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May 2, 2024 to June 2, 2024

An Original Pregones/PRTT Music Theater Production

Book and Lyrics by Alvan Colón Lespier
Additional texts by Emily Dickinson and F. Scott Fitzgerald
Music by Desmar Guevara
Directed by Leyma López

The Desire of the Astronaut explores the enduring myth and popular iconography of the astronaut through the fictional story of Esteban Only, the last Boricua in space. Drifting on a dying spacecraft with only intermittent contact with Earth, Esteban undertakes repairs that may facilitate his rescue or accelerate his court martial on grounds of insubordination.

Artwork for The Desire of the Astronaut by Jeison Rivera.

Artwork for The Desire of the Astronaut by Jeison Rivera.

About the new 2024 staging:

This highlight of our 2024 Spring Season also serves as a capstone to Associate Artistic Director Alvan Colón Lespier’s four decade tenure with Pregones. Re-imagined for the stage at The Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, the production boasts an entirely new design, new musical arrangements and a new cast of performers.

Inspired by autobiographical accounts and actual training missions by NASA personnel, and rich with the sights, sounds, and surprises of classic science fiction.

The Desire of the Astronaut conveys longing, fear, despair and love, while in extended periods of isolation in a hostile environment. It probes physical thrills and depths of emotion known only to those who have experienced zero gravity and extreme isolation through space travel.

The Story: Stranded in the U.S. Wanderer, an old space station locked in orbit around the planet Mars, Esteban Only’s only human —via intermittent, static-ridden radio communications— is fellow astronaut Emily Kinson, whom he hopes will help him find his way back home to Earth. When her voice breaks through the noise one last time, does it bring the news he so desires?

Of the 2023 new and re-envisioned staging, Alvan Colón Lespier shares:

“Today more than ever, bringing a formidable idea to the theater stage requires focus, adaptive capacity, and good friends. The Desire of The Astronaut has been a true collaborative process just like all the works I have been fortunate to helm at Pregones over the past 40 years. In this particular case the task would have not been possible without the creative output of composer Desmar Guevara, and the two formidable allies that have accompanied me on this journey: Emily Dickinson and Francis Scott Fitzgerald. And above all, I am proud to say this production is grounded on the aesthetics of Pregones Ensemble, influenced by the collective creation process that evolved in Latin American theater.” 

Performed in English and Spanish with titles.
Duration: 1 hour and  10 minutes, with no intermission.

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In-person performances at
THE PUERTO RICAN TRAVELING THEATER
304 W 47th St, between 8th & 9th Avenues
in Manhattan

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More About The Artists – Click To Open

 

ALAVAN COLÓN LESPIER, (Book, Lyrics, Direction), is a seasoned stage director, playwright, actor, producer, and educator with over 40 years experience in the performing arts. He plays a key role in the development of Pregones/PRTT’s ensemble, original repertory, presenting season, and two professional facilities. He is the organization’s main curator of music programs and visual art exhibits, with depth of knowledge in all relevant theater production areas. His work as a mentor to younger artists and technicians includes projects with Theatre Communications Group, Alternate ROOTS, Network of Ensemble Theaters, Alliance of Teatros Latinos/New York, and En Foco, the Bronx-based nonprofit for cultural diversity in photography. Merit distinctions include a Ford Foundation Visionaries Fellowship and the LP21 Maestro Award. He is a frequent collaborator with National Performance Network, and past member of the Board of Directors of the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York.

DESMAR GUEVARA, Resident Composer and Musical Director of Pregones/PRTT, is a recognized champion of new music idioms in Latin jazz, a composer of experimental and non-traditional music for live theater and film, and an in-demand pianist with numerous concert, touring, and recording credits. He has composed, arranged, and music directed dozens of ensemble theater productions of varying scale, from chamber to Off-Broadway. He is founding director of chamber jazz ensemble Taller Sicá, founding member of Afro Puerto Rican ensemble Viento de Agua, and has collaborated with many musical luminaries including Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Tito Nieves, Xiomara Fortuna, Andy Montañez, Soledad Bravo, and Danny Rivera. Recent premieres include Grados Inefables, which delves into the esoteric symbolism and philosophies of Freemasonry, co-commissioned by arts presenters in New York, Colorado, and California.

PRODUCTION CREDITS:

An original Pregones/PRTT Music Theater Production

Book and Lyrics by Alvan Colón Lespier

Additional texts by Emily Dickinson and F. Scott Fitzgerald

Music by Desmar Guevara

Directed by Leyma López

Featuring: Pregones Theater Ensemble

Musicians: Pregones Musical Ensemble led by Desmar Guevara

Lighting by Lucrecia Briceño

Projections by Eamonn Farrell

Production Manager: Jessica Moya

ACTORS’ EQUITY ASSOCIATION – THE ACTORS AND STAGE MANAGERS EMPLOYED IN THIS PRODUCTION ARE MEMBERS OF ACTORS’ EQUITY ASSOCIATION, THE UNION OF PROFESSIONAL ACTORS AND STAGE MANAGERS IN THE UNITED STATES. THIS THEATER OPERATES UNDER AN ACTORS’ EQUITY ASSOCIATION OFF-BROADWAY NYC-LOA.

More About Pregones PRTT – Click To Open

Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater (aka Pregones/PRTT) 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.

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Our Esteemed Funders – Click To Open

Pregones/PRTT’s Mainstage is generously funded by Ford Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, Shubert Foundation, and Scherman Foundation. Programs also made possible with public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; and New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. For a full list of our funders, please visit www.pregonesprtt.org

Directions to the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater – Click To Open

Puerto Rican Traveling Theater
304 W 47th St 
(b/w 8th & 9th Avenues)
New York, NY 1036

Trains # 1, C, E to 50th Street

For more information call us at 718-585-1202

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Event Details

  • Location

    The Puerto Rican Traveling Theater
    304 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036

  • Date & Time

    May 2, 2024 to
    June 2, 2024
    Thu-Fri @ 8:00PM
    Sat @ 3:00PM & 8:00PM
    Sun @ 3:00PM

  • Collaborators

    Book and Lyrics by
    Alvan Colón Lespier

    Additional texts by
    Emily Dickinson and F. Scott Fitzgerald

    Music by
    Desmar Guevara

    Directed by
    Leyma López

    Featuring
    Pregones Theater Ensemble

    Musicians
    Pregones Musical Ensemble
    led by Desmar Guevara

    Lighting by
    Lucrecia Briceño

    Projections by
    Eamonn Farrell

    Production Manager
    Jessica Moya

     


    ACTORS’ EQUITY ASSOCIATION The actors and stage managers employed in this production are members of actors’ equity association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States. This Theater operates under an Actors’ Equity Association Off-Broadway NYC-LOA.