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"Exquisite Agony"

Arts & TheaterPulitzer Prize Winner Nilo Cruz's Exquisite Agony

Don´t miss this "exquisite opportunity" to see Nilo Cruz direct his own work! Cruz's latest play explores matters of the heart — love lost and the need to experience it once more. But to find it again, the past must be addressed. Millie, an opera singer, embarks on a quest to find the recipient of her late husband's heart. Like the operas she performs, Millie's journey melds fantasy and fiction, drama and heightened emotion to unleash dark family secrets. Laced with humor and pain, memories of the past are revisited as the family looks to move on. "When I came across stories about heart transplant patients, I was intrigued," states Cruz. "Does a recipient inherit traits of the donor? Does their taste and other senses change? How does a body react when a new element becomes a part of it? My curiosity inspired me to write this play with an opera singer at the center grappling with the loss of her love and their past. I have worked a lot with classical music, and am inspired by musicians, especially singers," continues Cruz. On a conceptual level, the play raises questions around our acceptance or rejection of "foreign" elements into the body. Performed in Spanish with English surtitles.
February 06, 2020
February 06, 2020
Gala Theatre 3333 Fourteenth Street NW Tel (202) 234-7174 Washington, District of Columbia 20010 United States
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