EL COQUI ESPECTACULAR AND THE BOTTLE OF DOOM
January 6, 2018 - February 4, 2018
By Matt Barbot
Directed by Jose Zayas
MARION HUBER THEATER
A WORLD-PREMIERE SUPERHERO PLAY
Fear not, good people of Sunset Park, Brooklyn! No longer will you be prey to the evil deeds of purse-snatchers or condo developers! Never again shall you fear the encroaching march of gentrification or the specter of villainous corporations attempting to cash in on your hopes and dreams! EL COQUÍ ESPECTACULAR IS HERE! He is justice! He leaps at night! He is……actually out-of-work comic book creator Alex Nuñez who keeps getting his butt kicked in alleyways, wearing a kind of embarrassing homemade pajama costume. He’s going to get this superhero thing down eventually, no?
"Smart, warm, inventive, vibrant, and simply a great deal of fun."—The Star-Ledger
"The vividly realized multimedia mini-epic about a Brooklyn-based, self-appointed costumed hero of the Nuyorican community could be just the radioactive bite on the arm that this lingering season desperately needs."—Asbury Park Press
"The five member cast of El Coqui Espectacular and the Bottle of Doom are exceptional in their roles."—Broadway World
" As entertaining as it is important—colorful and action-packed."—Scene on Stage
" Indeed spectacular."—The Two River Times
Recommended for ages 12 and up
This production contains haze and strobe lighting
The running time is 90 minutes with no intermission
Gabriel Diego Hernández
Gabriel Diego Hernández is a voiceover artist, burlesque performer, and member of Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater’s acting and music ensemble. Recent NYC credits include La Canción (Repertorio Español), El Bolero Was My Downfall (Pregones), Ajax (Theater of War), The Marchers (PRTT), and two-time Drama Desk Award nominee CasablancaBox (HERE Arts Center). Gabriel hails from Hoboken, NJ and holds two degrees from Yale University, where he met his wife Rachel, with whom he makes nostalgic ’90s hip hop and curates their eight-month-old son’s Instagram account.
Olivia Negrón is thrilled to return Two River, where she previously appeared as Olga in Mariela in the Desert (Crossing Borders Festival, 2011). She made her professional debut as Juliet at the Walnut Street Theatre, her Broadway debut in the arms of Robert De Niro in Cuba and His Teddy Bear and her second Broadway appearance in Serious Money by Caryl Churchill that same year. Other NY credits include performances at Circle Rep, La MaMa, Henry Street Settlement, Raw Space, HB Playwrights Foundation, and Women’s Interart, where she directed Womantalk, and was awarded a Mayoral Citation for Excellence. Regionally she appeared at Boise Contemporary, Portland Center Stage, Atlanta’s Alliance, Coconut Grove, Mark Taper Forum, Merrimack Rep, Philadelphia Theatre Co, and South Coast Rep. Film, TV, Media credits: Everything Relative (Sundance Film Festival), The Rock (series regular), Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, Grand Theft Auto V(Patricia), Girls, Devious Maids, Tinderellas, Without a Trace, Brand New Old Love and The Devil’s Whisper (now in theatres and streaming). She co-created the television pilot Weally Wealthy Women, a half-hour comedy, now in development, and is Executive Producer on the current HBO documentary, ATOMIC HOMEFRONT. Olivia is the granddaughter of the Puerto Rican-born poet Delis Negrón.
Flor De Liz Perez
International: The Motherf**ker with the Hat (National Theatre, London). Off-Broadway: Dolphins and Sharks (Labyrinth Theater); Seven Spots on the Sun (Rattlestick Theater/The Sol Project); Comedy of Errors, Pericles (The Public); Sense and Sensibility (Bedlam); Los Monólogos de la Vagina (Westside Theatre); In the Time of the Butterflies (Repertorio Español). Selected Regional: Good Men Wanted (NY Stage & Film/Vassar College); The House that will not Stand (Berkeley Rep/Yale Rep); A Christmas Carol (Hartford Stage); Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England (Two River Theater); In the Continuum, Pride and Prejudice, Nicholas Nickleby (PlayMakers Rep). Film: Big Exit (in post-production), The House That Jack Built. TV: Blue Bloods, Madam Secretary, The Good Wife, Elementary (CBS). www.flordelizperez.com.
