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2017 CROSSING BORDERS (CRUZANDO FRONTERAS) FESTIVAL

August 2, 2017 - August 6, 2017

A FIVE-DAY CELEBRATION OF NEW PLAYS BY LATINO WRITERS, WITH FOOD AND MUSIC
 

All readings and events are FREE and open to the public.
 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

Wednesday, August 2 

5:30pm - Neighborhood Party on the Two River Plaza

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!

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7:00pm - Lecture on The Sol Project and Latinx Theater by Jacob G. Padrón


FREE Play Readings: 

Thursday, August 3 

7:30pm

EL

By Raúl Garza
Directed by Michelle Bossy

Emi and Gus are siblings living with their mother in Chicago. Emi is writing a novel about her family, but her desire to tell a good story means she risks exposing their long-buried secrets. Gus is working in a butcher shop with only the wisecracking cow head to talk to, eager to get out. Each of them is caught between the past and the future in this funny, moving new play about how telling your story isn’t always telling your truth.

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Friday, August 4 

7:30pm

AT THE VERY BOTTOM OF A BODY OF WATER

By Benjamin Benne

Marina has led a reclusive existence with only her daughter’s ghost to keep her company. But when her ritual meal of catfish soup is disrupted by the disappearance of her fishmonger, she can no longer swim in the routine circles of her solitary life. She embarks on a search for connection that takes her into surreal territory where paper cranes take flight, the sky and sea are inverted, and travel to the ocean floor is possible.

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Saturday, August 5 

12:00pm

BLANCAFLOR

By Cecilia Cackley

Translated into Spanish by Ártemis López

The Crossing Border festival’s first play for children, Blancaflor is a charming new adaptation of a traditional Spanish and Latin American fairytale. In it, a prince must embark on a quest to save the life of his father. Faced with one impossible task after another, he is sure of failure until a mysterious woman, Blancaflor, appears to offer help. Will he and Blancaflor win the day?

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7:30pm

EL HURACÁN

By Charise Castro Smith

Directed by Pirronne Yousefzadeh

In 1992 Miami, while a family rushes to secure itself against the oncoming Hurricane Andrew, its matriarch finds herself trapped within memories that threaten to carry her out into the rain. Thirty years later, as Miami grapples with rising tides, the family again finds themselves swept together for a final chance at reconciliation. A modern-day nod to The Tempest, Charise Castro Smith’s new play touches upon magic, exile, and the storms that rage within families.

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Sunday, August 6 

3:00pm

THE GOLEM OF HAVANA: A NEW MUSICAL

Music by Salomon Lerner
Lyrics by Len Schiff
Book and Direction by Michel Hausmann

The Golem of Havana tells the story of a Hungarian-Jewish family living in Batista’s Havana on the brink of the Cuban Revolution. When their maid’s son, a guerrilla fighter, is injured, they must choose between protecting him and guarding their first fragile grasp on prosperity since their arrival. The Golem of Havana weaves together the music and traditions of two worlds, asking questions about family, community, religion, and politics.

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All events are free and open to the public. Reservations are encouraged; patrons should contact the Two River Theater Box Office at 732.345.1400 or here online. 

Unless otherwise noted, all readings and events will take place in Two River’s Marion Huber Theater and be performed in English, 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.


ABOUT THE FESTIVAL: 

Since Crossing Borders launched in 2011, the annual five-day festival has featured free readings of more than two dozen plays, including many that have gone on to full productions at Two River (PinkolandiaRopes and next season’s El CoquÍ Espectacular and the Bottle of Doom) and elsewhere. Today, it attracts more than 700 people annually and includes English-language readings of four plays (one of which is also read in Spanish), conversations with artists following every reading, a keynote address from a leader within the Latino arts community, and a free outdoor neighborhood party with live music.
 
A company of actors, writers, directors, and other artists will be in residence throughout the festival. Crossing Borders is curated by Stephanie Ybarra, who serves as the Director of Special Artistic Projects at The Public Theater in New York, where she leads the Mobile Unit and Public Forum programs.

Crossing Borders is sponsored by The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, Bank of America, and Wells Fargo.

New this season, we expanded the festival to include a community mural project! In conjunction with Indie Street Film Festival and Kitch Organic, Crossing Borders festival artists along with community leaders and 20 local youth worked together to paint a beautifuli mural on the wall of Kitch Organic, on the West Side of Red Bank.


