Marco Antonio Rodriguez

Marco Antonio Rodriguez

Born and raised in New York City, with roots from the Dominican Republic, Marco Antonio holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Southern Methodist University. His acclaimed play, Ashes Of Light, has received extended by popular demand productions in theaters across the nation and internationally such as Off-Broadway's LATEA theater, Lehman Stages, Dominican Republic's Teatro Las Máscaras and Buenos...
Born and raised in New York City, with roots from the Dominican Republic, Marco Antonio holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Southern Methodist University. His acclaimed play, Ashes Of Light, has received extended by popular demand productions in theaters across the nation and internationally such as Off-Broadway's LATEA theater, Lehman Stages, Dominican Republic's Teatro Las Máscaras and Buenos Aires, Argentina's Teatro La Mueca. It is the recipient of 5 HOLA awards, including Outstanding Achievement In Playwriting. Ashes Of Light has been published in both Spanish and English editions by NoPassport Press and studied at universities nationwide and internationally such as Rutgers and the University Of Puerto Rico. Marco Antonio has written guest commentary for national publication Latino Leaders Magazine and TCG (Theatre Communications Guild). He is the recipient of a Banff International Literary Translation Centre Writing Residency in Alberta, Canada and a CUNY Dominican Studies Institute Archives Library Fellowship. He was recently given the "Rising Star Award" by the New York Dominican Parade. His play, Barceló On The Rocks, was an O'Neill Theater Conference semi-finalist, won the national MetLife Nuestras Voces Playwriting competition as well as 4 HOLA awards which include outstanding achievement in playwriting. NoPassport Press has published Barceló On The Rocks in a dual English/Spanish edition available on Amazon.com. Marco Antonio was commissioned to adapt Julia Alvarez’ best-selling novel, In The Name Of Salomé, into a stage play. It won HOLA, ACE, ATI and LATA awards in the best play and best production categories and enjoyed a critically acclaimed, extended run at New York's Spanish Repertory Theater. Marco just adapted and directed the world-premiere adaptation of Junot Diaz' Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao for New York's Spanish Repertory Theater. It is currently enjoying a sold-out, extended run. As an actor, Marco Antonio has been seen in numerous television, films and theater productions. Recently, Marco Antonio co-starred in the world premiere of Catherine Filloux's Kidnap Road at La Mama Experimental Theater in New York and in the short film, TRUMPET, set for a winter release.

Plays

  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
    World premiere adaptation of Junot Díaz' Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Oscar is a naive “nerd” from New Jersey who has finally left the grips of his imposing Dominican mother and is attending his first semester of college at Rutgers with his rebellious sister. He dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien and, most of all, finding love. But Oscar may never get what he wants. Blame the “fukú”—a curse...
    World premiere adaptation of Junot Díaz' Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Oscar is a naive “nerd” from New Jersey who has finally left the grips of his imposing Dominican mother and is attending his first semester of college at Rutgers with his rebellious sister. He dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien and, most of all, finding love. But Oscar may never get what he wants. Blame the “fukú”—a curse that has haunted Oscar’s family for generations, following them on their epic journey from Santo Domingo to the USA. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao explores the endless human capacity to persevere—and risk it all—in the name of love.
  • Bloom
    After being imprisoned for what has been deemed a “shameful” lifestyle, a man returns to his hometown to face the woman who will determine his fate. As the clock inches towards a final decision, the battle for life, truth and understanding is shaken by unexpected revelations that challenge preconceived ideas and the true meaning of unconditional love.
  • In The Name Of Salomé
    An original new play inspired by Julia Alvarez’s epic, best-selling fictional novel of real-life iconic poet Salomé Ureña de Henríquez. Born in the 1850s, in a time of intense political and emotional repression and turmoil, Salomé’s fervent patriotic poems turned her into a national icon. “In the Name of Salomé” is equally the story of Salomé’s daughter, Camila, who grows up in exile, in the shadow of her mother’s legend.
  • Barceló On The Rocks
    Nino Antonio Ortiz — a man with an intriguing past and dark secrets — is confronted by hallucinations of late Dominican President Joaquín Balaguer. Transported between his youth in the island’s countryside and his old age in his Washington Heights home in New York, Nino must face the true origins of his bitterness before they destroy himself and his entire family.
  • Ashes Of Light
    Over the course of two evenings mother and son, two estranged generations of Dominicans living in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, New York, attempt to rekindle the love and appreciation for each other and their roots; but unexpectedly revealed intimate and taboo secrets threaten to destroy an already thin bond.