Saturday, May 23, 2015

HOLA Member Bochinche

Bochinche refers to “gossip”. In this sense, we use it to mention HOLA members or Friends of HOLA who are getting acting, performance or similarly artistic gigs and/or recognition in the media. The names of HOLA members and Friends of HOLA are listed below in boldface. To see what other HOLA members are doing currently, click here.

Raquel Almazán, shown at right, has been named a 2015-16 Core Apprentice Writer with The Playwrights Center (based in Minneapolis, Minnesota), where one of her plays will have a developmental workshop. For more information, click here.

Jennica Carmona's film Millie and the Lords continues its run in the film festival circuit. Its next stop will be  at The People's Film Festival, where it will screen in May at the Maysles Cinema, located in Manhattan's Harlem neighborhood. The film, written and directed by Carmona (and co-produced by Joel Arandia), stars Jessica Carmona; Cedric Leiba, Jr.Mateo Gómez; Millie Tirelli; Alfredo Romeo Suárez; Alfredo Huereca; and Gabriel Castillo. For more information, click here or here. To buy tickets to the screening, click here.

The Francisco Lupini Basagoiti short film Tú. Yo. Baño. Sexo. Ahora. (starring Francisco Fuertes and Mauricio Pitacontinues its journey on the film festival circuit, with a stop in June at the My True Colors Film Festival, where it will screen at the Faison Firehouse Theater, located in Manhattan's Harlem neighborhood. For more information, click here.

Víctor Cruz, shown at left, is one of the hosts of the fourth annual World of Colors concert, presented by the World Heritage Cultural Center. The concert will take place on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at CityCenter Danbury Green in Danbury, Connecticut. For more information, click here or here. In addition, he is producing and co-directing (the latter with Guru Enlightment) the solo show The Naked Truth (written and performed by Rick Herrera). The production will happen on Saturday, May 30, 2015 as part of the Emerging Artists Theater (EAT) New Work Series (Spring 2015), taking place at the TADA! Theater, located in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood. For more information (and to buy tickets), click here.

If you are an HOLA member or a Friend of HOLA and want to submit a bochinche item, send us an e-mail. If you live in the New York metropolitan area and want to be an HOLA member, why not join? If you live outside the New York metropolitan area and want to be an HOLA member, you can find out more information on how to do so by clicking here. If you are not a Friend of HOLA, why not become one?

Friday, May 22, 2015

HOLA Member Bochinche

Bochinche refers to “gossip”. In this sense, we use it to mention HOLA members or Friends of HOLA who are getting acting, performance or similarly artistic gigs and/or recognition in the media. The names of HOLA members and Friends of HOLA are listed below in boldface. To see what other HOLA members are doing currently, click here.


A.B. Lugo, Alexandra Manzano, Kathy Tejada and Héctor Luis Rivera were featured in the ArteNY blog, where they are mentioned for the upcoming Teatro Experimental Blue Amigos (TEBA) production of Elena Garro's A Solid Home. Directed by Rivera (also see below), the play also stars Yanet Betances, Dennis Maragliano, J. Edgar Mozoub, Jennifer Quinn, and María Richardson in the cast, and will be presented in June at the Broadway Blackbox Theater, located in Manhattan's Washington Heights neighborhood. To read the blog, which is in Spanish, click here. [Shown above, clockwise from top left: Lugo, Manzano, Tejada, Rivera.]

Bianka Gómez is starring in the Alejandro Licona play La que hubiera amado tanto. Directed by Ernesto De Villa Bejjani, the 88 Performing Arts production will be presented in May at the V Festival del Comisionado Dominicano at the Comisionado Dominicano de Cultura en EEUU, located in Manhattan's Washington Heights neighborhood.  

Claudio Bandini, shown at right, is starring in Beatriz Cabur's play Ronensbourgh. Presented by AENY-Spanish Artists in New York, it will be directed by Ignacio García Bustelo and presented in May and June 2015 at IATI Theater in Manhattan's East Village. For more information, click here.

Ely Beri and Raúl Torres are starring in the play Pánico moral. Written and directed by Domingo Ramos (and based on his novel of the same name), this Teatro Dramos production will be presented in June at the V Festival del Comisionado Dominicano at the Comisionado Dominicano de Cultura en EEUU, located in Manhattan's Washington Heights neighborhood. 

