Friday, July 18, 2008

'Borinquen Lives in El Barrio' at City Parks

TeatroStageFest Goes Outdoors!

Free Performances of "Borinquen Lives in El Barrio"
August 10-17 in NYC Parks

The Latino International Theater Festival of New York, Inc. (TeatroStageFest) and City Parks Foundation's CityParks Theater, Presented by Time Warner, have joined forces to present free outdoor performances of Borinquen Vive en El Barrio (Borinquen Lives in El Barrio), Tere Martinez's acclaimed political drama, this summer in local New York City Parks. Free performances will run August 10 through 17, marking the first time a TeatroStageFest production that was featured in the annual two-week festival of local and international theater transfers outdoors.

"Last June Borinquen Vive en El Barrio captivated audiences when it played during the second annual TeatroStageFest at Hostos Center for the Arts. Now new audiences will get to experience this great production by Hostos Repertory Company, free and under the summer sky, thanks to our new partnership with City Park Foundation's CityParks Theater. I urge everyone to call friends and family, grab a blanket, and join us in the parks for a picnic under the stars as we enjoy a great show that draws on humor to expose the political issues that both bring together and keep apart Puerto Ricans living in the island and those that have moved to New York," said Susana Tubert, Executive Producer and Co Founder of TeatroStageFest.

About the Play:

Borinquen Vive en El Barrio (Borinquen Lives in El Barrio) is the almost neo-realist portrait of a Puerto Rican family in East Harlem forced to reexamine the past, present and future of their home island when an unexpected visitor challenges their cultural identity. Through each family member, the audience gets a moving glimpse of the most important moments in history influencing the destiny of Puerto Ricans in New York and in their homeland, starting in the 1950's. Borinquen, the proud matriarch carries the native Taíno Indian name for Puerto Rico; her Americanized daughter Minerva has uprooted and made Connecticut's suburbs her new home; her ex-boyfriend Carlos, a former Young Lord holds on to his youthful idealism for the island's independence - along with his unrequited love for Minerva.

The bilingual show features English and Spanish language dialogue. Written by Tere Martinez and directed by Angel Morales, Borinquen Vive en El Barrio has been praised as an unbiased and brutally honest document delving into Puerto Rican immigration in New York and the complex issue that has torn apart many Puerto Ricans for generations: the status of their home as U.S. territory. The play was presented June 6-8 during TeatroStageFest 2008 by Hostos Repertory Company at Hostos Community College.

Sunday, August 10 @ 8 p.m.
East River Park, Band Shell (East River between Grand & Jackson Streets) Lower East Side, Manhattan.

Tuesday, August 12 @ 8 p.m.
Thursday, August 14 @ 8 p.m.
Sunday, August 17 @ 8 p.m.
St. Mary's Park (Entrance on St. Ann's Avenue at E. 146th Street), the Bronx

For more information, (212) 695-4010 or

source: TeatroStageFest release
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