Two Sisters and a Piano and Other Plays
I was first introduced to Nilo Cruz’s work during my final undergrad project for which I created the lighting design for a production of Hortensia and the Museum of Dreams
, included in Two Sisters and a Piano & Other Plays
. Nilo’s language provided me with ample room to experiment with color in a way that I had not gotten to do with other plays – the colors of the Caribbean come alive with Nilo’s words. I can put myself in his characters’ shoes and can almost smell the ocean and hear the waves splashing in the sand.
After working on many productions by Caucasian-American playwrights, I was delighted to hear language that was close to my heart. As a transplant from Puerto Rico, I empathize with the protagonist, Luciana, who was taken from Cuba as a child and returned many years later. Her feelings of no longer belonging in Cuba are something that I struggle with every time I go back home.
When I met Nilo during TCG's “Playwrights in Conversation” series, I gushed about how much I appreciated reading work from a fellow antillano. He, in turn, signed my copy of Two Sisters with "Thanks for lighting up my work!" Thank you, Nilo, for providing us with inspired Latino work.
— Jaime Martinez-Rivera, operations manager