently in previews and will open on Wednesday, May 10, at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater (224 Waverly Place). The limited 6-week engagement runs through June 4.

Cesar J. Rosado, Claudia Acosta, Socorro Santiago, Peter Jay Fernandez and Rey Lucas. Photo Credit: Russ Rowland
Cesar J. Rosado, Claudia Acosta, Socorro Santiago, Peter Jay Fernandez and Rey Lucas. Photo Credit: Russ Rowland

In Seven Spots On The Sun, a Latin-American village has been without its doctor for 18 months. A recluse, he has refused to look at any patients since the army took his wife away during the country’s civil war. Yet, when a mysterious plague ravages the countryside, he discovers he has the miraculous power to heal with the touch of his hand.

Cesar J. Rosado, Peter Jay Fernandez, Socorro Santiago, Rey Lucas and Claudia Acosta. Photo Credit: Russ Rowland
Cesar J. Rosado, Peter Jay Fernandez, Socorro Santiago, Rey Lucas and Claudia Acosta. Photo Credit: Russ Rowland

The 8-member all Latinx cast also includes Claudia Acosta (The Architecture of BecomingDance for a DollarDon Cristobal Billy Club Man), Sean Carvajal (Tell Hector I Miss Him, HBO’s “Crush,” Water by the Spoonful), Rey Lucas (Exit StrategyWater by the Spoonful, Broadway: The Rainmaker), Cesar J. Rosado (Dolphins and Sharks, Middle Voice Co-Artistic Director) and Socorro Santiago (Kingdom Come, ABC’s “All My Children”).

Claudia Acosta, Socorro Santiago, Sean Carvajal, Flor De Liz Perez, Rey Lucas, Peter Jay Fernandez and Cesar J. Rosado. Photo Credit: Russ Rowland
Claudia Acosta, Socorro Santiago, Sean Carvajal, Flor De Liz Perez, Rey Lucas, Peter Jay Fernandez and Cesar J. Rosado. Photo Credit: Russ Rowland
Flor De Liz Perez, Flora Diaz, Rey Lucas, Peter Jay Fernandez, Cesar J. Rosado, Claudia Acosta and Socorro Santiago. Photo Credit: Russ Rowland
Flor De Liz Perez, Flora Diaz, Rey Lucas, Peter Jay Fernandez, Cesar J. Rosado, Claudia Acosta and Socorro Santiago. Photo Credit: Russ Rowland

The production team includes Arnulfo Maldonado (Scenic Design), Amith Chandrashaker (Lighting Design), Tei Blow (Sound Design), Fabian Aguilar(Costume Design), Rebecca Key (Production Manager), Nicole Marconi (Production Stage Manager), Genevieve Ortiz (Assistant Stage Manager) and Jack Doulin + Sharky (Casting).

Flor De Liz Perez and Sean Carvajal. Photo Credit: Russ Rowland
Flor De Liz Perez and Sean Carvajal. Photo Credit: Russ Rowland

After the May 10 opening, tickets are $50 (General), $25 (Artist), $15 (Student). May 11 is a pay-what-you-can night. Tickets can be bought at www.Rattlestick.org or via phone at 212-627-2556.

Flora Diaz and Rey Lucas. Photo Credit: Russ Rowland
Flora Diaz and Rey Lucas. Photo Credit: Russ Rowland

