The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Author: Junot Diaz
Adaptation and Direction: Elise Thoron

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

This thrilling adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel chronicles the life of Oscar Wao an overweight science-fiction enthusiast who dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien. Encapsulating magical realism and Dominican-American history, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao presents audiences with an astonishing vision of the contemporary American experience and explores the endless human capacity to persevere, and risk it all in the name of love.

The Story

Oscar de Leon is an overweight Dominican boy growing up in Paterson, New Jersey who obsesses over science fiction and fantasy novels, falling in love, and the curse that has plagued his family for generations. Despite the endless taunting, Oscar remains true to himself. As the family curse declares its power, the fear and violence of Oscar’s family history collide with Oscar’s present.

In Performance

This Literature to Life presentation features the delicately brutal words of Junot Díaz, author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. Díaz details the life-long alienation of a fantasy world-obsessed Oscar, and how – We come to understand the culture of fear and violence that has resulted from Trujillo’s 30+ years dictatorship of the Dominican Republic, and the importance of facing fear with love.

Suggested Ages: 12 and up

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