Saturday, March 31, 2012

HOLA presents Special Benefit Play Reading of Florencia Lozano's BUSTED


A SPECIAL BENEFIT EVENT

The Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA)
presents

A special benefit staged reading of the play

BUSTED

Written by FLORENCIA LOZANO*
Directed by FELIX SOLIS
*

When four fabulous female friends reunite, the $#@% hits the proverbial fan: Gigi is pissed, Lucía is about to let her have it, Jesse has a secret she doesn't want her friends to know-- or does she?-- and Melanie's announcement is about to change EVERYTHING. A tale in which friends cling to each other for dear life and tear each other to shreds in the process. An inexplicable hole, a mysterious visitation
, a cosmic happening... with dance breaks: BUSTED.

with (in alphabetical order)

VANESSA ASPILLAGA*, AUDREY ESPARZA*,
SARAH NINA HAYON
*, GABE HERNÁNDEZ*,
FLORENCIA LOZANO
*, KELLEY RAE O’DONNELL*
and AARON ROMAN WEINER
*

Proceeds from ticket sales will go toward furthering
HOLA
's much needed advocacy efforts on behalf of the
Latino/Hispanic entertainment community.


Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 8pm
PUERTO RICAN TRAVELING THEATRE
304 West 47th Street (off of Eighth Avenue), NYC

ADMISSION: $25
Light refreshments will be served after the reading.
To get tickets, call (212) 253-1015.

To make a donation in lieu of attending the benefit reading, click here and dedicate your donation to "HOLA Benefit Reading."

* Permission of the performers and the director to appear in this staged play reading granted by Theatre Authority, Inc.

About the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA)
The Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA) is an arts service and advocacy organization dedicated to expanding the Hispanic artists in entertainment and media through the cultivation, education and recognition of emerging artists. Founded in 1975 by a group of Hispanic actors concerned with the images of Latinos in the media, HOLA now functions as a leading advocacy group in the industry for such actors working on stage, on television and in films. Most recently, HOLA made national headlines when it questioned the casting practices of a regional theater who was producing Stephen Adly Guirgis' play The Mother#@$%er With The Hat. Ultimately, HOLA strives for an accurate, informed and non-stereotyped portrayal of the full spectrum of Latino culture and heritage in all entertainment and media industries. For more information, click here or here.

About The Playwright

Florencia Lozano was born in Princeton, New Jersey and raised in Newton, Massachusetts and earned degrees from Brown University and New York University, where she studied under Ron Van Lieu, Jim Calder and Paul Walker. She is best known for her portrayal of the tough-as-nails attorney Téa Delgado on the daytime television drama “One Life To Live.” Her other television credits include “Blue Bloods,” "Royal Pains," “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Gossip Girl,” “Lipstick Jungle” and “Ugly Betty.” She has also appeared in numerous films. She played opposite Halle Berry and Bruce Willis in Perfect Stranger and recently starred in Franc. Reyes’ The Ministers with Harvey Keitel and John Leguizamo. Some of her other film credits include Bittersweet Place, Deception, Transbeman and Veronika Decides to Die. In addition to her film and television work, she is also an accomplished stage actress and playwright. Her stage credits as an actress include Where’s My Money? (LAB, MTC), Dirty Story (LAB), Macbeth (Delacorte), Last Easter (MCC), Privilege (Second Stage) and Right You Are... (National Actors Theatre). She has worked at New York Theatre Workshop, 52nd Street Project, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and at the Eugene O’Neill Playwright’s Conference. Her first full-length play, entitled Under Her Breath, was written while she was at Brown. BUSTED was commissioned by Daniel Talbot and the Rising Phoenix Theatre Company for the CINO Nites series and subsequently developed at LAByrinth's Summer Theatre Intensive and at the Rattlestick Playwrights' Theatre. Her second full-length play, girl in window, has been developed at LAByrinth, Rattlestick and New York Theater Workshop. Two of her ten-minute plays, Bitch and Charlie Go Back to Charlie’s House and Sheila, Jack, Claire Danes and The Man On My Roof were given staged readings at the LAByrinth Theater Company where she has been a member since 1992 and where she served as both literary manager and associate artistic director. In October 2009, Ms. Lozano wrote, directed and conceived a site-specific, guerrilla theater piece called Chez Moi in and around her old stomping grounds on East 25th Street and Third Avenue in Manhattan. Her second full-length play, underneathmybed, was produced by Rattlestick Playwrights' Theatre under the direction of Pedro Pascal and earned her a 2011 HOLA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Playwriting. Vanessa Aspillaga, who played Daisy in underneathmybed, won a 2011 HOLA Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor. She will next act in the television pilot “Guilty” (starring Cuba Gooding, Jr.). She wishes to thank all the artists who worked on the development of BUSTED, without whose feedback she could not have written this play as well as Rattlestick for having produced her first play, and, most especially, LAByrinth, which has provided her with an artistic home, a family of artistic collaborators and without whom she probably never would have written a play.


