“all reflecting very human, very personal experiences with a Latino/Puerto Rican flavor”-Peter Hall

14 Dec

Another wonderful review for DESDE EL PUENTE: CHRISTMAS EDITION!

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First reviews are in! DESDE EL PUENTE: CHRISTMAS EDITION

8 Dec

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Speaking of the plays Anthony Chase says-“they are quite good”

“The ensemble has gotten just so strong. They’ve proven that they have some staying power”

“I was quite impressed”

Check out what Anthony Chase of WBFO’s Theater Talk had to say this morning here! 

And Ben Siegel of the Buffalo News says:

“There’s a special gift waiting for you at the Manny Fried Playhouse, where Raíces Theatre Company’s one-act play festival, “Desde el Puente: Christmas Edition,” has opened. Do what you must, in the bustle of your holiday plans, to get yourself a ticket before it closes on Dec. 17.

“Victoria Pérez’s “Pa Chi Cha” breathes beautiful breath into a story of a father battling addiction, and a daughter who wants to move forward. Director Ingrid Córdova lets this intimate conversation air out its grievances and take a sweet step forward. In this one, there’s strength in the void, where words aren’t enough. Lissette DeJesus and Rolando Martin Gómez give captivating performances.”

Anthony Alcocer’s “A Brief 3 Minutes” fights the clock to pack a divided family’s angst into a monitored visit at the border. If this doesn’t rush your blood, then you haven’t been paying close-enough attention to our country’s immigration debate.”

“Melinda Capeles-Rowe and Smirna Mercedes-Pérez shine here as a frantic, gushy mothers.”

“The evening’s final beat, capping off a festive and hilarious “Parranda 101,” is a stunning reminder of the will to survive and thrive amid the world’s many storms.”

Check out the full review here!

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Desde el Puente Christmas Edition 2nd week!

7 Dec

GET YOUR TICKETS HERE!

Check out our Trailer for Desde el Puente Christmas Edition HERE!

A Bilingual One-Act Play festival in tribute to local community leader, activist and writer Rafael Perez, celebrating Latino stories.

This year with a holiday twist!

Dec 1-17

GET YOUR TICKETS HERE!

Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm
Sundays at 6pm
Pay-what-You can performances on Thursday Dec 7 & 14 at 7:30pm

Starring Marta Aracelis, Melinda Capeles-Rowe, Lissette De Jesús, Chris Espinal, Rolando Martin Gómez, Alexia Rose Guzmán, Smirna Mercedes-Pérez, Víctor Morales, María Pérez-Gómez, Josué Rosario-Cáliz

Featuring Carlos Rafael Maggiolo, Amara Gómez and Alejandro Pérez.

Directed by Marta Aracelis, Melinda Capeles-Rowe, Ingrid Cordova, Rolando E. Gómez, Alexia Rose Guzmán, Dewel Pérez, María Pérez-Gómez, Victoria Pérez

Written by Anthony Alcocer, Marta Aracelis, Lissette De Jesús, Alejandro Gabriel Gómez, Rolando Martin Gómez, Alexia Rose Guzmán, Dewel Pérez, María Pérez-Gómez, Victoria Pérez

Up Next for Raices: Desde el Puente: Christmas Edition!

8 Nov

Desde el Puente Navidad Official

A Bilingual One-Act Play festival in tribute to local community leader, activist and writer Rafael Perez, celebrating Latino stories.

This year with a holiday twist!

Dec 1-17

GET YOUR TICKETS HERE!

Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm
Sundays at 6pm
Pay-what-You can performances on Thursday Dec 7 & 14 at 7:30pm

Starring Marta Aracelis, Melinda Capeles-Rowe, Lissette De Jesús, Chris Espinal, Rolando Martin Gómez, Alexia Rose Guzmán, Smirna Mercedes-Pérez, Víctor Morales, María Pérez-Gómez, Josué Rosario-Cáliz

Featuring Carlos Rafael Maggiolo, Amara Gómez and Alejandro Pérez.

