Thursday, April 30, 2009

Tuesday, April 28, 2009


Below is a list of new (and returning) HOLA members who joined between March 1, 2009 and April 30, 2009.

(From left to right, top row): David Arca, Enrique Arias Morales; (second row): Basílica Bliachas, Adela María Bolet; (third row): María Cabezas, John Cabrales; (fourth row): Sol Marina Crespo, Franco Galecio; (fifth row): Paula Henao, Brenda Hernández; (sixth row): Jennymar, Víctor Manuel Lemus; (seventh row): Kantu Lentz, Genara López; (eighth row): Alfonsina Molinari, Rita Ortiz; (ninth row): Jessica Pagán, Luciano Patiño; (tenth row): Anarosa Peguero, Antonio Solar.

Not pictured: Maricela Báez, Jenmary Day, Raffaelle Giusto, Ibeth Massari, Ronald Sarcos.

HOLA Member Bochinche

* Bochinche refers to "gossip." In this sense, we use it to mention HOLA members who are getting acting gigs.

The Fantastic Experimental Latino Theater (FELT) presented Screaming in Silence at the Milagro Theater at the CSV Cultural and Educational Center (home to HOLA) in the Loisaida neighborhood of Manhattan. Adapted by the Deyanira García book of poetry by Marisol Carrere and Gloria Zelaya and directed by Zelaya, the play featured choreography by Sunilda Caraballo, and starred Carrere, Marcela Barrientos, Edmi de Jesús, Luciano Patiño, Daphne López Polo Domínguez and Ana María Estrada.

Soñadores Productions at Teatro LA TEA are presenting William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Directed by José Esquea, the play will take place at LA TEA's eponymous theater in the CSV Cultural and Educational Center (home to HOLA) in the Loisaida neighborhood of Manhattan and features Chester Poon, Carissa Jocett Toro, Mateo Gómez, Lina Sarrello, Lorraine Rodríguez, David Elyha, Jesús E. Martínez, Bones Rodríguez, Howard Collado, Kevin Sheynerman, A.B. Lugo, Frank Nitty Cepeda, Gary O. Maxwell, Juan Sánchez, R.N. Rao, Jessica Fabus, Dion Davis, Ronold Olson in the cast.

And while on the topic of Romeo and Juliet, Thalía Spanish Theatre is presenting their own take on the Bard's tragedy with Amor Latino. A flamenco, jazz, tap musical conceived, designed, produced and directed by Ángel Gil Orrios, the production takes place in its namesake theater in Sunnyside neighborhood of Queens. Boasting music by Basilio Georges and choreography by Aurora Reyes, the cast includes Lia Ochoa; Gerson Lanza; Dolores Sánchez; Xianix Barrera; Milteri Tucker; Maurice Malcolm, Jr.; Josh Johnson; and Dmitriy Yepishin.

Mateo Gómez is set to act in the production Re:turn. Billed as "a play with film, dance and live music," it was written, directed and choreographed by Dagmar Spain and presented at the Kraine Theater in Manhattan's East Village.

Actor/singer Lucio Fernández was the opening act for famed musician Oscar D'León at the historic Park Theater in Union City, New Jersey.

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Thursday, April 23, 2009


Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA)*
and SAG Affirmative Action & Diversity Department


One-on-one discussions with Latino performers in the industry

Inaugural HOLAtalk
with Daphne Rubin-Vega


Moderator: Journalist and writer Mario Bósquez

When: Thursday, May 7, 2009 at 7pm

Where: The American Academy of Dramatic Arts (AADA)
120 Madison Ave (at East 30th Street), NYC

Screen Actors Guild's Affirmative Action & Diversity Department and the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors invite you to a candid discussion with Tony–nominated actor-singer-songwriter Daphne Rubin-Vega (Rent, Anna in the Tropics) as she discusses her life and career in theatre, film and music with journalist and writer Mario Bósquez (Martha Stewart Network/Sirius Satellite Radio).

RSVP: If you would like to attend, please contact:

212.253.1015 or e-mail

This invitation is open to members of SAG and HOLA and a guest. Admission is free, but reservations are strongly encouraged. When RSVP’ing, please indicate whether you are a member of SAG, HOLA, or both. Once you have RSVP’d, please consider yourself confirmed.

Attendance is based on a first-come first-served basis—please arrive promptly to ensure seating.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Lin-Manuel Miranda at the 2007 HOLA Awards

Tony Award winning actor, composer, and Friend of HOLA Lin-Manuel Miranda accepts the 2007 HOLA Award for Outstanding Performance by a Lead Male Actor for In The Heights. He also won the 2007 HOLA Outstanding Achievement in Playwriting with Quiara Alegría Hudes for the same play. The speech is mostly in English with some disparates in español.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

HOLA Member Bochinche

* Bochinche refers to "gossip." In this sense, we use it to mention HOLA members who are getting acting gigs.

