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Edwin Sánchez

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A beautiful young girl who rises her parent’s ballroom dancing act to film stardom. Inspired by the life of Rita Hayworth.

Production Info

Cast: 6 total (2 female, 4 male)
Full Length Drama (about 85 minutes)
Minimal Set Requirements
Contemporary Costumes
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Press Quotes

“DIOSA is a naked look back to the era of the casting couch … [The play] leads the audience into feeling the raw desperation, humiliation and inner chaos of Josefa’s life. [It] reminds us of the glitz and glitter of Rita Hayworth’s Hollywood. However playwright Edwin Sanchez does not fail to convey that life for women in this profession, in the 1930s, was both ugly and glamorous, bitter as well as sweet.” —Christine LeFoll, The Chronicle

“Although DIOSA at the Hartford Stage Company utilizes the backstage of a movie set, this is not your upbeat ‘makin it big’ kind OF 42ND STREET or SINGIN IN THE RAIN. Edwin Sanchez’s play that is roughly akin to the life of Rita Hayworth is punctuated with Latin dancing that makes it a kind of Strictly Ballroom for the stage, with a dark edge … Sanchez’s play explores the underbelly of the Golden Age of Hollywood … is at once a charming and alarming examination of family life, and stardom. The play is most engaging when mocking Hollywood’s stock stereotyping.” —T E Gilchrist, Metroline

“What price Hollywood stardom? For Josefa, a teenage Latina dance, it is nothing less that the surrender of body, identity and psyche. Modeled loosely on film goddess Rita Hayworth, Josefa is the protagonist of Edwin Sanchez’s DIOSA, which is infused with Latina dance and set against the backdrop of the tawdry glitter of 1930’s Hollywood.” —Ellen Pfeiffer, Boston Globe

About the Author


  • Edwin Sánchez

    Winner of the National Latino Playwriting Award for LA BELLA FAMILIA, recent productions include UNMERCIFUL GOOD FORTUNE and TRAFFICKING IN BROKEN HEARTS, both in Los Angeles as well as the world premiere of the romantic comedy I'LL TAKE ROMANCE at the Evolution Theatre in Ohio. Other productions include: DIOSA, produced by Hartford Stage after a successful workshop by New York Stage and Film, TRAFFICKING IN BROKEN HEARTS at the Bank Street Theater in New York, UNMERCIFUL GOOD FORTUNE at the Intar Theater in New York, for which he received the Princess Grace Playwriting Award in 1994, and BAREFOOT BOY WITH SHOES On at Primary Stages in New York. This play was selected by the Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference to represent the National Playwrights Conference at the Schelykovo Playwrights Seminar in Russia; ICARUS produced by Fourth Unity, Actors Theater of Louisville as part of their Humana Festival, San Jose Rep and regionally throughout the U.S.; and TRAFFICKING IN BROKEN HEARTS, Atlantic Theater in New York, and productions in Brazil and Switzerland. He was also among the playwrights involved with Brave New World, an organization commemorating the events surrounding September 11th. Edwin is on the playwriting faculty at Primary Stages in New York City.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 12/21/2011
Pages 64
ISBN 9780881454970

Special Notes

Special Notes

Licensees are required to include the original stage producers credits in the following form on the title page in all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play and in all advertising in which the full cast appears in size of type not less than ten percent (10%) of the size of the title of the Play:

First produced by Hartford Stage

The following must appear within all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play:
Diosa is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC