Thursday, May 25, 2017

Bobby Cannavale, Lileana Blain-Cruz, and Riccardo Hernández Win 2017 Obie Awards

The American Theatre Wing and The Village Voice announced the winners of the 62nd Annual Obie Awards, which recognize the best in Off-Broadway theatre, on Monday, May 22, 2017 at Webster Hall, in Manhattan's East Village.

The 2017 class of Obie Award winners include former HOLA Award honoree Bobby Cannavale, shown at right, who won a Performance award for The Park Avenue Armory's production of The Hairy Ape; Lileana Blain-Cruz, for directing the Signature Theatre Company production of Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World; and designer Riccardo Hernández for Sustained Excellence in Design.

Lileana Blain-Vega.
Riccardo Hernández.
The Obie Award judges panel for this season included Village Voice columnist and longtime chair of the Obie judges Michael Feingold, Obie and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar, Entertainment Weekly theatre critic Melissa Rose Bernardo, Obie-winning actor-singer Darius de Haas, Village Voice theatre critic Miriam Felton-Dansky, Obie-winning actor (and former HOLA Awards honoree) Daphne Rubin-Vega, and Obie-winning actor J. Smith Cameron. For more information, including a list of all the 2017 Obie Award winners, click here.

Wednesday, May 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.


Aileene Pérez and Héctor Luis Rivera, shown above, left to right, were featured in the Arte NY blog, where her starring in the titular role of the Teatro Experimental Blue Amigos (TEBA) production of Mirandolina (La posadera), directed by him, was noted. The play will be presented in June as part of the seventh annual Festival de Teatro Latino Del Comisionado at the Teatro Rafael Villalona at El Comisionado Dominicano de Cultura en EEUU, located in Manhattan's Washington Heights neighborhood. To read the blog, which is in Spanish, click here.

Mônica Steuer, shown at right, starred in The Painter's Dream, a short film written by Fabián Zarta and directed by Paul Stancato. The film is currently in post-production.

Judy Torres will sing her freestyle dance music hits on Friday, June 23, 2017 at QXT's in Newark, New Jersey, and then on Friday, June 30, 2017 at the Freestyle Explosion (Summerstage Edition) concert at the Mount Airy Lodge Casino Resort in Mount Airy, Pennsylvania. For more information, click here and here, respectively.

The award-winning feature film 11:55 (written by Víctor Almanzar, Ari Issler, and Ben Snyder, and directed by Issler and Snyder) will be released in theaters in 11 cities in the United States of America and Canada (New York, New York; Los Angeles, California; Chicago, Illinois; Orlando, Florida; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Dallas, Texas; Denver, Colorado; San Francisco, California; Phoenix, Arizona; Boston, Massachusetts; Toronto, Ontario) on Friday, June 9, 2017. The film is produced by Danny Mendoza, Joshua Blum, Gia Walsh, Kara Baker, and Matthew Thurm; and co-stars Almanzar, former HOLA Awards honorees John Leguizamo and David Zayas, and Erick Betancourt. For more information, click here.

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Monday, May 22, 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.

The Corezon production of Federico Roca's Seis (directed by Pablo Andrade, shown at right) won Best Production at the 2017 FuerzaFest LGBTQ+ Festival, which was produced by the Hispanic Federation and took place in May at the Julia De Burgos Performance and Arts Center in Manhattan's El Barrio neighborhood. Andrade also picked up a Best Director award and the production also picked up awards for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Playwright (in a tie with Joselo Arroyo for his play Máscaras afuera, produced by Edna Lee Figueroa). For more information on the festival, click here.

Caridad de la Luz
 (also known by her nom de poésie et de musique La Bruja) recently performed at the Using Her Voice: A Performance event where she headlined alongside Mahogany L. Browne, Natalie Caro, Jane Gabriels, and Jess X. Snow. The event took place in May at Wave Hill, in the Riverdale area of The Bronx. For more information, click here. She will also be a special guest performer at the concert performance of Gilberto Velásquez (Don Sonero) on Sunday, May 27, 2017 at the West Gate Lounge in Nyack, New York. For more information, click here.

Cedric Leiba, Jr.shown at left, is co-starring in the Pregones-PRTT production of El Bolero Was My Downfall. Based on the Manuel Ramos Otero short story "Loca la de la locura", the piece was adapted and directed by Jorge B. Merced (who also stars), and will be presented in June at Pregones Theater, located in the Mott Haven section of the South Bronx. For more information, click here.

