Friday, July 22, 2011

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.

Loren Escandón just let us know that she will be one of the leads in the webnovela "Madres y comadres." Presented by Kmart, the webnovela will be seen on YouTube and deals with Latino families living in the U.S. The show will premiere August 1, 2011. To see their YouTube page and webisodes, click here.

Apple Core Theater Company will be presenting two of Mel Nieves' one-act plays. Collectively titled By The Dawn's Early Light, the two one-acts are called Los Embrujados and Midnight Mass. Directed by Walter Hoffman, the production will take place in August at The Studio Theater at Theatre Row Studios in the theater district of midtown Manhattan. The cast includes Camilo Almonacid, Arturo Castro, Alicia Fitzgerald, Wynn Hall, Mike Havok, Gustavo Heredia, Jorge Humberto Hoyos, Flor De Liz Pérez, Kevin Prowse, Gordon Silva, Karen Sours and Damian Jermaine Thompson. For more information, click here.

The Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, in conjunction with Teatro SEA, is presenting El encuentro de Juan Bobo y Pedro Animal/The Meeting of Juan Bobo and Pedro Animal. A bilingual play written and directed by Manuel Morán based on the folkloric stories and characters from Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, it will feature Morán and Jesús E. Martínez in the cast and tour NYC in August as part of the 44th Annual Summer Tour of The Puerto Rican Traveling Theater. For more information, click either here, here or here.

Theatreworks USA is presenting The Yellow Brick Road. An all-new salsa and merengue-infused musical inspired by L. Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz. The musical's book was written by Mando Alvarado and Tommy Newman, while the lyrics and music were written by Jaime Lozano (who also did the arrangements and orchestrations with Salomon Lerner) and Tommy Newman. Directed by Devanand Janki and choreographed by Janki and Robert Tatad, it stars Virginia Cavaliere; Ryan Duncan; Cedric Leiba, Jr., Lexi Rhoades; Natalie Toro; Frank Viveros; Joshua Cruz; and Verónica Reyes. Music direction and additional arrangements are by Zachary Dietz. The production will have a July and August run and take place at the Lucille Lortel Theater in Manhattan's West Village. For more information on the show and to how to get the show's free tickets (yes, free), click here.

Elizabeth Rivera de García will be one of the featured poets in a show entitled Men and Women in Poetic Conversations about Love. Produced by Haiku Empire, the show will also feature Charlie Vázquez, Odilia Rivera Santos and The Werdsman and will occur on July 29, 2011 at Billie's Black in Manhattan's West Harlem neighborhood.

Robmariel Olea is starring in the stage comedy La movida. Written and directed by William Colmenares, the play is produced by Rafael Marín, Larry Villalobos and Arisleyda Lombert, also stars Colmenares, Marisela Buitraga, Henry Zakka and Paulo Quevedo and is scheduled for an August run at Teatro Natives in the Jackson Heights section of Queens.

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