February 22, 2014 - March 23, 2014
By Andrea Thome
Directed by Jose Zayas
February 22, 2014 - March 23, 2014
Marion Huber Theater
A “beautiful new play…that’s both dreamlike and dramatic. Superb.” — The New York Times
Exiled from Chile to the strange new land of Reagan-era Wisconsin, two young sisters create imaginary worlds to make sense of their family’s past, as their parents try to find their own place in the American Dream. Pinkolandia is a fantastical play about growing up—because sometimes, when you lose your country, you have to make your own.
Two River introduced Pinkolandia to our audiences in 2012 as a reading in our annual Crossing Borders festival of new Latino plays and is a part of the Lark Play Development Center’s ‘Launching New Plays into the Repertoire Initiative’ supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Running time: approximately 90 minutes, without an intermission.
Please note: Pinkolandia is performed in English, although some dialogue in the play is spoken in Spanish.
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Varin Ayala (Dad/Kid 3) is thrilled to be making his Two River debut. Off Broadway: The Taming of the Shrew (TFANA). Other NY theater includes: 365 Days/365 Plays by Suzan-Lori Parks (The Public); Jackson Heights 3AM (Theatre 167); Las Facultades, The Beep (Pregones); Barber Surgeons (Studio 42); End of Summer, Love's Labour’s Lost (Kaleidoscope at Cherry Lane). Numerous readings and workshops at NYTW, The Public, INTAR, The Lark, and Two River’s Crossing Borders festival, among others. Regional Theater: The Motherf**er with the Hat (TheaterWorks), The Road to Washington (Mountain Playhouse), Angels in America I/II (Civic Theatre of Allentown). TV: Lie to Me, Hustling. Training: The Actors Center Conservatory, Shakespeare Lab at The Public, Groundlings. Heartfelt thanks to Jose and Andrea!
Tio Ignacio/Polar Bear/Mr. Pittman/Old Man
David Crommett (Tio Ignacio/Polar Bear/Mr. Pittman/Old Man) was born in New York City of American parents and spent most of his childhood in Puerto Rico, where he began acting at Old San Juan’s Tapia Theatre. B.A. Haverford College, Watson Traveling Fellow, and Baker Fellow for study in Europe and Latin America. In New York he co-founded Pregones Theater and led the jibaro music group Son Criollo. Recent theater: The Chess Lesson, IRT Theater; American Jornalero, INTAR; Passport (2011 ACE best actor nomination), IATI; La Vida Es Sueno, Repertorio. Recent film: The Good Shepherd, Reservation Road, Robots. Member of the Playwrights Gallery and Friend of Flux Theatre. He has also worked extensively as a musician, director, and voiceover artist. Directing: Uncle Vanya, Betrayal, One Shoe Off, and Speed-the-Plow (PA’s Electric Theatre), King of Infinite Space (Atlantic), Los Jibaros Progresistas (Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre). Pioneered live Spanish SAP for US network TV: The Oscars, The Super Bowl, World News Tonight, Dancing with the Stars etc. Proud member of Actors’ Equity. In grateful tribute to Prof. Ramon Garcia Castro, who left Chile when Tomas and Camila did, and came to Haverford, and made me love The Boom. And profound thanks to Amanda and Evan, my own two fervent children. May you soar.
Maria Helan (Beny) is happy to be playing in Beny’s shoes once again. NYC credits include: SummerStage; HERE; The Working Theater; INTAR; and Repertorio Espanol where she received joyous reviews for her portrayal of Maria Teresa in Caridad Svich’s In the Time of The Butterflies/En El Tiempo De Las Mariposas, directed by Jose Zayas. Regional: nominated for a Big Easy Award, NOLA, for her portrayal of Mathilde in Southern Rep’s The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl. Maria is a voiceover artist and is represented commercially by Abrams Artists Agency. Film credits include: World Trade Center, directed by Oliver Stone, and foreign film Cruzando (Winner Best Foreign Film Seattle Film Festival).