About The Director
Felix Solis is currently a series regular on “NYC 22” produced by Robert DeNiro and Jane Rosenthal on CBS, premiering April 15, 2012. He has also had a recurring role on “The Good Wife,” on the same network. His other television credits include the series “Criminal Minds,” on the Network, “Army Wives,” “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Fringe,” “Damages,” “The Sopranos” and “The West Wing.” His feature film credits include Nicholas Jarecki’s Arbitrage, Asger Leth’s Man On A Ledge, John Leguizamo’s Fugly, Wes Craven’s My Soul To Take, Tom Twyker’s The International, Taking Chances (opposite Kevin Bacon), The Forgotten (opposite Alfre Woodard) and Rashaad Ernesto Green’s Gun Hill Road. A member of New York City’s LAByrinth Theatre Company since 1999, he originated roles in Our Lady of 121st Street and In Arabia, We’d All Be Kings, both written by Stephen Adly Guirgis and directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman, and in the LAB’s Barn Series. At the Cherry Lane Theater, he appeared in Dramatis Personae (the Playwright’s Realm) and Eduardo Machado’s Havana is Waiting, in addition to many others at the INTAR theater. As a director, he directed Raúl Castillo’s Knives and Other Sharp Objects at the Public Theater. For the last eight years, he has worked with children at the 52nd Street Project, a non-profit group that matches inner city kids with professional theatre artists to the business and craft of theatre production. He was born and raised to Puerto Rican parents in Chelsea and Greenwich Village in New York City. For more information, click here.

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Friday, March 30, 2012

SAG and AFTRA Members Vote to Merge

It seems that the third time was the charm.

After two failed attempts, Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) members have approved a merger of the two unions, now to be called SAG-AFTRA. With a 57% return of the AFTRA membership and a 53% return of the SAG membership voting overwhelmingly in favor of merger (at 86% and 82%, respectively). Both unions needed at least 60% of each union to say yes. More than 55,000 SAG ballots and 37,500 AFTRA ballots were returned.

SAG-AFTRA national co-presidents Ken Howard and Roberta Reardon announced the results at 1:35pm Pacific time (4:35pm Eastern time), in a press conference that was live streamed. More than 6,000 viewers watched the announcement online.

SAG represented more than 125,000 actors who work in film and digital motion pictures and TV programs, commercials, video games, corporate/educational, Internet and all new-media formats. AFTRA represented more than 70,000 performers, journalists and other artists working in the entertainment and news media.

For more information on SAG-AFTRA, click here.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

SAG/AFTRA Merger Vote Announcement to be Live Streamed

The results of the SAG/AFTRA merger vote will be announced Friday at 1pm Pacific Time/4pm Eastern Time and live streamed at this site. U.S. District Court judge James Otero Wednesday denied an injunction sought by opponents of SAG/AFTRA merger that would have preemptively voided the referendum now in process. The judge’s decision allows the vote tally to proceed. For more information, read the Jonathan Handel article in The Hollywood Reporter by clicking here.

HOLA presents Special Benefit Play Reading of Florencia Lozano's BUSTED


A SPECIAL BENEFIT EVENT

The Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA)
presents

A special benefit staged reading of the play

BUSTED


Written by FLORENCIA LOZANO

Directed by FELIX SOLIS

When four fabulous female friends reunite, the $#@% hits the proverbial fan: Gigi is pissed, Lucía is about to let her have it, Jesse has a secret she doesn't want her friends to know-- or does she?-- and Melanie's announcement is about to change EVERYTHING. A tale in which friends cling to each other for dear life and tear each other to shreds in the process. An inexplicable hole, a mysterious visitation
, a cosmic happening... with dance breaks: BUSTED.

with (in alphabetical order)

VANESSA ASPILLAGA, AUDREY ESPARZA,
SARAH NINA HAYON
, FLORENCIA LOZANO,
KELLEY O’DONNELL
and AARON WEINER

Proceeds from ticket sales will go toward furthering
HOLA
's much needed advocacy efforts on behalf of the
Latino/Hispanic entertainment community.


Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 8pm
PUERTO RICAN TRAVELING THEATRE
304 West 47th Street (off of Eighth Avenue), NYC

ADMISSION: $25
Light refreshments will be served after the reading.
To get tickets, call (212) 253-1015.

To make a donation in lieu of attending the benefit reading, click here and dedicate your donation to "HOLA Benefit Reading."

About the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA)
The Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA) is an arts service and advocacy organization dedicated to expanding the Hispanic artists in entertainment and media through the cultivation, education and recognition of emerging artists. Founded in 1975 by a group of Hispanic actors concerned with the images of Latinos in the media, HOLA now functions as a leading advocacy group in the industry for such actors working on stage, on television and in films. Most recently, HOLA made national headlines when it questioned the casting practices of a regional theater who was producing Stephen Adly Guirgis' play The Mother#@$%er With The Hat. Ultimately, HOLA strives for an accurate, informed and non-stereotyped portrayal of the full spectrum of Latino culture and heritage in all entertainment and media industries. For more information, click here or here.

