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Cast Announced for José Rivera’s “The Untranslatable Secrets of Nikki Corona”

August 31, 2018

 Geffen Playhouse today announced the full cast for its production of Academy Award-nominated and Obie Award-winning José Rivera’s (Motorcycle DiariesReferences to Salvador Dalí Make Me HotThe Untranslatable Secrets of Nikki Corona, directed by Obie Award- and Drama Desk Award-winning Jo Bonney (By the Way, Meet Vera StarkCost of Living). This world premiere marks the launch of Artistic Director Matt Shakman’s inaugural season for Geffen Playhouse.
The cast features Cate Scott Campbell (Tartuffe, A Midsummer Night’s Dream) as Maren and Lisandra; Ricardo Chavira (The Motherf**ker with the HatDesperate Housewives) as Orlando; Zilah Mendoza (Living OutModern Family) as Noelle, Paloma, Bobbi and Maria Sol; Onahoua Rodriguez (LydiaWeeds) as Abril and Nikki; and Juan Francisco Villa (Oedipus El ReyChicago PD) as Manny, Priest, Bernardo, Eldon and Felipe.
Previews for The Untranslatable Secrets of Nikki Corona begin Tuesday, September 4 in the Gil Cates Theater at the Geffen Playhouse, with opening night on Wednesday, September 12. The production closes on Sunday, October 7.
The Untranslatable Secrets of Nikki Corona is a poignant journey through love, hope and the unknown. How many of us have wished for one more chance to say the right thing? A Better Orpheus Inc. provides an alternative to regret—a service that allows the living to communicate with the dead. When Nikki Corona loses her twin sister, A Better Orpheus puts her in touch with Orlando, a man dying too young. The ensuing love story leads to a quest through a vivid, fantastical afterlife as Orlando learns whether Nikki’s message to her sister has the ability to transcend death.
The Untranslatable Secrets of Nikki Corona is a recipient of the Edgerton Foundation New Play Award. Major support for this world premiere production is provided by the Edgerton Foundation New Play Production Fund.

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