By Christin Eve Cato
Directed by Chuk Obasi
Produced by People's Theatre Project
Presented by Pregones/PRTT
Limited Run. Must Close April 23
A World Premiere from People’s Theatre Project, The Diamond follows a group of detained immigrants who conspire against a dystopian government. They lead a revolution, but realize they will only be free when they remember who they are. Devised by and featuring a cast of immigrant actors, The Diamond is written by Christin Eve Cato (Sancocho) and directed by Chuk Obasi (The Weaver (part II): Paradigm).
April 12 - 23
575 Walton Ave.
Bronx, NY 10451
(2, 4, 5 Trains to 149th St - Grand Concourse)
General Admission - $25
Students and Seniors - $10
Run Time: approximately 90 minutes with no intermission
IN THE NEWS:
Performance Schedule & Special Events
THE DIAMOND begins preview performances on April 12 and will celebrate opening night on April 15. The final performance is on April 23. The weekly performance schedule runs Wednesdays - Saturdays at 7:00 P.M. and Sundays at 2:00 P.M. & 7:00 P.M..
Throughout the run of the show, People's Theatre Project will be hosting special events to further expand on the themes of the play and build community. We hope to see you there!
Thurs, April 20 @ 7PM
Join us after the performance for a panel conversation with: NYC Council Member Shahana Hanif, Commissioner Manny Castro (Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs), Theodore Moore (Vice-President of Policy and Programs, NY Immigration Coalition)
Fri, April 21 @ 7PM
Vamos mi gente! Tonight is especially for all the Dominicanos out there. Join us after the show for a conversation with panelists: NYC Council Member Carmen De La Rosa, Led Black (Editor-in-Chief, The Uptown Collective), Maria Lizardo (Executive Director, Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation), Eddie Cuesta (Executive Director, Dominicanos USA)
Meet the Artists
Sat, April 22 @ 7PM
Join us after the show for a conversation with The Diamond playwright (Christin Eve Cato), and director (Chuk Obasi).
playwright CHRISTIN EVE CATO
director CHUK OBASI
original conception ZAFI DIMITROPOULOU DEL ANGEL
original music AMANDA EKERY
scenic & projections design IZMIR ICKBAL
costume design RODRIGO HERNANDEZ
lighting design XIANGFU XIAO
sound design JIMMY O'CONNOR
producer JIAWEN HU
assistant director ANGELA DIXON
executive director MINO LORA
managing director BOB BRASWELL
public relations ANAT.
Play Development History
This world premiere production of THE DIAMOND represents the culmination of four years of research, story sharing, devising, workshopping, and production. Originally conceived by theatre artist Zafi Dimitropoulou Del Angel (artistic director 2018-2023) in response to the Trump administration's violent policy of family separation at the border, People's Theatre Project set out to develop a trilogy of devised theatre works investigating the immigrant experience:
LAS MARIPOSAS (2018) focused on the journey of immigrant mothers and children. SOMOS MÁS (2019) told the story of immigrants who spark a joyful revolution amidst a dystopia where assimilation is required. DOÑA MAÑANA (2021) imagined a future where the immigrants from SOMOS MÁS have brought liberation to their home. In 2022, critically acclaimed playwright Christin Eve Cato joined the creative team to integrate the three pieces together into THE DIAMOND (2023).
Watch Doña Mañana Trailer
Watch Somos Más Trailer
Watch Las Mariposas Trailer
Collectively, these plays have reached 3,317 audiences across NYC in partnerships with 32 cultural institutions and community venues including The Whitney, New York Theatre Workshop, Queens Museum, and the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music.
We are grateful for and wish to acknowledge the contributions of the 23 Actors, 2 Directors, 2 Assistant Directors, 3 Stage Managers, and 8 Designers who have contributed to the development of THE DIAMOND, including the following:
Carmen Barbosa, Reyna Bonaparte, Stefania Bulbarella, Zafi Dimitropoulou Del Angel, Maria J. Fajardo, Sinny Feliz, Mayelin Annet Geraldino, Kimberly Gomez, Úrsula Hellberg Kaid, Yekta Khaghani, Jiawen Hu, Eunji Lim, Cynthia Lizardo, Chuk Obasi, Kat Peña, Journey Peters, Maria Peyramaure, Travis Raeburn, Angie Regina, Yolanny Rodriguez, Vida Tayebati