I'm honored to return to Two River with this fantastic story and team. Please consider donating to the Puerto Rican Hurricane Relief Fund. Your contribution will help greatly and provide much needed hope as the people of PR continue to rebuild after Hurricane Maria. Pa'lante! https://www.gofundme.com/puertoricohurricanerelief
Cesar J. Rosado
Cesar J. Rosado is a Bronx native and a founding member and Co-Artistic Director of the Middle Voice at Rattlestick. Cesar is an alumnus of the Atlantic Theater Company Conservatory and received his BFA at Mason Gross School of the Arts, at Rutgers University. His latest works include: The Workshop dir. Knud Adams (Soft Focus/HB Playwrights Theatre); Red Emma & The Mad Monk dir. Katie Lindsay (Ars Nova’s AntFest); Seven Spots on the Sun dir. Weyni Mengesha (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater); Dolphins and Sharks dir. Charlotte Brathwaite (Labyrinth Theater Company); The Orchard dir. Sean B. Leo (Strange Sun Theater Co.); Dolphins and Sharks dir. Nelson Eusebio (Berkshire Playwrights Lab at the Mahaiwe Theater); The Invincible Ones dir. Jenna Worsham (Columbia University MFA Playwrights showcase at Signature Theatre); Lights Over Philo dir. Lee Sunday Evans (Rutgers Theater Company); Exposure dir. Victor Cervantes (Middle Voice at Rattlestick); Henry V dir. Michael Sexton (Rutgers Theater Company); Henry V dir. Tim Walker (The London Shakespeare’s Globe Education); and An Evening of Odets dir. Moritz von Stuelpnagel (Rutgers Theater Company). Cesar also plays the role of Jonathan in the pilot Guap by Chris Myers.
Bradley Tejeda is a Hispanic Tejano from the south side of Harlandale, San Antonio, Texas. He graduated with a B.A in Theatre Arts from the University of the Incarnate Word, then spent the next three years attending the Yale School of Drama, graduating in 2016. This past spring marked his first- ever New York stage performance with The Light Fantastic Theatre Company’s mobile production of A View from the Bridge as Rodolfo. He spent half of his summer as a resident artist for the Rasquache Artist Residency where he held physical acting workshops with middle-school students of San Francisco Coapan, Mexico, near Cholula and Puebla. He hopes to continue building a career as an actor, teacher, and writer. He dedicates his performance to his father and mother, Henry and Suzanne Tejeda, his little brothers Jared, Sean, and Luke, Uncle Ray, Momo Treat, and Momo Liserio, Stephanie Machado, Eston Fung, Andrew Burnap, Sebastian Arboleda, Galen Kane, Michael Muenchow, Ron Van Lieu, Erica Fae, Jane Fujita, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, and Los Gatos de la Noche.
A writer from Brooklyn, NY. He’s very excited for the world premiere of El Coquí Espectacular and the Bottle of Doom, which was a finalist in the 2013 Repertorio Español Nuestras Voces competition, and won the Kennedy Center’s Darrel Ayers Award for Outstanding Student-Written Play for Young Audiences, as well as the Kennedy Center’s Latinidad Award for Outstanding Play Written by a Student of Latino/Hispanic Heritage. His play Infallibility was produced as part of the 2013 New York International Fringe Festival. Recently, his short play, A List of Some Shit I\'ve Killed, was published as part of the Red Bull Theater’s anthology Red Bull Shorts Volume III. He was recently a Playwright Observer at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center’s 2017 National Playwrights Conference. Matt received his MFA from Columbia University.
José Zayas has directed over 100 productions in New York, regionally and internationally. Previously at Two River: Pinkolandia by Andrea Thome. Recent credits include: The Magnetic Fields: 50 Song Memoir (BAM, Mass MoCA, US and European Tour), A Nonesuch Celebration (BAM), Undocumented (Joe’s Pub), Blind Spot, In the Name of Salome, Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter (Ace and HOLA Awards for best production and direction), Burundanga, The House of the Spirits (Ace Awards, HOLA Award and Ovation Awards for best production and direction), Your Name Will Follow You Home, 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 Barceló on the Rocks (Repertorio Español); Washed Up on the Potomac (Flea Theater); Corazón Eterno (Mixed Blood); Southern Promises and Strom Thurmond Is Not a Racist (PS 122, Brick); Useless (IRT); Father of Lies and Vengeance Can Wait (PS122); P.S. Jones and the Frozen City, Feeder: A Love Story (TerraNOVA Collective); Okay, Mrs. Jones and the Man From Dixieland (EST); The Idea of Me (Cherry Lane Theatre); The Queen Bees (Queens Theatre in the Park); Manuel Vs. The Statue of Liberty and Children of Salt (NYMF); Cancun, Chronicle of a Death Foretold (GALA Theatre, DC); Wedding Dress, The Island of Lonely Man (Teatro Espressivo, Costa Rica). He has premiered works by Caridad Svich, Rob Askins, Thomas Bradshaw, Duncan Sheik, Steven Sater, Taylor Mac, Marco Antonio Rodriguez, Lynn Rosen, Saviana Stanescu, Carlos Murillo, Rob Urbinati, Kristina Poe, Catherine Filloux, James Carter, Gerardo Cardenas, and Jordi Galceran. He was assistant director for Talk Radio directed by Robert Falls; Regrets Only directed by Christopher Ashley; and Come Back, Little Sheba directed by Michael Pressman. Awards: Ace, HOLA Awards, Premios ATI, Ovation. Nytheater.com: People of the Year. Drama League Fellow, Lincoln Center’s Director’s Lab, SoHo Rep Writers/Director’s Lab, NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Directors, Ensemble Studio Theatre member, Resident Director Repertorio Español. Born in Puerto Rico, he graduated from Harvard and Carnegie Mellon Universities.
