2016 CROSSING BORDERS FESTIVAL
August 3, 2016 - August 7, 2016
A FIVE-DAY CELEBRATION OF NEW PLAYS BY LATINO WRITERS, WITH FOOD AND MUSIC
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS & READINGS:
NEIGHBORHOOD PARTY ON THE TWO RIVER PLAZA; Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at 5:30pm
Two River Theater kicks off Crossing Borders with an outdoor neighborhood party on the Two River Plaza with opportunities to meet the artists involved in the festival, food, and live music! CLICK HERE to reserve your free tickets to the party.
"WHAT MAKES A PLAY LATINO?'" A LECTURE BY BRIAN HERRERA
Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at 7pm
Following our Neighborhood Party, Brian Herrera will give a lecture and answer questions about the landscape of Latino theater today. Herrera is a writer, teacher and scholar at Prince University, where he is Assistant Professor of Theater. His first book, Latin Numbers: Playing Latino in Twentieth-Century U.S. Popular Performance (University of Michigan Press) was recognized with the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism. CLICK HERE to reserve your free tickets to the lecture and party.
Directed by David Dower
3pm (English-language reading) and 7:30 pm (Spanish-language reading)
By Bernardo Cubria
Meet Joe. Joe lives in a big colorless mansion. Meet Jose. Jose lives in a colorful shack. Joe and Jose live next door to each other, but they are not exactly friends. When Joe has a business proposition for Jose, their uneasy truce is about to get a lot more complicated.
The 3pm reading of NEIGHBORS will be followed by a conversation with artists from the festival.
CLICK HERE to reserve your free tickets to either reading.
Directed by Jerry Ruiz
Unless otherwise noted, all readings and events will take place in Two River’s Marion Huber Theater, followed by an opportunity to meet the festival artists in the theater’s Victoria J. Mastrobuono Library.
Schedule & artist lineup subject to change at any time.
Playwright of MALA
Melinda Lopez is a playwright, actress, and educator. The inaugural Mellon playwright-in-residence at the Huntington Theatre, she is active in the Cuban American community and makes her home in Boston.
Director of MALA
David Dower is the Director of Artistic Programs at ArtsEmerson. Previously, he spent six seasons as Associate Artistic Director at Arena Stage where he directed the Artistic Development Team and founded the American Voices New Play Institute (AVNPI), the precursor to HowlRound: A Center for the Theater Commons now located at Emerson College.
Playwright of EL COQUÍ ESPECTACULAR AND THE BOTTLE OF DOOM
Matt Barbot is a writer and actor from Brooklyn. His plays have been performed in New York, Miami, LA and Pennsylvania. El Coquí Espectacular has been workshopped as part of IATI Theater’s Cimientos Play Development Program, and performed at The Brick’s 2014 Comic Book Theater Festival. He is also a contributing writer to and former City Editor of online Latino culture and events guide Remezcla.
Nelson Eusebio III
Director of EL COQUÍ ESPECTACULAR AND THE BOTTLE OF DOOM
Nelson Eusebio III is a freelance director, producer and award-winning filmmaker. He is the former artistic director of Leviathan Lab, an Asian American creative studio. In 2008 he co-founded Creative Destruction, a NYC-based theater collective.
Playwright of NEIGHBORS (VECINOS)
Bernardo Cubria is an actor and playwright living in Los Angeles. He was born in Mexico City and grew up in Houston, Texas. He is the host of Off and On: A New York Theatre Podcast.
Director of NEIGHBORS (VECINOS)
Lou Moreno is Artistic Director of INTAR, where he has participated in over 40 productions, workshops and readings.
Playwright of FADE
Tanya Saracho helped create Two River’s Nosotros artistic outreach program, which is dedicated to fostering a closer relationship between the theater and its Latino neighbors, building demand for theater among Latino audiences, and engaging Red Bank’s Latino community in a dialogue where they feel their stories are heard. Fade was commissioned by Denver Center and was part of DCPA’s New Play Summit in 2015. She has written episodes of How to Get Away with Murder, Looking and Devious Maids.
Director of FADE
Jerry Ruiz is the former curator of the Crossing Borders festival and Associate Artistic Director of PlayMakers Repertory Company.
Guest Lecturer: WHAT MAKES A PLAY LATINO?
Brian Herrera is a writer, teacher and scholar at Prince University, where he is Assistant Professor of Theater. His first book, Latin Numbers: Playing Latino in Twentieth-Century U.S. Popular Performance (University of Michigan Press) was recognized with the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism.
Festival Curator/Casting DIrector
Crossing Borders is curated by Stephanie Ybarra, who currently serves as the Director of Special Artistic Projects at The Public Theater in New York, where she leads the Mobile Shakespeare Unit and produces the Public Forum series. She also serves as Producer’s Lab Liaison for the Women’s Project and Casting Director for Crossing Borders.