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2015 Crossing Borders Festival

August 5, 2015 - August 9, 2015

Our 2015 CROSSING BORDERS FESTIVAL has ended, but watch a video of highlights below!


A FIVE-DAY CELEBRATION OF CUBAN THEATER, FOOD, AND MUSIC FROM ON AND OFF THE ISLAND!
All readings and events were FREE and open to the public.

Two River Theater launched the Crossing Borders festival in 2011 to create opportunities for Latino theater artists and foster a stronger relationship between the theater and Red Bank’s Latino community. In addition to developing new plays that have gone on to full productions at Two River and elsewhere, the festival has helped spark other audience engagement initiatives, including Nosotros, an ongoing series of conversations and storytelling workshops created and led by playwright Tanya Saracho and curator/director Jerry Ruiz.

A company of writers, directors, and actors was in residence at Two River throughout this year’s five-day festival. All readings took place in Two River’s Marion Huber Theater. Each reading was followed by a reception in Two River’s Victoria J. Mastrobuono Library.
 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS & READINGS:

NEIGHBORHOOD PARTY ON THE TWO RIVER PLAZA; Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at 5:30pm
Two River Theater kicked off Crossing Borders with an outdoor neighborhood party on the Two River Plaza!


LECTURE ON CUBAN HISTORY & THEATER; Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at 7:00pm
By Yael Prizant

Following our Neighborhood Party festival artist Yael Prizant gave a lecture and answered questions about Cuban history and theater. A translator and scholar, Prizant is the author of Cuba Inside Out: Revolution and Contemporary Theatre (Southern Illinois University Press).


COCKTAIL TIME IN CUBA; Thursday, August 6, 2015 at 7:30 pm
By Rogelio  Martinez
Directed by Lou Moreno
 
In this political thriller, Michael, an American journalist, travels to Cuba in 2006 with the hope of interviewing Fidel Castro, who has recently disappeared from public view. As Michael waits for his interview,navigating the labyrinthine bureaucracy and slowly falling under the country's spell, he begins to realize that nothing in Cuba is quite what it seems. 

ANESTHESIA I ANESTESIA: Friday, August 7, 2015 at 7:30 pm
This short play was read both in English and Spanish
By Agnieska Hernandez  Diaz 
English Translation by Rogelio  Martinez
Directed by Leyma Lopez
 
The gripping story of the last tear shed in Havana. Pedro, a successful plastic surgeon, attempts to balance an ongoing affair with a stripper and his marriage to a beautiful oncologist, Ana. Meanwhile, Pedro and Ana's daughter is seriously injured in a mugging, and a resentful former classmate attracts suspicions for the crime. By turns visceral and poetic, this short play sheds light on the complicated class dynamics and deep divisions within contemporary Cuban society.

CHAMACO; Saturday, August 8, 2015 at 3 pm (English-language reading) and 7:30 pm (Spanish-language reading)
By Abel Gonzalez  Melo
English Translation by Yael Prizant
Directed by Jose Zayas
 
Two teenage boys play chess in a Havana park on Christmas Eve, and the tragic outcome of their game sends ripples through their friends and family. Through the prism of this powerful one-act play we see a portrait of the lives of quiet desperation lived by a contemporary Havana community.

THE HUNCHBACK OF SEVILLE; Sunday, August 9, 2015 at 3 pm
By Charise Castro Smith
Directed by Jerry Ruiz
 
It's morning on a freakishly cold day in 1504 Seville and Lady Maxima Terrible Segunda, the hunchbacked adopted sister of Queen Isabella of Spain, just wants to be left alone with her studies. But with her sister and the tantrum-prone princess on their way, secret disguised visitors hidden in the floorboards, plus bad news from the new world, Maxima Terrible Segunda is in for a rough day in this Monty Python-esque comedy.

 

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Artists

Agnieska Hernandez Diaz
Agnieska Hernandez Diaz

Playwright, ANESTHESIA / ANESTESIA

Agnieska Hernandez Diaz is a playwright, screenwriter, and cultural analyst in Cuba, where she has curated the Havana International Theatre Festival. Leyma Lopez was born in San Jose de las Lajas in Havana, Cuba and currently resides in New York, where she has directed several productions for Repertorio Espanol.

Rogelio Martinez
Rogelio Martinez

Playwright, COCKTAIL TIME IN CUBA

Rogelio Martinez was born in Cuba and arrived in this country in 1980 during the Mariel boatlift. The winner of the first-ever Mid-Career Fellowship at the Lark Theater Company, he is the author of Ping Pong and Born in East Berlin, among other plays. Lou Moreno is Artistic Director of INTAR.

Abel Gonzalez Melo
Abel Gonzalez Melo

Playwright, CHAMACO

Abel Gonzalez Melo is a Cuban-Spanish playwright born in Havana in 1980. He has received numerous awards for his work, including the 2005 First Prize in Playwriting from the Spanish Embassy in Cuba for his play Chamaco, which has also been adapted as a film. He is currently the director of the Theatre Group at the University of Carlos III in Madrid. Jose Zayas, a director based in New York, previously directed Pinkolandia for Two River Theater.

Jerry Ruiz
Jerry Ruiz

Festival Curator & Director, THE HUNCHBACK OF SEVILLE

Curator Jerry Ruiz was born and raised in South Texas, and has lived in New York for most of the past 10 years. His most recent directing credits include Love Goes to Press for the Mint Theater; Mariela en el Desierto (Mariela in the Desert) by Karen Zacarias for Repertorio Espanol; Enfrascadaby Tanya Saracho for Clubbed Thumb; Sangre, a re-telling of Blood Wedding by Mando Alvarado for NYC Parks SummerStage; 26 Miles by Quiara Hudes; and other plays. His upcoming projects include A King of Infinite Space, a modern spin on Hamlet by Mando Alvarado, for SummerStage. Jerry was a recipient of the 2009-2011 NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Directors, a 2011 Phil Killian Directing Fellow at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, a Van Lier Directing Fellow at Second Stage from 2007-2009, and a member of the 2008-2009 Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab.He has a BA in English Literature from Harvard and an MFA in Directing from UC San Diego.

Charise Castro Smith
Charise Castro Smith

Playwright, THE HUNCHBACK OF SEVILLE

Charise Castro Smith is a playwright and actor from Miami. Her full-length plays include: Estrella Cruz [The Junkyard Queen] (Ars Nova ANT Fest/Yale Cabaret) and Boomcracklefly (The Miracle Theater Portland, OR). Producer and director Jerry Ruiz is curator of the Crossing Borders festival and Executive Director of the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center in San Antonio, Texas.

Multimedia

Video
playFootage from 2013 Crossing Borders

Footage from 2013 Crossing Borders

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David Oquendo

Cuban Guitarist playing at our Neighborhood Party 8/5

playHighlights from 2015 Crossing Borders Festival

Highlights from 2015 Crossing Borders Festival

play2015 Crossing Borders music

2015 Crossing Borders music