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September 19-23, 2021

A Latinx Theater Festival

SolFest: A Latinx Theater Festival is back in EXPANSIVE and HYBRID mode centering playwrights, poets, and performances with both in-person and online events! Five days of all things Latinx theater, classical to contemporary, solo and ensemble, in English and in Spanish. Collaboratively produced by The Sol Project, North Star Projects, and Pregones/PRTT. Kicks off in Brooklyn with Hedgepig Ensemble’s Expand the Canon Festival* and culminates in a two-night live program at Puerto Rican Traveling Theater in the heart of the Broadway district! Program includes new pieces from Dominic Colón and Julissa Contreras, and features three-time Tony Award nominee Robin De Jesús.

SolFest 2021 events are Free or Suggested Donation and open to the general public. Key to NYC vaccination mandate and face mask safety protocols will be observed for in-person events. Capacity is limited.

Sunday, SEPTEMBER 19
Play: *A Happy Country
Playwright: Maruxa Viralta
Director: Victoria Collado
Description: If you’re seeking a play about revolution where the family drama is the political drama… consider this powerful portrait of love, protest, class, and voyeurism by a Catalan-born, Mexican playwright. Part of Hedgepig Ensemble’s Expand the Canon Festival.
—4:00pm at Endswell in Fort Greene, Brooklyn (RSVP Required)
—7:30pm Virtual Watch Party on Facebook Live

Monday, SEPTEMBER 20
Virtual Art Share: Poets, Writers, and Storytellers 
Participants: Octavio Solís, L.H. González, Paloma Sierra, and more
Description: The evening will include Artist Spotlights in partnership with La Gente: The Latinx Theatre Design Network and screenings of two short films: eat me! created and directed by David Mendizábal and produced through Soho Rep Project Number One Residency and Crabs in A Barrel written by Michael León and Ashley Alvarez and directed by Michael León. The screenings will be followed by a Q&A with select artists.
—7:30 on Facebook Live

Tuesday, SEPTEMBER 21
Digital Panel: Honor and Amplify
Panelists: Classix, Hedgepig Ensemble, Ma-Yi Theatre Company, Pregones/PRTTThe Sol Project  
Moderator: Carla Della Gatta
Description: Join us for an intercultural conversation on legacy, identity, and expanding the American theater canon.
—7:30 on Facebook Live

Wednesday, SEPTEMBER 22
Play: The War I Know
Playwright: Dominic Colón
Director: Cándido Tirado
Descripton: Set in 1987 & 1992 during the height of the AIDS and crack epidemic, The War I Know tells the story of Eggie, a 12 year old obsessed with TV and musical theater, and the relationship he has with his HIV-Positive 10 year old next door neighbor, who was recently sent to live with her teenage half-siblings after losing both of her parents to AIDS. The War I Know is the first in a trilogy of plays that explores the impact of HIV on the Latinx Community in the Bronx from the late 80’s through the COVID-19 pandemic.
—7:30 at Puerto Rican Traveling Theater in Manhattan, NYC (RSVP Required)

Thursday, SEPTEMBER 23
Play: La Greña
Playwright: Julissa Contreras
Director: Tatyana-Marie Carlo
—7:30 at Puerto Rican Traveling Theater in Manhattan, NYC (RSVP Required)

“We’re thrilled to be returning for the fourth edition of SolFest, once again in partnership with the venerable Pregones/PRTT and with exciting new partnerships with Hedgepig Ensemble Theatre, North Star Projects, and La Gente,” said Adriana Gaviria, Producer of SolFest and founding member of The Sol Project. Using a hybrid format, “we’re able to continue our work of celebrating Latinx storytellers while also expanding access to audiences world-wide. This year’s selections offer audiences opportunities to experience works both classical and contemporary, to think critically about legacy, issues of identity and representation in all aspects of the industry, and to once again gather safely to communally experience the performing arts.”

Rosalba Rolón, Artistic Director of Pregones/PRTT and member of The Sol Project’s Honorary Board stated, “In times of uncertainty, there’s nothing more grounding for the theater artist than to step onto the stage, and little that’s as rewarding to theatergoers as a live performance. Pregones/PRTT is thrilled to reprise our partnership with The Sol Project for a fourth consecutive year, welcoming a live audience to the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater for the first time since January 2020. The five-day program brims with Latinx talent and extends its embrace beyond New York City with online events. This SolFest is an exuberant homecoming and we’re all here for it!”

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Founded in 2012, Hedgepig Ensemble Theatre reimagines the classics, creating a legacy of storytelling with gender equity at its core. Hedgepig is an artistic ensemble dedicated to equity, excellence, and the relentless pursuit of joy. To date, we have produced 7 productions, many readings, and a variety of theatrical events. We have presented works that won “best ensemble” in the Midtown International Festival and “best actress” in Fringe NYC. We are dedicated to serving Brooklyn. Our cornerstone work is Expand the Canon, a call to action for theatres to stage excellent classic plays by women and to include a diverse set of voices in the canon. Hedgepig curates a list of plays that have been reviewed and selected––ensuring they’re timely, relevant, and producible. From 400 plays by women, they’ve hand-picked 9 of the best. This list has all related producing information, making it easy for classical and regional companies to undertake these plays and give women the legacies they deserve. www.hedgepigensemble.org

