Wednesday, April 28, 2010

HOLA Member Bochinche

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

Mônica Steuer and Koko De Jesús starred in Rodolfo Santana’s La empresa perdona un momento de locura. Directed by Josean Ortiz, the play was produced at took place at the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre in the theater district of midtown Manhattan.

A bohemian night where poetry and music unite all the countries of Latin America is what is promised by El poeta y el compositor. Billed as a “Latin American poetic and musical voyage,” the production was conceived and directed César Alejandro and features the works of Latin American poets and composers such as Julia de Burgos, Rubén Blades, Bobby Capó, Rubén Darío, León Felipe, José Martí, Pablo Neruda, Alfonsina Storni and others. Presented at Teatro LA TEA in the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center (home to HOLA) in Manhattan’s Loisaida neighborhood, the evening includes Alejandro, Mateo Gómez, Nelson Landrieu and Jenmary Day in the cast.

"We Are New York" is a local half-hour TV show. The show is intended to help people learn English that will be useful to them. The winner of two local Emmys, the program featured Moisés Acevedo, Jennica Carmona, Ángel G. Clemente, Jorge Pupo and Antonia Rey in its cast. The show was created by the NYC Mayor’s Office of Adult Education and the City University of New York, Office of Academic Affairs. To see the episodes on the internet, click here.

Due to popular demand, Pregones Theater brought back its popular production Aloha Boricua. Conceived and directed by Jorge B. Merced based on the writings of Manuel Ramos Otero, with music composed in collaboration with Desmar Guevara, Rosalba Rolón and Javier Rodríguez Rullán, the story of the migration of Puerto Ricans to Hawai’i took place at Pregones’ namesake theater in the Mott Haven section of the South Bronx and featured Sol Marina Crespo, Indio Meléndez and Omar Pérez in the cast.

Rob Santana wrote and directed his play Cheer Up, Jackie as part of the Short PlayLab Festival at the Where Eagles Dare Festival in the theater district of midtown Manhattan. The play, which deals with the events of November 22, 1963 on Jackie Kennedy, featured Yvette Quintero in the cast.

Patricia Carreón performed a monologue as part of the event Si tú no te amas, ¿quién te amará?, sponsored by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Queens. The evening, which also featured musical acts, took place at the Natives Theater in the Jackson Heights section of Queens.

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