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Hey Yo

Pregones Theater & The Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, present

Hey Yo! Yo Soy!

HEY YO! YO SOY! is a new musical with texts by Nuyorican poet and Pregones Master Artist Award recipient, Jesús Papoleto Meléndez.  

Distilling four decades of tumultuous and prolific literary life into 12 explosive scenes, the production pays tribute to the grit and genius of the radical author, and to the insomniac city he lovingly rebukes and immortalizes.

HEY YO! is the latest in a sequence of new theater works inspired by founding figures of the Nuyorican arts and cultural movement, remixed and reimagined by Pregones’s multi-generational ensemble; prior examples include Until We Win, with texts by Sandra María Esteves, and Dancing In My Cockroach Killers, with texts by Magdalena Gómez.

Limited Engagement: 7 SHOWS ONLY!
April 3rd to April 12th.
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturday @ 8PM; Sunday @ 3pm
Master Artist Award Tribute & Reception on April 3rd.

Puerto Rican Traveling Theater
304 W 47th St. Manhattan

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At the center of HEY YO! are New York City, the Pan-Latino enclave of East Harlem/El Barrio, and the people who lend it authenticity, international street cred, and an accent. Pregones’s formidable ensemble celebrates this uncompromising pride of place, community, and self.

Like Papoleto, the performers in HEY YO! fashion language, knowledge, and Latin rhythm into fun-house mirror and whip for social justice. From the rousing Sister (para nuestras hermanas), where the poet marvels and bristles with desire, to the whimsical A Conversation With My Son, where he takes a jab at the New World Order; from the raw What Love Kills, where the narrator laments a crime of passion, to the Zen-like Happy Thought, where he finds good fortune while riding the subway, HEY YO! bristles with the passions of life’s better moments!

These initial works have been re-released in, Hey Yo/Yo Soy – 40 Years of Nuyorican Street Poetry – the Bilingual Edition (2Leaf Press, 2012).

The live production of HEY YO! YO SOY! is directed by Rosalba Rolón with composer/musical director Desmar Guevara, and produced in association with Miriam Colón.


Jorge Castro, Chad Carstarphen, Rosal Colón, Shadia Fairuz, Gabriel Lugo, Jesús Martínez, Flaco Navaja, Joel Pérez, and Yaritza Pizarro.

A great evening of live theater and music, performed in English/Spanish, with simultaneous translation via supertitles. Runtime is 65 minutes.

More about Papoleto:
Recipient of Pregones Theater's 2014 Master Artist Award, Jesus "Papoleto" Meléndez is one of the original founders of the Nuyorican poets' movement. With the publication of his poem, "Message To Urban Sightseers" in Talking About Us (Appleton, Century, Crofts Publishers, New York, 1969), and the publication of his first volume of poetry, Casting Long Shadows (New York, 1970), Mr. Meléndez's poetry was at the inception of the movement.

A proud Puerto Rican, originally from El Barrio (East Harlem), New York City, Jesús Papoleto Meléndez is a recipient of countless accolades, including the latest being bestowed by Pregones in recognition of his impressive body of work and his inspiring life journey.

$24 Advance
$40 Door


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Thursday, April 3 @ 8pm

Friday, April 4 @ 8pm

Saturday, April 5 @ 8pm

Sunday, April 6 @ 3pm

Thursday, April 10 @ 8pm

Friday, April 11 @ 8pm

Saturday, April 12 @ 8pm

All performances will take place at
Puerto Rican Traveling Theater
304 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036

Located on 47th Street,
between 8th & 9th Avenues in Manhattan.

Reading Series

El Nogalar

Set amid the explosive drug wars in present-day Northern Mexico, El Nogalar (The Pecan Orchard) is a superbly crafted retelling of one of the most cherished masterpieces of Anton Chekov.

It is the story of the Galván family's struggle to hold on to their homestead—and their precarious social status—before it slips away.

