The House of Ramon Iglesia

by  Jose Rivera

Full Length Play, Drama  /  5m, 2f

"It's a play about a bright, Americanized son's tortured efforts to break away from his immigrant parents, a break that can't be made until the assimilated hero learns to accept the ethnic heritage that he has spent his life trying to suppress."

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The House of Ramon Iglesia

by  Jose Rivera

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 2f
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

This probing drama by a very talented new Hispanic playwright was a co winner of a very prestigious national playwrighting contest sponsored by CBS, and was produced successfully in NYC by the excellent Ensemble Studio Theatre.
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Accolades

  • Jose Rivera is the 1992 recipient of the Whiting Award for Drama

Reviews

REVIEWS

"It's a play about a bright, Americanized son's tortured efforts to break away from his immigrant parents, a break that can't be made until the assimilated hero learns to accept the ethnic heritage that he has spent his life trying to suppress. The play's vigor derives from the firm delineation of the daily life of the Iglesias, who live in a dilapidated house bereft of a phone, water and a working furnace. In the hands of a less assured writer these squabbles could easily look like ridiculous Latin caricature. Here they become entirely credible articulations of the conflicts within a family that no longer shares a common tongue." - New York Times

"A fine ... sensitively written ethnic drama." - Other Stages

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1980s
  • Setting: Holbrook, Long Island, NY
    February 1980

Casting

5m, 2f
DOLORES IGLESIA
CAROLINE
JULIO IGLESIA
CHARLIE IGLESIA
RAMON IGLESIA
JAVIER IGLESIA
NICK CALLA
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Cast Attributes

  • Multicultural casting

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Authors

Jose Rivera

The first Puerto Rican screenwriter to be nominated for an Academy Award, for “The Motorcycle Diaries,” Rivera is also the author of 26 full-length plays including the Obie Award winning Marisol and References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot, both produced at the Public Theatre, New York. Other plays include Cloud Tecton ...

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The House of Ramon Iglesia premiered at the Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York City in March of 1983 under the direction of Jack Gelber.

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