Tuesday, June 10, 2008
¡QUÉ VIVA EL TEATRO LATINO!
Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the Teatro Stage Fest 2008 preview and opening party held at both the Museo del Barrio and the Museum of the City of New York in Spanish Harlem. Attendees were treated to select excerpts from works, both original and not, that will be included in this, the second year of the festival. I was excited to see Spanish-language television telenovela and movie star Francisco Gattorno on stage in what looks to be one of the headline shows of the season Doña Flor y sus dos maridos. It was a pleasure to have the opportunity to speak with him afterwards. I hope to have the opportunity to work with him professionally in the future.
Hosted by actress Bianca Marroquin, most recently seen as Roxy Hart in the Broadway production of Chicago, and Antonio Martinez, anchor of “Al Despertar” on Univision 41, the preview gave a clear indication of the quality of the productions that will run the entire month of June in various venues throughout New York City. The best part, for theatergoers of all walks of life, is that many of the productions are bilingual, and those in that are staged in Spanish, are accompanied by supertitle translations projected above the stage. This festival, which features actors and productions from the US and abroad, has been compared to the Tribeca Film Festival in its infancy, so this year is a good year to go and check it out. My guess is that next year, seats will be had only for a premium. Visit www.teatrostagefest.org for schedules and ticket information.