Last fall, Arpita Mukherjee teamed up with Shubhra Prakash to found Hypokrit Theatre Company. Their goal is to provide minority artists with opportunities to showcase and market their work. This month, Hypokrit’s inaugural production Romeo and Juliet opened at the Access Theater in NYC. AIC spoke to Arpita about founding a theater company, Romeo and Juliet, and what’s next for Hypokrit.
Get caught up on some of the top stories from last week!
Murder Ballad ( w/Rebecca Naomi Jones) Musical Likely to Rock On in Downtown Remount-Playbill
Shaheed, Anna Khaja’s Solo Play About Assassinated Political Leader, Opens Off-Broadway March 14-Playbill
Maurice Hines’ (Gregory’s brother) Tappin’ Thru Life Will Be Part of 2013-14 Alliance Season in Atlanta-Playbill
NBC Moves SMASH to Saturdays; Will Air Rest of Season-Broadwayworld.com
Last week’s featured star was well-known for her portrayal of Anita in West Side Story on Broadway. This week’s star was lucky enough to play the same role in the feature film!
‘Born Rosa Dolores Alverio on December 11, 1931, in Humacao, Puerto Rico, Rita Moreno is best known as Anita in West Side Story in 1961, a role that earned her an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, making her the first Latina actress to win the honor. Moreno also appeared in the children’s shows Sesame Street and The Electric Company and won an Emmy, a Grammy, and a Tony award.’
These video interviews by Makers are beyond great. They’re short but still give you a really great snapshot of Rita as a person and performer from a historical perspective. She speaks about emigrating to this country, winning an Oscar, having a child, and aging in Hollywood (amongst a million other things). Just keep scrolling through them-I couldn’t stop watching!
Fun Fact: Rita portrayed the role of Tuptim (a Burmese slave girl) in the film King and I which was originally offered to Dorothy Dandridge…who knew?! Side note-I love that the role of the Asian slave girl was offered to both a Black and Latina actress…::sigh::
One of the main reasons I’m featuring Rita today is ::drumroll:: she will be at Barnes and Noble this evening with Lin-Manuel Miranda!! This event coincides with the release of Rita’s new memoir which is being released today! More info on the event can be found on the Barnes and Nobles site here.
Looking to order the book?? Check out Penguin’s site here. There is an audio version (read by her of course) as well.
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‘Half a lifetime ago, Chita Rivera—daughter of a Puerto Rican immigrant—was turned down for a role because some clown of a director declared her “not Latin enough.” Now she’s in the revival of The Mystery of Edwin Drood as a nineteenth-century London actress playing an opium-den madam, as the marquee star’ (Vulture).
Chita Rivera aka Dolores Conchita Figueroa del Rivero (her father was Puerto Rican and her mother was of Scottish and Italian descent) is the first Hispanic woman and the only Latino American to receive a Kennedy Center Honors award (December 2002). She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009.
Check out her Broadway Credits here.
1984 Best Actress in a Musical for The Rink
1993 Best Actress in a Musical for Kiss of the Spider Woman (check out the footage (below) of her win.
The icon recently celebrated her 80th birthday on January 23rd. To honor her, the Huffington Post wrote a great article with a slideshow etc. 80 and still performing?? I wish this for all of us.
Honestly-there are so many great performances of hers on Youtube that I couldn’t choose one. So I chickened out and just put in her name as the search term and found these. Yea-you could spend a whole day (or even more) watching her magnificence. However, those of us who live in NY, or may be visiting, are lucky enough to see her perform live in The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Enjoy!