Each year for the past 37 years, the end of our theater season coincides with Pregones Theater’s birthday.
Thirty seven years ago (1979) three friends reached across a dining room table and shook hands to seal our agreement. “Are we now a theater company?” we asked, staring at each other. “We are”—I can’t remember who said what—but it doesn’t matter. Our handshake said it all. And Pregones Theater was born. We were not alone. We never have been. Actors, writers, directors and arts supporters helped us seed our future. The next round of artists who joined our ranks throughout the 80’s consolidated our presence in New York City and within a vast theater family. The details belong to a larger story.
NEW SEASON – BRONX MANHATTAN THEATER EXPRESS!
The Season that is about to close saw the merged programming of Pregones Theater and the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater. Who could have predicted that the handshake across the table would lead us to a merger with one of the theaters that most inspired us during our formative years!
The 2016-17 Season that is about to begin marks Pregones’ 38th and the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater’s 49th. Our PLATAFORMA: Bronx-Broadway Showcase for Latino Theater has anchored our season with a broad menu. No doubt we have reason to celebrate, starting with our BLOCK PARTY on July 30th. The Season will shed a spotlight on Puerto Rican / Niuyorican voices, and on new global adventures for our two venues.
Highlights of Pregones + Puerto Rican Traveling Theater’s Upcoming Season
I LIKE IT LIKE THAT – A MUSICAL Starring TITO NIEVES
Created in collaboration with the amazing team who produced ¿Quién Mató a Héctor Lavoe?
Guest Artists Gil René + En Equipo – Based on stories by Luis Negrón -Directly from Puerto Rico.
A brand new take of our classic El Bolero Fué Mi Ruina, directed by Jorge B. Merced.
21 ISLANDS Festival of Shorts
International showcase of films from 21 islands from around the world
In collaboration with CINEFIESTA, Puerto Rico.
REMOJO x 2
A Fall and Spring peek at new works in development by Pregones Ensemble; the ultimate teasers by company members.
MARCH IS MUSIC
Nine world class concerts featuring local, national and international music ensembles.
EXHIBITS– EN EL LOBBY
This Season’s inaugural exhibit: LAS CASITAS by photographer Felipe García.
Partnerships with local, national and international Teaching Artists, including R.Evolución Latina, will launch new initiatives for our Raul Julia Training Unit and our Playwrights Unit. Seniors In Motion and Forum Theater will complete our amazing menu of educational/training opportunities.
BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE!
SITA FREDERICK + RICHARD RIVERA
Artists Space At Pregones (ASAP) will feature the work of these formidable artists.
Year round gathering of neighbors and neighborhoods, community artists and activists gather to meet, share and create inside the theater and in our Garden.
THE ONE FESTIVAL
A weeklong collaboration with Teatro Circulo and Verónica Caicedo, featuring new works by a diverse roster of playwrights and performers.
BETSY! on Tour
The touring concert version of our Bronx/Appalachia hit show is in the works!