José is a recipient of OBIE Awards for Marisol and References to Salvador Dalí Make Me Hot, both produced by The Public Theater and seen regionally and internationally. Other plays include Cloud Tectonics (Playwrights Horizons, Humana Festival, La Jolla Playhouse), Boleros for the Disenchanted (Yale Rep, Huntington Playhouse), Sueño (Hartford Stage, MCC), Sonnets for an Old Century (Bard at the Gate), School of the Americas (Public Theatre), Massacre (Sing to Your Children) (Goodman Theatre, Rattlestick), Brainpeople (ACT/San Francisco), Adoration of the Old Woman (Sundance Theatre Lab, INTAR, La Jolla Playhouse), The House of Ramon Iglesia (EST), Another Word for Beauty (Goodman, New York Stage and Film), The Maids (INTAR), The Kiss of the Spiderwoman (Menier Chocolate Factory, London), Each Day Dies with Sleep (Circle Rep, Berkeley Rep), Lovesong (Imperfect) (14th Street Y), Your Name Means Dream (Rattlestick Playwrights Jam, Goodman workshop).
The Motorcycle Diaries was nominated for 2005 Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar—making him the first Puerto Rican writer ever nominated for an Academy Award—as well as a BAFTA and Writers Guild Award, and received top screenwriting awards in Argentina and Spain.
Other films include On the Road and Trade. Rivera co-created and produced “Eerie, Indiana,” (NBC) and was a consultant and writer on “Penny Dreadful: City of Angels” (Showtime). He has written 16 episodes of the Netflix series “One Hundred Years of Solitude.” Rivera wrote and directed the short films The Fall of a Sparrow and The Civet. His latest screenplay is A Song for the Recycled Orchestra about the kids in Paraguay who made their instruments out of landfill.
He has served on the boards of TCG and the Sundance Institute and was a Creative Advisor at Sundance Screenwriting Labs in Utah, Jordan, and India.
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A metaphysical love story set in a world where the United States government is so strong it can change the laws of nature on a whim.
YOUR NAME MEANS DREAM
A two-hander exploring what happens at the intersection of Artificial Intelligence and old age.