Pregones + Puerto Rican Traveling Theater proudly announce the 2015 PLAYWRIGHTS UNIT FESTIVAL OF NEW PLAY READINGS. Now 38 years strong, the Playwrights Unit is currently co-directed by Mario Golden and Andreas Robertz. The annual Festival combines full readings of new works by established playwrights; readings of scenes from works in progress by emerging playwrights; and public discussions moderated by writers and other theater professionals. For more program information call PRTT at 212-354-1293.
Location: Puerto Rican Traveling Theater (PRTT)
304 West 47th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues
Admission: FREE for the general public!
Dates: April 20-May 25 as detailed below.
MONDAY, APRIL 20 at 7 PM
Bad Uncle, The Play by Rob Torres
An original urban comedy about a lost soul on a path of self-recovery who discovers the importance of family as a result of his relationship with his nephew.
Directed by Victor Cruz. Discussion moderated by Rick Mowat.
SUNDAY, MAY 10 at 7 PM
Last Train to San Francisco by George E. Joshua
When is a missed train gone? The lives of two travelers, a former girlfriend, and a bartender collide at a local bar in New Orleans as Hurricane Katrina advances.
Directed by Mario Golden. Discussion to follow.
MONDAY, MAY 11 at 7 PM
Vault, by Troy Diana
In the Fall of 1939, four men from very different walks of life device a plan to better their lives by robbing Sausalito Savings and Loans’ state-of-the-art vault. What they never counted on was being locked inside it with a limited amount of air and bags full of their future staring at them. Will any of them survive to see a new day?
Directed by Jennifer M. Ortega. Discussion to follow.
SUNDAY, MAY 17 AT 7 PM
Unfair Winds by Celia Kapsomera
A contemporary American tragedy of financial risk-taking gone awry told in ancient Greek style.
Directed by Mark Cirnigliaro. Discussion to follow.
MONDAY, MAY 18 AT 7 PM
Dealing the Odds by Carlos Jerome
A neighborhood and a street gang conditioned by poverty and racism struggle against the odds.
Directed by Gloria Zelaya. Discussion to follow.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 20 AT 7 PM
A special presentation from the Beginners/Intermediate Unit:
Scenes from works in progress. Directed by Andreas Robertz and Mario Golden.
SUNDAY, MAY 24 AT 7 PM
Movie Love and Last Tea by C. Abeydeera
Movie Love: Two geeky brothers only know about romance from what they have seen in old movies. One rainy night, a single woman who has had a bicycle injury arrives needing help. Last Tea: A married woman responds to the personal ad of a widower. They meet for one night that is a sinfully nefarious rendezvous. NOTE: Adult themes. This reading is not suitable for children.
Directed by Christine Zagrobelny. Discussion to Follow.
MONDAY, MAY 25 AT 7 PM
St. Lazarus in Prison by Wilemina Olivia-Garcia
A journey about a young girl growing up between Hell’s Kitchen NYC and Jackson Heights Queens with an anti-social matriarchal Cuban mother, and the environment she creates around herself to deal with this world.
Directed by Andreas Robertz. Discussion to Follow.
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHTS UNIT at PREGONES/PRTT
Founded in 1977 by Miriam Colón, Fred Hudson, and Allen Davis III, the Playwrights Unit is one of the longest running Latino writing labs in the country, offering participants the opportunity to shape and share scripts with a live audience at various stages of development. Qualified writers, directors, literary managers, and scholars are employed to facilitate weekly peer-to-peer interactions and post-reading/post-performance discussions.
ABOUT PREGONES/PRTT www.pregonesprtt.org
Now one and the same great company, Pregones Theater and Puerto Rican Traveling Theater champions a cultural legacy of universal relevance through creation and performance of original musical theater and plays rooted in Puerto Rican/Latino cultures, and presentation of other artists who share our twin commitment to the arts and civic enrichment. With a combined 200 theater premieres, 400 guest artists, and more than 500 travel credits to date, Pregones/PRTT’s artists are known for mining connections between theater and popular culture, creating plays of dynamic visual and rhythmic character, galvanizing multiple generations of art makers and art lovers, and securing a home for Latino performing arts in The Bronx and in Manhattan.