About The Playwright

Florencia Lozano was born in Princeton, New Jersey and raised in Newton, Massachusetts and earned degrees from Brown University and New York University, where she studied under Ron Van Lieu, Jim Calder and Paul Walker. She is best known for her portrayal of the tough-as-nails attorney Téa Delgado on the daytime television drama “One Life To Live.” Her other television credits include “Blue Bloods,” "Royal Pains," “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Gossip Girl,” “Lipstick Jungle” and “Ugly Betty.” She has also appeared in numerous films. She played opposite Halle Berry and Bruce Willis in Perfect Stranger and recently starred in Franc. Reyes’ The Ministers with Harvey Keitel and John Leguizamo. Some of her other film credits include Bittersweet Place, Deception, Transbeman and Veronika Decides to Die. In addition to her film and television work, she is also an accomplished stage actress and playwright. Her stage credits as an actress include Where’s My Money? (LAB, MTC), Dirty Story (LAB), Macbeth (Delacorte), Last Easter (MCC), Privilege (Second Stage) and Right You Are... (National Actors Theatre). She has worked at New York Theatre Workshop, 52nd Street Project, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and at the Eugene O’Neill Playwright’s Conference. Her first full-length play, entitled Under Her Breath, was written while she was at Brown. BUSTED was commissioned by Daniel Talbot and the Rising Phoenix Theatre Company for the CINO Nites series and subsequently developed at LAByrinth's Summer Theatre Intensive and at the Rattlestick Playwrights' Theatre. Her second full-length play, girl in window, has been developed at LAByrinth, Rattlestick and New York Theater Workshop. Two of her ten-minute plays, Bitch and Charlie Go Back to Charlie’s House and Sheila, Jack, Claire Danes and The Man On My Roof were given staged readings at the LAByrinth Theater Company where she has been a member since 1992 and where she served as both literary manager and associate artistic director. In October 2009, Ms. Lozano wrote, directed and conceived a site-specific, guerrilla theater piece called Chez Moi in and around her old stomping grounds on East 25th Street and Third Avenue in Manhattan. Her second full-length play, underneathmybed, was produced by Rattlestick Playwrights' Theatre under the direction of Pedro Pascal and earned her a 2011 HOLA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Playwriting. Vanessa Aspillaga, who played Daisy in underneathmybed, won a 2011 HOLA Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor. She will next act in the television pilot “Guilty” (starring Cuba Gooding, Jr.). She wishes to thank all the artists who worked on the development of BUSTED, without whose feedback she could not have written this play as well as Rattlestick for having produced her first play, and, most especially, LAByrinth, which has provided her with an artistic home, a family of artistic collaborators and without whom she probably never would have written a play.


About The Director
Felix Solis is currently a series regular on “NYC 22” produced by Robert DeNiro and Jane Rosenthal on CBS, premiering April 15, 2012. He has also had a recurring role on “The Good Wife,” on the same network. His other television credits include the series “Criminal Minds,” on the Network, “Army Wives,” “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Fringe,” “Damages,” “The Sopranos” and “The West Wing.” His feature film credits include Nicholas Jarecki’s Arbitrage, Asger Leth’s Man On A Ledge, John Leguizamo’s Fugly, Wes Craven’s My Soul To Take, Tom Twyker’s The International, Taking Chances (opposite Kevin Bacon), The Forgotten (opposite Alfre Woodard) and Rashaad Ernesto Green’s Gun Hill Road. A member of New York City’s LAByrinth Theatre Company since 1999, he originated roles in Our Lady of 121st Street and In Arabia, We’d All Be Kings, both written by Stephen Adly Guirgis and directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman, and in the LAB’s Barn Series. At the Cherry Lane Theater, he appeared in Dramatis Personae (the Playwright’s Realm) and Eduardo Machado’s Havana is Waiting, in addition to many others at the INTAR theater. As a director, he directed Raúl Castillo’s Knives and Other Sharp Objects at the Public Theater. For the last eight years, he has worked with children at the 52nd Street Project, a non-profit group that matches inner city kids with professional theatre artists to the business and craft of theatre production. He was born and raised to Puerto Rican parents in Chelsea and Greenwich Village in New York City. For more information, click here.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

HOLA Member Bochinche

Bochinche refers to "gossip." In this sense, we use it to mention HOLA members who are getting acting and performance gigs. The names of HOLA members are in boldface.

