Presentamos una LECTURA de JULIETA TIENE LA CULPA de Bárbara Colio

1 Apr

Raíces presenta una LECTURA de


de Bárbara Colio
dirigida por Sheila M. López

Una célebre historia de amor, tres musas clásicas y tres mujeres modernas.
Tres corazones ardiendo. Señales de humo y signos de incendio.
Una gran enigma: ¡¿Qué paso con el amor a una misma?!

Con actuaciones de

Valentina Marulanda Ospina
Victoria Pérez
Eva Santos García

Narración por Sheila M. López


Domingo 14 de Abril

Manny Fried Playhouse
255 Great Arrow Ave. Third Floor
Buffalo, NY 14207

Our 4th Annual One-Act Play DESDE EL PUENTE opens in 3 weeks!

1 Apr

Desde el Puente Poster Asi Logo 2 BOTTOMThis year we wrote 9 new 10 minute musicals! All musicals are culturally specific about the Latino experience. WEPA!

April 19-May 5

Get your tickets here!

Written, directed and performed by members of the Raíces ensemble.


Alexia Guzmán
Steve Brachmann
Lissette DeJesús
Alejandro Gabriel Gómez
Rolando E.  Gómez
Smirna Mercedes-Pérez
Maria Pérez-Gómez
Victoria Pérez

Written by

Anthony Alcocer
Lissette DeJesús
Alejandro Gabriel Gómez
Rolando Martín Gómez
Alexia Guzmán
Dewel Pérez
Maria Pérez-Gómez
Victoria Pérez

Directed by 

Ingrid Córdova
Lissette DeJesús
Maria Pérez-Gómez
Victoria Pérez

Music Composed by

Adrian Güadalupe
Blaise Mercedes
Dewel Pérez
Lilliangina Quiñones
Sara Rodríguez
Moshe Shulman
Daniel Williams

Artistic Direction: Victoria Pérez
Music Director: Kevin Doyle


Kevin Doyle-Keyboard
Rafael J. Pérez-Guitar, percussion
Sara Rodríguez-Guitar, flute, percussion

Program is funded by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; administered by Arts Services Initiative of Western New York and New York Creative Opportunity Fund (A Statewide Theatre Regrant Program)


Barceló on the Rocks-Meet the Cast!

12 Dec
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Rolando Martín Gómez

Rolando Gómez (Nino) Among Rolando’s credits are Man of La Mancha, Romeo and Juliet, Blood Wedding, Riff Raff, References to Salvador Dali Makes Me Hot, A Streetcar Named Desire, Four Guys Named José and a Woman Named Maria, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Death and the Maiden, In the Heights, Happiest Song Plays Last, Mariela in the Dessert, The Motherfu**ker with the Hat, Taming of the Shrew and Golden Boy. Rolando is the co-founder of Raíces Theater Company. He has performed throughout the U.S., Latin American and Spain, including performing for the internationally renowned Spanish Repertory Theater in NYC. He is a graduate of Buffalo State College with a B.A. in Theater and the Canada’s national voice intensive. He has credits in films such as The Purge, West Herr and the voice for the Paradise Fall exhibition at the Buffalo Zoo. He would like to express his deepest gratitude to Marco Rodriguez, for his relentless pursuit of excellence and deepest love for his culture.


Alejandro Gabriel Gómez

Alejandro Gabriel Gómez (Sergio) is an aspiring actor from Buffalo, New York. In 2014, he was one of 30 high school students selected to attend the New York Summer School of the Arts. He is also the youngest ensemble member of Raíces Theatre Company, and was recently seen as part of the ensemble in Second Generation Theatre’s Big Fish. He is now attending Buffalo State College as a theatre major, with a minor in Spanish language and literature. Alejandro feels extremely blessed to be a part of a necessary piece of drama, and hopes that the production will create a discussion about masculinity, male relationships, and how our perception of each can affect how we love ourselves and others. He’d like to thank everyone involved for pouring their hearts out into such a beautiful production.


 Jordan Rosas

Jordan Rosas (Dennis) is proud to play his first Latinx role in his Raíces debut! After studying theatre at UB, he moved to Los Angeles, where he recently starred in Romeo and Juliet. The son of the first hispanic mayor in NYS history (Dunkirk’s Willie Rosas), Jordan remains active in the WNY community. Buffalo theatre credits: Tiny, Forum (Lancaster Opera House), Biloxi Blues (Desiderio’s). Film credits include: Rainbow Bridge Motel (iTunes), Mercy (Netflix), John Doe (current).


