TCG Books Publishes Exquisite Agony by Nilo Cruz

By Erin Salvi posted 02-14-2020 13:09

Exquisite_Agony_Book_Cover.pngFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 14, 2020 | CONTACT: Corinna Schulenburg,, 212-609-5941

New From TCG Books

Exquisite Agony by Nilo Cruz

NEW YORK, NY – Theatre Communications Group (TCG) is pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of Exquisite Agony by Nilo Cruz. The play received its world premiere at Repertorio Español in New York in the summer of 2018.

“A play about the human heart: its fumblings and yearnings, its bruises and scars, its generosity and viciousness.” —New York Times

After Millie’s husband, Lorenzo, dies in a car crash, his heart is used to save a young man’s life. Unable to let go of this final living piece of her husband, Millie reaches out to the transplant recipient, Amér, with the hope that some part of the heart still carries Lorenzo’s memories. As Amér ponders the ways in which this new heart is transforming him, he becomes entangled in the lives of Millie and her family, trapped by longings and obsessions that are not his own. Exquisite Agony is a play about the heart—its passions, its failures, and its ability to connect.

“Cruz has a talent for sustaining such doubt, the exquisite agony of which will linger in your mind long after you leave the theater.” —TheaterMania

Nilo Cruz won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize in Drama for his play Anna in the Tropics, making him the first Latino to be so honored. He is the author of more than 13 plays and four translations. Plays by Cruz have been presented by the Public Theater, NY Theatre Workshop, Pasadena Playhouse, McCarter Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, South Coast Repertory, The Alliance, New Theatre, Florida Stage, and the Coconut Grove Playhouse. He is an alumnus of New Dramatists and has taught playwriting at Brown University, the University of Iowa, Yale, and University of Miami. In 2009, he received the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award for a distinguished American playwright in mid-career.

Theatre Communications Group (TCG) exists to strengthen, nurture, and promote professional theatre in the U.S. and globally. Since its founding in 1961, TCG’s constituency has grown from a handful of groundbreaking theatres to over 700 Member Theatres and affiliate organizations and nearly 10,000 Individual Members. Through its Core Values of Activism, Artistry, Diversity, and Global Citizenship, TCG advances a better world for theatre and a better world because of theatre. TCG offers its members networking and knowledge-building opportunities through research, communications, and events, including the annual TCG National Conference, one of the largest nationwide gatherings of theatre people; awards grants and scholarships, approximately $2 million per year, to theatre companies and individual artists; advocates on the federal level; and through the Global Theater Initiative, TCG's partnership with the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics, serves as the U.S. Center of the International Theatre Institute. TCG is North America’s largest independent trade publisher of dramatic literature, with 17 Pulitzer Prizes for Drama on the TCG booklist. It also publishes the award-winning American Theatre magazine and ARTSEARCH®, the essential source for a career in the arts. In all of its endeavors, TCG seeks to increase the organizational efficiency of its Member Theatres, cultivate and celebrate the artistic talent and achievements of the field, and promote a larger public understanding of, and appreciation for, the

Exquisite Agony

By Nilo Cruz

96 pages

Forthcoming: November 2019






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