Author Archives Rosalba Rolon

  • On July 1st Pregones + Puerto Rican Traveling Theater began a brand new Season of fabulous programming.  July 1st is the equivalent of our New Year’s celebration.  With it, comes the traditional New Season’s resolutions, the return of our audience’s favorite programs and the birth of brand new artistic experiments.  All the way to June […]

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  • Two productions will crown our stages this Summer: EL BOLERO WAS MY DOWNFALL at Pregones Theater in The Bronx, and the Broadway district opening of SPAMILTON at Puerto Rican Traveling Theater in Manhattan. Allow me to brag a bit. Two of the things we do extremely well at PregonesPRTT are: adaptations and collaborations. El Bolero […]

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  • When Miriam Colón bid farewell on March 3rd, she did so as gracefully as she lived. The trail of tributes from around the world, and most especially from those whose lives she touched speak volumes of her life, her vision, her wisdom, her wit. I will not attempt to match the thousands of messages received […]

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  • By January 29th, when the show closed, nearly 25,000 audience members had seen I Like It Like That – A Musical at the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater (PRTT) since it began last September.  Think for a moment of the significance of this. PRTT has 186 seats available for this production. We performed 8 times a […]

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  • By Rosalba Rolón. “We’re small, but not the smallest island. Surrounded by water on all four sides of the island. From our tallest mountain we can see other islands far away. All surrounded by water, as islands are.” I was born and raised in Puerto Rico. This is what we hear from the moment we […]

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  • Each year for the past 37 years, the end of our theater season coincides with Pregones Theater’s birthday. Thirty seven years ago (1979) three friends reached across a dining room table and shook hands to seal our agreement. “Are we now a theater company?” we asked, staring at each other. “We are”—I can’t remember who […]

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  • I rarely leave the theater at noon for lunch. Most times-when I’m not running around or traveling- I bring something and eat at my desk. But today I decided to have lunch at Sunlight, a neighborhood restaurant just a few steps away from Pregones. I was minding my own business when an elderly woman walked […]

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  • “Look at her! She’s so beautiful!”, said Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman to have flown space, as the space shuttle took her and fellow astronauts hundreds of miles away. Ms. Tereshkova, a Russian cosmonaut, was referring to Planet Earth. Earth was a female. It always has been. I remember that day in 1969 when Neil […]

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  • “IDNYC is the new, free identification card for all New York City residents, which gives all of us the opportunity to show who we are—New Yorkers.” This is the opening statement describing a breakthrough for New York residents who, regardless of legal or social status, can now proudly carry a valid identification card. And, even […]

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  • What happens when a group of artists transitions from running their touring ensemble to leading it, programming venues and becoming a midsize theater institution? In the beginning… We thought we would be a touring troupe forever. In 1979, a group of like-minded Puerto Rican actors joined together in the fashion of Caribbean and Latin American […]

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