Directed by Marta Aracelis, Melinda Capeles-Rowe, Ingrid Cordova, Rolando E. Gómez, Alexia Rose Guzmán, Dewel Pérez, María Pérez-Gómez, Victoria Pérez

Written by Anthony Alcocer, Marta Aracelis, Lissette De Jesús, Alejandro Gabriel Gómez, Rolando Martin Gómez, Alexia Rose Guzmán, Dewel Pérez, María Pérez-Gómez, Victoria Pérez

The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity- Our first reading of the season-FREE!

5 Oct

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Sunday October 8, 2017
6pm
Road Less Traveled
500 Pearl St.

How does one pursue the “American Dream” in a country that refuses to offer opportunity indiscriminately? That is the question at the heart of The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, a flashy American satire set in the professional entertainment wrestling world. We follow Macedonio Guerra, an excellent Puerto Rican wrestler, as he rises from the bottom of the pecking order. In this interactive physical comedy, Mace talks directly to the audience as fans in his arena, drawing the viewer into the struggle, joy, and heart of the story. The play dissects race, xenophobia, ego, and our moral compass – topics even more relevant now than when it originally premiered.

Written by Kristoffer Díaz

Directed by Rosa Fernandez

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Rosa Fernandez

Starring:

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Jose A. Rivera

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Ugo Chukwu

Neimah Headshot

Neimah Djourabchi

 

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Nicholas Lama

With narration by

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Brian Morvant

Raíces Theatre Company Announces New Ensemble Members, Managing Director and Reading Series at Road Less Traveled Theatre

3 Oct

 

BUFFALO, NY (October 3rd, 2017) — Raíces Theatre Company, Western New York’s premier Latinx theater production company, announced the addition of four new members to the company’s ensemble of theatrical professionals. “Expanding the ensemble brings us great pride,” said Victoria Pérez, Artistic Director of Raíces. “As a theatre company, we are only as strong as the people with which we tell our stories. With the addition of these four new members, we are stronger than ever.” Raíces’ new ensemble members include:

Anthony

Anthony Alcocer

Anthony Alcocer – Anthony’s work with Raíces began with a play reading in 2014 when he read the part of Nene in Curse of the Puerto Ricans. In 2016, he read for the title character in Elliot, a Soldier’s Fugue. 2016 also saw his stage debut with Raíces when he finished the Elliot Ortiz trilogy with The Happiest Song Plays Last. He also participated briefly as a guest in the stage reading for Barcelo on the Rocks. A four-time Artie Award-nominee, Anthony received the 2017 Outstanding Leading Actor in a Play for his performance as Jackie in The Motherf**cker with the Hat, produced by Road Less Traveled Productions and directed by Raíces’ Artistic Director Victoria Pérez. Anthony also received Best of WNY recognition in 2015 from Buffalo Spree Magazine for his work as Adolpho in MusicalFare’s production of The Drowsy Chaperone. Locally, Anthony has worked with the Irish Classical Theatre Company, Buffalo United Artists, Second Generation Theatre, New Phoenix Theatre, Theatre of Youth, Torn Space Theater, Theatre Jugend, The ALT and Shakespeare in Delaware Park. Anthony opened the 2017-18 season as part of the cast for MusicalFare’s production of Peter and the Starcatcher. He will also appear on the 710 Main Theatre stage for RLTP’s production of It’s a Wonderful Life as well as American Repertory Theater of WNY’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar, in which he’ll play the role of Judas. The first Chicano in the Raíces ensemble, Anthony credits his parents with instilling him with pride in his own heritage, a mixture of Andalusian, Yucatecan Maya, Sicilian and Bohemian Romani. He earned his BFA degree from Florida State University in 2011 before pursuing professional theater in Buffalo.

 

Melinda

Melinda Capeles-Rowe

Melinda Capeles-Rowe – Melinda has been working in the entertainment industry for almost 30 years and received her formal education from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the New School University. Locally, she has appeared in RLTP’s production of The Motherf**cker with the Hat (Veronica), Raíces’ Mariela in the Desert (Oliva), Stompin’ at the Savoy (Rachel) and Christmas is Coming Uptown (Young Mary). In the past, Melinda has also performed with Cirque du Soleil (Acrobat/Clown), Walt Disney World (Voice-over and Entertainment) and Disney Cruise Line (Entertainment). She has worked in various films as a stunt performer and actress. Melinda is also a professional consultant for the theater department at St. Mary’s School for the Deaf. A mother of three, she feels grateful and deeply indebted to her beautiful family.

