Teatro I

The unique and diverse artistic expressions of the artists featured in this year's Spotlight Series: Women in Theater, is a small representation of the many outstanding Latinas who contribute daily to the artistic and cultural landscape of New York. We are proud to celebrate these daring and talented Mujeres!

New York-Cuba-Puerto RicoThey Call Me La Lupe
Photo credit: Michael J. Palma

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Mon-Fri 12:30pm - 6:30pm and 2 hours before the show

Location: Hostos Center for the Arts and Culture.
450 Grand Concourse at 149th St.

Subway:  2, 4 or 5 to 149th Street & Grand Concourse

Tickets: $30
Groups of 10+: $25
Students/Seniors (65+): $20

Hostos Center for the Arts and Culture Staff
Executive Director: Wally Edgecomb
Production Manager: Jack Jacobs
Theater Manager: Felix Arroyo

If you like this show, we also recommend My Audition with Almodóvar!

TeatroStageFest 2011 Opening Night Celebration: They Call Me La Lupe

Saturday, June 4 @ 7:00PM

Company: A Co-Presentation of Hostos Center for the Arts and Culture, and Latino International Theater Festival of New York, Inc. in collaboration with La Lupe Productions.

It is fitting to open the 5th edition of TeatroStageFest with this tour-de-force solo performance by the hugely talented Lauren Vélez, given that she performed the first public staged reading of They Call Me La Lupe, directed by Luis Caballero, at the inaugural TeatroStageFest in 2007.

Breaking away from her current starring role in the hit television show Dexter, Lauren Vélez returns to the stage in this gut-wrenching portrait of Cuba's national treasure Victoria Guadalupe Yoli, best known as “La Lupe.” A great singer that was banished from Cuba and labeled an artistic renegade when she moved to New York City, La Lupe later went on to become the acclaimed “Latin Queen of Soul” in the 1960’s as the lead singer in Tito Puente’s orchestra.

However, persistent rumors of her drug addiction combined with uneven performances and poor record sales, drove La Lupe to confront and overcome many personal and professional adversities in the final chapter of her life. They Call me La Lupe is an unforgettable tribute to a larger-than-life musical icon!  


In English. 90 minutes. No intermission.

Written by: Luis Caballero and James Manos Jr.
Directed by: Veronica Caicedo
Cast:  Lauren Vélez*
Music: Angel R. Rodriguez Sr.
Stage Manager/Video Design: Ruben Darío Cruz*
Lighting Design: Miguel Angel Valderrama
Set Designer: Yanko Bakulic
Sound Design: James Manos Jr.
Make up and Wardrobe: Loraine Vélez

Original New York production was presented by Teatro LATEA in association with Dura Vida Productions and Lee Hernandez in January, 2011.

*Actors employed in this production are members of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States

Presenting Partner
Hostos Center for the Arts and Culture

New York - Puerto Rico

The Orphans

The Orphans

Photos: Marlon Krieger

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At venue, one hour before the show.


Location: The Connelly Theater, 220 East 4th Street
Subway: 6 to Astor Place Bus: M 15 to 4th Street
Tickets: $18
Students/Seniors (65+): $15

The Orphans

Thursday, June 9 & Friday, June 10 @ 8:00PM 
Sunday, June 12 @ 2:00 PM 

Company Name: La Criatura Theatier

Puerto-Rican born Karina Casiano has been on the forefront of New York's fringe theater movement since the mid 1990's as a multi-faceted performance artist, singer, dancer, actor, director and playwright. With The Orphans, Ms. Casiano has crafted a sensual, poetic and timely love story set in the year 2020 that is told through physical theater and original music.

In this futuristic world where the country has turned to violence to ensure its survival, a man joins a subversive militia. His only contact is a female agent who dwells day and night inside a converted phone booth. In spite of their inability to have physical contact, the two characters find themselves drawn to each other in the lonely and apocalyptic city where they must choose between happiness and their convictions.

La Criatura Theater is one of three companies featured in this year's Festival that will travel to São Paulo, Brazil, in late summer to participate in TeatroStageFest's first Latino International Theater Festival of New York, Inc. - SESC-SP International Cultural Engagement Partnership.  

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Featured in Video: Karina Casiano and Daniel Irizarry.

“An unusual blend of physical theater, science fiction, and political parable...
'The Orphans' twists the formula … everything significant is conveyed through graceful, stylized, and seemingly gravity-defying movement.” – Backstage

“The story is told through death-defying contact improvisation with walls, set pieces, and finally each other.”- New York Theater Review

In English. 70 minutes. No intermission.

