Monday, May 23, 2016

The Paley Center For Media Recognizes Hispanic Achievement In Television

"I Love Lucy" stars and producers
Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz.
The Paley Center for Media hosted a first of its kind tribute to Hispanic achievement on television Wednesday, May 18, 2016, bringing together the biggest Latino stars in Spanish and English-language television at the Cipriani Wall Street in Manhattan's Financial District.

The event honored Hispanic contributions in telenovelas, comedy, news, drama and televised sports and music events with video supercuts from 
the Paley archive’s Hispanic collection.
Actor-singer Lucie Arnaz.
Notable guests and presenters included América Ferrera, Mario "Don Francisco" Kreutzberger, George López, Lana Parrilla, Edward James Olmos and Jimmy Smits. Lucie Arnaz, daughter of Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball (“I Love Lucy”), also took the stage in a special moment honoring her father’s legendary career on television.

The Paley Center announced it would repeat a similar tribute to Hispanic contributions in television on Monday, October 24, 2016 at the Beverly Wilshire in Los Angeles. For more information, click here or here.

HOLA Member Bochinche

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The FUERZAFest - Latino LGBTQ Festival recently concluded and the festival presented awards for "best of the fest". Four of the five awards presented was awarded to the Corezón production of Olvidadas– they included Best Playwright (Pablo García Gámez, shown above left), Best Actress (Rosie Berrido), Best Director (Diego M. Chiri), and Best Production (where it tied with another play). The fifth award, that of Best Actor was presented to Roberto D'Jesús (shown above right), for his role in Rafael Mejía's Mi pecado favorito (presented by Arketipo).

Jeannie Sol is co-starring in the play In Defense of Glitter and Rainbows. Written by Viviann True Rodríguez and directed by Andrés Chulisi Rodríguez, it will run in June at the Producers' Club Theater, located in the theater district of the midtown Manhattan. For more information on the production, click here or here.

Mafer Rodríguez, shown at left, will be making her directorial debut when she helms the play Hombres. The play, written by Indira Páez, will be presented by IShowNY Productions in July as part of the VI Festival de Teatro Hispano del Comisionado at the Sala Rafael Villalona at the Comisionado Dominicano de Cultura en EEUU, located in Manhattan's Washington Heights neighborhood. The cast will include Rodríguez, Alfonso Rey, Sandor Juan, Antonio Rubio, William Pérez and Mario Mattei in the cast. 

Repertorio Español is presenting the new Jordi Galcerán comedy Burundanga. Directed by José Zayas, the play will premiere at the end of May and will take place at Repertorio's eponymous theater located in the Rose Hill section of Manhattan. The play stars Zulema Clares, Luis Carlos de La Lombana, Germán Jaramillo, Soraya Padrao, and Txemi Parra. For more information, click here.

Thalía Spanish Theatre is presenting the Juan Carlos Rubio comedy Apartment For Sale (tenant included). Produced, designed and directed by Ángel Gil Orrios, the production will star Soledad López, Jesús E. Martínez, and Basílica Bliachas and will run in June at Thalía's namesake theater located in the Sunnyside area of Queens. For more information, click here.


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Saturday, May 21, 2016

HOLA Member Bochinche

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Joel Pérez, shown at right, will be performing in the June edition of the popular improv and sketch comedy show Thank You For Coming Out. The show will take place on Monday, June 20, 2016 at the Magnet Theater, located in the Chelsea/Penn South area of Manhattan. For more information, click here.

Lissette Montolío and Maritza Vives co-starred in the play Hay un país en el mundo. Based on the poem of the same name by Pedro Mir (and Mir's novel Buen viaje, Pancho Valentín), it is adapted and directed by Domingo Ramos, the Teatro Dramos-L'Association Latino-Américaine de Montréal co-production was presented in May at Théâtre des Deux Mondes in Montréal, Québec, Canada. For more information, click here or here.

Ellis Vizcarra, shown at left, will be co-starring in the Nedra Pezold Roberts play Color Me Screwed. Directed by Sarah Rosenberg, the production (co-produced by Luis Reyes Cárdenas) will take place in June at Open Hydrant Theater, located in the Hunts Point area of the Bronx. For more information on the production, click here.

Jaime Carrillo will be acting in the Nilo Cruz play Sotto Voce. The Shakespeare & Company production will be directed by Daniel Gidron and will take place in August and September at the Elayne Bernstein Theatre in Lenox, Massachusetts. For more information on the production, click here.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda and His Musical, HAMILTON, Win 2016 Drama League Awards












The Drama League announced the 2016 Drama League Awards winners in a ceremony on Friday, May 20, 2016 at the Marriott Marquis Times Square in Manhattan. First awarded in 1922 and formalized in 1935, the Drama League Awards are the oldest theatrical honors in America. They are the only major theatergoer awards chosen by audience members — specifically, by the thousands of Drama League members nationwide who attend Broadway and off-Broadway productions.