If you are an HOLA member or a Friend of HOLA and want to submit a bochinche item, send us an e-mail. If you live in the New York metropolitan area and want to be an HOLA member, why not join? If you live outside the New York metropolitan area and want to be an HOLA member, you can find out more information on how to do so by clicking here. If you are not a Friend of HOLA, why not become one?

Report: Spanish-Language Voiceover Workshop With Manuel Herrera

Manuel Herrera once again conducted his renowned Spanish-Language Voiceover Workshop. For six (6) sessions, which took place at the HOLA office on Tuesdays and Thursdays between May 5 and May 21, 2015, he taught eager HOLA members diction in Spanish, interpretation and audition techniques in order to make it in the burgeoning Spanish-language voiceover market. His classes are usually done for small groups of students, so that attention can be paid to each student. The workshop is one of the only (if not the only) one of its caliber in the U.S.

Some of the feedback from the students are below.


• I liked this class and  I learned a lot.
• [Manuel Herrera] is incomparable; he is a genius.
• [Manuel Herrera] knows a lot about the industry.
• I am very satisfied by this workshop.
• The number of students in the workshop was perfect.

• I only wish this class can be given more often.



Thursday, May 21, 2015

HOLA Member Bochinche

Bochinche refers to “gossip”. In this sense, we use it to mention HOLA members or Friends of HOLA who are getting acting, performance or similarly artistic gigs and/or recognition in the media. The names of HOLA members and Friends of HOLA are listed below in boldface. To see what other HOLA members are doing currently, click here.

Paul Montoya, Caridad del Valle (also see below), and Ivonne Martínez were featured in an article by Carlos Navedo of the New York newspaper Impacto Latin News as a result of the Teatro Vanguardia USA production El barco ébrio (written by Jorge Dávila Vázquez and directed by Iván L. Argudo, both also highlighted in the article), which took place in May at the Producers' Club Theater (located in the theater district of midtown Manhattan). To read the article, which is in Spanish, click on the photo at right.

The Francisco Lupini Basagoiti short film Tú. Yo. Baño. Sexo. Ahora. (starring Francisco Fuertes and Mauricio Pitacontinues its journey on the film festival circuit, with a stop at the FilmOut San Diego Film Festival, which will take place in May in San Diego, California. For more information, click here.

Teatro Experimental Blue Amigos (TEBA) is presenting Elena Garro's A Solid Home. Directed by Héctor Luis Rivera (also see below), the play stars Yanet Betances, A.B. Lugo, Alexandra Manzano, Dennis Maragliano, J. Edgar Mozoub, Jennifer Quinn, María Richardson, and Kathy Tejada, and will be presented in June at the Broadway Blackbox Theater, located in Manhattan's Washington Heights neighborhood. For more information, click here.

Many HOLA members were highlighted in a blog by Raúl Rivera published in Héctor Luis Sin Censura. The blog dealt with the fashions shown at the recent Premios Asociación de Teatro Independiente in New York this past March. The HOLA members highlighted included Edison Carrera, María Cotto, Caridad del Valle (also see above), Enmanuel García Villavicencio, Ramón Hierro, Héctor Luis Rivera (also see above), and Juan Villarreal. To read the blog, which is in Spanish, as well as to see photos of the Best and Worst Dressed of the affair, click here.

If you are an HOLA member or a Friend of HOLA and want to submit a bochinche item, send us an e-mail. If you live in the New York metropolitan area and want to be an HOLA member, why not join? If you live outside the New York metropolitan area and want to be an HOLA member, you can find out more information on how to do so by clicking here. If you are not a Friend of HOLA, why not become one?

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

HOLA Member Bochinche

Bochinche refers to “gossip”. In this sense, we use it to mention HOLA members or Friends of HOLA who are getting acting, performance or similarly artistic gigs and/or recognition in the media. The names of HOLA members and Friends of HOLA are listed below in boldface. To see what other HOLA members are doing currently, click here.

Liza Colón-Zayas and David Zayas, shown right to left, in the photo at right, were highlighted in a Broadway World photo essay about the 2014-15 New York Drama Critics' Circle Awards, in which Stephen Adly Guirgis' Pulitzer Prize-winning Between Riverside and Crazy (which was presented at the Atlantic Theatre Company and later transferred to the Second Stage Theatre Company) won Best Play. Colón-Zayas co-starred in the Guirgis play (and won a Lucille Lortel Award for the role). To see more photos from the event, click here.

