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Stage Garden Rumba is back in South Bronx community gardens!
Your favorite multi-disciplinary performance series resumes on Juneteenth!
Presented in partnership with We Stay/Nos Quedamos, Stage Garden Rumba is an open invitation for all New Yorkers to experience the cultural riches, green spaces, and vibrant Casitas of the South Bronx! Our 2021 series comes at you in pumped-up hybrid mode, with both in-person performances throughout the summer and new digital episodes for online and public access television broadcast! The series will again feature extraordinary ARTISTS—actors, singers, dancers, writers; ACTIVISTS with the pulse of local, national, and international struggle and social justice; and COMMUNITY MEMBERS, just like you! Hyperlocal and universal, Stage Garden Rumba brings together voices of joy and revolution to fuel our collective imagination and propel us into the future.
“We’re emerging from pandemic with caution and child-like wonderment,” says Jorge B. Merced, Pregones/PRTT Associate Artistic Director, “and it feels like going back to the horn of plenty! The stewards of our community gardens are ready to show off the new fruits of their green-thumbed labor, to greet visitors of all ages, and to roll out the welcome mat for live theater, music, dance, poetry, and the empowering wisdom of our social leaders. We have never been so grateful and so thirsty for Stage Garden Rumba as this year!”
“The care, generosity, and talent of everyone responsible for Stage Garden Rumba are a constant,” says Rosalba Rolón, Pregones/PRTT Artistic Director. “Our general public can continue to count on each program in the series to offer artistry and conscience in equal measure. Our award-winning acting and music ensemble is preparing exclusive previews of scenes from our forthcoming musical production Torched! — exploding myths about the Bronx fires of the ’70s with real stories from the people who lived them. I can’t wait to share it and to experience what other makers and shakers have in store for us.”
Julia Gutiérrez-Rivera, Edwin Pagán, Caridad De La Luz, Oscar Oliver-Didier, Omar Pérez and Jorge B. Merced.
The joyous return of Pregones/PRTT’s Stage Garden Rumba to Bronx plazas and community gardens in 2021 was part of Con Edison’s new Arts Al Fresco Series.
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10 different 30-minute episodes, each packed with talent and passion!
Pregones Garden airing on September 27
Rincón Criollo airing on October 4 and October 25
Willis Avenue Garden airing on October 11
Bronx Sunshine Garden airing on October 18
La Finca del Sur airing on November 1
Brook Park on November 8
Yolanda García Park on November 15
Bruckner Mott Haven Garden on November 22
Crotona Park Amphitheater on November 29
María Solá Green Space on December 6
SEE BELOW FOR ARTISTS LINEUP PER FILM LOCATION
Tune In to Digital Episodes Mondays at 7:30pm Eastern
* Remembering the Bronx Fires: For for these dates our series curators and guests pay tribute to the history of the South Bronx fires and the people power and joy that helped overcome them! Featuring scenes from new Pregones/PRTT musical TORCHED!
** Special Program in honor of composer and longtime Rincón Criollo / Casita de Chema champion, the late Don Benny Ayala. Curated by his grandson Nelson Matthew González, Julia Gutiérrez-Rivera and Jorge B. Merced. Presented in collaboration with Bomplenazo and Hostos Center for the Arts and Culture.
STAGE GARDEN RUMBA is two-time winner of The Lincoln Center Cultural Innovation Fund. This FREE arts program is made possible, in part, by Con Edison and the J. L. Greene Arts Access Fund in The New York Community Trust, and by public funds from 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. For full list of our funders, visit www.pregonesprtt.org.