Annie Henk (Mom/Kid 2) is over the moon at the opportunity to revisit the role of Mom here at Two River. The journey continues… Regional: Enfrascada (Renaissance Theaterworks, Milwaukee WI); Adriana Sevahn’s one-woman show Taking Flight, Gladys in The Cook (Stages Repertory Theatre, Houston TX). NYC: Pinkolandia and other plays at INTAR, Working Theater’s La Ruta, Purple Rep, Red Fern, ReEntry with American Records, Clubbed Thumb, Mabou Mines, Nibras, Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Resonance Ensemble, Foundry Theatre, New Georges, Collaboration Town, and 52nd Street Project. Film/Web: That’s News to Me, That’s What She Said, White, East WillyB, Entre Nos. Narration: Starbound, The Madonnas of Echo Park, Sunstroke, How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, and others. Member: AEA, SAG-AFTRA, proud LARKee. Thanks to Andrea, Jose, Two River Posse. For Sebastian. Up next: Ritu Comes Home at InterAct Theatre Company, Philadelphia, PA. www.AnnieHenk.com.
Andrea Morales (Gaby) is thrilled to be making her debut at Two River Theater in this beautiful production of Pinkolandia! Past favorites include Perdita in The Winter's Tale, Smeraldina in The King Stag, Philaneum in The Comedy of Asses, Thaisa in Pericles, Prince of Tyre, Alice in You Can't Take It With You, Hero in Much Ado About Nothing, and the Third Witch in Macbeth. Recently, Andrea was part of the viral video marketing campaign for the remake of the movie Carrie. The “Telekinetic Coffee Shop Surprise” has had more than 53 million views to date. She is also a recent MFA graduate of the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Andrea would like to thank both mi tocaya Andrea and Jose for their patient guidance and the cast for welcoming her into their family. Also much love must be given to Mr. & Mrs. P, Mami y Papi por siempre creer en mi, Niko for being my best friend and to Mikey for always being there, always caring and always loving. This one is for you. More info at www.andreamorales.us.
Gabriel Sloyer (Pepe/Kid 1/Nazi) Broadway: The Assembled Parties (Manhattan Theatre Club, dir. Lynne Meadow). Off-Broadway and Regional includes: Bubble Boy the Musical (American Theater Group), Los Valientes (one-man show National Tour), Romeo and Juliet (Yale Repertory Theatre), Pinkolandia (INTAR), Stories from the 99 Percent! (Working Theater), The Contemporary Shakesperience (Tusten Theatre), The Dreamer Examines His Pillow (Liberty Free Theatre), Sex and the Holy Land (SoHo Playhouse), Playing Cricket (Kraine Theater), Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Abingdon Theater. Gabriel has appeared in several feature films, video games, and is a narrator on audible.com. Visit www.gabrielsloyer.com for more information.
Andrea Thome (Playwright) is a Chilean-Costa Rican, Wisconsin-born playwright who grew up navigating the multiple landscapes and languages that inhabit her plays. Pinkolandia was first presented at Two River Theater in 2012’s Crossing Borders Readings Festival, also directed by Jose Zayas. Through the Lark Play Development Center’s Launching New Plays program, Andrea has had the extraordinary opportunity to participate in three more production processes for Pinkolandia: at New York's INTAR Theatre (May 2013), Austin’s Salvage Vanguard Theater (October 2013), and the Chicago area’s 16th Street Theater (coming in April 2014). Her play Undone was published in Out of Time & Place: An Anthology of Plays by the Women’s Project Playwrights Lab (Women’s Project & Productions, 2010), and presented by Queens College Theatre, Victory Gardens Ignition Festival (Chicago), INTAR New Works Lab, Lark BareBones. Other plays include her physical theater farce Worm Girl (Cherry Red Productions, DC) and a multidisciplinary work-in-progress, The Necklace of the Dove, a Mabou Mines Resident Artist Project (2012-13). Andrea’s translations include Neva, by Chilean playwright Guillermo Calderon (produced at NYC's Public Theater and Center Theatre Group/South Coast Rep/La Jolla Playhouse, 2013), and Rodrigo Garcaa's You Should Have Stayed Home, Morons (commissioned by CTG, premiered at Radar L.A. Festival, September 2013). Since 2006, she has directed the Lark Play Development Center's Mexico-US Playwright Exchange, in which theater artists from both countries collaborate to create theatrical translations. Andrea became a playwright by necessity in San Francisco, where she and her fellow Red Rocket Theater company founders helped pay their theater’s rent by creating and producing a new play each month. Andrea also co-directs FULANA, a New York-based satire collective that creates cutting-edge political & cultural parodies (www.fulana.org), and has taught at various universities, schools and cultural centers nationwide. Fellowships include NYFA, the City of Oakland, New York University (MFA Fellow), and the Women’s Project Lab. Andrea is a resident playwright at New Dramatists.