Victor Morales

Victor Morales (Aurelio) is excited to be involved in his second Raices Theatre production. He was last seen in Death and the Maiden (Gerardo Escobar). Victor is no stranger to the WNY stages his long list of credits include: A Few Good Men (Col. Nathan Jessep), One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (Chief Bromden), Of Mice and Men (Lennie), Fiddler on the Roof (Tevye), Guys and Dolls (Big Jule) and Jesus Christ Superstar (Caiaphas). In his almost 60 productions, Lennie tops his favorite roles, with, Tevye and On the Waterfront (Johnny Friendly), which he received an Artvoice Artie Award for “Best Supporting Actor” tied for his second favorite roles. He has also been seen on several local stages; New Phoenix Theatre, Subversive Theatre, American Repertory Theatre and the Kavinoky Theatre to name a few. Lifesaving thanks to ECMC Kidney, Roswell Park Multiple Myeloma and BMT Departments.


Dewel Pérez

Dewel Pérez (Balaguer) or Dee as he prefers people to call him is a half Dominican half Puerto Rican actor enamored with telling our stories through theater. He believes that theater brings the realness of the latino experience to life to a diverse audience that might not know about them. Dee has being involved in many plays as an actor, sound designer, graphic designer, stage manager and spot light operator. He thanks Raices Theatre Company (where he is one of the founding ensemble members) for the opportunity to play Dr. Joaquin Balaguer as envisioned by the author of Barcelo on the Rocks, Marco Antonio Rodriguez.

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Jake Hayes

Jake Hayes (Jaston) is hyped to make his Raíces Debut! Recent credits include; Curtain Up Productions: The Little Mermaid (Sebastian),Beauty and the Beast (Beast), Musical Fare: Evita (Ensemble),The Subversive Theater Collective: UrineTown (Robby the Stock Fish),O’Connell & Company: Act of God (Michael) ,Little shop of Horrors (Audrey II) Art Park: The Oddessy the Musical (Telemachus) , Buffalo Boys Productions: Once In My Lifetime (Ty) Jake would like to thank his friends and family for their support., Love you Gma.

Coming up Next! Barceló on the Rocks!

31 Oct

English Version World-Premiere

Barceló on the Rocks

After receiving unexpected news, Nino Antonio Cruz, a Dominican man living in New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood with his two sons, is forced to confront his mortality and the dark secrets that have plagued his family for generations which are intrinsically tied to the Caribbean island’s political history.

Written by Marco Antonio Rodríguez
Directed by Victoria Pérez

Alejandro Gabriel Gómez
Rolando Martín Gómez
Jake Hayes
Victor Morales
Dewel Pérez
Jordan Rosas

Get your tickets here!


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La Lupe: My Life, My Destiny! WNY Premier May 25-June 10

28 Apr

We’ve gotten some wonderful reviews! Read them below.

Buffalo News Review
Buffalo Rising Review

La Lupe Poster Project Ver 4 Premiere

La Lupe: My Life, My Destiny recounts the meteoric rise and fall of one of Latin America’s most iconic singers; La Lupe. In this play with music we are invited to share La Lupe’s memories as she proves her life’s work to her college professor. It is a story about perseverance, tragedy and ultimately survival.

Written by Carmen Rivera
Directed by Victoria Pérez
Starring Melinda Capeles as La Lupe
Steve Brachmann
Rolando Martín Gómez
Smirna Mercedes Pérez
Dewel Pérez
María Pérez-Gómez

Tickets available here

MOJADA by Luis Alfaro-Our Last Reading of the Season

10 Apr


by Luis Alfaro

A contemporary retelling of Medea
Directed by Megan Callahan and starring Anthony Alcocer, Marta Aracelis, Melinda Capeles, Lissette DeJesus, Carlos Rafael Maggiolo, and Victoria Pérez.
Sunday April 29th 6pm at Road Less Traveled 500 Pearl St.
This Reading is in English


 Call 716-381-9333 for reservations!

GORDITAS-Nuestra proxima lectura ***GRATIS***

14 Mar

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¿Son el poder, la ambición, y la vanidad capaz de incrustarse en nuestra piel hasta provocar su fallecimiento?

Raíces presenta una lectura de


Una comedia satírica de Gustavo Ott sobre el culto al cuerpo y la ambición al poder. Dirigida por Sheila M. López con actuaciones de Melinda Capeles, Smirna Mercedes-Pérez, María Pérez-Gómez y Victoria Pérez.


Domingo, 18 de marzo 6pm

Road Less Traveled
500 Pearl St.


Haga su reservación llamando al 716-381-9333

“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!

Click here to read!


8 Dec

Desde el Puente Navidad Official

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!

Get your tickets HERE!

Desde el Puente Christmas Edition 2nd week!

7 Dec


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


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