Hablas y Te Salvas
"Adventurous theater in Astoria"

-- The New York Times

Hablas y Te Salvas

by Christopher Moncayo-Torres

Directed by Dev Bondarin

June 21 and 25, 2017

 

Wednesday, June 21 at 7:30pm
at The Good Shepherd United Methodist Church
30-44 Crescent Street at 30th Rd., Astoria
(Take the N/W to 30th Ave.)

Sunday, June 25 at 2pm
at Tacuba Restaurant
35-01 36th Street, Astoria
(Take the R to Steinway St.)
**Presented as part of the
Kaufman BackLot Art Festival**

Featuring: Maite Bonilla, John J. Cancado*, Lizette Cruz, Michael Lloret, Sara Ornelas, Bobby Plasencia*, Adriana Sananes*, and Juliany Taveras
*Denotes member of Actors’ Equity.

PRODUCTION HISTORY:

Based loosely on the New York Innovative Theatre Award-nominated short play We Come Here, which premiered at APAC as part of Astoria Stories in 2016, APAC is thrilled to present this first-ever reading of this developing work, in conjunction with the Kaufman Arts District and the Kaufman BackLot Art Festival.

SYNOPSIS:

Hablas y Te Salvas tells the story of Alexis, an Ecuadorian-American amateur live storyteller, born and bred in Queens. As Alexis experiments with her first work-in-progress sola show in the only venue she can afford — her apartment near the 7 train — memory and identity intermingle to help her to reconstruct her family history

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:

Christopher Moncayo-Torres is a Queens born-and-bred, Ecuadorian-American storyteller. He is excited to be working again with Astoria Performing Arts Center after his first play with APAC, We Come Here, was nominated for a 2016 New York Innovative Theater Award for Original Short Script. He is the co-creator of the Fail Better Reading Series, a workshop/support group for writers and actors.

Moncayo-Torres performs at live-storytelling open mics throughout NYC and hosts his own monthly storytelling show, Fail Better Storytime. He helped to devise and performed in the political piece The Debates (Theater in Asylum) and co-wrote the site specific hip-hopera A Sunnyside Mixtape (Working Title Theater). His work has been read at InViolet Theater’s “Second Monday Social” and INTAR Theatre’s “Steep.” He is currently a member of the Core Workshop at Playwrights Horizons.

Christopher Moncayo-Torres


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.

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