New York, NY, October 23, 2019 - Altagracia Nova captivates audiences by playing Oscar Wao's boisterous and protective older sister, Lola. “The role is very dynamic and complex. Lola is a force to be reckoned with. She is a Latina who is not ashamed of who she is and stands for women empowerment. She's a strong female who is an advocate for her Indigenous and African roots. Her instincts call for her to confront situations head-on and to protect herself and loved ones at all costs. Still, she tactfully balances the bravado of her nature with her humor. Making her relatable and likable to so many women of today.” Altagracia is an established actress, whose acting career spans over 10 years, and will now include Lola to her repertoire.
The NY Times published that Marco Antonio Rodríguez’s script for The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao play is witty, and the play is culturally specific. A fusion of melancholy with comedic precision, and lends the opportunity to introduce a cohort of confident Latino actors to take center stage. The cast of seven, transcend the audience to a past that still reverberates strongly today with many Dominicans. Each actor breathes life to their characters, making them tangible and three dimensional. The realism of the language and cultural quirks are tastefully integrated with each role.
The play is a premiere of Junot Díaz’s 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. This new production based on Díaz’s best-selling novel was commissioned by Repertorio Español and is the first-ever stage adaptation in Spanish of this renowned masterpiece. The adaptation is being translated into Spanish by the talented Dominican-American Playwright and Director, Marco Antonio Rodríguez.
ANOVA has played the lead in various Off-Broadway plays as well as, HBO Films such as, Liberty Kid, where she played a party favers girl, Maria. She also played Madeline on Dance On 2, a professional dancer aspiring to tour with a prestigious dance company. In addition to being an actress, ANOVA directed and produced her own reality series, “ANOVA On The Road To Stardom.” The episodes take the viewer through her journey to fame and success, highlighting her time on Univision’s “Viva La Diva”, Latin Billboards Showcase Performance as well as being part of a national commercial with Verizon.
ABOUT THE PLAY
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. Lola Oscar’s sister is an intelligent fiery character. She has the heart of a warrior and is very over protective about her brother. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao explores the endless human capacity to persevere—and risk it all—in the name of love.
TICKETS AND GENERAL INFORMATION
Phone: 1-212.225.9999 | Online: Repertorio.nyc | In person: 138 East 27th Street, NY, NY 10016
More plays available for 2019 and 2020. Presented in Spanish with English supertitles.