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Reading Series
Jersey Driver

On the eve of the biggest prize offered at Raceway Park, amateur dragster, Josie, dreams of finally winning in order to move her kids to Texas. She and her mechanic friend, Auggie, are hiding the car because her ex boyfriend, Billy, and his family want the engine back which Billy paid for with money from their plumbing business.

Along for the ride are two modern day hench men, Ivan and Baker, to ensure the night goes Billy’s way, but their job proves harder than anticipated as Josie is willing to do anything to ensure she provides a better future for her kids.

Written by Troy Diana. Directed by James Valleti. Moderator Tere Martínez

Feral Child

Two anthropologists are in search of a lost tribe of cannibals. On the last day of their search, they come across a child that appears to be feral.

Despite warning, they see this as an opportunity for them to further their research. The anthropologists bring the young girl back with them to the United States. They soon realize that some things are better left where they belong.

Written by Cindy Sanabria. Directed by Andreas Robertz.
Moderator Rick Mowat.

Radical Two

How to struggle against oppression of the many by the few? In Magna Graecia, 5th century BCE, the Pythagoreans are a ruling establishment group. They mathematically justify the status quo of society: all conditions of life are rationally designed. Anunitu, a Babylonian mathematician/slave has learned to keep her head down, not make waves. But she meets Loukas, one of the Pythagoreans, seeking a ratio to represent the diagonal of the unit square. The two discover – falling in love as they proceed – that radical two doesn’t fit establishment rationality. Their proof helps to destroy the Pythagoreans’ power, encourages anti-slavery sentiment, provokes retribution. Where do Anunitu and her group go from here?

Written by Carlos Jerome. Directed by Gloria Zelaya.
Moderator Marcy Arlin


Ambition and the desire to escape the tyranny of her father have brought Nefeli to America. A travel encounter draws Nasim close to her, the two marry,
and embark on a journey as émigrés to the land of uncertain possibilities. Nefeli fares well in the competitive landscape of their new homeland, but Nasim loses his job and gradually his will to succeed.

Emasculation and humiliation exacerbate Nasim’s affliction, which becomes Nefeli’s unbearable burden. In desperation, she reaches out to a friend,
asking him to help Nasim regain his confidence in his job search. Instead, an emotionally charged liaison develops, fueling the resentment that
consumes her life and leaving her to save what is left of her hapless relationship with Nasim and the runaway train that is her friend’s marriage.

Written by Celia Kapsomera. Directed by Celine Havard.
Moderator Marcy Arlin

Mi Papi

A bilingual bildungsroman tale about betting, bad parenting and the disparaging inescapable society ensnaring Lucero Barajas and her family. This nefarious revenge tragedy is set in Dallas, around the time of JFK’s assassination. Gambler Fausto Barajas is in debt to loan shark/casino owner Emilio Ogro. Fausto’s wife, Andeana, is fed up with her husband’s destructive habit and plans to leave him taking their daughter, Lucero, with her. Before they get away, Emilio threatens to take 10 year old Lucero as collateral, and her mother Andeana’s life if Fausto doesn’t pay his gambling debt. Will Fausto be able to pay his debt to save his familia in time before Andeana and Lucero meet their maker?

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the theme and violence, this play is NOT suitable for children. Mature audiences only.

Written by C. Abeydeera. Directed by José Zayas.
Moderator María Elena Torres

Scenes & Monologues


Puerto Rican Traveling Theater
304 W 47th St. Manhattan

Space is limited.

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Previously this season:

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

>> CLICK HERE for advance discount tickets <<

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


Or select your seats by clicking on the dates listed below:

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


Previously at the PRTT:

Harlem Hellfighters

Pregones Theater & The Puerto Rican Traveling Theater present
The Harlem Hellfighters On A Latin Beat!
A special benefit concert

Featuring Danny Rivera
& the members of Pregones' Ensemble

Danny Rivera stars in the acclaimed jazz-rag-danza concert commemorating the formidable legacy of James Reese Europe, visionary bandleader of the all-black 369th Infantry Regiment, and the extraordinary Puerto Rican musicians that helped him make history, including the great Rafael Hernández. Based in part on The Memoirs of Lieutenant 'Jim' Europe by Noble Lee Sissle, archived at the Library of Congress. Directed by Rosalba Rolón with musical director Desmar Guevara.


Click on date below to get tickets:

Saturday NOV 16 @ 8PM

Sunday NOV 17 @ 3PM

at the Puerto Rican Travleing Theater •
304 W 47th Street, New York NY 10036

Located between 8th and 9th Avenues in Manhattan

or CLICK HERE for Tickets

$40 Advance
$60 Door



Baile Cangrejero

Pregones Theater & The Puerto Rican Traveling Theater presents

Featuring Antonio Vargas & Yaremis Félix
& the members of Pregones' Musical Ensemble


Rhythmic treasures of our Afro Caribe heritage, from Palés to Guillén! A classic, Baile Cangrejero sets the great masters of Afro-Latino poetry to the dynamic rhythms of bomba, plena and bolero.

This vibrant spectacle touches on the history, popular culture, and literary creation of the Americas including works by Julia de Burgos, Luis Palés Matos, Fortunato Vizcarrondo (Puerto Rico); Nicolás Guillén (Cuba); Nicomedes Santa Cruz (Perú); and Manuel del Cabral (Dominican Republic).

DIRECTOR: Jorge B. Merced


Click on date below to get tickets:

Friday DEC 20 @ 8PM

Saturday DEC 21 @ 8PM

Sunday DEC 22 @ 3PM

at the Puerto Rican Travleing Theater •
304 W 47th Street, New York NY 10036

Located between 8th and 9th Avenues in Manhattan

or CLICK HERE for Tickets

$24 Advance
$40 Door





The Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre and Pregones Theater
are proud to present
written by Magdalena Gómez
music by Desmar Guevara
directed by Rosalba Rolón
performed by Pregones Theater Ensemble

September 19 - October 13, 2013

Dancing In My Cockroach Killers


The actors and musicians of Pregones Ensemble bring you a sizzling tribute to poet, storyteller and playwright Magdalena Gómez, delivering the full range of Gomez's rhythmic realism, boundless hope, and laugh out loud humor.

Her characters face real life challenges with courage and flair, and are openly inspired by friends, family, and Latino icons as varied as Lolita Lebrón, Joe Cuba, and Iris Chacón.

From the breathtaking Fuego en la cocina, to the hilarious and daring Soap And Water, to the rousing Madre de Bomba, each story vibrates with glorious passion and soul.

Conceived by Rosalba Rolón, Pregones' founder and winner of the prestigious United States Artists Fellowship in Theater Arts, the show is newly staged and expanded in collaboration with the great Miriam Colón.


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