Flora Diaz and Rey Lucas. Photo Credit: Russ Rowland

Flora Diaz and Peter Jay Fernandez. Photo Credit: Russ Rowland
Flora Diaz and Peter Jay Fernandez. Photo Credit: Russ Rowland
Peter Jay Fernandez. Photo Credit: Russ Rowland
Peter Jay Fernandez. Photo Credit: Russ Rowland
Peter Jay Fernandez. Photo by Russ Rowland
Peter Jay Fernandez. Photo by Russ Rowland
Rey Lucas and Flora Diaz. Photo Credit: Russ Rowland
Rey Lucas and Flora Diaz. Photo Credit: Russ Rowland
Sean Carvajal and Flor De Liz Perez. Photo Credit: Russ Rowland
Sean Carvajal and Flor De Liz Perez. Photo Credit: Russ Rowland
Sean Carvajal and Flor De Liz Perez. Photo Credit: Russ Rowland
Sean Carvajal and Flor De Liz Perez. Photo Credit: Russ Rowland
Socorro Santiago, Flor De Liz Perez, Sean Carvajal and Peter Jay Fernandez. Photo Credit: Russ Rowland
Socorro Santiago, Flor De Liz Perez, Sean Carvajal and Peter Jay Fernandez. Photo Credit: Russ Rowland

A Visit with the Cast of Martin Zimmerman’s SEVEN SPOTS ON THE SUN at Rattlestick, Opens May 10

Peter Jay Fernandez, Flora Diaz and Flor De Liz Perez Lead Cast of New York Premiere of Martin Zimmerman’s SEVEN SPOTS ON THE SUN at Rattlestick, April 26 – June 4 

Peter Jay Fernandez, Alex Breaux, Lucas Caleb Rooney and Zoë Winters Celebrate Opening Night of NYTW’s RED SPEEDO by Lucas Hnath 

Click here for more articles on Peter Jay Fernandez.

Click here for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.

Peter Jay Fernandez and Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits
Peter Jay Fernandez and Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

A Visit with the Cast of Martin Zimmerman’s SEVEN SPOTS ON THE SUN at Rattlestick, Opens May 10

Claudia Acosta, Flor De Liz Perez, Sean Carvajal, Peter Jay Fernandez, Rey Lucas, Flora Diaz and Cesar J. Rosado on the set of Martin Zimmerman’s ‘Seven Spots On the Sun” at Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre. Photo by Lia Chang
Peter Jay Fernandez. Photo by Lia Chang
Peter Jay Fernandez. Photo by Lia Chang

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in collaboration with The Sol Project is presenting the New York premiere of Martín Zimmerman’s Seven Spots On The Sun starring Flora Diaz (The Eyes of My Mother, Fox’s “Gotham”) as Belén, Peter Jay Fernandez (Broadway: All the Way, Cyrano de Bergerac) as Eugenio and Flor De Liz Perez (CBS’s “The Good Wife,” West End: The Motherf**ker with the Hat, Dolphins and Sharks) as Mónica2016 Dora Award winner Weyni Mengesha directs.

Flor De Liz Perez and Sean Carvajal. Photo by Lia Chang
Flor De Liz Perez and Sean Carvajal. Photo by Lia Chang

Seven Spots On The Sun began previews on April 26, for a Wednesday, May 10 opening at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater (224 Waverly Place). The limited 6-week engagement runs through June 4.

Cesar Rosado, Claudia Acosta, Peter Jay Fernandez, Socorro Santiago and Rey Lucas in Martin Zimmerman's 'Seven Spots on the Sun'. Photo by Russ Rowland
Cesar Rosado, Claudia Acosta, Peter Jay Fernandez, Socorro Santiago and Rey Lucas in Martin Zimmerman’s ‘Seven Spots on the Sun’. Photo by Russ Rowland

In Seven Spots On The Sun, a Latin-American village has been without its doctor for 18 months. A recluse, he has refused to look at any patients since the army took his wife away during the country’s civil war. Yet, when a mysterious plague ravages the countryside, he discovers he has the miraculous power to heal with the touch of his hand.

