December 1-23, 2022
The epic saga of the first mass migration of Puerto Ricans to Hawai’i
The rhythms of traditional bomba y plena, urban reggaetón, and música jíbara collide in this song-driven theater production based on the literary account by influential queer author Manuel Ramos Otero.
Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater’s original musical play will run Off-Broadway and for the first time at Miriam Colón’s historic Puerto Rican Traveling Theater on west 47th street, Manhattan, on December 1-23. Aloha Boricua dramatizes the one-way transoceanic trip to the Hawaiian archipelago made by poor sugarcane workers and families whose lives were upended by the U.S. military invasion of Puerto Rico and the devastation of Category 4 San Ciriaco Hurricane in 1898-99. Premiered in 2009 under the direction of Jorge B. Merced and composer Desmar Guevara, the show lifts the voices and weaves the stories of five characters in search of home and opportunity, and pays tribute to the myths and truths of the Hawaiian people who welcomed them at the end of their journey.
“Aloha Boricua is urgently of this moment in both form and content,” says Merced, winner of the 2022 Simón Bolívar Lifetime Achievement Award from The City College of the City University of New York. “The musical is about the plight of displacement, the cold forces that push people away from their place of origin, and the will to hacer de tripas corazón — to buoy from hardship with a big heart. This has been and continues to be the story of so many migrants and immigrants everywhere. Music and stories shore up their collective resolve and express their gratitude for each other and for whoever offers shelter, comfort, and hope.”
Duration: 1 hour and 54 minutes with one 15 minute intermission.
Based on the short story “Vivir del cuento” and the poetry of Manuel Ramos Otero. Book and lyrics by Jorge B. Merced. Music by Desmar Guevara and Jorge B. Merced. Additional music and lyrics by Anthony Carrillo and Rosalba Rolón. Directed by Jorge B. Merced. Costumes by Oriana Sofia. Digital Projections by Eamonn Farrell. Lights by Emmanuel Delgado. Sound design by Milton Ruiz. Illustration by Jeison Rivera. Production Manager, Jessica Moya.
Ensemble Cast/ACTORS, pictured left to right: Joel Acosta, Yasmin Sophia, Gilberto Gabriel, Kimberly Gómez, Tristan Alek Hernández, Luis Herrera, Anna Cristina Malavé, (also pictured, Jorge B. Merced, director); MUSICIANS: Álvaro Benavides, Anthony Carrillo, Raymond Flores, Desmar Guevara, Camilo Molina-Gaetán.
In-person performances at
THE PUERTO RICAN TRAVELING THEATER
304 W 47th St, between 8th & 9th Avenues
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