Monday, April 9, 2012

Report on HOLA Benefit Reading of Florencia Lozano's BUSTED

On Saturday, April 7, 2012, HOLA held a special benefit staged reading of Florencia Lozano's play BUSTED at the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre in New York. The event which raised money for the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors featured a staged reading of the HOLA Award-winning actor-playwright. Ms. Lozano also acted in the piece, which was directed by Felix Solis and also featured the talents of Vanessa Aspillaga (also an HOLA Award winner), Audrey Esparza, Sarah Nina Hayon, Kelley Rae O'Donnell, Aaron Roman Weiner and Gabe Hernández.

Attendees of the successful benefit were also treated to wine after the reading. The play was highly regarded by all those in attendance, with some wondering if a full staged mounting of the play was imminent.

The play was commissioned by Daniel Talbot and Rising Phoenix Theatre and subsequently developed by LAByrinth Theatre Company and Rattlesticks Playwrights' Theatre.

Actor-playwright Florencia Lozano is best known for playing tough-as-nails attorney Téa Delgado on "One Life to Live" (ABC). In addition, she has extensive film, television and theater credits (as both actor and playwright). Last year, her play underneathmybed, was the recipient of two 2011 HOLA Awards, including one for Outstanding Achievement in Playwriting.

Actor-director Felix Solis is currently a series regular on "NYC 22" (CBS), executive produced by Robert DeNiro and Jane Rosenthal. The series premieres this month. He has also had a reccuring role on "The Good Wife" (CBS). He has numerous film, television and theater credits. For more information on him, click here.

HOLA would like to thank Miriam Colón-Valle, Alexandra Minchala and Lee Pinto of the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre; Joe Chiplock of Theatre Authority, Inc.; Anthony Ruiz; Basil Rojas; Mónica Delgado; and the company of BUSTED.

Anthony Ruiz of ARuiz Photography took photos of the benefit event (some of which can be seen on this blog). To see more photos, click here.

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