North Star Projects is a new arts initiative whose mission is to create a better world, one project at a time, by engendering experiences that empower, inspire, and build community through various platforms including live events and digital media. Founded by Producing Artistic Director Adriana Gaviria, North Star Projects works in partnership with artists, cultural leaders, organizations and leading theaters around the country to make a positive social impact in our communities on a local, regional and national level. www.northstarprojects.org

Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater 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. Pregones was founded in 1979 when a group of artists led by Rosalba Rolón set out to create and tour new works in the style of Caribbean and Latin American colectivos or performing ensembles. Established as a Bronx resident company five years later, Pregones remains in the vanguard of an arts renaissance radiating throughout and beyond The Bronx today. Spurred by stage and film icon Miriam Colón, PRTT was founded in 1967 as one of the first bilingual theater companies in all the U.S. It is credited for nurturing the development of hundreds of Latinx theater artists, legitimating creative connections throughout the Spanish-speaking world, and pioneering models for genuine and lasting community engagement. Following merger in 2014, our New York season plays a decisive role in empowering underrepresented artists and audiences to claim a place at the front of the American theater. Rosalba Rolón, Artistic Director. Alvan Colón Lespier and Jorge B. Merced, Associate Artistic Directors. www.pregonesprtt.org

The Sol Project is a national theater initiative dedicated to producing the work of Latinx playwrights in New York City and beyond. Founded by Artistic Director, Jacob G. Padrón and driven by an artistic collective, The Sol Project works in partnership with leading theaters around the country to amplify Latinx voices and build artistic homes for artists of color. Through the writers we champion, Sol aims to create a bold, powerful, and kaleidoscopic body of work for the new American theater. The Sol Project launched in December 2016 with the world premiere of Alligator by Hilary Bettis in collaboration with New Georges, followed by the New York premieres of Seven Spots on the Sun by Martín Zimmerman (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater) and Oedipus El Rey by Luis Alfaro(The Public Theater). The founding artistic collective is: Claudia Acosta, Elena Araoz, Adriana Gaviria, David Mendizábal, Kyoung Park, and Laurie Woolery. Brian Herrera is the Resident Scholar. Stephanie Ybarra is the Resident Dramaturg. Our partners include: Atlantic Theater Company, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Cara Mía Theatre Company, Center Theatre Group, LAByrinth Theater Company, MCC Theater, New Georges, New York Theatre Workshop, Playwrights Horizons, Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, The Playwrights Realm, The Public Theater, WP Theater and Yale Repertory Theatre. Our honorary board includes: Raúl Castillo (HBO’s Looking), Junot Díaz (Pulitzer Prize-winning author), Priscilla Lopez (Tony Award-winning actress), Sandra Marquez (Steppenwolf ensemble member), Edward James Olmos (Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actor), John Ortiz (co-star, Silver Linings Playbook), Tony Plana (ABC’s Ugly Betty), Chita Rivera (Presidential Medal of Freedom), Diane Rodriguez (OBIE-winning actress, member of National Arts Council) Rosalba Rolón (Artistic Director of Pregones/PRTT) and Daphne Rubin-Vega (Tony nominated-actress, original company of Rent). Lead support for The Sol Project comes from the Howard Gilman Foundation. www.solproject.org

COVID-19 Visitor Safety Info – Click to Open

Per current Key to NYC mandate, all visitors must show valid proof of vaccination against COVID19 prior to gaining entry to Pregones/PRTT’s Bronx and Manhattan theaters. We also require audience members to wear a face mask at all times. By submitting an RSVP or asking for entry to our events, you agree to abide by these rules.

VACCINATION PROOF
To be presented with matching government-issued I.D., valid documents of vaccination status include:

  • NYS Excelsior Pass
  • NYC COVID Safe App
  • CDC Vaccination Card
  • NYC Vaccination Record
  • Proof of overseas vaccination

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

Our Esteemed Funders – Click to Open

This free arts program is made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. For a full list of our funders, visit www.pregonesprtt.org.

Directions to PRTT in MANHATTAN – Click to Open

Puerto Rican Traveling Theater
304 West 47 Street
(b/w 8 & 9 Avenues)
New York, NY 10036

Trains to Times Square/Broadway District

For more information call us at 718-585-1202

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Event Details

  • Location

    Endswell in Brooklyn
    Facebook Live (Online)
    PRTT in Manhattan

  • Date & Time

    September 19, 2021 at 4PM
    September 20, 2021 at 7:30PM
    September 21, 2021 at 7:30PM
    September 22, 2021 at 7:30PM
    September 23, 2021 at 7:30PM

  • Featured Artists

    Playwrights:
    Maruxa Vilalta
    Dominic Colón
    Julissa Contreras
    David Mendizábal
    Michael León
    Ashley Alvarez

    Directors:
    Victoria Collado
    David Mendizábal
    Michael León
    Cándido Tirado
    Tatyana-Marie Carlo

    Other Collaborators:
    Carla Della Gatta
    Classix
    Hedgepig Ensemble
    La Gente Network
    Ma-Yi Theatre
    and more!

  • A project of

    The Sol Project
    North Star Projects
    Pregones/PRTT