Written by Karina Casiano  
Original idea by Karina Casiano and Jorge Dieppa 
Performed by Renzo Ampuero* and Karina Casiano 
Stage Manager: Edna Lee Figueroa
Choreography: Daniel Irizarry, Karina Casiano and Renzo Ampuero 
Set Design: Jorge Dieppa    
Lighting Design: María Cristina Fusté
Costume Design: Awymarie Riollano   
Props and Special Effects: Antón Lago 
Music: Andrés Rotmistrovsky  

Originally produced in association with La MaMa E.T.C.

*Appears courtesy of Actors Equity Association.


Presenting Partner
Coming soon.

If you like this show, we also recommend Quijote!

New York - Spain

My Audition for Almodovar
Photo credit: Enrique Pastor
My Audition for Almodóvar

Photo credit: Devin Delano

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For advance reservation of your ticket send an e-mail to myauditionforalmodovar @gmail.com.
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- Date of performance you plan to attend
- Number and type of tickets (General, Center Member, Student)

Tickets will be held under your name until 20 minutes before the show starts. Cash payment only please. No credit cards. buy tickets in person

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Location: Centro Español
239 West 14th Street
Subway: L to 8th Avenue; 1, 2, 3 or A, C, E to 14th St.

Tickets: $25
Centro Members/Students: $20

If you like this show, we also recommend The Orphans!

My Audition for Almodóvar

Sunday, June 5 & 12 @ 7:00PM
(Additional post-festival performance on June 19 @ 7:00PM)

She can sing, she can dance, and she can act… but she can’t get rid of her Spanish accent. That’s why Inma Heredia is determined to audition for the only director who can make her a star. Filled with fun, flair and flamenco, My Audition for Almodóvar is a magical, musical, and hysterical journey from the heart of Seville to the soul of New York City.

This one woman show was co-written and directed by Alberto Ferreras -- creator of “Celebrity Habla” currently airing on HBO and author of the award winning novel “B as in Beauty.” It features the many talents of this lead Andalusian actress and singer who has become a staple of the alternative theater scene in Manhattan.

My Audition for Almodovar is the chance of a lifetime for an actress on the verge of a nervous breakdown!

View a slideshow of the show here.

“The first - and only - flamenco comedienne in the world. Olé!” - Show Business Weekly

In English. 75 minutes. No Intermission

Written by: Alberto Ferreras and Inma Heredia         
Directed & Created by: Alberto Ferreras       
Cast: Inma Heredia
Stage Manager/Production: Walter Guzman     
Additional Music:  Jaime Lozano  
Movement Consultant: Carlos Fittante
Technical Director: German Baruffi  
Stylist: Paolo DiValdi assisted by Jessica Mejías
House Manager: Mandy Decker


Cultural Sponsor

Consulate of Spain Spain Arts & Culture


Presenting Partner

Centro Español



What's He Building in There?

Photo credit: Manuela Infante

Admission: FREE! First come first serve! At the Segal Center one hour before the event – doors open @ 6:00PM

Location: Martin E. Segal Theatre Center @ CUNY Grad Center
365 Fifth Avenue
Subway: B, D, F, M, N, Q, or R to 34th Street Herald Square.

If you like this show, we also recommend Dancing in my Cockroach Killers.

Chilean Theater on the Edge: What's He Building in There?

Monday, June 6 @ 6:30 PM
Followed by a Q&A with the Audience

Company Name: SS Magic

TeatroStageFest partners with the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center to present one of Chile’s most innovative theatre makers: playwright and director Manuela Infante, first seen at TeatroStageFest 2008 with her award winning production Narciso.  Fresh from a residency at Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center, Manuela Infante offers a glimpse into her newest work. In an attempt to stretch time and question the images that shape our perception What’s He Building in There? probes a single instant of magic with visual arts curator Camila Marambio, Renato Bernasconi, Trinidad Piriz and Ariel Bustamante.. What happens when a magician’s coin vanishes? Where in our minds does the coin hide? What appears when the coin disappears?

Spanish & English. 60 minutes. No Intermission

Written & Directed by: Manuela Infante in collaboration with Camila Marambio and Renato Bernasconi
Cast: Camila Marambio, Trinidad Piriz and Renato Bernasconi


What’s He Building in There? was created in part at Watermill, a laboratory for performance. (May-June, 2011)

Presenting Partner
Martin E. Segal Theater Center

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