Adrian Rodriguez


A thoughtful and moving short play about the effects of exile and death on the relationship between a father and son.


Based on the Heberto Padilla affair, this plays tells the story of a Cuban poet forced to make public retraction implicating family and friends for disloyalty to the state.


Inspired by the 9/11 tragedy, the play explores the diverse reactions to trauma in and around the disaster area.

Most recently Adrian’s play Cuban Operator Please… was produced by Teatro IATI to sold-out audiences. A monologue from Cuban Operator Please… and a scene from his play Floating Home were published by Applause Books’ The Best Men’s Monologues for the 21st Century and Duo: The Best Scenes for Two for the 21st Century respectively. His latest plays Boss and He and She were presented in 2006 and 2004 respectively at the Center of the Performing Arts at Debaun’s Auditorium One Act Play Festival. In 2003 his play Mo(u)rning premiered at the NYC International Fringe Festival. In 2002 his play Dismiss All the Poets had its world premiere as part of the NYC International Fringe Festival and was subsequently published in the literary magazine Caribe. His trilogy The Union City Plays: An Intimate History of Exile premiered at the Park Theater in New Jersey in December, 2001 and it was subsequently published by Montemayor Press in early 2005. His first two plays Cuban Operator Please… and La Fábrica were produced in 2001 and 2002. Cuban Operator Please… was published in the anthology Plays and Playwrights 2001. Adrian is currently working on several plays and a novel. He attended the University of Pennsylvania where he studied International Relations and Latin American Studies. He won a Minority Academic Career Fellowship for graduate study in Political Science at Rutgers University. He currently works as history teacher at Fort Lee High School.