Works In Progress Presentation
Saturday October 31, 2015 @ 8pm
Showcase of works in development at Pregones/PRTT!
“Remojo” is what you do to the beans to get them ready for the stew! A one-night sneak-peek at new works in progress by artists from our acting and music ensemble, and their friends
A feature event of PregonesPRTT’s
PLATAFORMA project – The Bronx-Broadway Showcase for Latino Theater.
A behind the scenes treat! Come take a look at what is inspiring our acting and music ensemble artists and the works they are getting ready to develop! From ideas still on a piece of paper or fully realized segments of the new work, our artists dive in with ideas for new work in collaboration with other company members or partners of their own.
Showcase excerpts include:
Pura’s Lágrimas – is the Caribbean Electro Pop music project of Yaraní del Valle (Yara) and Gabriel Lugo (Gabo). A collaboration between an actress/singer and a sound engineer/percussionist, Pura’s Lágrimas is an organic, fun approach to music making. Yara creates the lyrics and melodies. Gabo creates the arrangements and electronic sounds. The result is an intense yet playful musical performance infused with Puerto Rican humor, exciting vocals and new sounds.
More To Life – A woman travels in the afterlife and is confronted by her creator. She is given 2 choices: reincarnate and receive a better life, or stay in limbo and bear witness to her children’s lives. Her choice sets off a series of events exploring truth, lies, and the human condition. Written and directed by Omar Pérez, More to Life is a celebration of life, love and the pursuit of answers. This project uses traditional theatrical methods of music and movement, as well as new methods of adaption including the use of recipes for storytelling!
¿Quieres boogaloo? ¡Coge boogaloo! – It is music, theater, part comedy part not. It is pure Flaco Navaja, a solo show that uses the format of a Las Vegas style lounge act to explore the life of an artist and the effect his choices have on his family. Classics and original songs. Written and performed by Flaco Navaja.
And there’s more! – Two new works set for major Pregones/PRTT production will be introduced at Remojo 2015!
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YARANÍ DEL VALLE • Studied at University of Puerto Rico Drama Department.Training: Golden Age, Commedia dell’arte,Theatre of the Oppressed, Modern Dance, Experimental Dance, Yoga & Alexander Technique. Voice training at the Music Conservatory of Puerto Rico and Music Department of the University of Puerto Rico. Internships with theater companies Yuyachkani in Perú and Malayerba in Ecuador. Stage: Off-Broadway’s Borinquen Vive en El Barrio. With Pregones Theater: Game Over, Aloha Boricua, Harlem Hellfighters On A Latin Beat among others. Film: Maldeamores/Lovesickness. TV: Host for Mi pequeño Músico (PBS PR), Actress for Esto está cañón (Telemundo) and CHAMACAS web series on Nuevon Channel.
FLACO NAVAJA • singer, poet, actor, born and raised in the Bronx. If Héctor Lavoe Boxed Rubén Blades and KRS-1 was the referee you’d get Flaco. Navaja’s original style of poetry combines singing, beat-boxing, and spoken word. He was the host of the open mic showcase; “All That! Hip Hop Poet- ry & Jazz” at the Nuyorican Poets’ Cafe. In 2003, he toured internationally with the Tony Award winning Russell Simmons’ DEF POETRY JAM and he has appeared on four episodes of the HBO series. Nava- ja is a member of Screen Actors Guild and has ap- peared in several films & television shows. Includ- ing PRIDE & GLORY, FIGHTING, GUN HILL ROAD, LAW & ORDER, CSI NY and new webseries EASTWILLYB.
OMAR PÉREZ • Omar Perez has worked as an actor in NY since 2003. During this time he has worked as a company member of the internationally recognized Pregones Theater. Other stage credits include The Wizard of Oz, Man of La Mancha, Spinning into Butter, and Singing wid a sword. His film credits include Shut up and do it, Broken Hearts, and Evergreen. He is also a former company member of Say What? Improv and a former company trainee of the American Mime Theater. In addition to his work on stage, Omar has worked as a director with Dreamscape Theater and Truant Arts. As a Teaching Artist, he has collaborated with Lincoln Center Art Institute, ArtsConnection, Manhattan Theatre Club,The Peoples Theatre Project and the Creative Arts Team. His work as a T.A. has included using educational drama with prison inmates at Riker’s Island and women in domestic shelters.www.omarperezonline.com
GABRIEL LUGO (Gabo) • Born in Puerto Rico, Gabriel “Gabo” Lugo’s work has been nominated for multiple Grammy and Latin-Grammy awards. Currently working towards a degree in electronic production and sound design from Berklee College of Music “composing and producing records for and with other people, focused on finding new ways to deliver music.” With Pregones he has appeared in El Apagón, A Call for Solidarity, Baile Cangrejero, and The Marchers.
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