La Barbería to Play Open-Ended Run at New World Stages; Casting Announced

News   La Barbería to Play Open-Ended Run at New World Stages; Casting Announced
La Barbería (The Barbershop), a new Spanglish comedic drama by David Maldonado (Celia: The Life and Music of Celia Cruz, Quien Mato A Hector Lavoe) and Ari Maniel Cruz, will begin performances at New World Stages Feb. 3.

Described as a "funny, yet emotional journey of hope, identity, and assimilation," the production, which is performed mostly in Spanish, will officially open Feb. 17.

Directed by Waddys Jacquez, the all-Latin cast includes Manny Perez, Mateo Gomez, Ruperto Vanderpool, Modesto Lacen, Sunilda Caraballo, Ivan Camilo, Graciany Miranda, Juan Carlos Diaz and Emme Bonilla.

"When Beny Acevedo, landlord and proprietor of a bustling Washington Heights barbershop, gets a multi-million dollar offer to sell his building, he faces the toughest decision of his life," according to press notes. "Set against a score of original contemporary Latin music emanating from the airwaves, La Barbería is a comedic and wistful portrait of a neighborhood in flux and a tribute to the strength of a community."

The creative team comprises Raul Abrego (sets), Sarah Sidman (lights) and Hochi Asiatico (costumes).

Producers are David Maldonado and Juan Toro. Performances are scheduled for Monday at 8 PM, Wednesday-Friday at 8 PM, Saturday at 4:30 PM and 8 PM and Sunday at 3 PM.

New World Stages is located at 340 West 50th Street. For tickets, priced $55 and $70, visit or call (212)239-6200.

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