Friday, August 16, 2013

Dancing In My Cockroach Killers at The PRTT from September 19 to October 13, 2013

Dancing In My Cockroach Killers
Sassy New Musical Brings Famed Bronx Ensemble and
Award-Winning Poet To Premier Latino Off-Broadway Stage

Pregones Theater in The Bronx and the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater in Manhattan, two acclaimed Latino companies, jointly announced their collaboration in the Off-Broadway run of ensemble musical Dancing In My Cockroach Killers, an explosive mix of texts, visuals, and music by award-winning poet/playwright Magdalena Gomez and composer Desmar Guevara. Conceived by Rosalba Rolón, founder/director of Pregones and winner of the prestigious United States Artists Fellowship in Theater Arts, and first developed as part of a Master Artist tribute to Gomez in 2011, the show is newly staged and expanded in collaboration with the great Miriam Colón. The new production will have a limited-time engagement at the PRTT stage on West 47th Street, Manhattan, from September 19th through October 13th.
A stellar ensemble delivers the full range of Gomez’s rhythmic realism, boundless hope, and laugh out loud humor. Her characters face real life challenges with courage and flair, and are openly inspired by friends, family, and Latino icons as varied as Lolita Lebrón, Joe Cuba, and Iris Chacón. From the no-nonsense Why I Lost The Popularity Contest, to the heart-stopping  Fuego en la cocina, to the funny and rousing Madre de Bomba, each story in Dancing In My Cockroach Killers will have you nodding and finger-snapping in self recognition!

Original music by Desmar Guevara and ensemble actors/musicians Rosal Colón, Sol Crespo, Shadia Fairuz, Elise Hernández, Jesús Martínez, Omar Perez, Nicholas Laboy, and Bejamin Willis.

A great evening of live theater and music, performed in English and Spanish, with simultaneous translation via supertitles. Runtime is 65 minutes.
Online Info: |
Phone Info: 718-585-1202 | 212-354-1293

WHAT: Dancing In My Cockroach Killers, A Latino Musical
WHERE: Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, 304 West 47th Street, Manhattan
WHEN: September 19-October 13, 2013 / Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8:00pm; Sundays at 3:00pm.  Special Matinee: Wednesday, October 9 at 1:30pm
TICKETS:  On Sale September 1, 2013
                 $40 at Door
                 $24 Advance General Admission
                 $12 Advance Students & Seniors
                 Advance Sales ONLINE – |

Advance Sales BY PHONE – 718-585-1202 | 212-354-1293
Onsite Sales at PRTT start September 16th – Box Office Hours:
                 Monday-Wednesday, 2:00-5:30 PM
                 Thursday-Saturday, 4:00-8:00 PM
                 Sunday, 12 Noon-3:00 PM
To purchase advance tickets in person prior to September 16th please visit Pregones Theater's Box Office in The Bronx at 575 Walton Avenue, between 149th and 150th Streets, Monda-Friday, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM.

Photo credits: Marisol Díaz for Pregones Theater

More about the artists:
Magdalena Gómez, winner of Pregones Theater’s 2011 Master Artist Award, began her long multidisciplinary arts career in the early 1970s, when the notion of multicultural performance poetry was still a daring proposition. Her talents were nurtured by some of the finest wordsmiths of the Greenwich Village and Nuyorican poetry scenes, including Sandra Maria Esteves, Pedro Pietri, José Angel Figueroa, Emilie Glen, Barbara A. Holland, Richard Spiegel, and Louis Reyes Rivera. Those early years were followed by a period of itinerant creativity, living and studying with Latinos in NY, across the US, and abroad, and also venturing into theater, dance, and music collaborations. A distinct body of work emerged, with live performance and teaching as constants, and poems published in peer-reviewed journals and anthologies like Tea Party Magazineupstreet journalLatino BoomPuerto Rican Writers at Home in the USAPalabra JournalLos Angeles Times,Massachusetts Review, and The Berkshire Review. In the late 1980s she settled in Springfield-MA, where her artistry and pedagogy continue to impact youth and adults through artistic residencies, multi-disciplinary projects, and the launch of Teatro V!da, an acclaimed arts training and development program. Other highlights include a national tour with late Chicano poet Raúl Salinas and Asian American jazz artist Fred Ho, and the Off-Broadway premiere of her play Lobster Face (or the shame of amanda cockshutt) at INTAR. The Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women names Gómez among its Unsung Heroines, a statewide recognition for extraordinary achievement.

Pregones Theater is a Bronx-based ensemble whose mission is to create and perform original musical theater and plays rooted in Puerto Rican/Latino cultures, and to present other artists who share our twin commitment to the arts and civic enrichment. With a year-round calendar of events, bilingual programs for all ages, and multiple admission discount offers, Pregones is helping transform the South Bronx into a vibrant arts and cultural district. Web: www.pregones.orgFacebook/Twitter: pregonestheater

The Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre’s mission is to advance bilingual Puerto Rican and Latino dramaturgy, theatrical performance, and performing arts training, and thus to enrich the professional theatre and national culture. The PRTT is credited for introducing hundreds of important voices to the American theater and securing top-notch arts access and training for underserved communities. The company’s flagship building on 47th Street is New York City’s premier Latino Off-Broadway stage. Web:

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