Jose Zayas (Director) was born in Puerto Rico and graduated from Harvard and Carnegie Mellon Universities. He has directed over 70 productions in New York, regionally, and internationally, including The House of the Spirits adapted by Caridad Svich at Repertorio Espanol (several ACE and HOLA Awards, including Best Production and Director), Denver Center (five Ovation Awards, including Best Direction), DC’s Gala Theatre, Costa Rica’s Teatro Espressivo, and Chile’s Teatro Mori. Other credits include La Nena Se Casa, Love in the Time of Cholera, In the Time of the Butterflies, Madre, el drama padre, Besame Mucho, Nowhere on the Border, and Letters to a Mother (Repertorio Espanol); Southern Promises and Strom Thurmond Is Not a Racist by Thomas Bradshaw; Pinkolandia (INTAR); Father of Lies and Vengeance Can Wait (PS122); P.S. Jones and the Frozen City by Rob Askins and Feeder: A Love Story by James Carter (terraNOVA); Okay by Taylor Mac and Mrs. Jones and the Man From Dixeland by Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik (EST); and work at MTC, A.R.T., Moscow Art Theatre, Target Margin, Cherry Lane, Urban Stages, Virginia Stage, Bristol Riverside, Dixon Place, HERE, 59E59, Flea, the Ohio and New Ohio Theatre, The Chocolate Factory, The Brick, Bushwick Starr, La MaMa, Mixed Blood and many others. Assistant director: Talk Radio (dir. Robert Falls), Regrets Only (dir. Christopher Ashley) and Come Back, Little Sheba (dir. Michael Pressman). In 2007 he was one of nytheater.com’s People of the Year. He is a Drama League Fellow; alumnus of Lincoln Center’s Director’s Lab and the Soho Rep Writer/Director’s Lab; and has received numerous fellowships including the Phil Killian, Kenneth Frankel, John Pasquin, Van Lier, and a Rockefeller Brothers Fund grant. A participant in the 2009-2011 NEA/TCG Career Development Program and lifetime member of Ensemble Studio Theatre, he is a multiple HOLA, ACE, Premios ATI and Ovation Award winner.
Raul Abrego (Scenic Designer) is a set designer for opera, theater, film, and television. He has designed for the Juilliard Opera Center, the Spoleto Opera Festival in Italy, and the Manhattan School of Music. Recent credits include La Ruta by Ed Cardona for the Working Theater (recipient of the Belle Geddes Design Enhancement Grant); Lucy Loves Me by Migdalia Cruz at INTAR; Cosi Fan Tutte at the Manhattan School of Music, directed by Dona Vaughn; Kithless in Paradise (Lion Theatre); La Barberia (New World Stages); Underneathmybed by Florencia Lozano and Post No Bills by Mando Alvarado (Rattlestick). Raul is a two time HOLA Award winner. He received his BFA from Webster University and MFA from Brandeis University.
