Teatro LATEA Reading Series Announces Artistic Producer of 2020 Series New York City, NY: Today, Teatro LATEA announced a new affiliation with Kathleen Capdesuñer, the new Artistic Producer of Teatro LATEA’s 2020 Reading Series.

This collaboration will nurture and support the development of new works by Latinx voices, featuring a different playwright every month.

About Kathleen:

KATHLEEN CAPDESUÑER is a director, theatre-maker, and artistic leader currently based in NYC. She is a 2019/20 The Civilians R&D Group Director, 2019/20 Manhattan Theatre Club Directing Fellow, 2018/2019 Roundabout Directing Fellow, 2017/18 McCarter Theatre Center Directing Apprentice, Latinx Theatre Commons Steering Committee Member, and The COOP Youth Advisory Board Member. Kathleen has developed work at: Roundabout Theatre Company, American Lore Theatre, Columbia/Signature, Ensemble Studio Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center, Teatro LATEA, Play x Play, Little y, and internationally in the Fringe Festival circuit. Kathleen is a first-generation Cuban-American from Kissimmee, Florida and committed to making equitable change in this industry. kcapdesuner.com To kick off the 2020 Reading Series, Teatro LATEA is thrilled to bring a staged reading of Hannah Benitez’s family drama, GringoLandia, to the Lower East Side—directed by the new Kathleen Capdesuñer. The reading will feature Stephanie Vazquez, Gil Perez-Abraham Jr.*, Viviana Valeria*, and Felipe Gorostiza*. GringoLandia will have its world premiere production in May 2020 at Zoetic Stage in Miami, Florida.

Returning to the country he escaped from 50 years ago, a man returns to Cuba in search of a family heirloom. Accompanied by his non Spanish-speaking son and fluent daughter, the family commences on a journey of closure, truth, and an examination of their cultural identities. More on the LATEA Reading Series: LATEA Reading Series aims to promote and support the development of new plays by Latinx playwrights. Previously lead by Stefania Bulbarella, Kathleen Capdesuñer will now be curating the 2020 series in collaboration with Teatro LATEA.

The Reading Series serves two primary functions: providing emerging Latinx playwrights with the opportunity to hear their work aloud and offering audiences access to the developmental process of new theatrical works. The Reading Series serves playwrights, actors, directors, and theatre-makers of the Latinx community through forging and nurturing collaborative relationships and supporting the development of new works by Latinx voices.Additionally, it invites the local community to witness theater in an early stage, unadorned and raw. It also empowers audiences to engage with how stories are written and presented through talkbacks and feedback sessions. Over the course of the fiscal year, the LATEA Reading Series will collaborate with over 12 writers and directors, over 30 actors, and more than 360 audience members.

About Teatro LATEA:

Teatro LATEA is a performing arts theater company that has been a Latinx cultural staple for over 30 years. Through multicultural and multidisciplinary initiatives at The Clemente, which Teatro LATEA helped establish, Teatro LATEA assiduously promotes Latinx performing arts to Latinx and multicultural audiences.

Theatre | Performing Arts

Staged Reading of GringoLandia

Written By: Hannah Benitez

Directed by: Kathleen Capdesuñer

Stephanie Vazquez*
Felipe Gorostiza*
Gil Perez-Abraham*
Viviana Valeria*

* Denotes member of Actors’ Equity Association

January 9th 2020 at 7pm

Teatro LATEA: 107 Suffolk St, 2 nd Floor, New York City, NY 10002