Saturday, June 6 @ 8pm
Sunday, June 7 @ 3pm
Anniversary Concert featuring Danny Rivera!
This historic musical inaugurated our company’s acclaimed Bronx stage in 2005 and is based on the life and times of Puerto Rican writer and activist JESÚS COLÓN.
The Red Rose’ narrates the meeting of Puerto Rican activist writer Jesús Colón and undercover FBI agent Mildred Blauvelt, and their subsequent face-off before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in 1959. Blauvelt had gone undercover for seven years in the Brooklyn cell of the Communist Party, where she was simply known as comrade Sylvia.
Arriving to New York in the winter of 1917, Colón went on to become the distinguished chronicler of the Puerto Rican migrant experience, and one of its enduring contemporary icons.
The aesthetic focus of ‘The Red Rose’ is on the physicality of a work that eschews realistic conventions without doing away with a central narrative thread. Movement, gesture, and dialogue develop in tandem. It combines 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 songs.
The production was premiered on November 14, 2005 at Pregones Theater, The Bronx, New York. The sold-out premiere run in 2005-2006 featured international recording artist Danny Rivera. The production won multiple HOLA and ACE Awards including Outstanding Musical and Direction.
The original cast recording CD was independently released in March 2006. The production also had a special run at the newly renovated Teatro de la Universidad in Puerto Rico and at the 2007 NY Latino International Theater Festival.
The concert is a great reunion of Pregoneros celebrating 10 years since the premiere of The Red Rose and the inauguration of Pregones Theater on Walton Avenue! Cast includes:
Caridad de la Luz
José Joaquín García
Directed by Rosalba Rolón
Musical Director, Desmar Guevara
Pregones Theater in The Bronx is located at
575 Walton Avenue, The Bronx, NY 10451
(Walton Avenue between 149th St. & 150th St.)
Trains #2, 4, 5 to 149th Street & Grand Concourse