Latino theater festival Crossing Borders opens tomorrow, ends Sunday

Crossing Borders logoThe 2016 Crossing Borders Festival at Two River Theater in Red Bank, NJ, launches tomorrow. It’s a 5-day celebration (Aug. 3,-7) of new plays by Latino writers with food and music. And it’s free. What’s not to like?

Two River’s outreach year-round within  its community is exemplary, especially to area Latinos and African-Americans. It’s what all nonprofit theaters should be doing.

Here’s the schedule:

2016 CROSSING BORDERS FESTIVAL

 NEIGHBORHOOD PARTY ON THE TWO RIVER PLAZA; Wednesday, Aug. 3, at 5:30pm

Two River Theater kicks off Crossing Borders with an outdoor neighborhood party on the Two River Plaza with opportunities to meet the artists involved in the festival, food, and live music!

“WHAT MAKES A PLAY LATINO?” 

A LECTURE BY BRIAN HERRERA

Wednesday, Aug. 3, at 7pm

Lecture and Q&A about Latino theater today. Herrera is a writer, teacher and scholar at Prince University, where he is assistant professor of theater. His first book, “Latin Numbers: Playing Latino in Twentieth-Century U.S. Popular Performance” (University of Michigan Press) was recognized with the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism.

CLICK HERE to reserve your free tickets to the lecture and party.

“MALA” by Melinda Lopez

Directed by David Dower

Thursday, Aug. 4, at 7:30 pm

Playwright Melinda Lopez tells of her Cuban-American mother’s final days in this beautiful one-woman play. With honesty, warmth, and a great deal of humor, Lopez grapples with the heartbreak and complications of becoming the caregiver to a parent who is losing herself.

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“EL COQUÍ ESPECTACULAR AND THE BOTTLE OF DOOM”

By Matt Barbot

Directed by Nelson Eusebio III

Friday, Aug. 5, at 7:30 pm

In Sunset Park, Brooklyn, a masked figure has been spotted: the Puerto Rican superhero, El Coquí Espectacular. In reality, it is comic book artist Alex, who has been secretly dressing up as his favorite creation. As Alex learns that fighting crime (and making costumes) is harder than it looks, his older brother Joe is encouraging Alex to join him at his advertising agency, where he has a job writing copy that targets Latinos. Will El Coquí use his powers for good?

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“NEIGHBORS (VECINOS)” 

By Bernardo Cubria

Directed by Lou Moreno

Saturday, Aug. 6,

3 p.m. (English-language reading) and 7:30 p.m. (Spanish-language reading)

Meet Joe. Joe lives in a big colorless mansion. Meet Jose. Jose lives in a colorful shack. Joe and Jose live next door to each other, but they are not exactly friends. When Joe has a business proposition for Jose, their uneasy truce is about to get a lot more complicated.

The 3 p.m. reading of “Neighbors” will be followed by a conversation with artists from the festival.

CLICK HERE to reserve your free tickets to either reading.

“FADE”

By Tanya Saracho

Directed by Jerry Ruiz

Sunday, Aug. 7, at 3pm

In this biting new comedy by Tanya Saracho, Mexican-American writer Lucia is hired to write for a popular TV show. She finds relief from the cutthroat environment in her growing friendship with custodian Abel, but as the pressure increases at her job, Abel’s stories start to blur with hers with unexpected consequences.

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