November 1-18, 2018

By: Pregones/PRTT


First NYC performances in five years! Dancing In My Cockroach Killers tells stories of resistance and resilience from brazen feminist and working-class perspectives — brimming with heart and laugh out loud humor! Paying tribute to great Puerto Rican cultural icons from Joe Cuba to Lolita Lebrón to Iris Chacón, Dancing is an explosive mix of words, music, and visuals sure to get you on your feet.

“Gritty and lyrical, edgy and memorable!” –The Washington Post 
“It reminded the audience that theater can not only be fun, entertaining, and a great night out, it can also be thought-provoking, and rebellious!” –DC Metro
Read the cast interview conducted by Noe Montez for Latinx Theatre Commons/El Fuego on HowlRound: Pregones/PRTT Ensemble Talks

The show was first conceived by director/dramaturg Rosalba Rolón during a Master Artist tribute presented by Pregones to poet Magdalena Gómez with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. The work grew into a fully staged musical production in collaboration with the late Miriam Colón (1936-2017), founder of Puerto Rican Traveling Theater. Dancing had its Off-Broadway premiere at PRTT in 2013, and is now part of Pregones/PRTT’s national touring repertory. Back at PRTT after acclaimed runs in Los Angeles, CA (Encuentro Latino Theater Festival, Stage Raw Recommended), Washington, DC (GALA Hispanic Theater, Helen Hayes Recommended), and Holyoke, MA (Palante Theater Pop Up, Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts).

Highlights include acclaimed actor and spoken word poet Caridad “La Bruja” De La Luz’s fiery delivery of the rousing post-hurricane “María” (“As greed replicates / so does resistance”), the hilarious “Madre de Bomba” (“If I had an abuela / she would have fangs!”), and the heart-stopping “Fuego en la cocina” (“Me juró por Dios que jamás me levantaría la mano.”).

Performed in English and Spanish with supertitles. Run Time: 80 minutes with intermission.

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Event Details

  • Location

    PRTT in Manhattan

  • Poems and Monologues by

    Magdalena Gómez

  • Conceived and Directed by

    Rosalba Rolón

  • Music and Arrangements by

    Desmar Guevara

  • Featuring

    Álvaro Benavides
    Christin Eve Cato
    Caridad “La Bruja” De La Luz
    Desmar Guevara
    Gabe Hernández
    Nicky Laboy
    Jesús Martínez
    Krystal Pou
    Besanya Santiago

  • Photos by

    Rose Campiglia
    Stan Weintstein