Saturday, 19 October 2019, starting 2PM, in The Bronx

Film Screening, Play Reading, Conversation & Walking Tour

Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, in partnership with We Stay/Nos Quedamos, WNET • Thirteen, and Indie Lens Pop-Up, presents a multi-part afternoon arts and humanities program on the subject of the Bronx fires!

I. FILM SCREENING — Scenes from Decade of Fire: In the 1970s, fires raged through the South Bronx. Abandoned by landlords and city officials, nearly a half million residents were displaced from their beloved neighborhood. With the help of fellow survivors, filmmaker and Bronx native Vivian Vázquez Irizarry tells the story of the residents who banded together amidst the rubble and built a better future for their community. Decade of Fire premieres nationally on PBS Independent Lens on 4 November 2019.

II. PLAY READING — Scenes from TORCHED! The Mostly True Story Behind The South Bronx Fires: Conceived and directed by Pregones/PRTT’s Artistic Director Rosalba Rolón, TORCHED! sets straight the story of the neighborhood that went up in flames. A rich mix of investigative theater and oral history, the developing story draws from testimony of Bronxites who lived through the devastation to tell their own stories. The world premiere of the fully produced musical is forthcoming during Pregones/PRTT’s 2020-2021 season.

III. CONVERSATION — The makers and shakers behind Decade of Fire and TORCHED!, including Ms. Vázquez, Ms. Rolón, and Bronx multidisciplinary media maker Edwin Pagán (Latin Horror, Seis del Sur, Latinos Beyond Reel), will highlight key themes, controversial facts, and ongoing activist opportunities related to the Bronx fires and their aftermath.

IV. WALKING TOUR – Local residents, media and arts enthusiasts, and history buffs of all stripes and ages are invited to join in a walking tour led by renowned Bronx experts Elena Martínez (Bronx Music Heritage Center, City Lore) and Petr Stand (We Stay/Nos Quedamos, KRVC/Kingsbridge Riverdale Van Cortlandt). The walk route will include points of interest and infamy, known and unknown, in the long history of the Bronx fires. Wear comfortable shoes and bring your own personal stories to share!

WHEN: Saturday, 19 October 2019, starting at 2:00 PM
WHERE: Pregones Theater, 575 Walton Avenue, The Bronx

FREE EVENT — RSVP online or walk right up!

More About The Artists & Collaborators – Click To Open

Vivian Vázquez Irizarry has run educational, GED completion and college access programs for youth across New York City for decades. She is currently the director of community-school partnerships at the New Settlement Community Campus in the Bronx. A former member of the National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights, she belongs to 52 People for Progress, a community organization that saved her childhood playground and revitalized the South Bronx for the last 35 years.

Rosalba Rolón is an accomplished actor, director, and dramaturg specializing in the adaptation of literary and non-literary texts for stage performance with live music, and Artistic Director of Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater. Distinctions include United States Artists Fellowship in Theater Arts, Ford Foundation Visionaries Fellowship, 2018 Doris Duke Artist Award, and 2019 Creative Capital Award (with Paul Flores and Yosvany Terry). She is member of the Citizens’ Advisory Committee to the NYC Mayor’s Cultural Plan, and serves on the Boards of National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures/NALAC and United States Artists. She is a member of the Tony Awards Nominating Committee.

Edwin Pagán is a New York-based artist, cultural advocate, and thought leader with over 25 years of hands-on experience in communications, content creation, program development and implementation in the non-profit and commercial sectors, leveraging his narrative massaging skills to craft uniquely relevant marketing and design concurrence campaigns that meet the needs of a diverse target base. He is founding member of acclaimed Bronx photographers collective Seis del Sur, managing director of the Bronx Culture Collective (BxCC), and founder-in-chief of media brand Latino Horror.

Elena Martínez has been a Folklorist at City Lore since 1997 and is also currently the Co-Artistic Director of the Bronx Music Heritage Center. She has produced and curated numerous documentary film projects and exhibitions including the ALMA Award winning From Mambo to Hip Hop: A South Bronx Tale and “Nueva York: 1613-1945” at El Museo del Barrio. Her articles have appeared in the peer-reviewed journal, CENTRO by the Center for Puerto Rican Studies and VOICES by the New York Folklore Society. She is currently on the Advisory Boards for Casita Maria’s South Bronx Culture Trail, Center for Puerto Rican Studies, and Los Pleneros de la 21.