Milteri Tucker
, shown at right, won a Taino Award as Dancer & Choreographer of the Year (Areito Award) for her choreography of the musical Temple of the Souls. Librettist Anita Vélez-Mitchell also received a Taino Award for Dance and Theatre (Areito Award) for the same show. The awards ceremony was hosted by Caridad De La Luz (also known by her nom de poésie et de musique La Bruja or by her Taino name Kachianao).

Caridad De La Luz
(also known by her nom de poésie et de musique La Bruja) will be performing on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at Barnard College in the Morningside Heights section of Manhattan. For more information, click here.

Dinorah Coronado, pictured at left, will be the subject of a tribute for her literary career as part of Women's History Month. The playwright, poet and writer of children's books most recently received a Medal of Merit from the government of her native Dominican Republic. The event will take place on Saturday afternoon, March 31, 2012 at the New York Public Library-Hamilton Grange Branch, located in Manhattan's Washington Heights neighborhood. For more information, click here.

Kayros Theater Group and Golden King Productions present Medardo. The play by Julio Ortega, is directed by José Cheo Oliveras, and is scheduled for an April run at the Little Times Square Theater in the theater district of midtown Manhattan. The production stars Ortega, Zulaika Velázquez, Adriana Sananes, Ana Montero, Piedad Castaño, Lissette Montolío and Juan Villarreal in the cast. For more information, click here.

Julio Agustín will be directing a production of Cy Coleman-Dorothy Fields-Neil Simon musical Sweet Charity. Produced by the New Haarlem Arts Theatre, the show will have a July and August run at Aaron Davis Hall in Manhattan's Harlem neighborhood. Gabriela García will serve as choreographer. For more information, click here.

Teatro SEA is currently presenting Ricitos y los 3 ositos/Ricitos and the 3 Bears. Conceived, produced, written and directed by Manuel A. Morán, the show takes place at SEA's namesake theater, located in the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center (home to HOLA) in Manhattan's Loísaida neighborhood and stars Tom Schubert, Paola Poucel, Ángela Pérez and Ana Campos.

If you are an HOLA member and want to submit a bochinche item, send us an e-mail at holagram@hellohola.org. If you are not an HOLA member, why not join?

Friday, March 23, 2012

HOLA Member Bochinche

Bochinche refers to "gossip." In this sense, we use it to mention HOLA members who are getting acting and performance gigs. The names of HOLA members are in boldface.

Emmanuelle Bordas
, shown at right, booked a cable television commercial produced by Emmy Award winner Víctor Arturo Barrientos after she read a casting notice she received in the e-mail announcements HOLA sends out to its members and submitted herself.

Éric-Dominique Pérez
booked a role in the feature film The Little Matchstick Boy (directed by Heather Ferreira).

Laura Riveros booked a fashion commercial and its adjoining pictorial for the online fashion and lifestyle magazine Girls Around Town. For more information, click here.

Yolanny Rodríguez will be performing in and directing Los monólogos de la vagina. The Spanish version of Eve Ensler's play The Vagina Monologues, the benefit production is presented by Teatro Las Tablas and will take place on March 24, 2012 at the Comisionado Dominicano de Cultura en los Estados Unidos (in Manhattan's Washington Heights neighborhood) as part of the international V-Day 2012 campaign. The production will benefit the Dominican Woman's Development Center (DWDC) and the Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation (NMIC). For more information, click here. To donate for the cause, click here. In addition, she directed the Franklin Domínguez play Se busca un hombre honesto. The play had a March run at the Sala Don Iván García Guerra in the Casa de la Cultura Navarrete de los EEUU in the Washington Heights area of Manhattan and starred Rafael Decena, Roberto Larancuent, José Miguel Vásquez, Octavio de la Rosa, Iván Janer, Antonio A. Méndez, Jaime López, Assul Larancuent and Lissette Montolío.

If you are an HOLA member and want to submit a bochinche item, send us an e-mail at holagram@hellohola.org. If you are not an HOLA member, why not join?

Thursday, March 22, 2012

HOLA Member Bochinche

Bochinche refers to "gossip." In this sense, we use it to mention HOLA members who are getting acting and performance gigs. The names of HOLA members are in boldface.

There will be a screening of the Gerardo Naranjo-helmed film
Miss Bala as part of the Trans-Border Institute’s 2012 Border Film Week (held at the end of March 2012). The film, starring José Yenque, will be shown at the Warren Auditorium in Mother Rosalie Hill Hall in the University of San Diego of San Diego, California. For more information, click here or here.

Débora Balardini and Sandie Luna star in Four-Legged Melancholy (Ou Melancolia em Quatro Patas). Directed by Balardini and Luna, the show will be produced as in March at the Teatro José Maria Santos part of the Festival de Teatro de Curitiba in Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil. For more information, click here or here.

Caridad De La Luz (also known by her nom de poésie et de musique La Bruja or by her Taíno name Kachianao) will host the fourth annual Taíno Awards on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at Mi Gente Café in the Castle Hill section of the Bronx. For more information, click here.