Gabriela García, Joseph Meléndez, Olga Merediz, Luis Salgado and Allison Strong are among the Broadway veterans who appear in the R.Evolución Latina webseries "Faces of Broadway". To see the first two webisodes, click on the videos below.




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Friday, May 19, 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.

Marco Antonio Rodríguez, shown at left, holding plaque, with El Comisionado Theater Director Luis Felipe Rodríguez in the photo at right, was featured in both the Héctor Luis Sin Censura and El Blog de Pablo blogs (edited by Héctor Luis Rivera and Pablo García Gámez, respectively), on account of him being honored with having the seventh annual Festival de Teatro Latino del Comisionado dedicated to him. The international theater festival runs from May through July at the Teatro Rafael Villalona at El Comisionado Dominicano de Cultura en EEUU in Manhattan's Washington Heights neighborhood. To read the blogs, which are in Spanish, click here and here.

Caridad de la Luz (also known by her nom de poésie et de musique La Bruja) will be performing at this year's annual 152nd Street Festival. Produced by the National Puerto Rican Day Parade, the event will take place on Saturday afternoon, May 27, 2017 on East 152nd Street between Jackson and Westchester Avenues in the Melrose area of the Bronx. For more information on the festival, click here.

Adela María Bolet directed James Pyecka's self-penned solo show Liv'in The Dream. The production took place in May at Polaris North, located in the Chelsea/Penn South area of Manhattan.


Manuel A. Morán 
(also see belowand Jeannie Sol (also see belowwill be performing in Rafael Hernández: Romance. A musical revue of the songs of prolific Puerto Rican composer Rafael Hernández, the revue is created and directed by Morán and will be presented in June as part of the Arte Pa' Mi Gente/Art For All Festival, taking place al fresco in La Plaza outside The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center (home to HOLA) in Manhattan's Loísaida neighborhood. For more information, click here.


Adriana Sananes' voice can be heard playing The Female Goat Reporter and The Director in the 
Teatro SEA production The 3 Pigettes & The Big Bad Lady Wolf/Las 3 cerditas y la loba ferozAn all-female adaptation of the children's musical Los 3 cerditos by Elsia Luz Cruz Torruellas and Manuel A. Morán (also see above), 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 (also see aboveand 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. 


Edward Azcorra is co-starring in Allá en Monte Calvo. An adaptation of the Jairo Aníbal Niño play Monte Calvo, the play is adapted and directed by JJ Franco and will be presented in May at The Producers' Club, located in the theater district of midtown Manhattan. 

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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.

Pablo Andradeshown at right, was featured in the weekly New York newspaper El Especial, where his role as director of the Corezon production of Federico Roca's Seis was highlighted. The production will be presented in May as part of the FUERZAFest Latino LGBTQ+ Festival at the Julia De Burgos Cultural Center, located in Manhattan's El Barrio neighborhood. For more information, or to buy tickets, click here. To read the article, which is in Spanish, click here.


A.B. Lugo (also see below), Caridad del Valle (shown at above left), and Mayté Hernández (shown at above right) were among the performers who participated in the Remembering the Orlando 49 event that was part of the FuerzaFest LGBTQ+ Festival. Lugo performed his poem "Pulse", while del Valle and Hernández were among those who read the names and short biographical sketches of the 49 people who lost their lives at the Pulse nightclub tragedy in Orlando, Florida. The event, hosted by Barbra Herr and produced by the Hispanic Federation, took place in May in commemoration of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, and was livestreamed to a corresponding event in Orlando.

Manny Herrera, shown at left, was featured in the Héctor Luis Sin Censura blog (edited by Héctor Luis Rivera) as a result of him leading an upcoming Spanish-language voiceover workshop as part of the seventh annual Festival de Teatro del Comisionado Domincano de Cultura en EEUU. The workshop will take place at the Sala de Eventos Andrés Francisco Requena at El Comisionado Domincano de Cultura en EEUU (CoDoCul), located in Manhattan's Washington Heights neighborhood. To read the blog, which is in Spanish, click here.

