Seven Spots On The Sun

by  Martin Zimmerman

Full Length Play, Drama  /  3m, 2f, 3m or f

The village of San Isidro has been without its doctor for eighteen months. Moisés has remained a recluse, refusing to even look at a patient, since the day the army took his wife away during the country’s civil war. But when a mysterious plague begins to ravage the countryside around San Isidro, the local parish priest convinces Moisés to take action.

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Seven Spots On The Sun

by  Martin Zimmerman

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 2f, 3m or f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

The village of San Isidro has been without its doctor for eighteen months. Moisés has remained a recluse, refusing to even look at a patient, since the day the army took his wife away during the country’s civil war. But when a mysterious plague begins to ravage the countryside around San Isidro, the local parish priest convinces Moisés to take action. And when Moisés examines his first patient, he discovers he has the miraculous power to heal this plague with the touch of his hand. But among the thousands of pilgrims who flock to San Isidro, Moisés is forced to confront his past, and San Isidro the violence that tore it apart. A meditation on mourning, redemption, and revenge, Seven Spots On The Sun follows each character’s attempt to come to terms with the extraordinary losses they have suffered and the miracles they have witnessed.
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Reviews

REVIEWS

"Startling and visceral, Martín Zimmerman’s fablelike play [...] explores the brutalities of war and the confusions of recovery. The style is magical realism and it takes an unusually confident writer to sketch a junta and its aftermath in just eighty minutes. Zimmerman has that confidence." - The New Yorker

"Stunningly unflinching Seven Spots On The Sun mesmerizes from start to finish." - BroadwayWorld Los Angeles  

"Come ready to read between the lines and follow the symbols, and enjoy an intellectual feast, even as you will squirm in your chair at how recognizable it all is." - Pasadena Star News  

"The sort of play that gets under your skin. You leave the theater and you want to keep talking about it. Zimmerman’s script is extraordinarily poetic - a harrowing, memorable theatrical experience." - Cincinnati Enquirer


Videos

  • Martin Zimmerman on Seven Spots on the Sun
  • Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park's trailer for Seven Spots on the Sun
  • Scene from the Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre production of Seven Spots on the Sun
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Intense Adult Intense Adult Themes
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

3m, 2f, 3m or f
MOISÉS - 42, a doctor.
BELÉN - 35, a nurse. Moisés’ wife.
EUGENIO - a priest. At least as old as Moisés. Perhaps much older. 
MÓNICA - 27, a soldier’s wife. 
LUIS - 31, Mónica’s husband.
THE TOWN - three or more. Perhaps many more? Men and women. The engine of the play, they portray all roles not named above.
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Cast Attributes

  • Role(s) for Latino Actor(s)
  • Expandable casting

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Authors

Martin Zimmerman

Martín Zimmerman is a multi-ethnic, bilingual playwright and screenwriter whose plays include Seven Spots On The Sun, On The Exhale, White Tie Ball, The Making Of A Modern Folk Hero, The Solid Sand Below, and Let Me Count The Ways, and have been produced or developed at The Kennedy Center, Goodman Theatre, Cincinnati P ...

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Seven Spots on the Sun premiered at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park in Cincinnati, OH in September 2013 under the direction of KJ Sanchez.

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