Claudia Acosta, Flor De Liz Perez, Socorro Santiago, Sean Carvajal, Rey Lucas, Peter Jay Fernandez and Cesar J. Rosado in Martin Zimmerman's 'Seven Spots on the Sun'. Photo by Russ Rowland
Claudia Acosta, Flor De Liz Perez, Socorro Santiago, Sean Carvajal, Rey Lucas, Peter Jay Fernandez and Cesar J. Rosado in Martin Zimmerman’s ‘Seven Spots on the Sun’. Photo by Russ Rowland

The cast also includes Claudia Acosta (The Architecture of Becoming, Dance for a Dollar, Don Cristobal Billy Club Man) as The Town, Sean Carvajal (Tell Hector I Miss Him, HBO’s “Crush,” Water by the Spoonful) as Luis, Rey Lucas (Exit Strategy, Water by the Spoonful, Broadway: The Rainmaker) as Moisés, Cesar Rosado (Dolphins and Sharks, Middle Voice Co-Artistic Director) as The Town and Socorro Santiago (Kingdom Come, ABC’s “All My Children”) as The Town.

Peter Jay Fernandez in Martin Zimmerman's 'Seven Spots on the Sun'. Photo by Russ Rowland
Peter Jay Fernandez in Martin Zimmerman’s ‘Seven Spots on the Sun’. Photo by Russ Rowland

The production team includes Arnulfo Maldonado (Scenic Design), Amith Chandrashaker (Lighting Design), Tei Blow (Sound Design), Fabian Aguilar (Costume Design), Rebecca Key (Production Manager), Nicole Marconi (Production Stage Manager), Genevieve Ortiz (Assistant Stage Manager) and Jack Doulin + Sharky (Casting).

Socorro Santiago and Sean Carvajal. Photo by Lia Chang
Socorro Santiago and Sean Carvajal. Photo by Lia Chang

Seven Spots On The Sun performs Wednesday to Saturday evenings and Monday evenings at 8pm with matinees on Saturdays and Sundays at 3pm, through June 4, at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater (224 Waverly Place). Running time is approximately 95 minutes.

Claudia Acosta, Flor De Liz Perez, Sean Carvajal, Peter Jay Fernandez, Rey Lucas, Flora Diaz and Cesar J. Rosado on the set of Martin Zimmerman’s ‘Seven Spots On the Sun” at Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre. Photo by Lia Chang
Claudia Acosta, Flor De Liz Perez, Sean Carvajal, Peter Jay Fernandez, Rey Lucas, Flora Diaz and Cesar J. Rosado on the set of Martin Zimmerman’s ‘Seven Spots On the Sun” at Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre. Photo by Lia Chang

Post-show talkbacks will take place on May 6 with Playwright Martín Zimmerman, May 7 with Director Weyni Mengesha, and on May 24 and May 31 with the cast.

Weyni Mengesha and Peter Jay Fernandez. Photo by Lia Chang
Director Weyni Mengesha and Peter Jay Fernandez. Photo by Lia Chang

Preview ticket prices, April 26 through May 9, are $35 (General), $25 (Artist), $10 (Student). After the May 10 opening, tickets are $50 (General), $25 (Artist), $15 (Student). April 27 and May 11 are pay-what-you-can nights. Tickets can be bought at www.Rattlestick.org or via phone at 212-627-2556.

www.solproject.org.

Peter Jay Fernandez, Flora Diaz and Flor De Liz Perez Lead Cast of New York Premiere of Martin Zimmerman’s SEVEN SPOTS ON THE SUN at Rattlestick, April 26 – June 4

Peter Jay Fernandez, Alex Breaux, Lucas Caleb Rooney and Zoë Winters Celebrate Opening Night of NYTW’s RED SPEEDO by Lucas Hnath 

Click here for more articles on Peter Jay Fernandez.

Click here for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.

