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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
by Junot Díaz
Performed by
Elvis Nolasco
Adaptation
Elise Thoron
Direction
Elise Thoron
Recommended Ages
15 and up

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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao / Junot Díaz

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This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel chronicles the life of Oscar de Leon, an overweight Dominican boy growing up in Paterson, New Jersey who is obsessed with science fiction and fantasy novels, falling in love, and the curse that has plagued his family for generations.

Live performance of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

This newest Literature to Life presentation features the delicately brutal words of Junot Díaz, author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. Díaz details the life-long alienation of a fantasy world-obsessed Oscar, and how - despite the endless taunting - Oscar remains true to himself. The family fukú - or curse - declares its power throughout our story, and finally becomes real for Oscar after receiving a near-death beating. We come to understand the culture of fear and violence that has resulted from Trujillo’s 30+ years dictatorship of the Dominican Republic, and the importance of facing fear with love. Perhaps those least expected will be your saving grace.

Dramaturgy by Katie McGhee, Elvis Nolasco, and Liz Zaita

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao © 2007 by Junot Díaz. Published by Riverhead and used by permission of the author.

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IN THE NEWS: Literature to Life in the Daily News

The Daily News recently interviewed actor Elvis Nolasco and Executive Director David Kenner about one of our new shows, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.

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As an avid reader and a staff member at The American Place Theatre, I am a regular reader of “10 Best” book recommendations.  And it is always exciting to find books from our Literature to Life roster on the list!

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IN THE NEWS: Junot Diaz Interviewed by NY 1’s Budd Mishkin

NY1’s Budd Mishkin completed a recent “One On 1” report on Junot Diaz, one of Literature to Life’s new authors for 2010-2011! In this video interview, and the accompanying transcript, Diaz discusses his path as a writer and artist, his family and literary influences, and the success of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.

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COMPANY WORDS: Cutting Words, Making Choices
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COMPANY WORDS: Cutting Words, Making Choices

Fall 2010 Artistic Intern Liz Zaita has the opportunity to work with Associate Artistic Director Elise Thoron as part of Team Wao this semester. Her impressions on the process remind us of the formidable (and at times painful) art of adapting a book to the stage.

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Audience Response

"We see the actor move from a tormented, excluded sci-fi teen to a smooth college stud and then a wisdom-filled grandmother. It's amazing to experience Díaz's narrative coming alive on stage."
Liz Zaita,
APT Artistic Intern Fall 2010



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