April 17, 2013 at 7:30pm
in collaboration with TeatroStageFest and Kupferberg Center for the Arts
by Matthew Paul Olmos / Directed by Julian Mesri
A Staged Reading and TalkBack
Featuring: Vanessa Aspillaga, Tina Benko, Teddy Canez, Bryn Packard, Flor de liz Perez, Jose Joaquin Perez
When Jonah and Adray cross the border into Tijuana for a quick vacation, they stumble off the beaten path and come face to face with a Mexican couple in an alley. What ensues is a humorous and complex dance that explores and challenges notions of boundaries, safety and identity.
Matthew Paul Olmos (Playwright) is a 2013 Sundance Institute UCROSS Playwright, 2012 Princess Grace Fellow in Playwriting, 2012-13 New York Theatre Workshop fellow and two-time Resident Artist at Mabou Mines/Suite. In 2012, Sam Shepard was awarded the Ellen Stewart Award to honor his work as a playwright who has consistently challenged conventional theatrical boundaries. As part of the award, Mr. Shepard chose Matthew Paul Olmos to create a new work to be produced at La MaMa. Matthew’s play so go the ghosts of México, part one, is the first in his three-play cycle dealing with the U.S./Mexico drug wars. It will premiere and run at La MaMa E.T.C. from April 11-28, 2013.
Julián J. Mesri (Director) is a New York based Argentinean-American director, playwright and composer. He is an Emerging Artist of Color Fellow at New York Theatre Workshop and was a 2010-2011 Van Lier fellow at Repertorio Español. He represented the U.S. in the 2012 edition of Panorama Sur, a seminar featuring playwrights from all over Latin America. Julian’s production of 39 Defaults by Mar Gomez-Glez was a featured production at TeatroStageFest 2012.
TeatroStageFest, a presentation of the Latino International Theater Festival of New York, Inc. programs year-round theater, dance, music and puppetry performances by local and international artists from Latin America, the Caribbean and Spain, and leads a series of workshops, readings, TalkBacks, panel discussions, family programming, and internships for high school and college students. www.teatrostagefest.org
The Selma and Max Kupferberg Center for the Visual and Performing Arts (Kupferberg Center for the Arts) at Queens College includes the Aaron Copland School of Music, Department of Drama, Theatre & Dance, Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Louis Armstrong House Museum, Kupferberg Center Performances, and the Queens College Art Center. To foster greater cultural awareness, Kupferberg Center collaborates with academic and community partners, presenting programs that feature artists who reflect the cultural diversity of our region. www.KupferbergCenter.org
The Latin American and Latino Studies Program at Queens College offers the opportunity to explore a full range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches to understanding Latin America and the Caribbean, and the movements and settlement of the peoples and cultures of these regions in the United States. An affiliate of the CUNY Institute of Mexican Studies, the program also supports cultural and community programming in Queens and throughout the five-boroughs.
The staged reading of i put the fear of México in ‘em is made possible through the generous support of The Natalie Bailey and Herbert J. Kirshner Foundation with additional support from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, NYC Council Member Rosie Mendez and Manhattan Delegation, NYSCA, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, The New York Community Trust, CUNY The City University of New York, Queens College, Con Edison and Staples. Presented in collaboration with The Laitn American and Latino Studies Program at Queens College.