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Carmen Rivera (born October 1, 1964) is an American playwright, teacher, and producer.
- I've always been drawn to violence, control and issues of subjugation...I found that in times of overwhelming oppression, a metaphoric language evolves as a survival mechanism to communicate truth…
- On the inspiration for her play La Caida de Rafael Trujillo “An Interview with Carmen Rivera, Playwright and Author of LA CAIDA DE RAFAEL TRUJILLO” (Diana Diaz; 2014 Oct 9)
- …So much of western theater is founded on the search for reason and “why” things happen and Cándido/Guillermo taught me to look beyond the idea of the rational and explore the irrational in objectives and motivations… Life is irrational…
- On using fantastic realism in her works in “Carmen Rivera” (50 Playwrights Project; 2016 Sep 14)
- A play is an ever-changing dynamic theatrical experience. Every director, cast, design team, audience and reader bring new life to a piece of dramatic literature. A play is not a fixed expression, but a revelation in a particular moment in time.
- On her concept of plays in “Carmen Rivera” (The New School Drama)
- …We Latinos have a rich, dynamic and complex history full of narratives that are dimensional, intelligent, tragic, comedic, absurd, philosophical, violent and loving. There aren't enough stages for our stories. I’m humbled and honored that these have come into my life…
- On why she wrote La Caida de Rafael Trujillo in “Playwright Carmen Rivera's Searing Portrait Of Dictator Rafael Trujillo” in NBC News (2015 Oct 17)