October 6-23, 2022
The history-making encounter of Black and Puerto Rican musician-soldiers in 1917
Extraordinary valor and musicianship made the all-black 369th Infantry of the New York Army National Guard —aka Harlem Hellfighters— the most celebrated regiment of the First World War era. Now firmly established as a point of pride in African American history, it is less known that its ranks also included 17 illustrious musician-soldiers from Puerto Rico.
In Pregones/PRTT’s musical production, the Hellfighters are a motley and multicolor crew who tumble on stage trailing a marvelous ruckus of ragtime jazz, military bugle calls, and Latin rhythm. Among them are none other than legends James Reese Europe and Rafael Hernández —two musical giants of the 20th Century— always eager to relive the adventures that brought them and other first-rate musicians together in the fabled summer of 1917.
Conceived and directed by U.S. Artists Award and Doris Duke Artist Award winner Rosalba Rolón, with Musical Direction by Desmar Guevara, Harlem Hellfighters on a Latin Beat is one of three original works developed by Pregones/PRTT in the 2000s to rescue important but insufficiently known episodes in Puerto Rican history.
Performed in English and Spanish with titles.
Duration: 85 minutes. No Intermission.
In-person performances at
THE PUERTO RICAN TRAVELING THEATER
304 W 47th St, between 8th & 9th Avenues
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