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Thursday, October 15, 2020, at 7:30pm

Plays by 5 Afro/Black Latinx Playwrights

Inaugural Edition of New Latinx Theater Commission & Festival 

Darrel Alejandro Holnes, Latinx Playwrights Circle, and Pregones/PRTT are thrilled to bring you the inaugural edition of the Greater Good Commission and Festival, featuring works by Christin Eve Cato, Julissa Contreras, Candice D’Meza, Shenny De Los Angeles, and Rachel Lynett.

“Pregones/PRTT is delighted to partner in the launch of this exciting new platform for Latinx theater artists, and to extend a warm welcome to the powerhouse inaugural roster of Greater Good women playwrights. We look forward to their commissioned new plays, and to following their bright creative paths in years to come,” says Rosalba Rolón, Artistic Director.

Founded by playwright Darrel Alejandro Holnes, the Greater Good Commission offers mini-grants to Latinx playwrights to write short plays, innovative in form, that reflect the times. The Commission’s mission is to help sustain Latinx playwrights and to support their contributions to American theater. The inaugural round in 2020 shines a light on Afro/Black Latinx-identifying writers, and the selection committee chose five women playwrights. The Festival will stream online, and the plays will later live in digital archives.

“I had very much hoped to introduce the Greater Good Theater Festival from the stage and before a live audience,” adds Jorge B. Merced, Associate Artistic Director. “But I also thought it would be just as powerful online — perhaps more so because there’s such a need to hear from Afro/Black Latinx artists right now. Hat tip to Guadalís del Carmen, Darrel Alejandro Holnes, and everyone at LPC for bringing this commission and festival opportunity into digital focus.”

You can learn more about the Greater Good on the Latinx Playwrights Circle website: Click Here

2020 Greater Good Plays:

Las Mujeres de Hierro by shenny de los angeles

Three generations of Dominican women are forced to live together after the pandemic. Conjuring sacred soil of the last remaining tree, they face generational pain in order to source joy. Directed by Victoria Collado.

The Anarchists of Nueva Yol by Christin Eve Cato

During an internet civil war, Lucilla Lebrón stumbles upon a secret online group planning to take over NYC and discovers that she only has 48 hours to plan a defense! Directed by Omar Pérez.

Echo Me by Rachel Lynett

As time flows in and out of this memory play, Massiel experiences many different 2020s as she tries to reconcile moving back to New York and the world changing forever. Directed by Gineiris García.

Alien Abduction & DNA Resurrection/Sankofa by Candice D’Meza

An Afro-Latinx pregnant teen escapes from Earth into space and her great-great-great grandson returns to Earth to reconnect with a cousin 100 years later. Directed by Miranda González.

Entre Dos by Julissa Contreras

Exploring the dynamic between Samira, a “millennial” living in NYC, and her Dominican parents, Rosa and Victor, whose plans to retire in Dominican Republic are delayed due to COVID. Directed by Cristina Ángeles.

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Julissa Contreras is a Dominicana from the Bronx; she is a creator of the YouTube hit “Shit Spanish Girls Say” and creator of the “Ladies Who Bronche” podcast. Julissa is a playwright, actor, director, and current member of The Middle Voice at Rattlestick Theater. Currently, Julissa is working on her new play “La Greña” which was part of the MLK Festival at Teatro LATEA. She was a writer for Mitu’s “the Kat Call” (season 3) and recently wrote an episode for “Lenny Says” as part of the Spotlight program. She was a member of the Lather, Rinse, Repeat playwright collective and the Gingold Group’s Speakers Corner. Julissa has had her work presented at The Rattlestick Theater’s Play Jam Festival 2010 and 2017, Rebel Verses at Developing Artist Theater, One-Minute Play Festival (INTAR 2012-2017, NY Indie Theatre 2017), and in the Irene Fornes HPRL New Play Festival at Intar Theater.

Candice D’Meza is a social practice multi-disciplinary performance artist, writer, and activist. Her art ritualizes the public space for the reclamation and repatriation of self through song, dance, theatrical performance, audio-visual installation, diary/memoir, and film. Her work explores themes related to identity, diaspora, African spiritual technologies for connection, land and water. Heavily inspired by Theater of The Oppressed, all of my work intentionally invites those present to invoke, whether physically or sonically, the construction or reconstruction of self-determined liberated identities. Currently, D’Meza’s creative work explores the uses of fantasy and imagination as a radical liberatory practice. Her speculative fiction playwriting series, “30 Ways To Get Free” and her recursive memoir-mythology theatrical performance entitled “Fatherland” (funded by the City of Houston) use fiction as a call to arms to invent new and exciting possibilities of freedom. Candice is a proud mother of two boys, a daughter of water, and a child of Ayiti. More about her work can be found at www.candicedmeza.com.

