June 1-18, 2023

An Original Pregones/PRTT Music Theater Production

Pregones/PRTT’s acting and music ensemble’s fresh take on the Bronx fires! 

Book & Lyrics by Rosalba Rolón
Music by Desmar Guevara
Dramaturgy by Christin E. Cato, Omar Pérez
Additional Music & Lyrics by José J. García, Nyseli Vega, Christin E. Cato, Rosal Colón
Directed by Rosalba Rolón

The legacy of the Bronx fires is a sticky one and forever tied to histories of popular resistance and uplift. Pulsing to the beat of salsa, funk disco, and hip hop, Pregones/PRTT’s TORCHED! alternates from 1970’s New York —when news of the fires dominated headlines— to present day survival and rebuilding. Part investigative theater and part poetic fiction, the production brings forward true stories of those who lived through the devastation to lay bare the infamies of the arson-for-profit business.

TORCHED! pays tribute to the real people who fought back, who continue to want to set the record straight, who continue to research, give testimony, and unmask the ugly truths behind the fires. With this production, the artists of Pregones/PRTT’s performing ensemble join the generations of Bronx artists and activists shining light on this period of our history. Performed in English and Spanish with titles.

Duration: 85 minutes. No Intermission.

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

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GENERAL TICKETS: Starting at $25

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Director Bios & Full Production Credits – 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

Dramaturgy Support by Christin E. Cato & Omar Pérez

Additional Music & Lyrics by Christin E. Cato, Rosal Colón, José J. García, Nyseli Vega

Featuring: Christin E. Cato, John Cencio Burgos, José J. García, Claudia Ramos, Devan Kelty, Nyseli Vega.

Music Ensemble: Álvaro Benavides, Nelson Matthew González, Desmar Guevara, Camilo Molina

Lighting Design By Lucrecia Briceño

Projections By Eamonn Farrell

Costume Design & Scenic Consultant Harry Nadal

Sound Design By Jimmy Kavetas

Assistant Director, Movement Coach, Choreography Yaraní Del Valle

Associate Lighting Designer Emmanuel Delgado

Stage Manager Julia Perez

Assistant Stage Manager Tala Munsterman

Audio Engineer Assistant Danny Hernández

Wardrobe Maintenance Eliana Yost

Master Electrician Jeffrey D’ambrosio

Electricians Christian Bravo, Jarrod Fries, Jael Hoyos, Devan Kelty, Cait Simonton

Titles Operator Hector Luis Carmona

Artwork Jeison Rivera

Photos 2022 Michael Palma Mir

Photos 2023 Krystal Pagán

Carpenter Bobby Bodón

Production Assistant Luissana Carreño

Press Representative Rosanna Plasencia

Production Manager Jessica Moya

Assistant Director/ Movement Coach Yaraní Del Valle

Directed By Rosalba Rolón

Special Thanks: Joe Conzo Jr., Caridad De La Luz, Elena Martínez, Elba Cabrera, Edwin Pagán, Clara E. Rodríguez, Doris Colón, Petr Stand, Vivian Vázquez, Neyda Martínez, Oscar Olivier Didier, Julia Gutiérrez, Axel Piazolla, Ken Corrigan & firefighters David González, José Prosper, FDNY Engine 38, Engine 54, Ladder 4, Battalion 9, LP Percussion

All musical arrangements by Desmar Guevara with Alvaro Benavides, Anthony Carrillo and Camilo Molina.

Opening Montage: Photographs by Joe Conzo Jr. with music composed by Desmar Guevara


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.

COVID-19 Visitor Safety Info – Click To Open

PLEASE NOTE: Face masks are suggested but not required for this event. By purchasing a ticket or asking for entry to our events, you agree to abide by this rule.
If you have a sore throat, are feeling sick in any other way, or have been recently exposed to COVID-19, we kindly ask that you stay home. We will gladly exchange your tickets to a different date, pending availability.

Our Esteemed Funders – Click To Open

This production of Pregones/PRTT’s TORCHED! is generously funded by the Axe-Houghton Foundation. Our Mainstage is also 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


Event Details

  • Location

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

  • Date & Time

    June 1-18, 2023
    Thu-Fri @ 8:00PM
    Sat @ 3:00PM & 8:00PM
    Sun @ 3:00PM

  • Collaborators

    Book & Lyrics
    Rosalba Rolón

    Music Composition
    Desmar Guevara

    Lighting Design
    Lucrecia Briceño

    Eamonn Farrell

    Costume Design &
    Scenic Consultant
    Harry Nadal

    Sound Design
    Jimmy Kavetas

    Assistant Director
    Movement Coach
    Yaraní Del Valle

    Graphic Design
    Jeison Rivera

    Production Manager
    Jessica Moya

    Directed by
    Rosalba Rolón

Preview performance tickets at $25. Prices go up for all performances after June 4.