"SEVEN SPOTS ON THE SUN by Martin Zimmerman dramatizes the effects of civil war on a village called San Isidro in an unidentified Latin American country. The setting is allegorical rather than naturalistic: We never learn who is fighting whom, or what either side hopes to accomplish. War is the environment that these characters occupy and, we learn, helplessly perpetuate.

"SEVEN SPOTS ON THE SUN by Martin Zimmerman dramatizes the effects of civil war on a village called San Isidro in an unidentified Latin American country. The setting is allegorical rather than naturalistic: We never learn who is fighting whom, or what either side hopes to accomplish. War is the environment that these characters occupy and, we learn, helplessly perpetuate.

Seven Spots on the Sun

BY MARTIN ZIMMERMAN

DIRECTED BY WEYNI MENGESHA (New York Directorial Debut)

Presented by Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in collaboration with The Sol Project

 

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. When a mysterious plague begins to ravage the countryside around San Isidro, the local parish priest convinces Moisés to take action. 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 the violence that tore San Isidro 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.

A searing work by Martin Zimmerman with excellent direction by Weyni Mengesha.
— Theater Pizzazz
Handsomely mounted and sensitively acted, SEVEN SPOTS ON THE SUN is graceful, poetic and bound to touch hearts.
— Broadway World
In SEVEN SPOTS ON THE SUN there are flashes of joy, love and hope that war cannot completely wipe out. The play does not go down easy. But it’s not easily forgotten. It leaves a wound.
— Raven Snook, TimeOut New York
That Mr. Zimmerman has taken on important events, and engaged the questions that arise from them, is what we ask theater to do.
— Jesse Green, The New York Times
...a beautiful and beguiling production from director Weyni Mengesha. [Mengesha’s] visually arresting production zips along at a brisk 85 minutes.
— TheatreMania
Martín Zimmerman’s fablelike play, directed by Weyni Mengesha, is set in an unnamed Latin-American country and explores the brutalities of war and the confusions of recovery. The style is magical realism and it takes an unusually confident writer to sketch a junta and its aftermath in just eighty minutes. Zimmerman has that confidence.
— Alexis Soloski, The New Yorker
A wild ride! The magical realism of Gabriel Garcia Marquez meets the poetical symbolism of Milan Kundera in SEVEN SPOTS ON THE SUN. The joined forces of Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and The Sol Project lead to a truly fruitful collaboration.
— ONSTAGE