Peter Jay Fernandez and Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits
Peter Jay Fernandez and Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

Peter Jay Fernandez, Flora Diaz and Flor De Liz Perez Lead Cast of New York Premiere of Martin Zimmerman’s SEVEN SPOTS ON THE SUN at Rattlestick, April 26 – June 4

Peter Jay Fernandez. Photo by Lia Chang R

Martin Zimmerman's SEVEN SPOTS ON THE SUN to Make New York Premiere at RattlestickRattlestick Playwrights Theater in collaboration with The Sol Project is presenting the New York premiere of Martín Zimmerman’s Seven Spots On The Sun starring Flora Diaz (The Eyes of My Mother, Fox’s “Gotham”), Peter Jay Fernandez (Broadway: All the Way, Cyrano de Bergerac) and Flor De Liz Perez (CBS’s “The Good Wife,” West End: The Motherf**ker with the Hat, Dolphins and Sharks). 2016 Dora Award winner Weyni Mengesha directs.

Seven Spots On The Sun begins previews Wednesday, April 26, for a Wednesday, May 10 opening at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater (224 Waverly Place). The limited 6-week engagement runs through June 4.

Peter Jay Fernandez. Photo by Lia Chang R
Peter Jay Fernandez. Photo by Lia Chang

In Seven Spots On The Sun, a Latin-American village has been without its doctor for 18 months. A recluse, he has refused to look at any patients since the army took his wife away during the country’s civil war. Yet, when a mysterious plague ravages the countryside, he discovers he has the miraculous power to heal with the touch of his hand.

The cast also includes Claudia Acosta (The Architecture of Becoming, Dance for a Dollar, Don Cristobal Billy Club Man), Sean Carvajal (Tell Hector I Miss Him, HBO’s “Crush,” Water by the Spoonful), Rey Lucas (Exit Strategy, Water by the Spoonful, Broadway: The Rainmaker), Cesar Rosado (Dolphins and Sharks, Middle Voice Co-Artistic Director) and Socorro Santiago (Kingdom Come, ABC’s “All My Children”).

Peter Jay Fernandez is a two time Audelco winner. He has appeared on Broadway in All The WayCyrano de BergeracHenry IVJelly’s Last JamJulius CaesarThe Merchant of Venice. His other Off Broadway credits include: Father comes Home from the War Pt. 1, 2 and 3The Merchant of VeniceHenry VIIIAs You Like ItMacbeth, and The Winter’s Tale at The Public; RICHARD III: Born with Teeth and Widowers Houses (Epic Theatre); in Luz at La Mama; Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom at New Haarlem Arts; CQ/CX at Atlantic Theater Co.; The Pain and the ItchZooman and the SignToo Much MemoryThe God CommitteeOnce Around the CityThunder Knocking on the DoorPhaedra in Delirium; Spell# 7; Coriolanus; Split Second; Checkmates and more. His film and television credits include “Shades of Blue” (recurring), “Royal Pains,” “Gotham,” “Elementary,” “House of Cards,” “Fringe,” “Damages,” “Deception (TV),” “The Good Wife,” “Blue Bloods,” “Body of Proof,” “Law and Order(s),” “Mama I Want to Sing,” The Adjustment BureauDeception (Film), Preaching to the ChoirFunny Valentines and more. Awards: Helen Hayes (Nom.) BTTA (Nom), Audie Award (narration).

The production team includes Arnulfo Maldonado (Scenic Design), Amith Chandrashaker (Lighting Design), Tei Blow (Sound Design), Fabian Aguilar (Costume Design), Rebecca Key (Production Manager), Nicole Marconi (Production Stage Manager), Genevieve Ortiz (Assistant Stage Manager) and Jack Doulin + Sharky (Casting).

Seven Spots On The Sun performs Wednesday to Saturday evenings and Monday evenings at 8pm with matinees on Saturdays and Sundays at 3pm, April 26 through June 4, at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater (224 Waverly Place). Running time is approximately 95 minutes.

Post-show talkbacks will take place on May 6 with Playwright Martín Zimmerman, May 7 with Director Weyni Mengesha, and on May 24 and May 31 with the cast.

Preview ticket prices, April 26 through May 9, are $35 (General), $25 (Artist), $10 (Student). After the May 10 opening, tickets are $50 (General), $25 (Artist), $15 (Student). April 27 and May 11 are pay-what-you-can nights. Tickets can be bought at www.Rattlestick.org or via phone at 212-627-2556.