is a New York City-based set and costume designer. Previously at Two River: The Women of Padilla by Tony Meneses and Madeleine George’s Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England, both with director Ken Rus Schmoll. Notable New York credits include: School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play and Charm (MCC Theater); Bull in a China Shop (Lincoln Theater Center); Twelfth Night (The Public); Kingdom Come (Roundabout); Duat and generations (Soho Rep); Caught (Play Co); Men on Boats, Iowa (Playwrights Horizons); Iphigenia in Aulis (CSC). Regional: Berkeley Rep, Center Stage, Central City Opera, Guthrie Theater, Old Globe, Olney Theatre Center, Opera Theatre of St Louis, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival. Tour: Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower (Under the Radar Festival, NYUAD Arts Center, Abu Dhabi US Tour); The Magnetic Fields: 50 Song Memoir (BAM Next Wave/International tour). Mr. Maldonado is a Clubbed Thumb Affiliated Artist, a recipient of a Princess Grace Fabergé Theater Award, and a multiple-Henry Hewes Design nominee. MFA: NYU Tisch. www.arnulfomaldonado.com
Ásta Bennie Hostetter
At Two River: Pinkolandia. NYC: The Wolves (Lincoln Center), The Rape of the Sabine Women… (Playwrights Realm), Fulfillment Center (MTC), Smokefall (MCC), John (Signature), Men on Boats (Playwrights Horizons), The Terrifying (Abrons Arts Center), Porto (Bushwick Starr), Picnic/Come Back, Little Sheba (Transport Group), Coriolanus (Red Bull Theater), 10 Out of 12, Generations (Soho Rep). Regional: Mystery of Love & Sex (Signature Theatre), 4000 Miles and After The Revolution (Baltimore Center Stage).
Selected Off-Broadway: Too Much, Too Much, Too Many and Suicide, Incorporated (Roundabout Theatre Company); Would You Still Love Me If (New World Stages, dir. Kathleen Turner); Charles Busch’s Cleopatra (TFANC); Wringer(City Center); The Siblings Play (Cherry Lane); Suitcase Under the Bed (Mint Theater Company, Theatre Row); Bulldozer: The Ballad of Robert Moses (St. Clements); The Crusade of Connor Stephens (Jerry Orbach); The Eternal Space (Theatre Row); Soul Doctor (Actors Temple); The Good Girl (59E59); The Dork Knight (Abingdon); Sommerfugl; Holiday House (4th Street, NYTW). National Tour: Crane: On Earth, In Sky (Heather Henson). Regional: Barrington Stage Company, Two River Theater, Olney Theatre Center, Bucks County Playhouse, Dorset Theatre Festival, Cape Playhouse, Fiddlehead Theatre Company, Shubert Theatre, Adirondack Theatre Company, City Theatre, Engeman Theater, Will Rogers Center. Norwegian Cruise Lines (Fleet-wide Lighting Designer). Named “Designer to Watch” by Live Design Magazine, 2011. www.ZachBlane.com. Instagram: @zachblane.
previously designed The Women of Padilla, Lives of Reason, Guadalupe in the Guest Room and Pinkolandia (directed by José Zayas) at Two River Theater. New York credits include Actually (MTC, Williamstown Theatre Festival); Measure for Measure, The Killer (Theatre for a New Audience); The Suitcase under the Bed (Mint Theater); Ironbound (Rattlestick/Women’s Project). Regional credits include Jane Eyre (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park/Milwaukee Rep); Caroline or Change (Tantrum Theater); Rear Window, Seder (Hartford Stage); and Shakespeare in Love, The Crucible (Cleveland Play House). Next: Water by the Spoonful at the Mark Taper Forum, The Royale at Cleveland Play House. Recognition: Bessie Award, Henry Award, Drama Desk, Premios ACE 2012, two Connecticut Critics Circle awards, Meet the Composer grant, Theatre Communications Group’s Career Development Program, and nominations for two Lortels, Henry Hewes and Elliot Norton Awards. She was born in Kansas and lives in Brooklyn.
Selected credits: Concert design: The Magnetic Fields: 50 Song Memoir. Projections design on Broadway: Irena\'s Vow (Walter Kerr). Selected Off-Broadway and downtown credits: Buyer & Cellar (Barrow Street; Rattlestick); Body of an American (Primary Stages); The Liquid Plain (Signature Theatre); En el Tiempo de las Mariposas, La Casa de los Espíritus (Repertorio Español); ReEntry, The Oxford Roof Climber’s Rebellion (Urban Stages); Lenin\\\'s Embalmers (Ensemble Studio Theatre). Regional: Marley (Center Stage, Baltimore); The Invisible Man (Court Theatre, Chicago; Studio Theatre, Washington DC; Huntington Theatre Company, Boston); ReEntry (Center Stage, Baltimore; Round House, Washington DC; Actors Theater of Louisville); 33 Variations (Capitol Repertory, Albany); La Casa de los Espíritus (Teatro Espressivo, Costa Rica; Mori Theater, Chile). Additional collaborators include the Director’s Company, Theater MITU, The Woodshed Collective, the Assembly, SummerStage, Little Opera Theater, Dixon Place, Electric Pear, Shalimar, and the New Ensemble. www.alexbascokoch.com
UnkleDave’s Fight-House is a company of fight-directors founded by Dave Anzuelo. The core members of the team are Jesse Geguzis, Gerry Rodriguez, and Sean Griffin. Two River Theater credits: Be More Chill; Seven Guitars; A Raisin in the Sun. Broadway credits: Tuck Everlasting (Broadhurst); An American in Paris (Palace); Disgraced (Lyceum). Off-Broadway: Oedipus El Rey, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Public Theater); Downtown Race Riot, Sticks and Bones (New Group); Alligator (New Georges/Sol Project); And I And Silence (Signature); The Hill Town Plays (Rattlestick; Axis; Cherry Lane); To the Bone (Cherry Lane); Adoration of the Old Woman (Intar). National Tour: An American in Paris. Regional: Macbeth (Northern Stage); Oklahoma (Goodspeed); Disgraced (Goodman, Mark Taper Forum, Seattle Rep).
Jack Doulin + Sharky
Jack has been the Casting Director at New York Theatre Workshop since 2000. Productions there include: Peter and the Starcatcher, Homebody/Kabul, Far Away, A Number, Hedda Gabler, The Misanthrope, and The Little Foxes. Other NYC highlights include two notable productions of Uncle Vanya: André Gregory’s production with Julianne Moore and Wallace Shawn (filmed by Louis Malle as Vanya on 42nd Street), and Annie Baker’s adaptation with Reed Birney, Maria Dizzia, and Michael Shannon directed by Sam Gold. For SoHo Rep: Blasted, A Public Reading...Disney, Marie Antoinette. Film: New Orleans, Mon Amour directed by Michael Almereyda and Jonathan Demme’s A Master Builder and What the Night Can Do. Sharky, also known as Taylor Williams, serves as the Casting Associate at New York Theatre Workshop. Together they have cast: Love and Information (NYTW), Oklahoma! (Bard SummerScape), Scenes from a Marriage (NYTW), You Got Older (P73), City of Conversation (Arena Stage), An Octoroon (Soho Rep and TFANA), Red Speedo (NTYW), Hadestown (NYTW), Othello (NYTW) directed by Sam Gold, Mary Jane (NYTW) written by Amy Herzog and upcoming The Winter’s Tale (TFANA) and Adrienne Kennedy’s new play He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box (TFANA).
Terri K. Kohler
Production Stage Manager
Two River: As You Like It. New York: In the Blood, The Death of the Last Black Man…, Chéri (Signature Theatre); Can You Forgive Her?, Indecent (Vineyard Theatre); Red Speedo, Scenes from a Marriage, Belleville, The Black Eyed (New York Theatre Workshop); Mother Courage, Doctor Faustus, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, The School for Lies, The Forest (CSC); Futurity (Soho Rep/Ars Nova); Washeteria, We Are Proud...., Orange, Hat & Grace (Soho Rep); Pretty Filthy, In the Footprint, Paris Commune, The Great Immensity (Civilians); The Designated Mourner, In Darfur (Public Theater); Garden of Earthly Delights, Angel Reapers (conceived by Martha Clarke). Select regional: Parable of the Sower (ArtsEmerson); Good Men Wanted (NY Stage and Film); Wild Swans (ART/ Young Vic); Oedipus, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, La Dispute, The Sound of a Voice (ART). Usual Suspect (NYTW), Associate Artist, The Civilians.
El Coquí Espectacular and the Bottle of Doom Podcast
Gabriel Hernández—an Interview with Doug Doyle at WBGO.
December 11, 2017 - TWO RIVER THEATER CONTINUES ITS 2017/18 SEASON WITH THE WORLD PREMIERE OF EL COQUÍ ESPECTACULAR AND THE BOTTLE OF DOOM: A SUPERHERO PLAY, A PLAY ABOUT LATINO IDENTITY IN CONTEMPORARY AMERICA, WRITTEN BY MATT BARBOT AND DIRECTED BY JOSÉ ZAYAS