Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Pregones Theater: “10 on WALTON” Bronx Anniversary Kicks Off June 3, 6, 7 with THE RED ROSE Concert featuring DANNY RIVERA and AMÉN DE MARIPOSAS Exhibit by GERMÁN PÉREZ

Pregones Theater and Puerto Rican Traveling Theater announce the kick-off celebration of their 10 on WALTON Bronx Anniversary with special performances and meet-the-artist events featuring legendary Puerto Rican singer/songwriter DANNY RIVERA and internationally acclaimed Dominican painter GERMÁN PÉREZ. These two formidable artists join hands with Pregones/PRTT to commemorate 10 years of programming excellence at our home theater in the South Bronx. A rich legacy of Latino/Caribbean men and women of courage takes stage center when Mr. Rivera rejoins the original ensemble cast of THE RED ROSE for concert performances on Saturday, June 6th, at 8PM, and Sunday, June 7th, at 3PM, and for the first Bronx exhibition of Mr. Perez’s colorful and expressionistic AMÉN DE MARIPOSAS prints on canvas, with an artist reception on Wednesday, June 3rd, starting at 6PM.  For tickets and other event information visit or call 718-585-1202.
THE RED ROSE: This award-winning musical inaugurated our Bronx stage on Walton Avenue in 2005 and is based on the life and times of Puerto Rican writer and activist JESUS COLON. The story and songs show Colón’s personal journey from stowaway migrant to public figure, and culminate in his historic face-off with FBI undercover agent Mildred Blauvelt before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1959. The concert is equal parts history, imagination, and musical bravado! Also featuring original cast members: José Joaquín García, Omar Pérez, and Elise Santora, and welcoming Caridad De La Luz/La Bruja and Shadia Fairuz Live music band led by Musical Director DESMAR GUEVARA. Directed by ROSALBA ROLÓN.
AMÉN DE MARIPOSAS: A distinctive selection of 11 canvases in the evolving Caribbean Pop and Post-Graffiti styles of painter German Perez, this exhibit is titled after a poem by the great Pedro Mir, a powerful retelling of the story of the Mirabal Sisters of the Dominican Republic. Vocally opposed to the dictatorship of Rafael Leónidas Trujillo, three of the four sisters were assassinated on 25 November 1960 and are today remembered as symbols of popular and feminist resistance. The dynamic images on view are realized through digital mixed media. June 3rd opening is part of Free First Wednesdays Bronx Culture Trolley of Bronx Council on the Arts.
DATES:                    EXHIBIT OPENING: WEDNDESAY, JUNE 3 at 6:00 PM
LOCATION:             Pregones Theater, 575 Walton Avenue, THE BRONX
TICKETS:                CONCERTS: $50 Advance or $70 Door (post-show reception included)
                                    Online at WWW.PREGONESPRTT.ORG
                                    By Phone at 718-585-1202

A multiple-time Grammy nominee, tireless advocate for peace and social justice, and frequent collaborator with Pregones/PRTT, Danny Rivera is affectionately known as "The National Voice of Puerto Rico." With millions of records sold in a career spanning five decades, Mr. Rivera has headlined major venues throughout the world and shared the stage with stars like Julio Iglesias and Plácido Domingo. He received the citizenship of Dominican Republic in 2008, and a year later performed at the Paz Sin Fronteras concert in Havana, Cuba, in front of over 1.5 million fans. He is past recipient Pregones/PRTT’s Master Artist Award for extraordinary contributions to his art form and mentoring of younger generations.
Painter Germán Pérez is considered a leading exponent of the Dominican Republic’s 1980s arts scene, leading him to represent the country at European art biennials in France, Norway, Spain and Hungary. Trained in architecture, he experimented with a wide range of visual media and photography, drawing, sculpture, and graphic art techniques have featured prominently in his artistic work throughout his career. In 1983 he moved to New York City, where he became involved in the Pop Art movement, exhibiting his work in Soho alongside artists like Andy Warhol and Jean Michel Basquiat, and has since developed his own signature and popular styles. To date, Mr. Perez has had a total of 28 solo exhibitions and his works are represented in museum, corporate, and private collections, national and international.
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 arts in The Bronx and in Manhattan.
For more information contact Priscilla Aguilar: 718-585-1202,

This program is made possible, in part, by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature; and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the NYC Council. Additional support provided by Theater Subdistrict Council LDC, New York Regional Economic Development Councils, Time Warner Inc., Booth Ferris Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The New York Community Trust, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, and The Lucille Lortel Foundation. Southwest Airlines is the Official Airline of Pregones/PRTT.

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