Carlos Arce is currently working on three student films-- Dog (written and directed by Nicole Michaelis; New York University in New York, New York), Trevor and the Miracle (written and directed by Dickens Dumont; Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey) and The Unloved Character's Description (written and directed by Kyle Colgan-- School of Visual Arts in New York, New York).

If you are an
HOLA member and want to submit a bochinche item, send us an e-mail at holagram@hellohola.org. If you are not an HOLA member, why not join?

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

HOLA Member Bochinche

Bochinche refers to "gossip." In this sense, we use it to mention HOLA members who are getting acting and performance gigs. The names of HOLA members are in boldface.

Rodney Roldán will act in an episode of "FBI: Criminal Pursuit" (Investigation Discovery).

Raoul Daniel Luna's self-penned solo show My Last, Best Spouse was accepted as an official selection of the DC Queer Theatre Festival. The show will be directed by Jay Hardee and take place in May at the DC Center for the LGBT Community in the North West section of Washington, District of Columbia.

Antonio García, Jr.
is acting in the play Sh*thole. Written by Camilo Almonacid and directed by Shawn Renfro, the production is part of the Downtown Urban Theater Festival, which is taking place in March at HERE Arts Center in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan. For more information, click here.

Gredivel Vásquez is currently performing in Mi bebé es un héroe. A bilingual (Spanish/English) puppet play for children written and directed by and co-starring Eduardo Navas, the production is having performances in April and May at Repertorio Español, located in Manhattan's Rose Hill district. For more information on the schedule of performances, click here.

Antonio Miniño, shown at left, e-mailed us to tell us the play in which he is acting, Parts of Parts & Stitches (written by Riti Sachdeva and directed by Cat Parker), was marked as a "Critic's Pick" in Back Stage. Produced by Maieutic Theatre Works (MTWorks) and Martha Goode, the show continues its run this month at the Theater at the 14th Street Y in Manhattan's East Village. For more information, go to the website for MTWorks by clicking here.

If you are an HOLA member and want to submit a bochinche item, send us an e-mail at holagram@hellohola.org. If you are not an HOLA member, why not join?

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Report: HOLA After The Curtain/HOLA Después Del Telón event on DC-7: THE ROBERTO CLEMENTE STORY

On Sunday, March 18, 2012, the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA) hosted another installment of its HOLA After The Curtain/HOLA Después Del Telón series of post-performance discussions in conjunction with the Teatro SEA/Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre/The RMM Group production of the musical DC-7: The Roberto Clemente Story. The event, moderated by National Correspondent of NBCTelemundo's New York Bureau Isolda Peguero, was held immediately after the final public New York performance of the musical.

Participants included librettist-lyricist-composer-director Luis Caballero; musical director-composer Harold Gutiérrez; and cast members Modesto Lacén*, Lorraine Vélez, Manuel A. Morán* (also producer and lighting designer), Josean Ortiz*, Fidel Vicioso, Xiomara Rodríguez, Omar Pérez*, Johanna Rodríguez, Anthony Cotto and María Del Mar González.

Several revelations came to light during the discussion. Star Modesto Lacén expressed how he studied video footage of Pittsburgh Pirate Roberto Clemente and even modified his own hairline to better look like the famed baseball legend. In addition, Josean Ortiz noted that his family grew up in the same town as Clemente's family and that he personally knew Matino Clemente Walker (Roberto's brother), the role he was playing. Lorraine Vélez mentioned how she spends a lot of the show fighting back tears as she progresses through the show and how, above all, telling the story is what is most important. Manuel Morán also delighted the crowd in telling how a cast member originally didn't make the first cut only to book the role after accidentally showing up for the callback. After speaking to the company, moderator Peguero opened the floor up to the audience who lauded the performers and the writers for presenting such a rousing, moving performance. In addition, Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre founder and producer Miriam Colón-Valle addressed the company and the audience, thanking all for being there and helping make the show such a success. Afterwards, wine was served to those in attendance.

The production DC-7: The Roberto Clemente Story may have closed its off-Broadway run in New York, but it is planning to tour across the country, making stops in San Juan, Puerto Rico; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Orlando, Florida; Chicago, Illinois; and Houston, Texas; among other stops. For more information about future presentations, click here.

Special thanks to all the participants, the staffs of Teatro SEA and the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, Javier Ethan Gómez*, Daniel D'Ambrosi, Haydée Díaz*, Johanna Ramírez* and HOLA volunteers Basil Rojas and Bobby Baker for helping make this event a successful one.

To see more photos of the event, click here.

Photo credits: A.B. Lugo*.
* An asterisk indicates an HOLA member.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

HOLA Member Bochinche

Bochinche refers to "gossip." In this sense, we use it to mention HOLA members who are getting acting and performance gigs. The names of HOLA members are in boldface.

