Los Deliveristas Project

The Los Deliveristas project explores a day in the lives of the delivery cyclists who make our city run. Created in solidarity with the Los Deliveristas Union (Worker’s Justice Project) and their courageous efforts to organize for fair wages, workplace safety, and human dignity, this piece will serve as a powerful testament to the resilience and strength of workers in our city, shedding light on their struggles, and celebrating their triumphs.

by Ed Cardona, Jr.
directed by Colm Summers

Development History:

June/July 2024
Developmental reading
featuring Reynaldo Piniella
Support for this development process of La Dureza was provided by the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts and the Terrence McNally Foundation.

April 2024
Developmental workshop interviewing with delivery cyclists in NYC
Made possible by the generous support of Lavender Rouzier

Ed Cardona Jr. (Playwright) is a Connecticut native who has made significant achievements in the field of playwriting. He graduated from Western Connecticut State University and went on to obtain his M.F.A. in playwriting from Columbia University. Ed is the author of numerous full-length, one-act, and ten-minute plays. His most recently produced works have garnered attention and recognition. Among them is “American Jornalero,” which was staged by Intar Theatre, Oakland Theater Project, Teatro Vista, and Urban Theater Company. Ed’s contribution to community and collaborative initiatives is commendable. He wrote “Bamboo in Bushwick” for the Five Boroughs/One City project, which aimed to bring together various communities through theater. Furthermore, he penned “La Ruta,” a New York Times Critics’ Pick, for the Working Theater. Additionally, “Maria Se Fue” was performed as a one-act play at the As Performance Series, NYU | Steinhardt Drama Therapy Program. His ten-minute play titled “Rip 60, Z Split, Hot Read, Ear Hole on 3 – BREAK” was featured at the Source Festival by Source Theater, and his play “Lychee Martini” was a finalist at the 2020 National Playwrights Conference, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. His talent and dedication have earned him accolades and opportunities as an artistic associate with the Working Theater, a collaborator with Urban Arts Partnership/The New Group/Life Stories, and a resident playwright with Theatre 4 The People, St. Andrews College, Hispanic Playwrights-in-Residence Lab at Intar Theatre, The Professional Playwrights Unit at the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, and The Hall Farm Center for the Arts & Education in Townsend, VT. Ed’s written works have been published by renowned publishing houses such as Dramatic Publishing, Smith and Kraus Publishing, and NoPassport Press. Notably, his thesis play, “PICK UP POTS,” earned him the prestigious John Golden Award during his time at Columbia University. Outside of his playwriting endeavors, Ed is an IT professional in Higher Education. He has resided in New York City for over twenty years, calling the borough of The Bronx his home. Despite living in New York, Ed remains a die-hard Red Sox fan. Throughout his journey, he is grateful for the love and support of his family.

Colm Summers (Director) (he/him) is a director from Waterford, Ireland, based between New York and Dublin. Selected credits include: Every Brilliant Thing (Geffen Playhouse), Portia Coughlan (Abbey Theatre), La Clemenza di Tito (Grand Théatre de Geneve). Colm has worked with The Wooster Group, the feath3r theory, Milo Rau, and Pan Pan. Read Colm’s essays in Études, Blast at 100 (Brill) and in Charles Macklin and the Theatres of London (Liverpool University Press). Colm was Resident Director at the National Theatre of Ireland, inaugural Director-in-Residence at The Geffen Playhouse, and a Resident Performing Artist at BRIClab, Brooklyn. He is a Berkeley Rep Ground Floor alum, Dublin Fringe Radical Spirit Award Nominee, Dublin Theatre Festival Next Stage alum, and Pan Pan International Mentorship mentee. Colm was recently awarded the Irish Arts Council Next Generation Artists Award.