Thursday, June 7, 2012
Report: HOLA After The Curtain/HOLA Después Del Telón for CHIMICHANGAS AND ZOLOFT
On Wednesday, June 6, 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 Atlantic Theater Company (ATC) production of the play Chimichangas and Zoloft. The event, moderated by bilingual multimedia journalist José Bayona, was held immediately after the performance, which took place at the theater's Stage 2 space.
Participants included playwright Fernanda Coppel; director (and ATC Artistic Associate) Jaime Castañeda; and cast members Zabryna Guevara, Carmen Zilles, Xochitl Romero, Alfredo Narciso and Teddy Cáñez.
Director Castañeda spoke on the challenges of getting a play like Chimichangas and Zoloft produced, with its widely diverging themes (from LGBTQ issues to prescription drug abuse to depression to growing up middle class Latino in Los Angeles) as well as how does one pitch a play that has an all-Latino cast, a Latino playwright (and director) to a theater with the aim of reaching a general audience.
Narciso remarked that he makes instinctual choices when doing the first reading of a play in rehearsal, and then breaks down and puts together the character he is portraying in many forms before ultimately going back to his original ideas about the character, a point echoed by the other actors in the play. Guevara added that since almost all of her scenes are monologues directly addressed to the audience, she often felt as if she were in the trouble or the principal's office when she went to rehearsal with director Castañeda (usually by herself).
Special thanks to all the participants and the staff of Atlantic Theater Company (including Courtney Kochuba, Ryan Pointer, Sam Horvath and Jenni Dickson) for helping make this event a successful one.
To see more photos of the event, click here.
Photo credits: Anthony Ruiz/ARuiz Photography.