From its success in Hell’s Kitchen and now on its way to Los Angeles, this sizzling Pregones production makes a quick one-week stop in The Bronx. Join the actors and musicians of Pregones as they prepare to represent the company in the Los Angeles Theater Center’s National Encuentro – the largest National Latin@ Theater Festival in over 25 years.
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DANCING IN MY COCKROACH KILLERS (DIMCK) is a bracing tribute to poet, storyteller and playwright Magdalena Gómez. Pregones’ stellar ensemble delivers the full range of Gomez’s rhythmic realism, boundless hope, and laugh out loud humor.
Her characters face real life challenges with courage and flair, and are openly inspired by friends, family, and Latino icons as varied as Lolita Lebrón, Joe Cuba, and Iris Chacón.
From the breathtaking Fuego en la cocina, the no-nonsense Why I Lost The Popularity Contest to the hilarious and daring Soap and Water, to the rousing Madre de Bomba, each story vibrates with glorious passion and soul.
Dancing In My Cockroach Killers is conceived by Rosalba Rolón, founder/director of Pregones and winner of the prestigious United States Artists Fellowship in Theater Arts, and first developed as part of a Master Artist tribute to Magdalena Gomez in 2011. The tribute grew into a fully staged production in 2013, in collaboration with the great stage and film pioneer Miriam Colón, founder of the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater. Dancing In My Cockroach Killers is now part of the company’s touring repertory.
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SOL CRESPO • For Pregones: Neon Baby, Aloha Boricua, Las facultades, Game Over, The Red Rose, Dancing in My Cockroach Killers, among others. Other NY credits (partial): Deinde, Menders, Ajax in Iraq (Flux Theatre Ensemble); Wizard of Oz (Full of Noises), Closer (La Tea), Kennedy’s Children (Duo Theatre). Sol was named NYTheatre.com’s Person of the Year in 2012. She is a recipient of a Ford Foundation Fellowship for Career Advancement, 2008. She also won the 2005 HOLA award for Outstanding Performance of a Featured Actress. Her short film, Old Maid, will be screening soon at a film festival near you. www.solmarina.com
SHADIA FAIRUZ • Shadia has had the honor of performing with celebrated theater companies such as Pregones Theater, Repertorio Español, Teatro SEA, and PRTT. Highlights: NYMF-Les the Least at the Signature Theater; Bésame Mucho; World Premiers of Aloha Boricua; Harlem Hell Fighters on a Latin Beat; Jazz Nativity at B.B. King’s; Until We Win; Dancing in my Cockroach Killers, Hey Yo! Yo Soy!, Call Me Esteban Only, and the NYC premier of Songs of the Pomegranate Garden. She is the Vocal Program Coordinator for the Harbor Conservatory and has been an educator with the Metropolitan Opera Guild. Musical Training: MM Voice-Mannes College, BM Piano PR Conservatory, BA Communications UPR. www.shadiafairuz.com
ELISE SANTORA • Pregones company member since 2001. BROADWAY credits include In The Heights, Man of La Mancha, The Capeman, and Adventures of Tom Sawyer. National Companies include Man of La Mancha with John Cullum and A Chorus Line starring Bebe Neuwirth. Toured internationally as a vocalist for such legends as Bowie, Julio Iglesias and Danny Kaye’s Unicef in Africa tour. She was one of the first Latina dancers on the nationally syndicated program, Soul Train. In addition to extensive commercial/voice-over work, she features in national commercials for Bank of America and Aleve. Elise has served as teaching artist, acting/voice coach and audition coach for such varied venues and participants as Manhattan Theatre Club, Henry Street Settlement Center, Theatre Development Fund, Frank Sinatra H.S., Professional Performing Arts H.S. and York College. She is a professional speech coach for various entrepeneur and corporate executives including coaching the TED talk for Barnard College’s Athena Center candidates and the Entrepeneurs in Training 2013 summer session.
JESÚS E. MARTÍNEZ • Three-time HOLA Award winning actor and voice-over artist, Jesús is a member of Pregones Theater, Repertorio Español, SEA (Society of Eudcational Arts) and Say What? NYC Comedy Improv. NY stage credits: Call Me Esteban Only, Dancing in My Cockroach Killers, Flybabies/Piojos, The Harlem Hellfighters On A Latin Beat (Pregones), Secret Weapons of Fat Destruction (Thalía Spanish Theatre), Títeres de Cachiporra (SEA), El Quijote (Repertorio Español). Jesús is also an accomplished voice-over actor and with work spanning from several audio books, to being the announcer for multiple campaigns for Macy’s and Wendy’s.
OMAR PÉREZ • Omar Perez has worked as an actor in NY since 2003. During this time he has worked as a company member of the internationally recognized Pregones Theater. Other stage credits include The Wizard of Oz, Man of La Mancha, Spinning into Butter, and Singing wid a sword. His film credits include Shut up and do it, Broken Hearts, and Evergreen. He is also a former company member of Say What? Improv and a former company trainee of the American Mime Theater. In addition to his work on stage, Omar has worked as a director with Dreamscape Theater and Truant Arts. As a Teaching Artist, he has collaborated with Lincoln Center Art Institute, ArtsConnection, Manhattan Theatre Club,The Peoples Theatre Project and the Creative Arts Team. His work as a T.A. has included using educational drama with prison inmates at Riker’s Island and women in domestic shelters.www.omarperezonline.com
DESMAR GUEVARA • (Musical Director & Composer) A seasoned champion of new music idioms, he is also committed to writing experimental and Afro Puerto Rican music for the theater. In 20 years with Pregones, he has served as composer, arranger and performer of numerous productions, including, La Rosa Roja/The Red Rose and The Harlem Hellfighters On A Latin Beat, both issued as original cast recordings. He is also the founder and director of chamber jazz ensemble Taller Sicá, with whom he has a full-lenght CD, Del otro lado del espejo, featuring special guest Danny Rivera.
NICHOLAS LABOY • Born in Spanish Harlem, he is considered one of the top young percussionists in NYC. His mentors include Johnny Almendra and Ramón Rodríguez. Niko earned a Tito Puente Scholarship for 3 years at Boys Harbor. He is a founding member of Afro-Caribbean music collective Ilú-Ayé. Other music credits include: Frankie Morales, Louie Vega, Latin Sensation, Lou Gorbea, Ashe Productions, Yerbabuena, Stefanie Renee, and Kafele Bandele. Pregones credits: Game Over, Flybabies/Piojos, Baile Cangrejero, Dancing In My Cockroach Killers, and El Apagón.
BENJAMIN WILLIS • (Bass) is a member of Juan Carlos Formell’s trio Formellx3. Since moving to New York in 2010 he has produced a number of recordings for Los Chamanes, Isabel Alfonso’s InCubismos, and children’s theatre work Cantanica. He has performed and recorded with Lila Downs, Mary Wilson, Ismael Miranda, Nicholas Payton, and Von Freeman. Theatre credits: Heiner Müller’s Quartet with ¡Publik! Teatro Contemporaneo (Mexico); Mexican representative in the World Solidarity Conference in Havana, Cuba; Sandy Hackett’s production of The Rat Pack (Royal George Theatre, Chicago). Pregones credits: Flybabies/Piojos, Baile Cangrejero, Dancing In My Cockroach Killers, Call Me Esteban Only, and El Apagón.
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Located on Walton Avenue, between 149th & 150th Streets
Trains # 2, 4, 5 to 149th Street & Grand Concourse.
20 mins ride from Times Square.