Asta Bennie Hostetter
Asta Bennie Hostetter (Costume Designer) New York: Mary-Kate Olsen Is in Love (Flea), This Great Country (River to River Festival), Hotel Colors (Bushwick Starr), Pinkolandia (INTAR), Furry (Jack), The (*) Inn (Abrons Arts Center), Grimly Handsome (Incubator Arts Project, 2013 Obie Award), Tube (IAP), Painted Bird Trilogy: Strange Cargo (La MaMa). Regional: L'Elisir d'Amore (Curtis Institute), O Guru Guru Guru…or why I don't want to go to yoga class with you (Humana Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville), Glass Menagerie (Theatreworks). M.F.A. in design from CalArts.
Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew
Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew (Lighting Designer) is a lighting and video designer based in NYC. Her designs have been seen across US cities and internationally at Havana, Prague, Lima, and Edinburgh. Jeanette is honored to return to Two River, where she last designed Honk!. Recent: the world premiere of Kamala Sankaram’s Thumbprint with Prototype Festival, Company XIV’s Nutcracker Rogue, Matthew Paul Olmos’ So Go the Ghosts of Mexico Part One (2013 New York Innovative Theatre Awards nominee for Best Lighting Design), Elizabeth Swados and Cecilia Rubino's From the Fire (winner of the 2011 MTM: UK Musical Theatre Awards for Best New Production), Their Eyes Were Watching God at WNYC with Ruben Santiago-Hudson, The Foundry’s How Much Is Enough, Erik Ehn’s commemorative cycle Soulographie: Our Genocides, Kara Lee Corthron’s AliceGraceAnon, Sheila Callaghan’s Roadkill Confidential (premiere production directed by Kip Fagan), Aya Ogawa’s Oph3lia and Journey to the Ocean (also a collaboration with Adhikaar and produced by The Foundry), The Civilians’ Paris Commune and In The Footprint and Chi-wang Yang’s Ocean Flight as part of the inaugural Live Arts Exchange (LAX) Festival in Los Angeles. Jeanette is also a puppetry artist who devises original works. Her recent production, Are They Edible?, premiered at La MaMa ETC in November 2013 to sold-out houses. Jeanette was a recipient of the NEA/TCG Career Development Program and is a lecturer with Stony Brook University. www.jeanetteyew.com.
Jane Shaw (Sound Designer) Previously with Jose Zayas: La Casa de los Espiritus (Denver Center, Gala Theater, and Costa Rica), P.S. Jones in the Frozen City (terraNova), and various shows at Repertorio Espanol including En el Tiempo de las Mariposas (Premios ACE Award 2012). Ms. Shaw composed and designed Theatre for a New Audience’s Hamlet, The Catch at Denver Center (Henry Award), Hartford Stage’s Macbeth and La Dispute, City Theater’s The Blonde, The Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead, Pearl Theatre’s Figaro, and Murakami’s Wind-Up Bird Chronicle at the Edinburgh International Festival. Her design work includes Fallen Angels at Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Jackie at Women’s Project, London Wall at the Mint, Sam Gold’s A Doll's House at Williamstown, The Coward produced by LCT3, and TFANA’s Merchant of Venice, which toured to Stratford with the RSC, as well as theaters in LA, Chicago, and Boston. She has worked with choreographers Susan Marshall, Tami Stronach, and spent 12 years with Big Dance Theater. She was awarded a Meet the Composer grant and participated in the NEA/TCG Career Development Program, and her sound designs have earned her a Bessie Award and two Lortel, Connecticut Critics Circle, and Elliot Norton nominations.
