Nelson Diaz-Marcano

Nelson Diaz-Marcano

Nelson Diaz-Marcano is a Puerto Rican playwright based in New York City. He graduated from Stony Brook University with a degree in Cinema and Cultural Studies, and study playwriting under the late Professor Jonathan Levy’s mentorship. His play Radical, based on the Chilean coup of 1973, won the Best Play award at the Downtown Urban Arts Festival in 2016. His plays have been selected for such prestigious events...
Nelson Diaz-Marcano is a Puerto Rican playwright based in New York City. He graduated from Stony Brook University with a degree in Cinema and Cultural Studies, and study playwriting under the late Professor Jonathan Levy’s mentorship. His play Radical, based on the Chilean coup of 1973, won the Best Play award at the Downtown Urban Arts Festival in 2016. His plays have been selected for such prestigious events as the Downtown Urban Arts Festival, Fresh Fruit Festival, The Source Festival and more. He’s had readings at MTC and the Classical Theatre of Harlem. Recent production credits include: Mami's House (Step1 Theatre Project,) Rabiosa (Pa, Puerto Rico by The Dirty Blondes) The Diplomats (Fresh Fruit Festival 2017, DUAF 2018), Promised Lands (Stable Cable Lab Co’s Livewire), Sweating Bullets (MTC reading, Ophelia Theatre Company Workshop, Thespis Theatre Festival,) and Prison Song (Downtown Arts Festival 2013, Midtown International Theatre Festival 2012,) He's been recently interviewed by the Mantle Thoughts magazine and the 50 Playwrights Project among others. Nelson's mission is to create work where different cultures are represented, and to raise awareness of their history.

Plays

  • World Classic
    FULL LENGTH: As a family prepares to watch the final game of the World Baseball Classic between the Puerto Rican and the United States national teams, a past tragedy rear its ugly head and threatens to tear apart their bond. Exploring both the connection and identity issues created by clashing generations of immigrants, this play is a study on what it is to feel like a foreigner in your own country and what...
    FULL LENGTH: As a family prepares to watch the final game of the World Baseball Classic between the Puerto Rican and the United States national teams, a past tragedy rear its ugly head and threatens to tear apart their bond. Exploring both the connection and identity issues created by clashing generations of immigrants, this play is a study on what it is to feel like a foreigner in your own country and what each generation calls home.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • 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?
  • El Yunque in English
    SHORT: A man hikes to the top of a rainforest to ask an Extraterrestrial being for a favor.
  • 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.