Monday, April 24, 2017

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.

Caridad del Valle, shown at right, booked a commercial (and accompanying print ad campaign) for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYCHealth) after reading the casting notice in the e-mail announcements HOLA sends to its members and self-submitting.

Raquel Almazán will have her play La Paloma Prisoner presented in a workshop reading by Hi-ARTS and La Lucha Arts. The play will be directed by Estefanía Fadul, co-star Almazán, Gilbert Cruz, Adriana Sananes, and Mônica Steuer, and take place in May at Hi-ARTS, located at the ArtSpace PS 109 space in Manhattan's El Barrio neighborhood. For more information on the presentation, click here.

Inma Herediashown at left, will present a special one-night-only performance of her self-penned solo show Divas de España. Directed by Adolfo Vásquez, the show will take place on Friday, April 28, 2017 at Thalía Hispanic Theatre, located in the Sunnyside neighborhood of Queens. For more information, click here.

Pablo García Gámez was interviewed by Javier E. Gómez on the latter's talk show "Diálogo abierto" (BronxNet) where the former spoke on the Callback Series 2017 which is being presented in May at Teatro Círculo, located in Manhattan's East Village (García Gámez's own play, Olvidadas, directed by Diego Chiri and starring Rosie Berrido, is represented in the series. To watch the interview, which is in Spanish, click on the video below (the interview begins at 06:27).



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Tony Awards Announce Return of Sound Design Categories

The Antoinette Perry (Tony) Awards announced today that they will reinstate the categories of Best Sound Design of a Play and Best Sound Design of a Musical starting in the 2017-2018 season.

Over the last 18 months, the Tony Awards Administration Committee conducted an in-depth review of these categories as well as all of the 24 competitive categories. This review was conducted in consultation with industry professionals including several sound designers. As a result, the Committee developed a plan to address previous concerns related to adjudicating these categories.

Next season, Best Sound Design of a Musical and Best Sound Design of a Play will be reinstated to the list of competitive Tony Award categories with a new voting process. In addition, it was determined that for similar reasons, the category of Best Orchestrations will adhere to this same new voting process. The Tony nominators will nominate for these categories as in the past. However, voting on the winners of the three categories will now be the responsibility of a subset of the overall voter pool based on their professional affiliation.

The Sound Design committee of United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829, has just released a statement endorsing the decision by the Tony Awards to reinstate the Sound Design categories and annual awards for the 2017-18 season.

"We are very gratified by this outcome," said Nevin Steinberg, co-chair of the committee that is part of the union representing all designers working on Broadway. "Happily, the appeals and activism of our members, of the professional theater community in New York and around the country, and the thoughtful arguments for reconsideration by some of the most prominent individuals and organizations across show business made an impact. Sound designers on Broadway will once again be recognized for the integral and creative work that their colleagues and audiences expect."

The American Theatre Wing's 71st Annual Tony Awards, hosted by Kevin Spacey, will air live from Radio City Music Hall on the CBS Television Network on the evening of Sunday, June 11, 2017. The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.

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.

Edmi De Jesús and Gerardo Gudiño, shown at right, from left to right and also see belowwere mentioned in Broadway World on account of the former starring in Tere Martínez's solo show Mi última noche con Rubén Blades (to be directed by the latter). The production will be presented in April as part of The One Festival at Teatro Círculo in Manhattan's East Village. For more information on the production, click hereTo read the article, click here. They were also featured in El Blog de Pablo with regards to the same production. To read that blog, which is in Spanish, click here.


Pablo García Gámez and Rosie Berridoshown above, left to right, were featured in the El Blog de Pablo as a result of his two-hander Olvidadasbeing presented in May as part of the Callback Series 2017 by and at Teatro Círculo, located in Manhattan's East Village. Directed by Diego Chiri, the play also stars Noëlle Mauri. For more information on the production, click here. To read the blog, which is in Spanish, click here.

Mildred Ruiz-Sapp, shown, in character, at center in the photo at left, wielding sword, is featured in two articles in Broadway World. She, along with Steven Sapp and William "Ninja" Ruiz, collectively known as the performance group Universes, wrote the new musical UniSon. Inspired by the poetry of August Wilson, the piece was developed and directed by Robert O'Hara and will have its world premiere at the Angus Bowmer Theater at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) in Ashland, Oregon, where it will run from April through October. To read the articles, click here and here.

Edna Lee Figueroa, shown at right, and Edmi De Jesús (also see above), were featured in the El Blog de Pablo as a result of starring in the Joselo Arroyo play Máscaras afuera. The two-hander play was written by Joselo Arroyo, the play (adapted for an all-female cast from the original all-male cast by Figueroa) will be directed by Gerardo Gudiño (also see above) and presented as part of the FUERZAfest - Latino LGBTQ Fest, taking place in May at the Julia de Burgos Latino Cultural Center in Manhattan's El Barrio neighborhood. To read the blog, which is in Spanish, 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?