Venuz Delmar will be acting in a live event for the YWCA Hartford. The event, the 17th annual In the Company of Women luncheon, will take place on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. The guest of honor for the luncheon is Rosie Pérez. For more information, click here.

The film A Journey to Homeland was accepted as an official entry into the Green Bay Film Festival. Written and directed by Manuela Senatore, it stars Ydaiber Orozco, Ron Sarcos and Teresa Yenque (an all-HOLA member cast, shown above from the left to right). The festival will take place at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center on March 23, 24 and 25, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. For more information on the film short and the film festival, click here.

Éric-Dominique Pérez
is acting in his self-penned solo show El Gringuito. Selected as the winner of Teatro LATEA's The ONE Festival in 2011, it returns for a week's run at the end of April at the same theater, located in the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center (home to HOLA) in Manhattan's Loísaida neighborhood. The show is directed by A.B. Lugo, assistant directed by Bobby Baker and features choreography by Tru Essencia Dance and Wellness (Deena "SnapShot" Clemente and Wanda "WandeePop" Candelario). For more information, click here or here.

Rodney Roldán was accepted as a member of the SkyPilot Theatre Company of North Hollywood, California. For more information, click here. In addition, since moving to California, he has shot the films Brahmin Bulls (directed by Mahesh Pailoor), The Rules of Bro-dom (directed by Kelby Joseph) and the medical drama pilot "County."

The feature film Musical Chairs will open in theaters in New York, Miami, Chicago and Los Angeles in the U.S. on Friday, March 23, 2012. Directed by Susan Seidelman and written by Marty Madden, the film stars Leah Pipes, E.J. Bonilla, Priscilla López, Jaime Tirelli, Laverne Cox, Nelson Landrieu, Dominic Colón, Joey Dedio, Angelic Zambrana, Míriam Cruz, Teresa Yenque, Graciela Lecube, Marilyn Torres and Iván Cardona. For more information, click here. To see the trailer, click on the video below.



If you are an HOLA member and want to submit a bochinche item, send us an e-mail at holagram@hellohola.org. If you are not an HOLA member, why not join?

Monday, March 12, 2012

HOLA Member Bochinche

Bochinche refers to "gossip." In this sense, we use it to mention HOLA members who are getting acting and performance gigs. The names of HOLA members are in boldface.

Luis Salgado, shown at right, was the subject of several articles, including one for Broadway World, for the production Candela: Fuerza y pasión scheduled to take place this month in Lima, Perú. In addition, he is in pre-production for directing the stage musical Fame. Fama, el musical (as it is titled in Spanish), it is based on the hit film and television series and is conceived and developed by David De Silva; written by José Fernández (book); Steve Margoshes (music); and Jacques Levy (lyrics), the production is produced by Pura Vibra and D1 and it is scheduled for a September run in Lima, Perú. To read the article in English, click here. To read a similar article in Spanish, click here.

Yanelba Ferreira performed in a special showcase production of Yo Soy Latina! Written and directed by Linda Nieves-Powell, the production took place in March at The Singers Forum in the Flatiron District of Manhattan and also starred Elisabeth Ann South and Flor Bromley. In addition, she attended the sneak peek of the webseries "Happy Cancer Chick," in which she stars. The webseries, produced and directed by Nieves-Powell and Jenny Lídice Saldaña had its red carpet premiere at the Clearview Chelsea Cinema in the Chelsea neighborhood in Manhattan.

Christopher James López e-mailed us to say that the short film The Cure, which he produced, directed and co-wrote and co-starred in (with Davi Santos), will be screened at the prestigious and world-renowned Cannes Film Festival, scheduled to take place in May 2012 in Cannes, France.

Marisel Polanco will be one of the playwrights in the latest installment of New York Madness. New York Madness is a raw and unpredictable show of short plays by an ensemble of playwrights. Each night has a Theme which is decided on by the Producing Playwright. The Theme is given out a week before the event and then the collective works by all the writers in an evening kaleidoscope that cultural moment. This installment of New York Madness will occur on Sunday, March 18, 2012 with featured guest Producing Playwright Daniel Talbott and will take place at Joria Productions in the theater district of midtown Manhattan. For more information, click here.

Repertorio Español presented Crónica de una muerte anunciada. Written by Gabriel García Márquez and directed by Jorge Alí Triana, it went on tour and was performed at the Centro de Bellas Artes in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico this past March. The show featured Anthony Álvarez, Raul Durán, Gerardo Gudiño, Mario Mattei, Alberto Morgan, Pep Muñoz, Mónica Perez-Brandes, Eric Robledo, Marcelo Rodríguez, Silvia Sierra, Richard Trujillo, Gredivel Vásquez, Tatiana Vecino, Fulvia Vergel and Teresa Yenque in the cast.

Edvin Ortega booked a commercial for ABC's "Eyewitness News" for the New York market.

