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Burian Lecture on Life in the Performing Arts

Rivera is the first Puerto Rican screenwriter to be nominated for an Oscar — for "The Motorcycle Diaries" (2004), based on the life of Che Guevara. Other screenplays include Jack Kerouac’s On the Road (2012) and The 33 (2015). A former student of Gabriel García Márquez, Rivera wrote 18 episodes of the forthcoming Netflix series based on One Hundred Years of Solitude. Rivera has won two Obie Awards for playwriting, a Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Grant, a Fulbright Arts Fellowship in playwriting, the Whiting Writers' Award, a McKnight Fellowship, the 2005 Norman Lear Writing Award, a 2005 Impact Award and a Berilla Kerr Playwriting Award.

José Rivera, playwright and screenwriter, is the winner of Obie Awards for the plays "Marisol" and "References to Salvador Dalí Make Me Hot." His 26 plays include "Cloud Tectonics," "Boleros for the Disenchanted," "Sueño," "School of the Americas," "Brainpeople," "The Kiss of the Spiderwoman" (translation), and "Each Day Dies with Sleep."


His plays have been staged in France, England, Romania, Peru, Mexico, Greece, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Australia, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Scotland and Canada.

Jose Rivera, photo credit Lela Edgar

Photo credit: Lela Edgar

7:30 p.m. Monday, February 21
Studio Theatre, UAlbany Performing Arts Center
1400 Washington Avenue, Albany NY 12222


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Free and open to the public. Free parking. See map.

José Rivera

Presented by the UAlbany Theatre Program and the Jarka and Grayce Burian Endowment in collaboration with the NYS Writers Institute.


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