The play shadows the family's housekeeper, Dunia, as she watches the family matriarch Maite and her daughters squander their money and risk losing everything to a local drug cartel. Despite warnings from friends and family, Maite ignores her dwindling fortune as stubbornly as she ignores the sinister capos simmering at her doorstep. This topical story explores the choice between adapting to the changing world—or getting left behind.

Written by Tanya Saracho. Directed by Jorge B. Merced

Yaremis Félix, Yaraní del Valle, Paula Pizzi, Paola Poucel, Carlos Valencia,
and Tony Vargas.

Monday MAR 24 @7pm
RSVP 718-585-1202

Raul Castillo's Between You Me & The Lampshade

The lives of a single mother and her teenage son are turned upside down when a desperate and wounded undocumented immigrant breaks into their trailer home in rural South Texas.

Written by Raúl Castillo. Known to television audiences as Richie on the gay-themed HBO series Looking, Raúl is also featured in the acclaimed film Bless Me Última, starring Miriam Colón. As a stage actor he is no stranger to the New York Latino theater world. This play is the first of Raúl's works to be read at the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater.

Sol Crespo, Cedric Leiba Jr., Mike Mihm, Becky Byers, Carlos Valencia,
and Tony Vargas.

Directed by Jorge B. Merced


Monday MAR 31 @7pm
RSVP 718-585-1202 • 212-265-1086

La Bella Familia

We are proud to welcome back to the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater playwright Edwin Sánchez with his award winning work!

In La bella familia, Bella, a reluctant hit woman living in a world of violence, meets Benny, the gentlest man in the world. Together they try to raise her son, Joey while they deal with their crazy, needy and desperate next door neighbors.

Written by Edwin Sánchez. Directed by Jorge B. Merced.

RSVP 718-585-1202 • 212-265-1086



PLACAS stars Ric Salinas as Salvadoran immigrant Fausto Carbajal, a now middle-aged ex-gang member recently released after nine years in prison. As a requirement of his parole Fausto must remove the tattoos that mark him as a member of his gang. Wearied by what has been a lifetime of violence, he accepts the terms. He is determined to reunite his family, traumatized by three decades of war, forced migrations and street crime.

He returns to San Francisco to live with his mother, a war refugee, and hopes to re-unite with his ex-partner, Claudia and their now teenaged son, Edgar. Fausto visits Claudia and Edgar. But Edgar, who has not seen his father for most of his life, resents Fausto and displays disturbing character traits that remind Fausto of himself in his youth. It is clear that the reunion will be a difficult one.

PLACAS (barrio slang for body tattoos) is a bilingual tale of fathers and sons, transformation and redemption that illuminates one man’s determination to reunite his family after surviving civil war in El Salvador, immigration, deportation, prison and street violence.

Starring Ric Salinas of Culture Clash as Salvadoran immigrant in a dramatic role based in part on the life of LA peace maker Alex Sanchez, PLACAS was developed as a pro-active community response to the issue of transnational gang violence, presenting positive elements of Central American culture in the context of a hostile, anti-immigrant political environment. Using Fausto’s tattoos as a metaphor, PLACAS explores the process of tattoo removal as one possible path for former gang members to move forward.

The main performance will take place
Wednesday, April 16 @ 8pm.

at Puerto Rican Traveling Theater
304 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036

Located on 47th Street,
between 8th & 9th Avenues in Manhattan.


$24 Advance • $40 Door • 718-585-1202

The FREE Reading Series continues with:

Two Roberts

On a deserted island, that lies Betwixt and Between, at a spiritual crossroads, filled with abandoned jook joints, and lost pirated treasures, a 19th C. Puerto Rican pirate & a Delta Blues master, battle for their souls and learn to let go.

Deemed a "pirate-blues project", this unique play breaks all notions of time and space to create a new ground for dreams and urgent stories of survival.

Written by Migdalia Cruz. Directed by Sol Crespo.


Monday APR 21 @7pm
RSVP 718-585-1202 • 212-265-1086