Reading Series Gringolandiaadmin2020-05-23T18:53:07-04:00
Gringolandia by Hannah Benitez
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.
Stephanie Vazquez Gil Perez-Abraham* Viviana Valeria* Felipe Gorostiza*
*denotes member of Actors Equity
Stephanie Vazquez is a recent graduate of New World School of the Arts collegiate Music Theater conservatory program. Born and raised in Miami, Fl. she is elated to finally have made her move to New York City. Her previous roles include The Witch in Big Fish, Phoebe in As You Like It, Lucia in Women On the Verge, and her one woman show “Paola Y La Luna” that Stephanie wrote and performed in. She is excited to travel to Cuba through Hannah Benitez’s story of GringoLandia and transport it to Teatro LATEA.
In New York Felipe Gorostiza has appeared in Blood Wedding, Carmencita, Swallows, Fabiola, The Normal Heart, La Tempestad, Let the Devil Take the Hindmost, Twelfth Night, Man and the Fly with Rip Torn, Be Careful! with Paquito D’Rivera; and Reach for the Sky with Maurice Hines. In regional theater: Anna in the Tropics at FAC-Colorado Springs (Henry Award nominee), The Golem of Havana at Barrington Stage and Miami New Drama, Song for the Disappeared at Passage Theatre, Preppies at Goodspeed, and The Fantasticks! At Shadow Lawn. He was recently the voice of the Qualcomm Rooster.
His translations have been staged by the Eugene O’Neill Center, Repertorio Español, George Street, Gala and People’s Light. He’s written lyrics for Mojiganga! and Cuentos del Arbol (Larry Hochman, composer), directed Lust at the Cherry Lane for the Maria Irene Fornés Festival and Sanguivin en Union City at the Raquel Revuelta in La Habana. He produced Dolores Prida’s Coser y Cantar for Pacifica Radio.
Gil Perez-Abraham: Selected Credits: Film: The Farewell (A24, dir. Lulu Wang) Theatre: Sanctuary City (New York Theatre Workshop, dir. Rebecca Frecknall, written by Pulitzer winner Martyna Majok) We Live In Cairo (World Premiere, American Repertory Theatre). TV: “Pose” (FX, Silas Howard/Ryan Murphy), “Untitled Walking Dead Project (AMC), “The Young Pope” (HBO, dir. Paolo Sorrentino), “Orange Is The New Black” (Netflix)
Gil had the privilege of studying classically at RADA as well as being a 2018 graduate of the William Esper Studio.
Viviana Valeria was born in Miami to Cuban/Honduran parents. Theatre credits include; “Halfway Bitches Go Straight To Heaven” (Atlantic Theater Company, NYT Critic’s Pick), “Two Sides” (Planet Connections), “The Motherf**ker With The Hat (T. Schreiber Studio). Television; “Jessica Jones” (dir. Krysten Ritter). Training; AMDA, T. Schreiber Studio. Proud member LAByrinth Theater Company. @veeeveee
Kathleen Capdesuñer is a director and theatre-maker 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, Teatro LATEA Reading Series Artistic Producer, 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
Hannah Benitez is a Queens based writer / performer represented by Elaine Devlin Literary Inc. She’s currently working on two commissions: Gringolandia for Zoetic Stage; premiering May 2020, and Untitled; for Miami New Drama premièring 21-22 season. Dike was developed with The New York Theatre Workshop as Director Tatiana Pandiani’s 2050 Fellowship Project and received a developmental production with Urbanite Theatre. Other Recent Productions: Adaptive Radiation-world premiere Denizen Theater New Paltz, NY, Ashe In Johannesburg- commission and première Burning Coal Theatre. Upcoming: End of the Exodus selected for the High Desert Play Development Workshop with Southwest Theatre Company in Las Cruces NM, workshop and consideration for the 2021/22 season. AEA. Insta – @hannahbenitezzz
Malcolm March Executive Director of HOLA (Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors), Associate Producer for upcoming off-broadway show “Odd Man Out”, Executive Director of Pitchblack Experience and Executive Producer of Cuchame Theatre CO. Born in Argentina and been living in NY for 6 years.