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Sonnets for an Old Century

by José Rivera

directed by Kym Pappas

Show dates:  June 5, 7 & 8 @ 7:30pm,
                        June 8 @ 2pm

Arthur Wagner Theatre

About the Play

“Where do we go when we die?” And if you were to offer commentary regarding the life that you’ve lived, “What would you say?”

About the Director

Kym Pappas is the Co-Artistic Director of InnerMission Productions. She developed the Charles K. Nichols Internship Program at OnStage Playhouse and has served as its director since 2006. Directing credits include Well (Diversionary Theatre), The Kid Thing (Moxie Theatre), Fat Pig, The Vagina Monologues, Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, and A Prayer, The Diary of Anne Frank, The MENding Monologues, No Child… (Co-directed w/ Carla Nell), and The Coffee Shop Chronicles (InnerMission). Kym currently serves as a teaching artist, running the C.R.A.S.H theatre program at High Tech High Chula Vista and volunteering with teens at the Toussaint Academy. She directed and developed an original theatre piece, ONE with the L.E.T Youth Crew and the San Diego Domestic Violence Council for their annual HOPE in the Park event (2010). Kym was the recipient of the 2011 Jim Payton Spirit of Community Award. She is a member of the Pasadena Playhouse Directors Lab West and she studied at the American Conservatory Theatre.

About the Playwright

José Rivera is an award-winning screenwriter and playwright. Mr. Rivera has won two Obie Awards for playwriting for MARISOL and REFERENCES TO SALVADOR DALI MAKE ME HOT, both produced at The Public Theater in New York. His plays THE PROMISE, EACH DAY DIES WITH SLEEP, CLOUD TECTONICS, THE STREET OF THE SUN, SUEÑO, SONNETS FOR AN OLD CENTURY, SCHOOL OF THE AMERICAS, BRAINPEOPLE, GIANTS HAVE US IN THEIR BOOK and THE HOUSE OF RAMON IGLESIA have been produced in theaters across the country and around the world. Plays-in-progress include THE LAST BOOK OF HOMER, HUMAN EMOTIONAL PROCESS, THE HOURS ARE FEMININE, a new translation of KISS OF THE SPIDERWOMAN and SCREAM FOR THE LOST ROMANTICS. ADORATION OF THE OLD WOMAN made its New York debut at INTAR Theatre in March 2014. Celestina, based on his play CLOUD TECTONICS, will mark his debut as a feature film director. Mr. Rivera has received awards from the Fulbright Arts Fellowship, the Whiting Foundation, the Kennedy Center, National Endowment for the Arts, the National Arts Club, New York Foundation for the Arts, the McKnight Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation. Mr. Rivera’s screenplay for The Motorcycle Diaries was nominated for a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar in 2005 making him the first Puerto Rican writer to be nominated for an Academy Award. Also nominated for a BAFTA and a Writers Guild Award, The Motorcycle Diaries won top writing awards in Spain and Argentina. His screenplay based on Jack Kerouac’s On the Road premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and was distributed nationally in the winter of 2013. His film Trade was the first film to premiere at the United Nations. He has story credit on the film The 33 and shares credit on Letters to Juliet. Other screenplays include The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Scott Rudin, producer); The State Boys Rebellion; Compositions in Black and White; Three Apples Fell From Heaven (Shekhar Kapur, director); Face Value; Riders on the Storm; American Rust; The Crown (Rodrigo Garcia, director); Vincent (Ben Foster, director); Patriotic Treason (Giancarlo Esposito, director); White Fang (Lance Acord, director); Deity; an untitled film based on the Korean film Failan (Andres Moore, director); and Even Silence Has an End. Television credits include an untitled HBO pilot, co-written and produced by Tom Hanks; The House of Ramon Iglesia; A.K.A. Pablo (Norman Lear, producer); The Eddie Matos Story; Eerie, Indiana (co-creator and producer); Goosebumps; Mayhem (Bob Cooper, producer); The Conquest (Ron Howard, producer); and Latino Roots, an untitled 10-hour limited series for HBO. Mr. Rivera made his film-acting debut playing himself in Margarita with a Straw. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Sundance Institute and has been a creative advisor for Screenwriting Labs in Utah, Jordan and India. A member of the LAByrinth Theatre Company and Ensemble Studio Theatre, he leads a weekly writing workshop in New York City, where he lives. In the works is his first novel, Love Makes the City Crumble.

Director's Statement

coming soon

The Cast

John Ortiz – Liberty Romanik
Cordelia Gonzalez/ Anne O’Sullivan –  Helena Lopez
Javi Mulero –  Hannah Folk
Jessica Hecht – Juliana Scheding
Kiersten Van Horne – Kirstiana Rosas
Ana Ortiz – Vanessa Fitzpatrick
Yusef Bulos –  Benjamin Mclaren
Camilia Sanes –  Christina Duncanson
Vanessa Marquez –  Ceres Trinh
Wendy Johnson –  Angelynn Pawaan
Felicity Jones –  Stephanie Russo
Antionette Abbamonte –  Jolie Andersen
Maricela Ochoa –  Chloris Li
Kristine Nielsen –  Alana Burgess
Carlo Alban – Alejandro Carrera
Michi Barall – Sim Singh
Doris Difarnecio –  Isabele De-lima-Vargas-Simoe
Gino Silva –  Joshua Kim

The Creative Team

Director – Kym Pappas
Scenic Designer – Eugenie Jaun
Costume Designer – Michael Romero
Lighting Designer – Hyunjung Hazel Park
Sound Designer – Charles Glaudini
Assistant Director – Jenna Nimri
Assistant Costume Designer – Kara Reynolds
Assistant Costume Designer – Zif Ye

Production Stage Manager – Rosanna Wong
Assistant Stage Manager – Yu Pan (Shadow)
Assistant Stage Manager – Jessica Cisneros-Mendoza
Production Assistant – Jesse Sanchez-Villegas

Performances Parking & Location

Located at: Arthur Wagner Theatre

Parking Passes Required: Monday through Friday. Weeknight passes are $2 per vehicle from the vending machines located in the UC San Diego Theatre District/La Jolla Playhouse parking lots and entry display case. Please remember your parking space number. You will need it to purchase your parking pass.

Note: Machines take all major credit cards except Discover and when paying with cash you must use exact change, NO CHANGE GIVEN.

Parking Passes Not Required: Saturdays and Sundays


Cars without permits are subject to ticketing by UCSD Campus Police. The Theatre & Dance Department does not have the authority to waive and cannot pay parking tickets.




Jun. 5

Jun. 7

Jun. 8

Jun. 8
7:30 pm     OPENING

7:30 pm  

2:00 pm     Matinee

7:30 pm     CLOSING

Advance tickets for this production are available only online through the "Click here for tickets" button above. You can leave a message at 858.534.4574 with questions and we will get back to you. You can also purchase online on your phone the night of at the theatre.

At-the-Door tickets, if available, can be purchased one hour before show time at the performing theatre’s box office.

General Admission: $20
UCSD Faculty/Staff/Alumni Association, and Seniors (over 62): $15
UCSD Students/UCSD Alumni Association (with ID): $10

Please note: No late seating; no refunds.

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