Laura Patalano did an educational video in Spanish where, as host, she talked about the dangers of high cholesterol. It was directed by fellow HOLA member Ernesto De Villa Bejjani. In addition, she booked an NYU student film directed by Elena Greenlee and a feature film (The Imperialists Are Still Alive) directed by Zeina Durra. Most recently, she booked a McDonald's commercial, for which she became eligible for and joined the Screen Actors Guild (SAG). She happily reported to us that she got most of these gigs when casting directors saw her headshot on the HOLA online directory of talent.

Mateo Gómez is currently performing in The Old Man and the Sea, a stage adaptation of the Ernest Hemingway novella. The three-hander, adapted by Eric Ting and Craig Siebels and directed by Ting, is being performed at the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven, Connecticut. Of his performance, Variety wrote, "Gómez gives a richly varied, passionate and leonine performance as the Old Man."

Actor/filmmaker César De León, shown at right, e-mailed us to let us know that his script for the film Salud won Best Film Screenplay at the Beverly Hills Film Festival. For more information, check out

Gilbert Cruz is at it again. The working actor booked an industrial for Colgate Palmolive concerning workplace behavior. He also booked a reading of a Carlos Lacámara play in Hudson, New York.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

R.I.P. Awilda Carbia and Miguelángel Suárez

Two legendary Puerto Rican actors have passed away.

Awilda Carbia (January 30, 1938 – March 22, 2009) was an actress, comedian, and impersonator. Her stage and screen resume is extensive but she is best known for her work with the television series "El Show de Chucho," "El Show de las 12" and "En Casa de Juanma y Wiwi." The last aired for 14 years on Puerto Rican television.

On stage, she starred in a new concept series of a one woman comedy act, titled Desconcierto (in the Spanish language, the title is literally the antonym of the word for "concert"). In the Desconcierto series, she impersonated several Puerto Rican celebrities. Desconcierto kept running on stage for 15 consecutive years, in two-month seasons. Other stage credits include Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, Dos mujeres en mi tierra (about Julia de Burgos and Sylvia Rexach and co-starring her daughter Myraida Chávez), Al derecho y al revés, Salvemos los delfines, Cosas de papi y mami, Teatruras de gala, Morisquetas and Nacionalmente correcta. In addition, she was also a radio host.

When the Tapia Theater was reopened in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, San Juan mayor Jorge Santini dedicated the theater café in her name. She passed away after a bout of pneumonia. Her nephew is the Broadway actor (and HOLA member) Tony Chiroldes.

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Miguelángel Suárez (5 July 1939 - 1 April 2009) had his film debut in the Woody Allen film Bananas. Other credits include Stir Crazy (directed by Sidney Poitier starring Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder), Isabel la Negra (with Miriam Colón and Raúl Juliá), Havana (produced by Sidney Pollack), Illegal Tender and Under Suspicion (with Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, and Nydia Caro). His last two film roles were in the Jacobo Morales' film Ángel and the Steven Soderbergh film Che (with Benicio del Toro).

When he was a child, he went with his mother to see a play. He was so impressed with his first experience with the theater, that when the curtains rose and the actors did their show, he knew then that he wanted to become an actor.

His father worked at a supermarket which was located next to the radio station "Radio El Mundo." Manuel Méndez Ballester, a well known playwright, who worked as a writer for the radio station, would frequently visit the supermarket. Suárez's father, soon became friends with Ballester. One day, in 1947, Ballester told the elder Saurez that he was in need of an 8-year-old for the protagonist role in a play that he wrote, because the person he had in mind didn't pass the audition. When the elder Suárez realized that the "part" paid more than what he was making working in the supermarket, he took his son to the audition the next day and that was the beginning of Suárez's acting career.

A gifted actor, writer, producer and director, he had an extensive resume of stage work. His last appearance was a production of two one-acts in which he directed both and appeared in one. The one-act he appeared in was the Edward Albee play The Zoo Story. On TV, his credits included the soap operas Amor gitano, Corazon de diamante, Laura Benson, Vivir para ti and Señora Tentación.

Suárez had been fighting esophageal cancer to which he succumbed after a bout with pneumonia. He leaves behind his wife, actress (and former HOLA member) Amneris Morales, daughter Alondra Suárez and stepdaughter (and former HOLA member) Belange Rodríguez.

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For more information on these actors, look up their respective entries in the Internet Movie Database ( or Wikipedia ( Que descansen en paz.