Thursday, April 20, 2017

John Leguizamo Receives 2017 Drama League Nomination For LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS

The nominees for the 83rd Annual Drama League Awards were announced at world famous Sardi's Restaurant on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 by Bebe Neuwirth and Patina Miller. The Drama League Award winners will be announced on Friday May 19, 2017 the Marriott Marquis Times Square in the Broadway Ballroom. The ceremony will be hosted by Audra McDonald and Will Swenson. 

Former HOLA Award honoree John Leguizamo, shown at left, is nominated in the Distinguished Performance Award, an award that can only be received once in a performer's career. Leguizamo was recognized for his work as writer-performer of his solo show Latin History for Morons, currently playing at The Public Theater.

Paola Lázaro-Muñoz's play Tell Héctor I Miss Him (directed by David Mendizábal and produced by the Atlantic Theatre Company), which starred former HOLA Award honorees Selenis Leyva and Dascha Polanco, was nominated for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play. Among the nominees it faces is Sweat, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Lynn Nottage, which co-stars Carlo Albán and is currently playing on Broadway at Studio 54. The Manhattan Theatre Club revival of August Wilson's Jitney, helmed by Rubén Santiago-Hudson, picked up an 
Outstanding Revival of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play nomination.

First awarded in 1922 and formalized in 1935, the Drama League Awards are the oldest theatrical honors in America. They are the only major theatrical awards chosen by the ENTIRE theatre community– specifically, by the thousands of Drama League members nationwide who attend Broadway and off-Broadway productions. They recognize work in five competitive categories, including Distinguished Play, Distinguished Revival of a Play, Distinguished Musical, Distinguished Revival of a Musical, and Distinguished Performance. For more information on the Drama League Awards, including a complete list of this year's nominees, click here or here.

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.


Luis Salgado and Rafael Beatoshown above, left to right, were featured in a photo flash article from Broadway World where their role as director-choreographer and Sonny, respectively in the GALA Hispanic Theatre production of the Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes musical In The Heights were highlighted. That production will be the U.S. premiere of the Spanish-language version of the musical, which will run in April and May at GALA's eponymous theater in the North West area of Washington, District of Columbia. To read the article, which features rehearsal photography, click here.

Samuel Garnica
 and Mafer Rodríguez are co-starring in the play Ni que nos vayamos nos podemos ir. Written and directed by Lupe Gehrenbeck, the production will run in April at Santiago Rubio Hall in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood. For more information, and to get tickets, click here (note that the majority of the information is in Spanish).

Héctor Luis Rivera is directing a production of Mirandolina
, his adaptation of Carlo Goldoni's La posadera (also known as The Mistress of the Inn). The play, produced by TEBA, will star Aileene Pérez and be presented in June as part of the Festival de Teatro Hispano del Comisionado at El Comisionado Dominicano de Cultura en EEUU (CoDoCul) in Manhattan's Washington Heights neighborhood.


A.B. Lugo and Emilio Delgado have co-starring roles in the television series "West of the City". Created and executive produced by Arian Blanco, its proof of concept video was shipped to Amazon for consideration. The project has since graduated to the “Deciding” phase on the Amazon Studios Platform. Out of 16,800+ submissions on the platform, "West of the City" has trended #1 for 26 weeks and only the top 3-5% make it to the "Deciding" phase (the next step is "Offer"). To see the proof of concept video (and to rate it), 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?


HOLA Supports La Cooperativa of Latinx Theatre Artists And Their Efforts For Fair Casting Practices

[The Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA) is committed to advocating for the rights of Latinx performers. Oftentimes, our advocacy efforts are behind the scenes with producers and/or casting directors. We recently received an e-mail from La Cooperativa of Latinx Theatre Artists (or La Co-Op, for short) regarding a concern it had with the casting of a particular production in New York City. A representative was more than happy to attend a meeting with La Co-Op and the producers of that production. The official statement of that meeting (La Co-Op's official statement) is shown below. (Text that was bolded, italicized, and in red was highlighted by El Blog de HOLA.)]

Hola Familia,

We are writing to let you know about some actions La Co-Op’s Coordinating Team has taken in response to the casting of White American actresses in PlayCo’s production of Guillermo Calderón’s Villa.  As described by the company’s website, the play focuses on “three women charged with deciding the future of the Villa Grimaldi, an infamous detention camp of Chile’s Pinochet government.” However, two of the three women cast in the show are White American actresses, one of which is in a role where the character also identifies as being indigenous, specifically from the Mapuche people.


After several members of La Co-Op’s Coordinating Team went to see the production, we reached out to other Latinx theatre makers we knew who had seen it as well, others who had not, and did our own personal research into PlayCo’s history and the production history of Villa– based on the information we discovered, we collectively decided that a response was needed. 