Christin Eve Cato is a playwright and performer from the Bronx. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Playwriting at Indiana University. She completed her BA degree from Fordham University, and is also a graduate from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for Music and Art and the Performing Arts. Cato is affiliated with NYC theater companies: Pregones/PRTT, INTAR Theatre, and the Latinx Playwrights Circle. With a Puerto Rican and Jamaican heritage, Cato’s artistic style is heavily influenced by Caribbean culture and the Afrolatinx diaspora. Workshop productions & staged readings include: “Stoop Pigeons” (CTH’s Future Classics Reading Series; O’Neill NPC Semi-Finalist); “jelly beans” (Indiana University); “What’s Up With Marjorie?” (Teatro Vivo); “From Hunts Point To Whitlock” (Pregones Theater/Harlem9); “Smacked-Up Love” (Indiana University); “Just A Visit” (Play Your Part Seattle). Check out more stuff here: www.christinevecato.com

Shenny De Los Angeles is a Dominican-American storyteller based in Brooklyn. Shenny centralizes Black Caribbean femmes in her writing, captivating the power of their joy. Currently, she is a 2020 Suite Space Artist at Mabou Mines Theatre, where she is developing her one woman show entitled “What Happens to Brown Girls Who Never Learn How to Love Themselves Brown?” During this vulnerable and confusing time, she decided to tap into abundance and create a short film integrating text from her original play to tell the story.

Rachel Lynett is a queer Afro-Latinx playwright. All of her plays are dark comedies that center on queer people of color and how they attempt to navigate through the various complexities of their existence. Her plays have been featured at Mirrorbox Theatre, Laboratory Theatre of Florida, Barrington Stage Company, Theatre Lab, Theatre Prometheus, Florida Studio Theatre, Laughing Pig Theatre Company, Capital Repertory Theatre, Teatro Espejo, the Kennedy Center Page to Stage festival, Theatresquared, Equity Library Theatre, Chicago, Talk Back Theatre, American Stage Theatre Company, and Orlando Shakespeare Theatre. In 2017, her play “Well-Intentioned White People” was an honorable mention for The Kilroy’s and in 2020, “Last Night” and “HE DID IT” made the Kilroy’s List. Rachel Lynett is also the Artistic Director of Rachel Lynett Theatre Company.

More About The Partners – Click To Open

Latinx Playwrights Circle started as a “pop up” organized by Chicago writers Nancy García Loza and Isaac Gomez in October 2017. From there, the group has been spearheaded and organized by playwrights Guadalís Del Carmen (Ars Nova Resident Artist) and Oscar A. L. Cabrera (The Public Emerging Writers Group) with Janio Marrero serving as Executive Director. LPC’s mission is to build a network of LatinX Playwrights nationwide in order to promote, develop and elevate their work while making their plays accessible to theater makers looking to find the next generation of American Storytellers. The group is mentored by esteemed playwrights Migdalia Cruz, Carmen Rivera, and Cándido Tirado. www.latinxplaywrights.com

Guadalís Del Carmen is an avid playwright, performer and… Dominican. During the pandemic she learned to cook oxtail, then wrote about it. She’s an Ars Nova Resident Artist, Co-Artistic Director of the Latinx Playwrights Circle, Artistic Associate of Black Lives Black Words, and a proud Chicagoan. Her play Bees and Honey would’ve had it’s Off Broadway premiere had it not been for La Rona. Her list of plays can be found on New Play Exchange. You can currently find Guadalís staring out the window, “thinking of a master plan…”, while sipping a cup of Earl Grey tea latte. Insta @guadalisdc

Darrel Alejandro Holnes is a Panamanian-American writer, performer, and educator. His writing has been published in English, Spanish, and French in literary journals, anthologies, and other books worldwide and online. He also writes for the stage. Most of his writing centers on love, family, race, immigration, and joy. He creates, teaches, and connects in New York City, NY. www.darrelholnes.com

Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater is a multigenerational performing ensemble, multidiscipline arts presenter, and owner/steward of bilingual arts facilities in The Bronx and Manhattan. Our mission is to champion a Puerto Rican/Latinx cultural legacy of universal value through creation and performance of original plays and musicals, exchange and partnership with other artists of merit, and engagement of diverse audiences. Pregones was founded in 1979 when a group of artists led by Rosalba Rolón set out to create and tour new works in the style of Caribbean and Latin American colectivos or performing ensembles. Established as a Bronx resident company five years later, Pregones remains in the vanguard of an arts renaissance radiating throughout and beyond The Bronx today. Spurred by stage and film icon Miriam Colón, PRTT was founded in 1967 as one of the first bilingual theater companies in all the U.S. It is credited for nurturing the development of hundreds of Latinx theater artists, legitimating creative connections throughout the Spanish-speaking world, and pioneering models for genuine and lasting community engagement. Following merger in 2014, our New York season plays a decisive role in empowering underrepresented artists and audiences to claim a place at the front of the American theater. Rosalba Rolón, Artistic Director. Alvan Colón Lespier and Jorge B. Merced, Associate Artistic Directors. www.pregonesprtt.org.

Our Esteemed Funders – Click To Open

The inaugural digital edition of Greater Good Theater Festival is made possible, in part, with support from the NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund at The New York Community Trust.

This program is also made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Southwest Airlines is the official airline of Pregones/PRTT. For a full list of our funders, visit www.pregonesprtt.org.

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  • Date & Time

    October 15, 2020 @ 7:30pm

  • Collaborators

    PLAYWRIGHTS:
    Christin Eve Cato
    Julissa Contreras
    Candice D’Meza
    Shenny De Los Angeles
    Rachel Lynett

    DIRECTORS:
    Cristina Ángeles
    Victoria Collado
    Gineiris García
    Miranda González
    Omar Pérez

    Produced by
    Latinx Playwrights Circle
    Darrel Alejandro Holnes
    Pregones/PRTT

    Edited by
    Tané Martínez