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2016 CROSSING BORDERS FESTIVAL

August 3, 2016 - August 7, 2016


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 & 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.


MALA; Thursday, August 4, 2016 at 7:30 pm
By Melinda Lopez
Directed by David Dower
 
Playwright Melinda Lopez tells of her Cuban-American mother’s final days in this beautiful one-woman play. With honesty, warmth, and a great deal of humor, Lopez grapples with the heartbreak and complications of becoming the caregiver to a parent who is losing herself. CLICK HERE to reserve your free tickets.

EL COQUÍ ESPECTACULAR AND THE BOTTLE OF DOOMFriday, August 5, 2016 at 7:30 pm
By Matt Barbot
Directed by Nelson Eusebio III
 
In Sunset Park, Brooklyn, a masked figure has been spotted: the Puerto Rican superhero, El Coquí Espectacular. In reality, it is comic book artist Alex, who has been secretly dressing up as his favorite creation. As Alex learns that fighting crime (and making costumes) is harder than it looks, his older brother Joe is encouraging Alex to join him at his advertising agency, where he has a job writing copy that targets Latinos. Will El Coquí use his powers for good? CLICK HERE to reserve your free tickets. 
NEIGHBORS (VECINOS)Saturday, August 6, 2016
3pm (English-language reading) and 7:30 pm (Spanish-language reading)

By Bernardo Cubria
Directed by Lou Moreno

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.


FADESunday, August 7, 2016 at 3pm
By Tanya Saracho
Directed by Jerry Ruiz
 
In this biting new comedy by Tanya Saracho, Mexican-American writer Lucia is hired to write for a popular TV show. She finds relief from the cutthroat environment in her growing friendship with custodian Abel, but as the pressure increases at her job, Abel’s stories start to blur with hers with unexpected consequences. CLICK HERE to reserve your free tickets.

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

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.


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Artists

Melinda Lopez
Melinda Lopez

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.

David Dower
David Dower

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.

Matt Barbot
Matt Barbot

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
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.

Bernardo Cubria
Bernardo Cubria

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.

Lou Moreno
Lou Moreno

Director of NEIGHBORS (VECINOS)

Lou Moreno is Artistic Director of INTAR, where he has participated in over 40 productions, workshops and readings.

Tanya Saracho
Tanya Saracho

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.

Jerry Ruiz
Jerry Ruiz

Director of FADE

Jerry Ruiz is the former curator of the Crossing Borders festival and Associate Artistic Director of PlayMakers Repertory Company.

Brian Herrera
Brian Herrera

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.

Stephanie Ybarra
Stephanie Ybarra

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.