Alex Koch, IMA
Alex Koch, IMA (Projection Designer) creates video installations, narrative film, and media design for theater. Projections design on Broadway: Irena’s Vow (Walter Kerr). Selected Off-Broadway and Downtown credits: Bullet for Adolf (New World Stages); Goodbar (Waterwell, The Public’s Under the Radar Festival, 2012); P.S. Jones and the Frozen City, Feeder (terraNOVA); En el Tiempo de las Mariposas, La Casa de los Espiritus (Repertorio Espanol); ReEntry, The Oxford Roof Climber’s Rebellion (Urban Stages); and Lenin’s Embalmers (EST). Regional: The Invisible Man (Court Theatre, Studio Theatre, Huntington); ReEntry (Center Stage, Round House, Actors Theatre of Louisville); 33 Variations (Capitol Rep); La Casa de los Espiritus (Teatro Espressivo, Costa Rica; Mori Theater, Chile). Additional collaborators include the Directors Company, Theater Mitu, The Woodshed Collective, the Assembly, SummerStage, Little Opera Theater, Dixon Place, Electric Pear, Shalimar, and the New Ensemble. Technical design for New Georges at 3LD and Big Art Group's Dead Set II & III. Alex has taught master classes at the Colorado State University, University of North Carolina Wilmington, and Hamilton College. He is the director and a founding member of Imaginary Media Artists. www.imartists.com
Kate Freer (Projection Designer) is a multimedia designer and video artist for theater, film, and installation. Off-Broadway and Downtown: Sunset Baby (LAByrinth Theater); Around the World in 80 Days (New Theater at 45th Street); P.S. Jones and the Frozen City (The New Ohio); Cry for Peace: Voices from the Congo (La MaMa, Undesirable Element Festival); Bullet for Adolph (New World Stages); Chimera (HERE, Under the Radar 2012). Regional: Fahrenheit 451 (Aquila Theatre); Stuck Elevator (American Conservatory Theater); The Mountaintop (CenterStage); The Clean House (Syracuse Stage); Holiday Review (Oregon Ballet Theatre). Her installation work has been exhibited at the National Building Museum, Hammond Museum, 3LD Art & Technology Center, Front Room Gallery, and the World Wide Words Festival (Denmark). She has taught master classes at Harvard University, Syracuse University, Wesleyan, and New York University. Kate is a founding member of Imaginary Media Artists. www.imartists.com
Dave Tennent (Projection Designer) creates interactive video installations, custom theatrical software, and projections designs for theater. Off-Broadway and Downtown: La Ruta (Working Theater); P.S. Jones and the Frozen City (New Ohio); Bullet for Adolf (New World Stages); How to Break (HERE); The Language Archive (Fordham); Chimera (HERE, Under the Radar 2012). Associate Projections: Sweet Bird of Youth and Crowns (both Goodman Theatre). His interactive installation work has been showcased at 3LD Arts & Technology Center, The New School, and LaGuardia Performing Arts Center. He has taught master classes at Syracuse University, New York University, and Harvard University. Dave is a founding member of Imaginary Media Artists. www.imartists.com
Zoe E. Rotter
Zoe E. Rotter (Casting) Broadway: Waiting for Godot/No Man’s Land and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. West End: Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Regional: Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England (TRTC!), Wild Swans (A.R.T./Young Vic). World Tour: Einstein on the Beach. Film: The Girl in The Book, To Whom It May Concern, BearCity, Socks and Bonds (short) and Just the Three of Us (short). Zoe is also in her fourth season of casting Symphony Space’s reading series “Selected Shorts.”
Production Stage Manager
Alison Hassman (Production Stage Manager) New York: The Nutcracker (New York City Ballet), Two Point Oh (59E59), 24 Hour Plays on Broadway (American Airlines), Life After (HERE). Regional: 4000 Miles (Philadelphia Theatre Company); The Importance of Being Earnest, Measure for Measure, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Much Ado About Nothing, Sweeney Todd (Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival); Social Creatures, The How and the Why, King Lear, Love Alone (Trinity Repertory Company); An Iliad with Stephen Spinella, A Christmas Carol (McCarter). Thanks CW & AS.
Viral video with Pinkolandia actress
Andrea Morales stars in this freaky (and funny) viral video promoting the remake of the film, "Carrie".