Pablo García Gámez and A.B. Lugo (also see above), shown left to right in the image at right, were featured in the ViceVersa online magazine, as a result of the former's two-hander La vieja heridadirected by the latter, presented as part of the FUERZAfest Latino LGBTQ+Festival (presented by the Hispanic Federation). The recently shuttered play, a Teátrica production, took place in May at the Julia de Burgos Cultural Center in Manhattan's El Barrio neighborhood. To read the article, which is in Spanish, click here.

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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.


The Teatro Rafael Villalona at the Comisionado Dominicano de Cultura en EEUU has announced its seventh annual Festival de Teatro Latino Del Comisionado. This year's international festival is dedicated to actor, playwright, and director Marco Antonio Rodríguezshown at leftMany HOLA members can be found in many of the productions (some of which are being remounted after winning awards for their original runs). They are listed below (HOLA members are listed below in boldface).

La soga pa' mi pescueza
Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 6:30pm

Produced by Ekklesia Theater Project
Written by Alejandro Galindo
Directed by Alejandro Galindo and Barby Ganesh
Starring Barby Ganesh

Blanco
Friday, June 9, 2017 at 7:30pm
Produced by United Productions

Written by Pablo García Gámez
Directed by Ricardo J. Salazar

La lechuga

Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 6:30pm
Produced by Coquí Theater

Written by César Sierra
Directed by Raúl Rivera

Mirandolina (La posadera)
Friday, June 16, 2017 at 7:30pm
Produced by Teatro Experimental Blue Amigos
Written by Carlo Goldoni

Directed by Héctor Luis Rivera
Starring Aileene Pérez

La orgia
Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 6:30pm
Produced by Havanafama

Written by Enrique Buenaventura
Directed by Juan Roca
Starring David Ponce

Cinco hijas feas
Sunday, July 2, 2017 at 6:30pm
Produced by Teatro Del Aire
Written by Ulisés Cala, Federico García Lorca and George Riverón
Directed by George Riverón
Starring Omar Peláez and Samuel Garnica


Asesinas anónimas
Thursday, July 6, 2017 at 7:30pm
Produced by IShow NY Productions
Written by Rodolfo Santana
Directed by Mafer Rodríguez
Starring Caridad del Valle

Mirando al tenido

Friday, July 7, 2017 at 7:30pm
Produced by Proscenio

Written by Rodolfo Santana
Directed by Alfonso Rey


Cucarachas
Sunday, July 9, 2017 at 6:30pm
Produced by Otro Teatro NY
Written by Cristián Cortez
Directed by Billy Martin Mejía
Starring Angie Regina

¿Será virgen mi marido?
Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 7:30pm

Produced by Compañía de Comedias Cecill Villar
Written by Manuel Benito
Directed by Cecill Villar and José Ignacio Vivero
Starring Edison Carrera

La posteridad de las ratas

Friday, July 14, 2017 at 7:30pm
Produced by Corezón
Written by Federico Roca

Directed by Pablo Andrade

All productions will be presented at the Teatro Rafael Villalona at El Comisionado Dominicano de Cultura en EEUU, located in Manhattan's Washington Heights neighborhood. For more information on the festival's offerings, click here (note that the website is in Spanish).

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Monday, May 15, 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.

Pablo García Gámez, A.B. Lugo (also see below), Edna Lee Figueroa, and Edmi De Jesús were featured in the Entreactos y Telones column of the weekly New York newspaper La Voz Hispana– the former two for their work as playwright and director, respectively, in the recently shuttered production La vieja herida and the latter two for their work as actress/producer and actress, respectively, in the upcoming production of Joselo Arroyo's Máscaras afuera (directed by Gerardo Gudiño). Both productions are part of the FuerzaFest LGBTQ+ Fest, presented in May by the Hispanic Federation at the Julia De Burgos Performance and Art Center in Manhattan's El Barrio neighborhood. To read the article, which is in Spanish, click on the image at right.

Mateo Lamuño, shown at left, recently co-starred in the Jordi Casanovas play Gazoline. Directed by Jorge B. Merced, the play was presented in March and April at IATI Theater, located in Manhattan's East Village. For more information, click here.

Francisco Fuertes wrote and directed the short film What If? The film stars Buck Angel and David M. Farrington and is currently in pre-production.


A.B. Lugo (also see aboveand Marlyn Matías will guest star in an episode (directed by Víctor Cruz) of the upcoming series "The Colors of Rhina" (MNN), which is created, written and starring Rhina Valentín).

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