WORLD CLASSIC

FULL LENGTH: “World Classic” is what happens when you take the quintessential American domestic drama away from white suburbia. It explores the identity issues created by assimilation through the eyes of two generations of an immigrant family. Like “The Humans” or “August Osage County” before it, it all takes place during one night, but unlike them, this play focus on those that had to sacrifice their homeland...
FULL LENGTH: “World Classic” is what happens when you take the quintessential American domestic drama away from white suburbia. It explores the identity issues created by assimilation through the eyes of two generations of an immigrant family. Like “The Humans” or “August Osage County” before it, it all takes place during one night, but unlike them, this play focus on those that had to sacrifice their homeland and in the process, compromise their heritage.

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WORLD CLASSIC

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  • Franky Gonzalez:
    8 Apr. 2020
    Nelson Diaz-Marcano takes the structure of the domestic family drama and turns it into an exploration of family dynamics in a Puerto Rican family. The play would be fine on those legs alone, but Nelson takes it a step further and explores both sexuality, identity, immigration, and the toxicity of blind deference to the Latino patriarch. A marvelous play that will keep you reading and watching from first page to last. I hope it finds a long production life.
  • Dave Osmundsen:
    26 Mar. 2020
    I listened to this play on the Parsnip Ship podcast and fell in love with it. In addition to writing truthful, poignant, and uproariously funny dialogue, Diaz-Marcano crafts flesh and blood characters with hopes, dreams, fears, and contradictions. While it takes many notes from the traditional "kitchen sink" drama, "World Classic" stands on its own as a specific and universal story of one family struggling with their past and their future. PLEASE produce this play!
  • Chelsea Frandsen:
    24 Jan. 2020
    What a marvelous cast of deeply flawed and multi-dimensional characters telling a beautifully nuanced and emotional story about heritage, identity, trauma, family and grief. This is a story everyone can identify with; one that stuck with me long after I finished the last page and is still rattling around in my head. This is a show that should be seen on stage and experienced over and over again! No wonder I love Diaz-Marcano's work so much!

Character Information

  • Papo
    50+,
    Latinx
    ,
    Male
  • Gloria
    50+,
    Latinx
    ,
    Female
  • Miriam
    Mid 30's,
    Latinx
    , Array
  • Luisito
    Mid to late 20's,
    Latinx
    ,
    Male
  • Chachi
    Late 20's to early 30's,
    Latinx
    , Array

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    The Classical Theatre of Harlem
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
    ,
    The Parsnip Ship
    ,
    2018

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