The National Center for Latino Performing Arts in the heart of Washington D.C. is dedicated to promoting and sharing Latino arts and culture with the world. GALA (Grupo de Artistas Latinoamericanos), having staged over 165 productions, ranging from classical Spanish theatre to contemporary Latin American plays, proves to be both influential and monumental, in its efforts to educate and entertain.
The world has been set ablaze, and overwhelmingly receptive to “42,” the biographical film about the life of baseball player Jackie Robinson, a game changer for African-Americans in baseball. In good timing, GALA HISPANIC THEATRE is now performing DC-7 The Roberto Clemente Story. This show explores the journey of Roberto Clemente and his rise from the barrios of Puerto Rico to successful seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Continue reading
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Have you heard of this??
Every year the Public Theater hosts a group of emerging playwrights, and in the spring they present free readings of all their shows.
‘EWG, which targets playwrights at the early stages of their career, is part of the Public Writers Initiative, a long-term program that supports and develops works by writers throughout their careers. The program has produced 50-70 readings and workshops per season in recent years.’
More detailed information on the program can be found in this Playbill article.
Clickhere for a list of the playwrights, dates/times of the readings, and a brief synopsis of the shows.
The Public’s blog also features the writers. Check it out here.
I went last year and thought it was a really solid opportunity to stay current with the theater community. I was exposed to a lot of promising material and the work was great. An added benefit?? Many of the playwrights and directors are artists of color. Matthew and I will be attending some of shows and hope to cover them on here in the future!
Tickets for the Emerging Writers Group Spotlight Series are free, but must be reserved in advance by calling the Public Theater Box Office at 212.967.7555.
‘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!
‘Where every moment is about truth and I think it’s a great challenge every night. That’s what really drove me to wanting to do theatre, and it’s great.’
Did anyone see her as Aida?? This was one of my favorite musicals in high school and (hopefully) a future role!