Author Archives Rosalba Rolon

  • “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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  • Two people observing the same event may and will probably recount it differently. Multiply that by 10 or 20 people and you’ll probably end up with just as many versions. There is a difference, though, between witnessing, perceiving or researching an event and writing about it, and rewriting history to secure a position of privilege […]

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  • …and if you don’t believe me, ask a dog! On June 29th Pregones Theater turn 36. That’s a pretty cool age. According to old wisdom, 36 is the age of ‘togetherness, elegance and generosity”. I venture to say that our ensemble practice speaks to togetherness, our collective good looks and poise speak to elegance and […]

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  • It all began around 1982, with a challenge by a friend who would become my compadre two years later. One evening, at a gathering with his family, he propped a book on the dinner table and said: “here is a play you have to make”. Frankly, if I was to be paid a dollar for […]

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