LaMicro Theater and Equilicuá Productions are presenting Nocturnal Creatures. Written by Juan Mayorga (and translated by David Johnston), the play is directed by Jerry Ruiz and will be presented in March at The Directors Company at the theater district of midtown Manhattan. The cast includes Pietro González, Berioska Ipinza, Puy Navarro and Francisco Reyes. For more information, click either here or here.

If you are an HOLA member and want to submit a bochinche item, send us an e-mail at holagram@hellohola.org. If you are not an HOLA member, why not join?

Friday, March 9, 2012

About Isolda Peguero and HOLA After The Curtain

Isolda Peguero, a native of the Dominican Republic, is the National Correspondent of the New York Bureau for the NBCTelemundo network. Her experience in print, radio and television, make her one of the most complete, documented and versatile communicators in the New York metropolitan area market.

Her career trajectory began with the position of general assignment reporter for the New York City-based newspaper Noticias del Mundo, where she was quickly promoted to Chief of the City Hall Bureau. From there she went on to become the Director of Public Affairs for WKDM 1380AM radio station. After two successful years in WKDM, she joined the newscast of “Noticiero 47,” Telemundo’s local station in New York. During her time at “Noticiero 47” she covered general news, special assignments and various human-interest stories while also serving as substitute anchor. In her current position she has produced and presented various special stories for the Network and its affiliates.

She is the recipient of various awards for her work in several series and special programs, including the Associated Press Award for the special series “Deseo a Ese Niño.” In 1990, The Governor of New York recognized her as an outstanding and influential communicator in the community. She was also named one of Glamour magazine’s (Spanish Edition) most Distinguished and Influential Woman of the 1990s.

She will serve as moderator of the HOLA After The Curtain (HOLA Después Del Telón) event on Sunday, March 18, 2012 in conjunction with the Teatro SEA/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater/RMM Marketing Group production of Luis Caballero's musical DC-7: The Roberto Clemente Story. The HOLA After the Curtain event consists of a performance and a post-performance discussion with the company of the production. For more information, click here. For a preview of the production, click on the promo video link below.


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HOLAfábrica Presents Spanish Language Voiceover Workshop with MANUEL HERRERA


HOLAfábrica
presents

SPANISH LANGUAGE
VOICEOVER WORKSHOP

with Manuel Herrera

Six sessions
Tuesdays and Thursdays,
May 1 through May 17, 2012

from 6:30pm Sharp - 8:30pm!

HOLA Office
CSV Cultural and Educational Center
107 Suffolk Street, Room 302, NYC
(F to Delancey / J M Z to Essex / M9, M14A buses)

Manuel Herrera, HOLA Special Projects Director, actor, director and voiceover artist will direct an advanced voiceover technique workshop for the experienced actor who wishes to fine-tune his/her technique. The workshop covers: diction and voicing in Spanish; interpretation and rhythm; character voices, and narration; professional audition and quick study techniques. Previous HOLA voiceover workshop students invited. Applicants should supply blank CD to record work progress. Optional production of demo tape available at additional cost. Actual voiceover copy will be used for this series. Small classes.


Workshop held at HOLA using the "WhisperRoom."


Register early as there is limited enrollment.
Registration confirmed upon payment.
VISA, MC & AMEX accepted.
Small intimate classes (we promise)

HOLA members: $200 (HOLA Membership required)

Spanish language voiceover jobs provide the greatest income potential for the Spanish speaking actor.

Register early as there is limited enrollment.
Registration confirmed upon payment.
Call (212) 253-1015 to register.

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

El Departamento de Estado de los Estados Unidos ya habla español

Por primera vez en la historia una rueda de prensa estaba hecha totalmente en castellano.
Durante la sesión, el Subsecretario Interino para Asuntos de Prensa, Mike Hammer, contestará en español a las preguntas que los medios hispanohablantes le formulen sobre temas de actualidad sobre la política exterior de Estados Unidos.

Desde su fundación en 1789, la institución actualmente dirigida por Hillary Clinton se había ceñido al inglés como lengua única para todas sus comunicaciones. Aunque Estados Unidos no tiene un idioma oficial reconocido, el inglés es la lengua más extendida y la utilizada en todas las comunicaciones oficiales. Pero la pujanza del español, un idioma hablado por cerca de 52 millones de personas según los últimos datos censuales, ha hecho que ese «status quo» comience a cambiar.
Para más información, lee ese artículo en ABC de Español dándole clic aqui.

HOLA Presents HOLA After The Curtain: DC-7: THE ROBERTO CLEMENTE STORY

The Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA) is proud to present our latest HOLA After the Curtain event. On Sunday, March 18th, 2012 at 3pm, Teatro SEA, the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater and the RMM Group invite HOLA members to attend a performance of the musical DC-7: The Roberto Clemente Story, by the award-winning writer-director Luis Caballero. The musical is performed in English and Spanish (and a little bit in French) with supertitles. HOLA members will receive a special discounted price of $30 (regular ticket price is $47.50). There will be a post-performance discussion with members of the company (actors, director, etc.) after the show.

