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!
- Event featured the artists involved in the festival, plus Cuban food by Cuban Cafe of Asbury Park.
- Live music by Cuban Guitarist David Oquendo
- FOR THE KIDS! Face Painting by Area Face Paint Artist Eve Silver
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).
Directed by Lou Moreno
This short play was read both in English and Spanish
By Abel Gonzalez Melo
Directed by Jerry Ruiz
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.
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 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.
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
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.
July 29, 2014 - EL TWO RIVER THEATER PRESENTA SU CUARTO FESTIVAL ANUAL 'CROSSING BORDERS' (CRUZANDO FRONTERAS) DE NUEVAS OBRAS POR AUTORES LATINOS, CONVERSACIONES CON ARTISTAS Y UNA FIESTA DE BARRIO AL AIRE LIBRE.
July 8, 2015 - TWO RIVER THEATER ANUNCIA SU QUINTO FESTIVAL ANUAL 'CROSSING BORDERS' (CRUZANDO FRONTERAS) DE AGOSTO 5 A 9, QUE TRAERA A DRAMATURGOS CUBANOS Y CUBANO-AMERICANOS A RED BANK PARA UNA CELEBRACION DE CINCO DIAS DEL TEATRO, COMIDA Y MUSICA CUBANA DE LA ISLA Y FUERA DE LA ISLA.