Secrets; Love

“Secrets; Love” by Summer Dawn Hortillosa is a tale set in a modern city about crimes of passion and the nature of love – how we feel it, how we express it and how it can be a powerful secret when hidden.

Rizalia and Marcus from 'Secrets; Love.' Doug Bauman photo

The play opens with a diverse neighborhood dealing with the recent kidnapping of two members of their Filipino community – Rizalia Salem, the wife of Marcus Salem, and Marcus’s best friend Marton, at the wedding of the Salems’ oldest child.

When their next-door neighbor Diego Carbonell hears mysterious, terrifying sounds coming from their house, however, he begins thinking that the truth may be darker than anyone suspects. Together with the Salems’ daughter Luz, he puts the pieces together and discovers the lengths some would go to for love.

“Secrets; Love” was sponsored by the Monroe Center for the Arts in Hoboken, where it had a hugely successful run, and was part of the Downtown Urban Theater Festival in Manhattan in 2012. For more information, see the play’s official website.


Marcus Salem (Stan Vidal)
Rizalia Salem (Siouxsie Suarez)
Asst. Director/Luz Salem (Liliane Wolf)
Diego Carbonell (Jean-Pierre Mestanza)
Gisele/Mira Woldmichael (Alexandra Poncelet Del Sole)
The Prosecutor (Max Zawlocki)
Detective Aaron Williams (John Stevens)
The Reporter (Katie Colaneri)
Abraham/Marton (Clarence Ilanan)
Alex/The Defender (Christian Sanchez)
Director (Summer Dawn Hortillosa)
Stage Manager/Lighting (Peter Schmidt)
Music (Kevin Thompson)
Photos (Doug Bauman)

Press coverage: “Secrets; Love” play featuring Central Jersey actors to debut in Hoboken
The Jersey City Independent:
‘Secrets; Love,’ a New Play by Summer Dawn Hortillosa Premieres at Downtown Urban Theater Festival
Eat Drink New Jersey: Secrets; Love to bring passion, crime and whoopie pies to Hoboken!
The Asian Journal: ‘Secrets; Love’ to premiere in Hoboken
The Examiner: Local production ‘Secrets; Love’ opens in Hoboken
Pro Arts Jersey City: Secrets; Love headed for Downtown Urban Theater Festival, to debut in Hoboken
offoffjc: Secrets; Love, a play by Summer Dawn Hortillosa
Broadway World: SECRETS;LOVE to Debut in Hoboken Before NYC Performance, 3/22
The Jersey Journal: Downtown Urban Theater Festival NYC selection ‘Secrets; Love’ to premiere in Hoboken
Hoboken Patch: Last Chance: ‘Secrets; Love’ at the Monroe Theater


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