Book-It Repertory Theatre

Poster for The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Waoby Junot Díaz

Adapted and directed by Elise Thoron

Preview: Apr 19, 20
Opening Night: Saturday, April 21
April 19–May 6, 2018


Book-It presents a Young Audiences New York adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel that chronicles the life of Oscar de Leon, an overweight Dominican boy growing up in Paterson, New Jersey. Oscar is obsessed with science fiction and fantasy novels, falling in love, and the curse that has plagued his family for generations. Performed by artist Elvis Nolasco of “American Crime” fame, this production shows the importance of facing fear with love.

Elvis Nolasco as Oscar de Leon

About Elvis Nolasco
Soon after receiving formal training Elvis was cast in the hit comedy I Like It Like That with Lauren Valez and Rita Moreno. Elvis was then cast by Spike Lee for the film Clockers with Mekhi Phifer and Delroy Lindo. From this strong foundation, he began building a line of great performances in several independent hits, including his critically acclaimed role in the film In Search of a Dream, the number one grossing independent Latino film.

Appearing as a guest star on many hit series over the years, Elvis also was seen recurring in the Spike Lee series “Miracle Boys”. Elvis shot a series regular in the HBO pilot “Da Brick”, directed by Spike Lee and executive produced and written by John Ridley. He has a memorable role in Spike Lee’s feature films The Sweet Blood of Jesus and Old Boy. Recently seen in the critically-acclaimed award-winning ABC anthology series “American Crime” from John Ridley, Elvis was lauded for his performances playing a different character in each season. First in Season 1 taking on the part of Carter Nix, a lost soul suffering from mental illness and drug addiction; in Season 2 he portrayed Chris Dixon, a passionate high school principal.

Elvis recently shot a series regular role in the Kathryn Bigelow/Carolyn Strauss produced HBO pilot “Mogadishu, MN” and will soon be seen playing a supporting part in the Forest Whitaker and Pharrell produced Roxanne Roxanne from director Michael Larnell which premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Elvis is will next be see playing the character of ‘Papo’ in the Spike Lee directed series “She’s Gotta Have It” (based on the film of the same name) for Netflix as well as the recurring character of ‘Chip Lauderdale’ in the TNT series “Claws” that stars Niecy Nash. Elvis continues to work on stage, where his performances have earned him rave reviews.

Beyond-the-Book Events
Conversations that both illuminate Book-It’s production of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and act as catalysts for deeper exploration of the book’s themes. Events TBA.




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