Lissette

Lissette De Jesus

Lissette DeJesus – Lissette is currently a student at Buffalo State College, where she majors in fashion with a minor in theater, and is a theater graduate of the Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts. Her BAVPA credits include Pippin (Leading Player) and A Streetcar Named Desire (Eunice). On stage, she was last seen in Raíces’ production of Mariela in the Desert, earning an Artie for Outstanding Debut for her role as Blanca. A self-taught painter and published fashion model, Lissette is a co-founder of LUNA, a seminar held in Buffalo designed to embrace underrepresented women in the fashion industry, offering workshops on brand building, motivational and theater exercises as well as talkbacks with industry leaders. She is excited to join Raíces and thanks the company for providing a platform for her to explore her Latina heritage and a venue to tell her story.

Alexia

Alexia Rose Guzmán


Alexia Rose Guzmán – Alexia is a 2016 graduate of Hilbert College where she earned her bachelor’s degree in digital media and communications. In 2012, she was named Miss Borinquen of WNY. Alexia has been involved with the arts from a young age and the largest production she participated in was High School Musical: ON STAGE! (Martha Cox) with the Niagara Fine Arts Program. Alexia served as the stage manager for Raíces’ Summer 2017 production of Desde el Puente. As an ensemble member, Alexia hopes to gain more theater experience and to learn more about her Latina heritage, of which she is very proud. Working with Raíces is very special to her because, on the stage, the company tells the herstory of which she is a part. She thanks her parents and brothers for their great support.
Raíces is also announcing a return to its roots to Road Less Traveled Productions, which will host the company’s 2017-18 play reading series. “The Voces Latinas reading series started at Road Less Traveled in 2012,” said Victoria Pérez. “After the first year of the series, Raíces was born. Since then, we’ve found a new home at the Manny Fried Playhouse but but this season we go back to our roots with the reading series at RLTP.” The Road Less Traveled Theater, 500 Pearl St. at Pearl and West Tupper, will host three Raíces readings: The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity by Kristoffer Diaz on October 8th, 2017; Mojada by Luis Alfaro on January 28th, 2018; and Gorditas by Gustavo Ott on March 18th, 2018 (Gorditas is entirely in Spanish). Raíces’ main productions of Desde el Puente – La Parranda and La Lupe will remain in the Manny Fried Playhouse, 255 Great Arrow Ave., third floor.

 

 

Steve

Steve Brachmann

Finally, Raíces is proud to announce that it has promoted ensemble member Steve Brachmann to serve as Managing Director of the theater company. Steve has worked with the company since the Voces Latinasreading series was established and has served various roles with Raíces over the past five years as a stage manager, actor, playwright and director. In recent years, Steve has also taken on marketing and communications work on behalf of Raíces to help grow the company’s profile in Buffalo’s theater industry. “As the lone Spanish/English bilingual theater company in the Western New York area, Raíces has a unique opportunity to connect with the tens of thousands of Latin and Spanish-speaking people in Buffalo and across the region,” Brachmann said. “Going forward, I will be focusing on solidifying Raíces’ foundation in Buffalo to grow our ensemble’s opportunities for artistic expression throughout the community. This theater company is a wonderful family which keeps growing and it will be my job to see that our roots grow deep and far into the wider world of American theater.”

 

Raíces Sings-Our Annual Fundraiser

13 Aug

 

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Raíces Sings with RNSM-Annual Fundraiser. This year we will have the pleasure of remaking popular songs of yesterday and today into latino infused songs. Think Post-Modern Jukebox but with a Latino feel! Raíces members will sing with WNY’s hottest new band RNSM (Ransom). All songs will be specially arranged by the band for the fundraiser. The fundraiser will also include basket raffles and a the new members of the Raíces ensemble will be introduced! Tickets are $30 General admission or $50 per couple. Call 716-381-9333 or click here for tickets.