We reached out to PlayCo and the writer and director of the play and this production, Guillermo Calderón, to get more information about the casting decisions in this production and to request a sit-down meeting to fully express our outrage and concerns. That meeting took place Monday, March 27, 2017, and we were honored to have the support of The Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA), and the Asian American Performers Action Coalition (AAPAC). PlayCo’s Founding Producer Kate Loewald and Interim Managing Director Robert G. Bradshaw attended on behalf of the production, and actively listened and participated in the conversation. Based on our conversation, the attending members of La Co-Op’s Coordinating Team (Raquel Almazán, Arlene Chico-Lugo, and Beto O’Byrne), believe that our concerns about how the production replicates a damaging practice were heard, that an important conversation has begun with PlayCo about this subject matter, and we sincerely hope that it continues.

Sr. Calderón had originally agreed to attend the meeting but opted to withdraw for unknown reasons. PlayCo’s representatives read to us via a written statement from him that, among several references regarding aspects of this production and others of Villa, the casting choice was made because he felt it was the best way to highlight the state sanctioned violence and rape in the play, and that casting White American bodies in a story about the Chilean torture center, Villa Grimaldi, felt like the neutral option that could allow more people to relate. 

To be clear and explicit, La Co-Op strongly rejects the premise that whiteness is a universal experience for Latinx people and all people of color. Whiteness is not neutrality. We are shocked and dismayed by this choice in casting and that the replacing of Latinx bodies to tell our stories continues to occur. The reinforcement of the White-dominant narrative is a painful practice that is damaging to the psyche, the spirit, and the livelihood of Latinx theatre practitioners and the community at large.

However, this practice happens at an alarming frequency, and La Co-Op believes a larger forum to discuss these issues is necessary. For this reason we have asked PlayCo to participate in a public conversation, alongside other leading institutions, to discuss the issues of whitewashing, colorism, and cultural responsibility. They have agreed and we are working on the details for that town hall [meeting]. 

We have also asked them to undertake anti-racism training, which La Co-Op believes that all cultural workers, artists, and theatre makers would benefit from taking, regardless of social location, ethnicity, or personal experiences. We sincerely hope PlayCo’s staff undergoes this training. To view the statement issued to PlayCo, please CLICK HERE.

We will keep you updated on the details for the upcoming Town Hall, and we hope you will attend and add your voice to this conversation.  In addition, we are currently collecting information about shows that have, to various degrees, participated in the whitewashing, or cultural appropriation of the Latinx experience, and what it feels like to experience this work. Please CLICK HERE to add your voice to this important collection. You can participate anonymously, if you are more comfortable in doing so.

For more information on the statistical research of performers of color in the American Theatre please visit: http://www.aapacnyc.org/stats-2014-2015.html.


Thank you for your continued support in the fight for representation! May we continue to imagine a world of equity and inclusion.

In Solidarity,
La Co-Op’s Coordinating Team
Raquel Almazán - interdisciplinary artist, Artistic Director - La Lucha Arts
Arlene Chico-Lugo- writer/performer, Co-Founder of Liberation Arts Collective
Beto O’Byrne, Co-Founder, Radical Evolution
Jessica Carmona - Actress, Playwright at Si Se Puede Productions, LLC
Yadira De La Riva, Performer/Writer/Producer
Christin Eve Cato, Actor/Producer, Cambreleng Productions, LLC


STAY TUNED FOR CONTINUING DEVELOPMENTS.

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.

Marco Antonio Rodríguezshown at right, was featured in the Héctor Luis Sin Censura blog (written and edited by Héctor Luis Riveraalso see below), on account of his starring role opposite Kimber Riddle in the Catherine Filloux play Kidnap Road. Directed by Elena Araoz, the production will be presented in April and May at LaMama Experimental Theater Club, located in Manhattan's East Village. To read the blog, which is in Spanish, click here.

Manuel A. Morán, shown at leftwas featured in the Héctor Luis Sin Censura blog (written and edited by Héctor Luis Rivera, also see above), where his direction of the Teatro SEA production The 3 Pigettes & The Big Bad Lady Wolf/Las 3 cerditas y la loba feroz was noted. An all-female adaptation of the children's musical Los 3 cerditos by Elsia Luz Cruz Torruellas and Morán, this version is also adapted (with additional lyrics and music) by Morán in a bilingual version by him and Richard Marino, with new music and orchestations by Manuel Calzada (based on the original score) by Marvin Cardona. The production co-stars Indra Palomo and Jeannie Sol and boasts the original choreography of Michael Capecci, is directed by Morán and will run in April at Teatro SEA, located in The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center (home to HOLA) in Manhattan's Loísaida neighborhood. To read the blog, which is in Spanish, click here.

Mario Golden will be presenting his solo show Father God Mother Death (to be directed by Andreas Robertz and Nancy Ferragallo). It will be presented in May at The Cherry Lane Theatre (located in Manhattan's Greenwich Village) as part of the Downtown Urban Arts Festival (DUAF). For more information, click here.

José Roldán, Jr. will co-star in Juan Ramírez, Jr.'s play Honor Among Thieves. Directed by Ramírez, the play will be presented as part of the Downtown Urban Arts Festival (DUAF) at the Cherry Lane Theater, located in Manhattan's West Village. For more information, click here or 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?