Aug 1–4 | NEW PLAY READINGS
Crossing Borders (Cruzando Fronteras) is an annual featuring free readings of works by Latinx playwrights, conversations with the artists, live music, food, drink and more!
By Eliana Pipes
Directed by Cristina Angeles
Thursday, Aug 1 | 7:00 PM | Marion Huber Theater
Dream Hou$e follows two Latinx sisters who are selling their family home on an HGTV-style show, hoping to capitalize on the gentrification in their “changing neighborhood.” As they perform for the camera the show starts to slip into the surreal: one sister grapples with turmoil in the family’s ancestral past and the other learns how much she’s willing to sacrifice for the family’s future. What’s the cultural cost of progress in America—and is cashing in always selling out?
There is a good reason why singer Flaco Navaja has the heart of a poet—he is one. A fixture of the legendary Nuyorican Poets Café and star of both HBO’s Def Poetry Jam and the Tony-winning Broadway tour of the same name, Navaja has a way with words that is second only to his way with a song. An equally passionate performer in English and in Spanish, Navaja is an electric presence on stage, especially when backed by his band, The Razor Blades, a red-hot outfit complete with congas, timbales, keys and a killer horn section.
StoneHeart is a deconstructed western that explores the parallel deterioration of a family and a society in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua in the 1980s. Persecution, curses, rattlesnakes, and past lives come together in a visceral family drama where the Zermanis are forced to cope with the death of their legacy amidst the rise of a new generation of ‘society’s finest.’
Living and Breathing is a hilarious and incendiary conversation about race, friendship and art in today’s America. After Todd purchased a living sculpture, his best friend, Michael is deeply offended and his other best friend, Jeremy, can’t seem to pick a side. This living and breathing thing will cause a rift in a long-term friendship that was built on a history of convenience and proximity.
Working mom Alma has singlehandedly raised her daughter, Angel, on tough love, home-cooked comida, and lots of prayers. But on the eve of the all-important SAT, Alma discovers her daughter isn’t at home studying. A schooling and la chancla await Angel at home—but so does a creeping realization that more’s at stake than just a test score. A sacrifice from Alma’s past weighs heavy on their present; now, Alma fears that her worst nightmare may soon be their reality. Will the American Dream cost them a life together?
Crossing Borders is made possible by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment of the Arts, The Wells Fargo Foundation, and The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey.