DERECHO by Noelle Viñas
Sisters Eugenia and Mercedes Silva grew up in the immigrant enclaves of northern Virginia and went entirely separate ways. When a bad storm strikes, Eugenia uses it as a unique opportunity to host high school friends she hopes will help her join the wave of women of color elected for state office. As the house becomes a trap with friends and lovers from both worlds, Mercedes and Eugenia must address the tensions between traditional Latino family values, the community Eugenia hopes to represent, and the sacrifices we make for a definition of American success that is always changing.
Noelle Viñas (Playwright) is a Uruguayan-American playwright, educator, and theater-artist from Springfield, Virginia and Montevideo, Uruguay. She is a resident playwright at Playwrights Foundation and a 2019 Artist-in-Residence at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program. Her play DERECHO is a Finalist for the 2019 Bay Area Playwrights Festival, a Madison New Works Lab Residency Finalist at JMU, and a Semi-Finalist for the 2019 Premiere Stages Play Festival, and an Honorable Mention for the 2019 Jane Chambers Award. LA PROFESORA, her one-woman show starring Virginia Blanco, was produced by TheatreFirst and is in development for a podcast called ABUELITO with We Rise Production. Earlier works NEVERMIND and APOCALYPSE, PLEASE were self-produced in Boston and San Francisco. An Emerson College alumna, she has performed, written/directed plays, taught, and produced with many theaters including ArtsEmerson, Arena Stage, GALA Hispanic Theatre, Apollinaire Theater, TheatreFirst, Shotgun Players, Berkeley Rep, and is a company member of Ubuntu Theater Project. In Fall 2019, she will be attending Brooklyn College for her Playwriting MFA under Erin Courtney.
Marina Montesanti (Director) is a New York based Theatre Director recipient of the 2019 TOWN stages fellowship and the 2019-2020 SDCF Observership program. She develops new works that unfold stories of multicultural identities that are in relationship to the United States. Montesanti has been involved with theatre in Johannesburg, São Paulo, Buenos Aires, and New York City. New York City selected directing credits: Americano (A.R.T) El Corrido de la Pola (The Flea Theatre); A Theft (Manhattan Theatre Club Studios); Fifteen Years of Love (Theater for a New City); Iʼm Just Loving it (Guild Theater); Check (Naked Angels/New Works Festival); The Ghosts in my Mirror (Naked Angels /New Works Festival); Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (The New School for Drama); Glass Stained Angels (Glass Box Theatre); Double Take (M.R.T) Dance Lessons (Glass Box Theatre); Dreamless (Hunter College). Assistant and Associate Director Credits include: The New York Premiere of Letters to Sala (The Barrow Group); Letters to Sala Concert Version (The Museum of Jewish Heritage); La Paloma Prisoner (HI – ARTS); Monstrosity (The New School for Drama); True Hazards of Childhood (Phantom Theatre). Montesanti was part of the production management teams of: La Negra (HI-ARTS); Old Hats (Signature Theatre); Angel Reapers (Signature Theatre); Daphneʼs Dive (Signature Theatre); Signature Plays (Signature Theatre); Happy Hour (Monica Bill Barnes and Co. at Gibney Dance) and The Only Jealousy of Emer (Apt.929). Education: BFA in Dramatic Arts from The New School for Drama, and additional workshops with the Theatre Versus Oppression Company, SITI company, BAM and Harvard University (history and literature). From 2012-2014 Montesanti was a Theatre of the Oppressed teaching artist for Afrika Tikkun (Diepsloot, South Africa).
Ashley Alvarez (Soledad) is a Cuban-American actress, writer and producer based out of NYC. She has performed professionally in Miami, Chicago and NYC. Theater credits include Anna in the Tropics (Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center), Peter and the Starcatcher (original workshop at Williamstown Theater Festival), Convention (Irondale Center) and The Beacons (INTAR Theater). Ashley received her BFA from Florida International University and is a graduate from The Atlantic Theater School. Visit www.ashleyalvarez.com
Francisco Arcila (Jose) is a latinx actor, musician, and writer living in New York. He is honored by this opportunity and would like to thank the universe and you for making it possible.
Ross Barron (Jeff) is an actor/screenwriter/playwright from Boulder, CO. His most recent acting/writing project “Sticks & Stones”(Neymarc Visuals) had its Manhattan premiere last night through the Big Apple Film Festival. The film will also be shown at the Golden Door International Film Festival in New Jersey and was seen already at the Hudson Valley Film Festival. Richard III, Macbeth (CommShakes), LAND (Empathy Architect), Conformity (Impact Theatre), Importance of Being Earnest (Encounters Theatre). He has studied at the Lucid Body House, Stella Adler Studios, Guildhall in London, and Princeton University. His play “Autumn Leaves” has been self-produced at Dixon Place, Impact Theatre Performance Salons, & Princeton. www.rossbarron.com
Andres Piña (Gabe) is a graduate of The Circle in The Square Theater School, acting credits include, The Sun Always Shine for the Cool (Jacob Theater), Comedy of Errors (The Shakespeare Theater of NJ), La Puta Vida (La Tea), The Seagull (Circle in the Square Theater School), Tracks (Davenport Theater), Othello (St. Katherine Theater), Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (St. Katherine Theater), Balm in Gilead- workshop (The Labyrinth Theater Company), Medea (American Theater of Actors), Hamlet (St. Katherine Theater), Life is a dream (The Inner Circle Theater) In the Red and Brown Water (Columbia University), Ms. Julie ( Columbia University), Romeo and Juliet ( Columbia University). Andres just completed his MFA in Acting from Columbia University.
Christina Villa (Eugenia) is a New York City-based actress. Her recent credits include: short films Fall in Line and Sheet Faced, indie film River and currently in production television project Paradise Island. After completing her undergraduate degree, at The University of Texas at Austin, Christina worked in regional theatre productions in her hometown of El Paso, TX. She earned her MFA at the Actors Studio Drama School in 2017. She has appeared in commercials and was recently part of a staged reading of Stoneheart in the Cruzando Fronteras Play Festival at The Two River Theatre in Red Bank, NJ. She acknowledges that her El Paso upbringing was a blessing. As an artist, her mission is to represent women and Latinas beyond stereotypes, create space to tell stories that shift the current paradigm, and shed light on important social justice issues. She is a Co-Producer along with Marina Montesanti of The Culture Forum presenting artists from different cultural backgrounds coming together to talk about barriers, breakthroughs, and perseverance in the American entertainment industry. www.christina-villa.com
Angela Ramos (Mercedes) is a Colombian actor, singer/songwriter of Italian descent. She moved to the U.S. in 2016 with a full-scholarship of Rotary International to study Voice Performance. Angela is currently pursuing a B.A in Theatre and Political Science at CUNY. She has trained at New York Film Academy, and MISI Musical Theatre Company in Colombia. Ramos is a recipient of a full-scholarship by The Wharton Center for a songwriting intensive with Morgan James and Doug Wamble. Angela is a company member of Girl Be Heard, and is part of the songwriting team of The Lady Power Project an original devised song-cycle. She is excited to be performing at LATEA for the first time! Instagram: @angelaramss
Kimberly Gómez (Stage Directions) is a New York born, Dominican Republic raised actress, dancer, and teaching artist. She is currently working on her MFA at The New School – School of Drama. Her works include: Helena in Sueño de una Noche de Verano, Ensemble in Las Mariposas with People’s Theatre Project, Hailstorm in Blu, Marvin in Incorruptible, and Glory in Almost, Maine, among other works. She hopes you enjoy the show! @kim.go.mez
Isabel Dever (lighting designer) is a fourth year student at The New School College of Performing Arts studying Creative Technologies. Recent projects include lighting design for Ah! Love and The HERE Festival (ItalyTime), Thebes Land (TNS), Angel Baby (Tishman Theater), Real Women Have Curves (INTAR Theater), and gaffing for 98 Seconds (Maya Rene Castro) and Family Planning (Miles Orduno) Email: isabeldever411@gmail.
Stefania Bulbarella (producer/curator of Latea Reading Series) Is an Argentine Director and Projection Designer based in Brooklyn. She is currently the Stage Manager of the Sol Ensemble. Some of her works include, Projection Design: Field Awakening(Signature/Paradise Factory), Azul Otra Vez (BRIC), The Revolution(National Sawdust), B1tcon (Reading- LATEA), Move Towards the Light ( touring production). Director: The Sound in the Throat (The Glassbox), Thebes Land (New School for Drama), Venus (Sitio 0), The Man in the Window (Old Lady of Pompeii theatre- Italytime), Ese Animal que Soy a Veces (Reading- LATEA) Associate director: Nanas(LATEA), Field Awakening (Paradise Factory). Assistant Director: Dike -workshop (NYTW), Nanas ( IATI), La Négrophilia (Vineyard Theatre), Somos New York (The United Palace Theatre), Las Mariposas (Clyde and Helen Wu Auditorium). Studies: BFA in Directing and Creative Technologies at The New School- Collage of Performing Arts, School of Drama, two year conservatory at Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. www.