Petr Stand, principal at Magnusson Architecture and Planning, has more than 25 years of planning and design experience, with a focus on housing, educational facilities, medical facilities, and urban design. Petr works extensively in affordable housing, and has completed a variety of multi-family developments in the Bronx, including senior housing, townhouses, rental buildings, and condominium buildings. For more than a decade, he worked alongside We Stay/ Nos Quedamos CDC to revitalize the South Bronx neighborhood of Melrose Commons. He has led the design and construction of over 1,000 new affordable units in the neighborhood.

Additional Funder Credits – Click To Open

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

Directions To Pregones in THE BRONX – Click To Open

PREGONES THEATER
575 Walton Avenue 
(b/w 149 & 150 Streets) The Bronx, NY 10451. Subway #2, 4, 5 to 149 Street & Grand Concourse. We’re just one short block away from the station! For more information call us at 718-585-1202.

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Event Details

  • Location

    Pregones in THE BRONX
    575 Walton Avenue

  • Date & Time

    October 19, 2019 at 2PM

  • Afternoon Program:

    Film Screening
    Play Reading
    Conversation
    Walking Tour

  • Featuring:

    Vivian Vázquez, filmmaker
    Rosalba Rolón, theatermaker
    Edwin Pagán, mediamaker
    Elena Martínez, folklorist
    Petr Stand, architect

  • Event Partners:

    Pregones/PRTT
    We Stay/Nos Quedamos
    WNET • Thirteen
    Indie Lens Pop-Up

Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, in partnership with We Stay/Nos Quedamos, WNET • Thirteen, and Indie Lens Pop-Up, presents a multi-part afternoon arts and humanities program on the subject of the Bronx fires!

I. FILM SCREENING — Scenes from Decade of Fire: In the 1970s, fires raged through the South Bronx. Abandoned by landlords and city officials, nearly a half million residents were displaced from their beloved neighborhood. With the help of fellow survivors, filmmaker and Bronx native Vivian Vázquez Irizarry tells the story of the residents who banded together amidst the rubble and built a better future for their community. Decade of Fire premieres nationally on PBS Independent Lens on 4 November 2019.

II. PLAY READING — Scenes from TORCHED! The Mostly True Story Behind The South Bronx Fires: Conceived and directed by Pregones/PRTT’s Artistic Director Rosalba Rolón, TORCHED! sets straight the story of the neighborhood that went up in flames. A rich mix of investigative theater and oral history, the developing story draws from testimony of Bronxites who lived through the devastation to tell their own stories. The world premiere of the fully produced musical is forthcoming during Pregones/PRTT’s 2020-2021 season.

III. CONVERSATION — The makers and shakers behind Decade of Fire and TORCHED!, including Ms. Vázquez, Ms. Rolón, and Bronx multidisciplinary media maker Edwin Pagán (Latin Horror, Seis del Sur, Latinos Beyond Reel), will highlight key themes, controversial facts, and ongoing activist opportunities related to the Bronx fires and their aftermath.

IV. WALKING TOUR – Local residents, media and arts enthusiasts, and history buffs of all stripes and ages are invited to join in a walking tour led by renowned Bronx experts Elena Martínez (Bronx Music Heritage Center, City Lore) and Petr Stand (We Stay/Nos Quedamos, KRVC/Kingsbridge Riverdale Van Cortlandt). The walk route will include points of interest and infamy, known and unknown, in the long history of the Bronx fires. Wear comfortable shoes and bring your own personal stories to share! Remember The Fires Remember The Fires Remember The Fires Remember The Fires Remember The Fires

WHEN: Saturday, 19 October 2019, starting at 2:00 PM
WHERE: Pregones Theater, 575 Walton Avenue, The Bronx

FREE EVENT — RSVP online or walk right up!

Free Event — Reserve Now!

Ingrese su primer nombre
Ingrese su apellido(s)
PLEASE NOTE: Admission to FREE EVENTS is on a FIRST COME basis. As space is limited, please arrive early to secure your reservation. Other restrictions may apply.