NYC Premiere of Cortinas' Blind Mouth Singing Begins Sept. 14 | Playbill

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News NYC Premiere of Cortinas' Blind Mouth Singing Begins Sept. 14 The New York City premiere of Jorge Ignacio Cortinas' Blind Mouth Singing begins performances by the National Asian American Theatre Company (NAATCO) on Sept. 14.

The NAATCO cast features Alexis Camins (The Dispute), Mia Katigbak (Dogeaters at The Public Theater), Sue Jean Kim (BFE at Playwrights Horizons), Orville Mendoza (Drama Desk-nominee for Adrift in Macao) and Jon Norman Schneider (Durango at The Public Theater).

The National Asian American Theatre Company's recent mountings of Lorca's The House of Bernarda Alba and William Finn's Falsettoland received critical acclaim.

Cortinas' work, according to the troupe, revolves around "an overly strict matriarch; her young son Reiderico who sneaks out of the house to visit his best friend who lives at the bottom of a well; her sister who treats syphilis patients in the open-air market; and her older son who bullies everything within his reach. Secret desires and confrontations surface when Reiderico and his friend switch places."

Ruben Polend directs with a creative team including scenic designer Zachary Zirlin, lighting designer Kate Ashton, costume designer Candida K. Nichols and sound designer Jane Shaw.

Cortinas' other works include Maleta Mulata, Bird In Hand, Sleepwalkers and Tight Embrace. Blind Mouth Singing runs through Oct. 6 with an official opening set for Sept. 19. The production plays the Baruch Performing Arts Center, located at 55 Lexington Avenue, in Manhattan. Tickets are $20 and can be reserved by calling (212) 279-4200 or by visiting

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