By Christina Quintana
Directed By David Mendizábal
Teofilo “Teo” Aguilar is a young Mexican-American gay man and member of New York City’s working homeless population. A Texas transplant with big dreams, Teo works as a bank teller, goes on mediocre online dates, and searches for stability and human connection while navigating the tangled shelter system. Using structural elements of choral music and conventions of theatrical magic, Evensong is a tale of survival, growth, and faith in moments of loneliness and solitude.
PRODUCTION PHOTOS by Michael Dekker
A short version of Evensong was featured in INTAR’s American Nightcap Series in 2014. The full-length play was featured on HowlRound and the Latina/o Theatre Commons’ Presente: A Roll Call of New Latina/o Plays last summer. The fall production at Astoria Performing Arts Center marks the play’s world premiere.
About the Playwright:
Christina Quintana is a New York-based writer with Cuban and Louisiana roots. Plays include: Scissoring (2016 Finalist Kitchen Dog New Works Festival, 2014 Finalist Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition, Honorable Mention Kilroys’ LIST), Enter Your Sleep (Elm Theatre New Orleans, FringeNYC), Blank Canvas (2014 “Best Short” Downtown Urban Theatre Festival), and Three Thousand Seizures (Semifinalist 2015 Southern Rep Ruby Prize). The recipient of commissions from Actor’s Express in Atlanta, Georgia, and Peppercorn Theatre in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, she is a proud member of Ensemble Studio Theatre’s cohort of emerging playwrights, Youngblood, and a graduate of the MFA Playwriting program at Columbia University. For more, visit cquintana.com
About the Director:
David Mendizábal is a director, designer, and one of the Producing Artistic Leaders of The Movement Theatre Company in Harlem. Directing credits include: Locust Have No King (INTAR), Look Upon Our Lowliness (TMTC), Bintou (TMTC), Wayward (LSTFI), The Gospel According to F#ggots (BAX), AT BUFFALO (NYMF), and ASHÉ (UP). He is a co-founder and member of the Artistic Collective for The Sol Project, and serves on the Steering Committee of the Latina/o Theatre Commons. Alumni of NALAC, Andrew W. Mellon Artistic Leadership Fellow, The Drama League Director’s Project, The Civilian’s R&D Group, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and LAByrinth Intensive Ensemble. BFA NYU/Tisch. www.davidmendizabal.com
This program is supported in part by public funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and NYSCA. Special thanks to Council Member Costa Constantinides.