Seven Spots on the Sun by Martin Zimmerman
December 10, 2016
The village of San Isidro has been without its doctor for eighteen months. Moisés has remained a recluse, refusing to even look at a patient, since the day the army took his wife away during the country’s civil war. But when a mysterious plague begins to ravage the countryside around San Isidro, the local parish priest convinces Moisés to take action. And when Moisés examines his first patient, he discovers he has the miraculous power to heal this plague with the touch of his hand. But among the thousands of pilgrims who flock to San Isidro, Moisés is forced to confront his past, and San Isidro the violence that tore it apart. A meditation on mourning, redemption, and revenge, Seven Spots On The Sun follows each character’s attempt to come to terms with the extraordinary loss they have suffered and the miracles they have witnessed.
Directed by Carla Nell
Design & Support Team: Carla Nell, Kym Pappas & Jamie Channell Guzman (Producers), Kira Vine (Stage Manager), Carly Delso-Saavedra (Assistant Director), Patrick Mayuyu & Robert Malave (Choreography), Shaun Tuazon (Scenic Design), Nate Cargill (Lighting Design), Robert Malave (Costume Design), Carla Nell & Cast (Sound Design),
Jamie Channell Guzman (Graphic & Web Design), Adriana Zuniga-Williams (Photography)
Cast: Miguel Gongora, Jr. (Eugenio), Jorge Rodriguez (Moises), Sandra Ruiz (Belen), Jennifer Paredes (Monica), Bernardo Mazón (Luis), Elizabeth Jimenez, Danielle Levin, Robert Malave, & Markuz Rodriguez (Town)
“Since it moved into the University Heights space in fall 2015, the company has produced an impressive string of intimate, thought-provoking dramas, and “Seven Spots on the Sun” adds to its luster...Jorge Rodriguez gives a haunting but reserved performance as Moises...In her bright, high-spirited performance as the pineapple-loving Belen, Sandra Ruiz balances Rodriguez’s dark depths.”
-Pam Kragen, San Diego Union Tribune
"This is another of InnerMission’s deep, burrowing explorations of the heart of darkness. Their play selections reflect their social conscience; they force us to examine things we’d probably rather not see but that might expand our ways of thinking...The cast seems to be profoundly connected to the material. The four outstanding central performances (the two couples) carve out emotionally complex characters and credible relationships."
-Pat Launer, Times of San Diego
“The current Innermission Productions entry is a testament to the wartime madness and miracles that followed. It is also very, very good...Nell follows Zimmerman the way a mentor shadows a student — the collaboration is pitch-perfect.”
-Martin Jones Westlin, San Diego Story
“Director Carla Nell’s fine cast and excellent direction keep the action moving and the tension high. Especially good are Jorge Rodriguez’s tortured Moisés and Jennifer Paredes’ Mónica, whose expressive face allows us tells all as she tries to connect the Luis she fell in love with and the man who’s come back to her..This is challenging theater, and definitely worth seeing.”
-Jean Lowerison, SDGLN
"InnerMission Productions continues to amaze audiences with energetic and thought provoking pieces...This production is majestic."
-Alejandra Enciso, Vanguard Culture