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Arrivals and Departures

Rogelio Martinez
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Cuba. Two brothers, both writers, meet again after a long absence. What follows is a fierce and hilarious fight to determine who has the right to tell the family’s story. In the middle of this is a mysterious sister whose needs, like the country she lives in, seem to have been neglected.

Production Info

Cast: 3 total (1 female, 2 male)
Full Length Drama (about 110 minutes)
Single Set
Contemporary Costumes

Press Quotes

“Both [brothers] are successful writers. And both are, as the play jokes about at the start, whores. The play lays out the compromises artists make in both capitalism and communism and makes no judgment, except to indict them both equally. Sitting as judge and jury is their sister, the woman who stayed behind to keep the house as if a museum … Cuba’s tribulations are but a setting and mechanism for the play’s larger question. From the quagmire of the bad intentions of history, who will emerge to tell the true story?” —Enrique Fernandez, The Sun-Sentinel

About the Author


  • Rogelio Martinez

    Rogelio Martinez was selected as the first ever Mid Career Fellow at the Lark. A partial list of recent work includes WANAMAKER'S PURSUIT (commissioned and produced by the Arden Theater Co.), WHEN TANG MET LAIKA (Denver Center Theater Co/Sloan Grant.), FIZZ (NEA/ TCG Grant/Besch Solinger Productions at the Ohio Theatre, New Theater Miami), ALL EYES AND EARS (INTAR at Theater Row), LEARNING CURVE (Smith and Krauss New Playwrights: Best Plays of 2005/ Besch Solinger Productions at Theater Row), I REGRET SHE'S MADE OF SUGAR (Princess Grace Award), ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES (Summer Play Festival), UNION CITY… (starred Rosie Perez, E.S.T, winner of the James Hammerstein Award), DISPLACED (Marin Theater Co.). In addition, Rogelio's work has been developed and presented at the Public Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Mark Taper Forum, South Coast Repertory, and the Magic Theater, among others. Rogelio is an alumnus of New Dramatists and his plays are published by Broadway Play Publishing. He has received commissions from the Atlantic Theater Company, the Arden Theater Company, Denver Center Theater, and South Coast Repertory. Rogelio has been profiled in a cover story in American Theater magazine. Along with writing, Rogelio teaches playwriting at Goddard College, Montclair University, and Primary Stages. He is a member of the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writer's Group at Primary Stages and the Playwrights Workshop at the Lark. Rogelio was born in Cuba and arrived in this country in 1980 during the Mariel boatlift.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 1/1/2009
Pages 86
ISBN 9780881454277

Special Notes

Special Notes

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Arrivals and Departures is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC