The New Works/Latino Voices Playwrights presentation featuring new Latino plays will perform at the Teatro La Tea through April 4. Caicedo Productions, Cynalex Productions and Latino World/Mundo Latino Inc., in association with Teatro La Tea collaborate to produce the works.
Obie Award-winning playwright Rivera (References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot,"The Motorcycle Diaries") pens his latest work Adoration of the Old Woman which receives a staged reading March 29 under the direction of Jo Bonney (Living Out, The Fifth of July).
Adoration is set against the backdrop of Puerto Rico's struggle with the issue of statehood — whether to be independent, become a state or remain its current status. A young woman, who speaks no Spanish, moves in with 105-year-old great grandmother who speaks no English. Both women deal with problems of love — the younger with two new suitors and the older with the ghost of her widow's mistress.
The festival also features Robert Domìnguez's The Outside Man,Tanya Saracho's To The Baggage Claim, Angie Cruz, Cyn Cañel Rossi and Karen Torres' The Women of Nine, Janis Astòr del Valle's Transplantations, Michael J. Narvaez's All Sides, Robert Santana's Chained Dog, Fernando Mañon's Ley of the Land and Juan Shamsul Alam's Fuego.
For tickets to "Songs from Coconut Hill," at the Teatro La Tea (in the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center at 107 Suffolk Street), call (212) 868-4444. For more information and a full schedule, visit www.songsfromcoconuthill.com.