November 30, 2023 to January 7, 2024

An Original Pregones/PRTT Music Theater Production

New Staging of the Acclaimed Pregones Theater Production! 

Based on the life and writings of Jesús Colón
Book and Lyrics by Rosalba Rolón with Pregones Theater
Music by Desmar Guevara
Additional Music and Lyrics by Danny Rivera
Directed by Rosalba Rolón

THE RED ROSE pays tribute to Afro/Black Puerto Rican writer and activist Jesús Colón. Arriving in New York City as a stowaway youth in the winter of 1917, Colón went on to become a popular chronicler of the Puerto Rican migrant experience and one of its enduring icons. The production narrates his fateful meeting with undercover FBI agent Mildred Blauvelt, and their subsequent face-off before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in 1959.

Jesús Colón, c. 1973. Photo courtesy of Jesus Colon Papers / Center for Puerto Rican Studies

About the new 2023 staging:

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.

The aesthetic focus of The Red Rose remains on the physicality of a work that eschews realistic conventions. Movement, gesture, and dialogue develop in tandem, combining literary and popular sources, HUAC transcripts and recordings, Colón’s private letters, his published articles and stories, press coverage of the Blauvelt episode, and a treasure trove of original songs.

The seeds of the production date back to 2003 when Pregones’ Associate Artistic Directors Alvan Colón Lespier and Jorge B. Merced, with Musical Director Desmar Guevara adapted the writings of Jesús Colón into the unipersonal ¡Ay Jesús! Oh Jesus! with Merced playing Colón’s literary nom de plume, the infamous Miquis Tiquis. This paved the way for Artistic Director Rosalba Rolón to further the exploration incorporating a full ensemble of actors and musicians. International Puerto Rican singing star Danny Rivera joined the team, composing the production’s main musical theme and taking on the role of Jesús Colón. The expanded production premiered on November 14, 2005 at Pregones Theater, in The Bronx, winning multiple NYC Latin critics awards. The original cast recording CD was independently released in March 2006 helmed by Danny Rivera.

Of the 2023 new and re-envisioned staging, Director Rosalba Rolón shares:

“We have dreamed of re-conceptualizing The Red Rose to fit the historic stage of The Puerto Rican Traveling Theater for some time. With this new version, we are proud to welcome new generations of Pregones’ artists and audiences to the world of Jesús Colón’s pioneering activism and writings, at a time when his work and his journey are more relevant than ever before.” 

Performed in English and Spanish with titles.
Duration: 1 hour and  38minutes, including one intermission.

Special Holiday Run!

In-person performances at
304 W 47th St, between 8th & 9th Avenues
in Manhattan

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GENERAL TICKETS: Starting at $25

Photos from The Red Rose archives:

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More About The Artists – Click To Open

ROSALBA ROLÓN, Artistic Director of Pregones/PRTT, is an accomplished actor, director, and dramaturg specializing in the adaptation of literary and non-literary texts for stage performance with live music. Distinctions include United States Artists Fellowship, Ford Foundation Visionaries Fellowship, Doris Duke Artist Award, and Creative Capital Award (with Paul Flores and Yosvany Terry). Rolón’s numerous theater credits include We Have IRÉ with Paul Flores, Betsy! with Roadside Theater, Dancing In My Cockroach Killers with Magdalena Gómez, Harlem Hellfigthers on a Latin Beat based on the Puerto Rican presence in the all-Black 369th Regiment of the US Army, El bolero fue mi ruina adapted from a story by Manuel Ramos Otero, Quíntuples by Luis Rafael Sánchez, and many others. She is a member of The American Thatre Wing’s Tony Awards Nominating Committee.

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.


An original Pregones/PRTT Music Theater Production

Book & Lyrics by Rosalba Rolón

Music by Desmar Guevara

Additional Music & Lyrics by Danny Rivera

Featuring: John Cencio Burgos, José Joaquín García, Anna Malavé, Mario Mattei, Claudia Ramos Jordán, Jenyvette Vega.

Musicians: Pregones Musical Ensemble led by Desmar Guevara

Set Design by Raúl Abrego

Lighting Design by Lucrecia Briceño

Projections by Eamonn Farrell

Costume Design by Harry Nadal

Sound Design By Eduardo Resendiz

Assistant Director, Movement Coach, Choreography Yaraní Del Valle

Associate Lighting Designer Emmanuel Delgado

Stage Manager Majo Ferrucho

Audio Engineer Assistant Danny Hernández

Artwork Jeison Rivera

Production Assistant Luissana Carreño

Production Manager Jessica Moya

Directed By Rosalba Rolón


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

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


Event Details

  • Location

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

  • Date & Time

    November 30, 2023 to
    January 7, 2024
    Thu-Fri @ 8:00PM
    Sat @ 3:00PM & 8:00PM
    Sun @ 3:00PM

  • Collaborators

    Book and Lyrics by
    Rosalba Rolón

    Music by
    Desmar Guevara

    Additional Music and Lyrics by
    Danny Rivera

    Directed by
    Rosalba Rolón

    John Cencio Burgos
    José Joaquín García
    Anna Malavé
    Mario Mattei
    Claudia Ramos Jordán
    Jenyvette Vega

    Stage Manager
    Majo Ferrucho

    Set Design
    Raul Abrego

    Costume Design
    Harry Nadal

    Lighting Design
    Lucrecia Briceño

    Assistant Lighting Design
    Emanuel Delgado

    Eamonn Farrell

    Graphic Design
    Jeison Rivera

    Sound Design
    Eduardo Resendiz

    Production Manager
    Jessica Moya

    Production Assistant
    Luissana Careño

    Assitant Director &
    Movement Coach
    Yaraní Del Valle


    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.