Pregones Theater-Puerto Rican Traveling Theater (often abbreviated as Pregones-PRTT) presented its annual Festival of New Play Readings, as written by the members of the theater's Playwrights Unit (which is run by Mario Golden and Andreas Robertz). The series of readings of plays, scenes, and monologues started in April and runs through May at the PRTT space located in the theater district of midtown Manhattan. Some HOLA member-playwrights whose works were represented include Eduardo Leáñez and Robert J. Santana. Some of the HOLA members acting in the series include Enmanuel García Villavicencio, A.B. Lugo, Éric-Dominique Pérez, J. Santana, and Alejandro SantoniSome of the HOLA members directing the readings and moderating the post-reading discussions include Víctor Cruz, Mario Golden, A.B. Lugo, and Gloria Zelaya.


Luis Galli and Ana María Estrada, shown above, from left to right, were featured in the New York City newspaper Impacto Latin News, due to their roles in Rocío Lladó's film La amante del libertador (which also features HOLA member Nathalie Tolentino in the cast) and the recent screening the film had in the New School University Auditorium in Manhattan's East Village. To read the article, which is in Spanish, click here.

Luis Carlos de La Lombana is starring in the short film Umbra (written and directed by Christopher Yowan), which was shot earlier this year in Connecticut and is currently in post-production. In addition, he composed and sang the song "Polly" for the film.

If you are an HOLA member or a Friend of HOLA and want to submit a bochinche item, send us an e-mail. If you live in the New York metropolitan area and want to be an HOLA member, why not join? If you live outside the New York metropolitan area and want to be an HOLA member, you can find out more information on how to do so by clicking here. If you are not a Friend of HOLA, why not become one?

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

HOLA Member Bochinche

Bochinche refers to “gossip”. In this sense, we use it to mention HOLA members or Friends of HOLA who are getting acting, performance or similarly artistic gigs and/or recognition in the media. The names of HOLA members and Friends of HOLA are listed below in boldface. To see what other HOLA members are doing currently, click here.

Suni Reyes, shown at right, will be a headliner in The People's Improv Theater (The P.I.T.) series appropriately titled The P.I.T. Presents. She will be performing her standup comedy in May at The P.I.T.'s namesake theater located in Manhattan's Rose Hill neighborhood. For more information about the gig, click here.

Alexandra Manzano is co-starring in the short film Fortress of Dumbbells (written and directed by Dennis Maragliano), which is currently filming in New York City. The film also stars Jennifer Quinn and Maragliano.

José Yenque, shown at left, is in pre-production for the feature film A Life Lived. Written by Kevin Brown and Riley Wood, and directed by Wood, the film also stars Lili Bordán and Douglas Tait and has an expected release date for sometime in 2016.

Víctor Cruz is co-starring opposite Mary-Louis Parker, Ashley Benson, Josh Peck and Chris Noth in the feature film Chronically Metropolitan. Written by Nicholas Schutt and directed by Xavier Manrique, the film is currently in post-production and is scheduled for release sometime in 2016.

If you are an HOLA member or a Friend of HOLA and want to submit a bochinche item, send us an e-mail. If you live in the New York metropolitan area and want to be an HOLA member, why not join? If you live outside the New York metropolitan area and want to be an HOLA member, you can find out more information on how to do so by clicking here. If you are not a Friend of HOLA, why not become one?

HAMILTON: THE MUSICAL Wins Obie Award for Best New American Theatre Work

Left to right: Obie Award winners
Andy Blankenbuehler, Lin-Manuel
Miranda, Thomas Kail, and
Alex Lacamoire of Hamilton.
The American Theatre Wing and the Village Voice announced the winners of the 60th Annual OBIE Awards on Monday, May 18, 2015.

First awarded in 1956, the Obie Awards or Off-Broadway Theater Awards are annual awards originally given by The Village Voice newspaper to theatre artists and groups in New York City. Since 2014, the Awards were jointly presented and administered with the American Theatre Wing. As the Tony Awards cover Broadway productions, the Obie Awards cover off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway productions.

The company of Hamilton.
The Public Theater's Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda (book, lyrics, music) received the Obie Award for Best New American Theatre Work, with  special citations for Andy Blankenbuehler (choreography), Thomas Kail (direction) and Alex Lacamoire (musical direction, arrangements, and orchestrations). The award is accompanied by a $1,000 check. Hamilton, which deals with life of Alexander Hamilton, and which stars Miranda in the title role, arrives on Broadway at The Richard Rodgers Theatre in July 2015.

For more information, click here or here.