Latino Flavored Productions will host the second annual Ultimate Latina Theater Festival at theÂ Nuyorican Poets Cafe in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The festival is a collection of plays that feature Latina actors, directors, writers, and producers. It was created by author, director, and producer Linda Nieves-Powell. The festival provides an opportunity for aspiring and established Latina actors, writers, directors, and producers to develop their craft and knowledge of the theater business.
This year the festival will feature six producers who will have the opportunity to produce a theatrical event that is new to the stage. Each producer will work with a mentor to perfect their skills and increase their knowledge of theater production. Submissions for the festival are original works that focus on relationships, cultural identity, and Shakespeare with a twist.
The festival will end with Gracias Mujeres, a charity event which honors women in the performing arts. An inspiring Latina artist who has made a significant impact in the theater community is honored at the event. Last year’s recipient was Pricilla Lopez who stars in the Tony Award winning musical In the Heights. Latino Flavored Productions Inc. and several of the cast members from the hit Tony-award winning musical will produce this event.
The Ultimate Latina Theater Festival will run from June 4-14, 2009 at Nuyorican Poets Cafe located on 236 East 3rd St in New York City. For more information on the festival and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.LatinoFlavored.com.
June 4th – 7pm
“PLEASE HOLD” written and directed by Jenny Saldana — From the caller who doesn’t understand the concept of “lather, rinse and repeat” to the wife who calls the sex line to get advice for her husband; PLEASE HOLD is a hysterical behind the scenes look at the world of customer service call centers and the people who work in them.
June 5th – 7pm
“BROWN GIRLS CHRONICLES” written and directed by Yolanda Nieves — The play tells the tale of women who are the daughters of Puerto Rican immigrants that arrived in Chicago during the 1950′s and 1960′s. None of the women reflected in the play have ever lived on the island of Puerto Rico. Directly taken from interviews with second generation Puerto Rican women, The Brown Girls’ Chronicles: Puerto Rican Women & Resilience has a specific intent: to center the voices of Puerto Rican women who lived in Humboldt Park in a way that has never been done before while adapting Ntozake Shange’s concept of the choreopoem in a new fashion. The lived experiences of the women are detailed in the compilation of poetry, choral poems, chants, and monologues that reveal the women’s relationship to the self, family, men, their bodies and sexuality, their struggles with spirituality, and the way they resist invisibility.
June 6th – 7pm
“21″ written by Mimi Lee and directed by Tiffany Vega — Looey, a college senior is so tired of finals, softball practice and rules that she just wants to quit school to hang out with her new loser boyfriend. When the ghost of Roberto Clemente visits her she learns a lesson or two about life, death and quitting.
June 7th – 3pm
“THE JEDI PAPI CHULO AND THE POWER PANSA” written by Vanessa Benitez and Ura Yoana Sanchez. Directed by Lisandra Sanchez-Payan. — The Jedi Papi Chulo and The Power Pansa is an award winning* original one-act play by Ura Yoana Sanchez and Vanessa Benitez. The play tells the story of Lucas, an insecure bakery worker who attains a very unique power from a magical source. The play shows the power a charming man can have over two intelligent but very different women. (* 3rd place winner of TEATRO LA TEA’s 1st annual bilingual playwrights festival)
June 11th – 7pm
“ULTIMATE LATINAS OUT LOUD: EPISTLES” conceived by Linda Nieves-Powell
1. a long formal letter that often serves to instruct (formal)
2. a literary work in the form of a letter
June 12th – 7pm
“SEXY SHAKESPEARE” conceived by Jenny Saldana and Antonia Marrero and directed by Eva Stapleton.
Sexy Shakespeare s an hour long production consisting of several Shakespearean scenes intertwined with burlesque dance. The intention of the production is to entertain and to create Shakespearean scenes with an all female cast. In Shakespearean times, all roles were played by men. Now, in the new millennium it will be introduced with this sexy twist.
June 13th – 7pm
“SEX, LIES and ADAM & EVE” by Mimi Lee directed by Mercedes Vasquez — Three funny, sexy and honest vignettes explore the ramifications of Adam and Eve’s descent in modern relationships.
June 14th – 3pm
“GRACIAS MUJERES” produced by Latino Flavored Productions Inc. and R.Evolucion Latina.
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