The discount is only good for the March 18th, 2012 performance. The discount is limited to HOLA members.

The moderator of the event will be Isolda Peguero, National Correspondent, New York Bureau, NBC-Telemundo.

Instructions: To buy your ticket, call Teatro SEA at (212) 529-1545. Please advise that you are a current and paid-up HOLA member. Showtime is at
3pm.

Synopsis: Writer-director Luis Caballero's latest bilingual musical about the legendary Puerto Rican baseball player Roberto
Clemente.

Tenemos un nuevo evento especial para todos los miembros y Amigos de HOLA. Nos complacemos en presentar HOLA Después Del Telón el domingo, 18 de marzo, a las 3 de la tarde. El Teatro SEA, el Teatro Rodante Puertorriqueño y el RMM Marketing Group invitan a todos los miembros de HOLA a presenciar una función de la obra DC-7: The Roberto Clemente Story, escrita y dirigida por el galardonado escritor-director, Luis Caballero. La obra será presentada en inglés y español (con algunas palabras en francés) con supertítulos. Para los miembros y Amigos de HOLA, ofreceremos un descuento especial de $30 por boleto (el precio regular es $47.50 por cada boleto). Habrá un diálogo con el autor-director y el elenco después de la función.

EL DESCUENTO ESPECIAL SOLAMENTE ES BUENO PARA LA FUNCIÓN DEL 18 DE MARZO!

La moderadora del evento será Isolda Peguero, Corresponsal Nacional, Departmento de Nueva York, NBC-Telemundo.


Instrucciones:
Para comprar su boleto, llama al Teatro SEA al (212) 529-1545. Por favor, informe al teatro que es un miembro actual de HOLA. La función comienza a las 3pm.

Sinopsis: El más reciente musical del escritor y director Luis Caballero, sobre el astro puertorriqueño del beisbol, Roberto Clemente.

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HOLA After The Curtain
HOLA Después Del Telón

DC-7: THE ROBERTO CLEMENTE STORY
Written and directed by/Escrita y dirigida por
LUIS CABALLERO

starring/estelarizado por
MODESTO LACÉN, LORRAINE VÉLEZ,
JOSEAN ORTIZ, MANUEL MORÁN

with/con
Johanna Rodríguez, Xiomara Rodríguez, Omar Pérez,
Anthony Cotto, Fidel Vicioso, María Del Mar González

Musical direction/Dirección musical
Harold Gutiérrez

Choreography/Coreografía
Luis Salgado

Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 3pm
Domingo, 18 de marzo del 2012 a las 3pm

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

HOLA Member Bochinche

Bochinche refers to "gossip." In this sense, we use it to mention HOLA members who are getting acting and performance gigs. The names of HOLA members are in boldface.

Iván Camilo, shown at right, was the subject of an article in the Puerto Rican newspaper Primera Hora. It talks of him as an actor and of his current project, his starring role in the feature film Under My Nails (written by Kisha Tikina Burgos; directed by Ari Maniel Cruz; and starring Burgos, Maité Bonilla, Marilú Acosta, Rosie Berrido, Dolores Pedro, Enrique Juliá, Miranda Purcell and Antonio Pantojas). To read the article (which is in Spanish), click here.

Robmariel Olea, shown at left, is the subject of a piece in the Dominican weekly magazine Estilos (March 2, 2012 issue). To read the article (which is in Spanish), click here and scroll across to find it (pages 38 and 39 on the online version).

Laura Riveros will be acting in the play Mae Jemison. Written and directed by Jacqueline Wade, the show is about the first African American female astronaut in space. Produced by Women of Color Productions, it will have a run in March at Riverbank State Park in Manhattan's Harlem neighborhood. For more information, click here. She will also be part of the benefit entitled Shinsai-Theatres for Japan: Brooklyn. Produced by Hybrid Theatre Works, the event is a benefit for the Japanese theater community affected by the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami and will take place on Sunday, March 11, 2012 at Magic Futurebox in the Greenwood Heights area of Brooklyn. For more information or to make a donation for the cause, click here.

Johnathan Cedano will be performing in the solo show Confessions of a Homo Thug Porn Star. Written and directed by James Earl Hardy, the show is having its New England premiere after productions in New York and Washington, DC. Produced by HBGC, the show will have an April run in Hibernian Hall in Roxbury, Massachusetts. For more information, click here.

Charles Rice-González, shown at right, was named one of the 11 Top Gay Activists Who Have Broken Boundaries by the Huffington Post. He joined a list which includes entertainer Ricky Martin and ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero. For more information, click here.

If you are an HOLA member and want to submit a bochinche item, send us an e-mail at holagram@hellohola.org. If you are not an HOLA member, why not join?