TWO RIVER THEATER 
PRESENTA
SU SÉPTIMO FESTIVAL ANNUAL

CRUZANDO FRONTERAS
(CROSSING BORDERS)

UN FESTIVAL DE NUEVAS OBRAS
POR DRAMATURGOS LATINOS
AGOSTO 2 - 6 / 2017

Miércoles 2 de agosto a partir de las 5:30 de la tarde 

Fiesta de Barrio en la Plaza de Two River seguida por una presentación sobre The Sol Project y el Teatro Latinx por Jacob G. Padrón

A partir de las 5:30 de la tarde, Two River inicia Cruzando Fronteras con una fiesta de barrio al aire libre en la Plaza de Two River, con oportunidades de conocer a los artistas involucrados en el festival, además de comida y música en vivo.

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A las 7 de la tarde, Jacob G. Padrón, Fundador y Director Artístico de The Sol Project, hablará de la generación de artistas Latinx en desarrollo y hacia donde se dirige el teatro Latinx.


Jueves 3 de agosto a las 7:30 de la tarde 

ÉL 

De Raúl Garza

Dirigida por Michelle Bossy

Emi y Gus, hermana y hermano, viven con su madre en Chicago. Emi escribe una novela sobre su familia, pero su deseo de contar una buena historia corre el riesgo de revelar secretos durante tiempo enterrados. Gus trabaja en una carnicería con solo una chistosa cabeza de vaca con quien compatir, y ansia escaparse. Ambos están atrapados entre el pasado y el futuro en esta nueva y graciosa obra nueva sobre cómo el contar uno su historia no siempre significa contar la verdad.

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Viernes 4 de agosto a las 7:30 de la tarde

EN EL MISMO FONDO DE UN CUERPO DE AGUA

De Benjamín Benne 

Marina ha llevado una existencia recluida, acompañada solamente por el fantasma de su hija. Pero cuando su cena habitual de sopa de bagre se ve interrumpida por la desaparición de su pescadero, ella ya no puede nadar en los círculos rutinarios de su vida solitaria. Se lanza a buscar lazos, atravesando terreno surrealista donde grullas de papel alzan vuelo, se invierten el cielo y el mar, y es posible viajar al suelo marino.

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Sábado 5 de agosto a las 12 de la tarde

BLANCAFLOR

De Cecilia Cackley

Traducida al español por Ártemis López

La primera obra infantil del Festival Cruzando Fronteras, Blancaflor es una encantadora nueva adaptación de un cuento de hadas español y latinoamericano. Se trata de una príncipe que se lanza a salvar la vida de su padre. Frente una hazaña imposible tras otra, está seguro que fracasará hasta que aparece una mujer misteriosa, Blancaflor, para ofrecerle ayuda. ¿Saldrán victoriosos él y Blancaflor?

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Sábado 5 de agosto a las 7:30 de tarde

EL HURACÁN 

De Charise Castro Smith
Dirigida por Pirronne Yousefzadeh

En Miami del 1992, mientras una familia se apresura a protegerse contra el inminente Huracán Andrés, la matriarca se halla atrapada en recuerdos que amenazan con llevarla hacia la lluvia. Treinta años después, mientras Miami lidia con marea cada vez más alta, la familia de nuevo se encuentra embalada hacia un último intento de reconciliarse. Homenaje moderno a LA TEMPESTAD, la nueva obra de Charise Castro Smith toca la magia, el exilio, y las tormentas que rugen dentro de familias.

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Domingo 6 de agosto a las 3 de la tarde

El GÓLEM DE LA HABANA: UN NUEVO MUSICAL

Música por Salomon Lerner

Letra por Len Schiff

Libreto y dirección por Michel Hausmann

ElGólem de La Habana relata la historia de una familia húngara-judía que vive en La Habana bajo Batista  al borde de la Revolución Cubana. Cuando el hijo de su criada, un guerrillero, queda herido, la familia debe elegir entre protegerlo y salvaguardar su primera chispa de prosperidad desde su llegada. El Gólem de La Habana entrelaza la música y las tradiciones de dos mundos, haciendo preguntas sobre la familia, la comunidad, la religión y la política.

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