stageplay by Desiree Gezentsvey

based on the novel of the same title by Christine Leunens

 World Premiere at Circa Theatre, Wellington, August 2017

 “A commendably ambitious enterprise with an intriguingly international sweep… Its themes are universal and sweeping... The surprises are ingenious…” – THEATREVIEW

“Engaging and provocative” – DOMINION POST

“Very powerful” - KIWIBLOG



Desirée's Bilingual Poetry Book  'next time around / la próxima vez'

 available at SteeleRoberts






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BA Modern Languages - VUW

MA Creative Writing (Script)    International Institute of Modern Letters - VUW

MA Literary Translation Studies - English/Spanish - VUW

Oral History Training - Oral History Centre, Wellington National Library

Short Bio

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Desirée has lived in New Zealand since 1985 with her husband and three daughters.

She has had plays and short films produced, and has published a bilingual book of poetry, 'next time around/la próxima vez' (SteeleRoberts), which deals with the subject of immigration and separation from loved ones.  Her poetry piece 'Under the Southern Stars was recorded and broadcast by Radio New Zealand, and seven of her poems were set to music by award-winning composer Dorothy Buchanan. Desirée has also been involved in various projects as oral historian, script developing consultant, and has translated fiction, poetry and stageplays from English to Spanish and Spanish to English.

Desirée's play 'Nuclear Family' won the Best Stageplay (Script) Atlantis Award at the 2011 Moondance International Film Festival Competition.


A few words about me, in no particular order...

writer  poet  playwright  screenwriter  translator  publicist

ink-link     cultivator of people & memories

romantic realist        music & art lover   

Jewish    Venezuelan    American     New Zealander

Maiden name ~ Desiree Rebeca Sterental Serr

daughter of engineer Volf Sterental and pianist Harriet Serr

wife of NZSO violinist Yury Gezentsvey

mother of Michelle (&Ben), Lara (&Nathan), Yael (&Storm)

grandma of Noam   Stella   Maurice

Among my meaningful favorites...

When you look to the heights, hold on to your hat.

                              Yiddish Proverb

Begin by doing what's necessary

Then do what's possible

Soon you'll be doing the impossible!

                              St Francis of Assissi

If you keep your destiny in mind,

every moment in life

becomes an opportunity

for moving closer to it. 

                              Arthur Golden

O let me hear thee speaking

In accents clear and still,

Above the storms of passion,

The murmurs of self-will;

O speak to reassure me,

To hasten or control;

O speak, and make me listen,

Thou Guardian of my soul.

                              Bode, 1869