Nelson Diaz-Marcano

Nelson Diaz-Marcano

Nelson Diaz-Marcano is a Puerto Rican playwright based in New York City. Recently, his play “Rabiosa” was one of the winners at the distinguished Samuel French OOB Short Play Festival. Other awards include Outstanding Play at the Fresh Fruit Festival for “The Diplomats” (now published by OWP) and Best Play at the Downtown Urban Arts Festival 2016 for his play “Radical”. Other recent credits include: “World...
Nelson Diaz-Marcano is a Puerto Rican playwright based in New York City. Recently, his play “Rabiosa” was one of the winners at the distinguished Samuel French OOB Short Play Festival. Other awards include Outstanding Play at the Fresh Fruit Festival for “The Diplomats” (now published by OWP) and Best Play at the Downtown Urban Arts Festival 2016 for his play “Radical”. Other recent credits include: “World Classic” (Ingenio Milagro 2018, The Parsnip Ship,) “Revolt” (World Premiere - Vision Latino Theatre Company,) “El Yunque in English” (Fresh Fruit Festival 2018,) “Paper Towels” (The Brick, EAT New Work Series,) “Promised Lands” (Stable Cable Lab Co’s,) and “Prison Song” (Downtown Urban Arts Festival 2013.) Nelson's main artistic mission is to raise awareness about the contrasting cultures that form the communities of this nation and in doing so, explore how they all fit together in the American experiment.

Plays

  • 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.

  • The Diplomats
    FULL LENGTH: A few days before election night 2016, close friends Annie and Carlos are reunited in her small Astoria apartment during his first visit to New York since he moved to be with his husband in Florida. At first, it seems their relationship hasn't changed. That is until Carlos brings an unexpected guest; Annie's old best and estranged friend Gary. Throughout the course of the night they learn...
    FULL LENGTH: A few days before election night 2016, close friends Annie and Carlos are reunited in her small Astoria apartment during his first visit to New York since he moved to be with his husband in Florida. At first, it seems their relationship hasn't changed. That is until Carlos brings an unexpected guest; Annie's old best and estranged friend Gary. Throughout the course of the night they learn that while they may not have changed much as people, society has. Now they have to confront each other in a whole new reality and their relationships may never be the same.
  • MISFIT, AMERICA: An American Western With Color
    FULL LENGTH: Combining the magical realistic influences of Latin American literature with the Western genre popularized in the twentieth century, “Misfit, America” follows a diverse community led by an interracial couple as they are forced to protect a Native American teen from a brotherhood of supremacists. But before they can fight, they must become at peace with their past and learn to trust the future on...
    FULL LENGTH: Combining the magical realistic influences of Latin American literature with the Western genre popularized in the twentieth century, “Misfit, America” follows a diverse community led by an interracial couple as they are forced to protect a Native American teen from a brotherhood of supremacists. But before they can fight, they must become at peace with their past and learn to trust the future on each other. Living on the outskirts of the last free place in America, this band of misfits must prepare to give it all or run
  • Into The River I Went
    FULL-LENGTH: Raquel and Ben are high school sweethearts who have gotten engaged to the dismay of his sister, Janet. The two women have been pitted against each other since the day they met by class, culture, and gender expectations. Suddenly they find themselves forced to work together to fight a violent beast that stalks them. Can they come to an understanding in time or will they fall prey to the beast?
  • REVOLT!
    FULL LENGTH: Once he was a young boy getting lost in the cane fields. Soon after he was a teenager wanting to protect his family. Then he became an adult fighting for his identity. Now, Don Quique has grown old and there’s only one path for him; revenge! This is the story of Puerto Rico as told by a woman trying to explain its history the only way it survived, by telling the history of its people.
  • RABIOSA: An Ode to Hurricane Maria
    SHORT: A one woman show that pits a fiery Puerto Rican woman against Hurricane Maria, as she demands for the Hurricane to give back what it took away. The battle is on, the lasso is ready, but will the island survive?
  • El Yunque in English
    SHORT: A man hikes to the top of a rainforest to ask an Extraterrestrial being for a favor.
  • RADICAL
    ONE-ACT: It is September 11, 1973 in Santiago, Chile and the government has been brutally overtaken by the military. In the midst, three strangers battle it out in a basement while chaos and paranoia drown a dying promise. Radical shows what happens to people who are left with nothing but hope. Winner of the Downtown Urban Arts Festival 2016 Best Play.
  • Prison Song
    ONE-ACT: PRISON SONG is a haunting play about the complicated relationship forged between two men, as one adapts to his new life in the fantastic circus known as prison, while the other attempts to forget his past. A reflection of America and its prison system, this battle of words is an adventure about realities shared and dreams deferred.
  • The Hostile, The Holy and The Holding
    SHORT: Everyone has their own ideas of what the holidays is all about. Some just take it upon their own hands to get the results they need.
  • Paper Towels
    ONE-ACT: A man that lost everything in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico is about to attack the people of the government that left them forgotten. The only thing standing between him and this heinous act? His cousin and an echo dot.
  • Straight Card
    SHORT: Dylan has quite the gift for his cousin Dre this holiday season: He has decided he is no longer straight and is queer just like them. Can it be that simple?
  • I Saw Jesus in Toa Baja
    ONE-ACT: Leslie, a Transgender Puerto Rican, recaps the first 60 days after a Hurricane leaves their home devastated and the meetings with a certain divine figure. This oddball comedy uses rhyme to tell the tale of a person finding hope at the darkest hour and how much power we have within.
  • Tiendita San Felipe (Or The Little Store That Could)
    ONE-ACT: A Story teller tells the history of how a farmer and a young store owner battle evil to create an indestructible place after a sleepless boy wonders about its surviving a Category 5 Hurricane. Using musical and dance aspects, this storybook tale will transport you to a time where gods and monsters still live and were not the different than us.
  • Promised Lands
    SHORT: America has finally reached it peak. We are finally separated! Imagine each race has its own piece of land.... but then what about religion... or sexuality! The states have been separated and become a new country based on where you feel more comfortable. Nothing should go wrong right?... RIGHT?!
  • MAMI'S HOUSE
    SHORT: When a hurricane is threatening to rip apart the last connection you have to your past, its your life worth risking to save it?
  • Mother's Milk
    SHORT: An indecent proposal stands in-between A South African couple living in exile that must decide if a stable job in America is better than an uncertain future in the now free homeland they love.
  • THE REAL HERO
    ONE-MINUTE PLAY: We need someone to save us from these times. Can the real hero please stand up?
  • Would You Like To See Some Comedy?
    ONE-MINUTE PLAY: A man tries to grab the attention of a passerby with a joke.
  • Between Them Ears
    SHORT: Three clowns set up the find a great tune! But when one disagrees with the story, is up to the other two to defuse the situation.