"Mi gente - estuvo espectacular."
"Magnifica la selección de los textos."
"Serious at times, funny and bizarre in others."
"I found myself totally immersed in the whole program... Thank you (for) a most enjoyable time at the theater."
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Cuentos y Lamentos:
from New York
to La Isla Del Encanto
with selected works by José Rivera
and Carlos Canales
directed by Jorge Berríos
with co-direction by Carlos Canales
Join us in celebration of Nuyorican creativity in Puerto Rico and New York.
By cultivating multilingual (english and spanish) verse and magical realism, we will journey through el gueto y El Barrio with stops at Central Park and even purgatory, in exploration of the culture.
Cuentos is a stream of consciousness production where the asphalt meets La Isla in order to encapsulate the unique voice of a community that is sometimes identified as ni de aqui, ni de alla.
244 West 54th Street
October 15, 16 & 17 at 8 pm
October 17 & 18 at 2 pm
Jorge Luis Berríos is an actor and director born in San Juan, Puerto Rico where he graduated with a BA in Theater Education from the University of Puerto Rico. After moving to NY he trained in many studios including HB Studios. Puerto Rico credits include leads in Concupiscencias (nominated for best new actor by the Puerto Rico Theater Critics Circle) and Don Quijote, Caballero de la Mancha. NY credits include Vida de Perro (Bronx Repertory Company), Three Kings (United Rhythms and Visions) and Praying Grandmother (Tylow Productions). Film credits include Barricada (Producciones Zer0fime) and Recession Proof directed by Kaseem Bistrow. Jorge is founder of Teatro Arena and member of the Tabula Rassa Inc., where he was recently part the award winning cast of The Winter of April.
Christin Eve Cato is a native New Yorker with a background in performing arts, playwriting, and production. She is a graduate of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for Music and Art and the Performing Arts, and of Fordham University. Born and raised in the Bronx, with a Puerto Rican and Jamaican heritage, Christin has a very unique way of approaching her artistic style. You can usually catch her at INTAR Theatre, as a member of their ensemble company, Unit52. Enthusiastically active in the Theatre community, she is also Co-Chair of Diversity of the YPAC-board of Theater Resources Unlimited and one of the Co-Founders of La Coop (La Cooperativa of New York Latin@ Artists). She is also a member of New York Women in Film & Television.
Leticia Diaz is of Puerto Rican descent born and raised in NJ by way of Brooklyn, NY. Original works credits include Bartholomew Fair, NJ (Midtown Intl. Festival), Naked (Vagina Festival NYC), Day’s Lucky Night (TSI/Playtime Series), Gay Divorce (TV Pilot) Williams Club, Bludgeon the Lime (Phare Play Productions). Favorite theatre roles include Grandma Sylvia’s Funeral (Old Library Theatre), Metamorphoses (Allegro Productions), The Tempest (The C.A.G.E. Theatre), Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (Well Urned Productions).
Michael Pichardo is of Dominican descent and a Lower East Side native. He graduated from Queensborough Community College with an Associate's Degree in Performing Arts. Regional Theatre credits: The Favor (Chicago Fringe). New York Theatre credits: Wildlife (The Paradise Factory), The Skin of our Teeth (TADA! Theater), Memory Show (Dixon Place), Keeper of the Vineyards (American Theatre of Actors), Allie's Appendix (The Paradise Factory), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Original Binding Productions), Sex, Relationships, and Sometimes Love (The Producer's Club), and Spoon River Anthology (Roy Arias Theater). Film credits: Tupac: Genesis and Judgment. Michael is currently a member of the Articulate Theatre Company.