"The idea of Boleros is to examine a long-term relationship and how the love you feel for somebody is severely tested when life throws obstacles and tragedies in your way," says the playwright. "I literally thought about this play for 10 years, wondered about it, and daydreamed about it -- but I didn't write a word until last year. Almost all of my work is inspired by something deeply personal, coupled with the larger social and political forces around me. Writing about Puerto Rico was liberating because I was born in Puerto Rico but I left the island when I was four years old."
Henry Godinez -- who will direct Boleros -- has played the role of actor and director in several of Rivera's pieces, and the two share an affinity. "It's been really fruitful working with Henry," says Rivera. "He is extremely collaborative and open, and he really wants to serve this play."