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April 20 to May 7, 2023

An Original Pregones/PRTT Music Theater Production

The New York Premiere! 

Written by Gabriel Hernández
Dramaturgy and Direction by Jorge B. Merced

A fast-talking new hip hop musical about the ins and outs of new parenting, mixed heritage, and what makes or breaks your child’s Latinx identity. Written by actor, voiceover artist, burlesque performer, and Pregones/PRTT ensemble member Gabriel Hernández, and incubated through the company’s Step Up Artist Residency program.

The story: 30-something Danny visits the local kids’ playground —super cute baby in tow— and engages in hilarious banter and park bench philosophizing with another parent. The conversation is peppered by wild asides with Daniel’s superlative and musical alter egos, MC Plátano and the Beatboxer.

A Note from the Author and Protagonist:

“In terms of the spirit of the show or why I wrote the damn thing, I’d say that the essence of this piece is me reconciling the knowledge that it’s okay that my son will in all likelihood read as and identify as white with the feeling of loss that there is a huge, hard-won part of my experience that I may never be able to fully pass along to him or have him understand. It will hurt me and cost me if he doesn’t claim his Puerto Rican identity. And also, I accept that he probably will not and ultimately perhaps doesn’t need to. That’s the fulcrum of the play. But hopefully it’s a comedy lol.

My idea for this show originated as a set of reflections and anecdotes about my interracial marriage and my anxieties about the near-certain dilution of my future children. Somewhere along the way, as I wrote joke after joke lampooning my wife and kid for how white they are, I realized I would eventually have to reckon with how white I was too. Spoiler alert!”.

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
in Manhattan

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More About The Artists – Click To Open

GABRIEL HERNÁNDEZ is a voiceover artist, burlesque performer, and proud member of Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater’s acting and music ensemble. Pregones/PRTT credits include El Bolero Was My Downfall, The Desire of the Astronaut, The Marchers (Los manifestantes), Dancing In My Cockroach Killers, and ¡Guaracha! Other recent New York City and regional credits include El Coquí Espectacular and the Bottle of Doom (Two River Theater), La Canción (Repertorio Español), and the Drama Desk Award nominated CasablancaBox (HERE Arts Center). Gabriel hails from Hoboken, NJ, and holds two degrees from Yale University, where he met his wife Rachel. Together, they make nostalgic ’90s hip hop and curate their two toddler sons’ Instagram accounts. Quarter Rican is Gabriel’s second full-length play.

JORGE B. MERCED is an acclaimed actor, director, dramaturg, songwriter, and arts educator. As Associate Artistic Director of Pregones/PRTT he plays a key role in the development of the company’s acting and music ensemble, creative methodology, and original repertory, and also leads its lifelong arts learning programs. He studied piano and composition at Escuela Libre de Música in Puerto Rico, theatre at City College-CUNY and EITALC/International Theater School in Cuba, dance/choreography at Alvin Ailey School, and forum theater technique with Augusto Boal. Distinctions include the Dewar’s Young Artist Award, BRIO Award of The Bronx Council on the Arts, and multiple recognitions for his groundbreaking LGBTQ-themed Asunción Playwrights Project and juried play competition. He has directed over 20 Off-Broadway Mainstage & workshop productions with Pregones/PRTT, including: Quarter Rican (2019), Evolution of A Sonero (2018), The Bolero Was My Downfall (2017), The Marchers (2015 & 2018), Aloha Boricua (2014 & 2009), Neon Baby (2013), Noche tan linda (2013 – NY ACE Award), Baile Cangrejero (2011), Las Facultades (2010), Brides (2008), Migrants (2008), and Blanco (2006 – NY HOLA & ACE Awards). He serves on The Lucille Lortel Awards Nominating Committee.

More About Pregones PRTT – Click To Open

Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater (aka Pregones/PRTT) 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.

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Mask must be worn at all times in the building and must cover nose and mouth. Masks should fit snuggly against the sides of the face.

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Pregones/PRTT’s Mainstage is generously funded by Ford Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, Shubert Foundation, and Scherman Foundation. Programs also made possible with public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; and New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. For a full list of our funders, please visit www.pregonesprtt.org

Directions to the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater – Click To Open

Puerto Rican Traveling Theater
304 W 47th St 
(b/w 8th & 9th Avenues)
New York, NY 1036

Trains # 1, C, E to 50th Street

For more information call us at 718-585-1202

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Event Details

  • Location

    The Puerto Rican Traveling Theater
    304 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036

  • Date & Time

    April 20 -May 7, 2023
    Thu-Fri @ 8:00PM
    Sat @ 3:00PM & 8:00PM
    Sun @ 3:00PM

  • Collaborators

    Written by
    Gabriel Hernández

    Music & Lyrics by
    Gabriel Hernández
    Rachel Elmer

    Dramaturgy and Direction by
    Jorge B. Merced

    Graphic Design
    Jeison Rivera

    Sound Design
    Milton Ruíz

    Production Manager
    Jessica Moya