Hamilton won the Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of an Off-Broadway or Broadway musical. In addition, its composer-lyricist-librettist-star, Lin-Manuel Miranda, won the Distinguished Performance Award (an honor only awarded once to an artist during his/her career).

For more information on the 2016 Drama League Awards, including a list of the winners, click here.

Friday, May 20, 2016

HOLA Member Bochinche

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Lucio Fernández, shown at right, was profiled in an article in Reporte Hispano (New Jersey's Hispanic newspaper), where his work as an actor, film producer, singer, poet, arts promoter and advocate was highlighted. To read the article, which is in Spanish, click here. In addition, the short film Ploy (written by Jesse E. Salgado and Julius B. Kelly and directed by Kelly), which he associate produced is being screened in May as part of the Short Film Corner at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France. 

Maritza Vives will be co-starring in the Dinorah Coronado play Secretos de mujer. Directed by Edison Carrera, the play is being presented in June at the VI Festival de Teatro Hispano del Comisionado, which will take place at the Sala de Teatro Rafael Villalona in the Comisionado Dominicano de Cultura en EEUU in Manhattan's Washington Heights neighborhood.

Elaine Del Valle produced the short film The Mark. Written by Taryn Kosviner and Howard Kingkade, and directed by Kosviner, the film is being screened in May as part of the Short Film Corner at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France.


Modesto Flako Jiménez, shown at left, will be tonight's special guest at the long-running talk show/theater experience Ike At Night. Hosted by Ikechukwu Ufomadu, the show will be at The Bushwick Starr (located in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn). For more information, click here.

Joel Pérez recorded and produced the audiobook The Network. Written by Jesse Booth, the book is available on Audible and iTunes. For more information, click here.

Mario Golden dubbed the male voice for the Spanish commercial "A Healthy Balance/Un balance saludable" for Kohl's. To see the commercial, click on the video below.


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Mildred Ruiz-Sapp, shown at right, will be acting in the New York premiere production of Party People. Written by Universes (Steven Sapp, Ruiz-Sapp and William "Ninja" Ruiz), it was developed and directed by Liesl Tommy and be choreographed by Millicent Johnnie. The ensemble-driven show will be a part of the 2016-17 season of the Public Theater, located in Manhattan's NoHo neighborhood. For more information, click here, here, or here.

The feature film Medardo (written by Julio Ortega and directed by Nitsy Grau) is an official entrant in the online Mexico International Film Festival and Awards. The film stars Ortega, Edna Lee Figueroa
Inma HerediaEdison Carrera, Gloria Ospina and Juan Villarreal. For more information, click here.

A.B. Lugo
modeled for the spring 2016 line of Modus Vivendi clothing at a runway show at Club 250, located in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood.

Mayté Hernández will be in the upcoming season of the webseries "Latin Lives" (created by Robert Louis Maisonett).


Marcos Sotomayor has a co-starring role in the spoof webseries "Love and Bachata" (Flama), where he plays one of the "+3" in the bachata group Rome +3 (aka The Adventurers). The first episode can be seen in the video below (caution: some slight strong language).



Roberto Sanábria was featured in the DNA Info blog, where it covered his performing with his father, Grammy-nominated percussionist Bobby Sanábria, at 
the Bronx's third "Boogie Down Booth" (an arts/music installation that gives residents of the Bronx a place to sit down and listen to 16 different tracks with roots in the borough), which was unveiled on Tuesday at East 161st Street and Elton Avenue in the Morrisania area of the Bronx. The song Sanábria père et fils do together, "From Mambo to Hip Hop" is included the soundtrack of the Boogie Down Booth. To see the live performance, click on the video below.




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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Univision Teams With Netflix, Announces New Slate of Programming

Univision Chief Marketing Officer
Jessica Rodríguez addresses the crowd
at the Univision upfront presentation.
Univision announced on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, that it was getting into business with the streaming giant with two rare programming deals.
The first season of Netflix drama "Narcos," which chronicles the life of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, will air on Univision leading up to the second season that will run only on Netflix. Meanwhile, the Spanish-language series "Club de Cuervos," another Netflix property, will air on Univision's youth-skewing network UniMas.
Netflix and Univision also will coproduce a series about Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzmán. It will air in the U.S. on UniMás in 2017, before becoming available to Netflix subscribers. It will premiere on Netflix in other markets.
The announcements were made during Univision's presentation to advertisers at the Lyric Theatre in New York. The deals underscore the value Netflix sees in courting Latino audiences and showcases Univision's status among Spanish-speaking Latinos.
Netflix knows that Hispanics are their growth consumers,” Chief Marketing Officer Jessica Rodríguez told the crowd. For more information on the Univision-Netflix collaboration, click here.