April 20 to May 7, 2023
The New York Premiere!
Book by Gabriel Diego Hernandez
Music and Lyrics by Rachel Elmer and Gabriel Diego Hernandez
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 Diego 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.
Production photos by David White Studio NYC. World Premiere run presented in association with Mile Square Theater — watch highlight State of the Arts NJ reel below!
In-person performances at
THE PUERTO RICAN TRAVELING THEATER
304 W 47th St, between 8th & 9th Avenues
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