The Atlantic Theater Company's world-premiere staging of Tell Hector I Miss Him by Paola Lázaro, officially opens Off-Broadway January 23. David Mendizábal directs a cast that includes Orange Is the New Black co-stars Dascha Polanco and Selenis Leyva.
The limited engagement began performances January 11 and will play through February 12.
Puerto Rican-born actor and playwright Lázaro, who is also the Tow Foundation Playwright-in-Residence at the Atlantic, penned the new play set in Old San Juan.
The cast of Tell Hector I Miss Him also features Victor Almanzar (Between Riverside and Crazy), Sean Carvajal (Water by the Spoonful), Alexander Flores (The Maze Runner), Yadira Guevara-Prip (Mad Dogs), Juan Carlos Hernández (Wait Until Dark), Talene Monahon (Alligator), Flaco Navaja (Blue Bloods), Lisa Ramirez (To the Bone), Luis Vega (Heirloom), and Analisa veleZ (The Inheritance).
“You're in Puerto Rico. Old San Juan. You're a tourist, you walk down the stairs of this beautiful old fort built by the Spaniards,” read production notes. “When you reach the bottom, you realize you're in a hole. Welcome to the basement that lies under the tourism and behind the fort walls. You spend some days there, you don’t want to leave. Oh no, you’re addicted. Tell Hector I Miss Him unmasks a community built on the law of respect that keeps getting washed away but refuses to drown.”
Tell Hector I Miss Him features scenic design by Clint Ramos, costume design by Dede Ayite, lighting design by Eric Southern, and sound design by Jesse Mandapat.
Tickets can be purchased at atlantictheater.org, by calling OvationTix at (866) 811-4111, or in person at the Linda Gross Theater box office, located at 336 West 20th Street.