Martín Zimmerman is a multi-ethnic, bilingual playwright and screenwriter whose plays include Seven Spots On The Sun, White Tie Ball, The 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, NYTW, 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, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Borderlands Theater, Source Festival, The Gift, Collaboraction, Red Tape, UT-Austin and Duke University.

Zimmerman is 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. He was a Staff Writer on Netflix’s “Narcos,” has been the Alliance for Latino Theater Artists (ALTA) Artist of the Month, a member of the 2011-2012 Playwrights’ Unit at the Goodman Theatre. Martín 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.

Roundabout Theatre Company just presented the world premiere of Mr. Zimmerman’s On the Exhale, directed by Rattlestick Advisory Board Member Leigh Silverman. Mr. Zimmerman was a staff writer on Netflix’s “Narcos” and is a story editor on the upcoming Netflix series “Ozark.”

Dora Award-winning Director Weyni Mengesha built her award-winning storytelling career in theaters across Canada. She was a 2017 Women in View “Five In Focus” winner, which honored her as one of Canada’s top female directors. Mengesha recently made her U.S. directorial debut with Bars and Measures at the Boston Court in Los Angeles, which recently earned 3 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards nominations. She makes her NYC debut with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater directing Martín Zimmerman’s Seven Spots On The Sun. 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). Other upcoming productions include Soulpepper’s Kim Convenience on 42nd St. at The Pershing Square Signature Center. Mengesha received her BFA in Directing at York University.

Since 1994, RATTLESTICK PLAYWRIGHTS THEATER has created, developed and produced many of the nation’s greatest playwrights and their works. Their mission is to provide a positive, nurturing experience for emerging playwrights, to present diverse and challenging plays that otherwise might not be produced, and to foster the future voices of American theater. When they take on a playwright, they guarantee him or her a second production, regardless of the reception of the first. They have produced the first plays and early works of some of today’s leading voices, including Annie Baker, Sheila Callaghan, Jesse Eisenberg, Martyna Majok, Adam Rapp, Lucy Thurber, and Craig Wright. They have also produced works by some of our nation’s most important playwrights, including Charles Fuller, Craig Lucas, Dael Orlandersmith, and José Rivera, whose risky and challenging works other theaters are unwilling to produce. For more information, visit www.Rattlestick.org.

Founded in May 2016, THE SOL PROJECT is a New York City-based theater initiative dedicated to producing works by Latinx playwrights, bringing the stories of their community to the fore of American theater. Founded by Artistic Director Jacob G. Padrón, and driven by a collective of actors, producers and directors, The Sol Project will elevate the visibility of Latinx writers in New York and nationally by activating a synergistic network of Off-Broadway companies and regional theaters while prioritizing racial diversity within casts, crews and creative teams. Twelve playwrights, at all stages in their careers, are first partnered with Off-Broadway companies to execute main stage productions. Regional partners then commit to the continued life of each play with subsequent productions. By placing Latinx voices in the seasons of leading theater companies, the project is slated to not only make a difference in the lives of gifted Latinx storytellers, it will contribute a bold, kaleidoscopic body of work for the new American canon. The Sol Project’s artistic collective is Claudia Acosta, Elena Araoz, Adriana Gaviria, David Mendizabal, Jacob G. Padrón, Kyoung Park and Laurie Woolery. Current partners include: New Georges, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, The Public Theater, LAByrinth Theater Company, Atlantic Theater Company, WP Theater, Primary Stages, Berkeley Rep, and Cara Mía Theatre Co. For more information, go to www.solproject.org.

Peter Jay Fernandez, Alex Breaux, Lucas Caleb Rooney and Zoë Winters Celebrate Opening Night of NYTW’s RED SPEEDO by Lucas Hnath 

Click here for more articles on Peter Jay Fernandez.

Click here for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.

Lia Chang_photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang_photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.