Raíces to Produce 2nd-Annual Desde el Puente Completely Written by Ensemble Members

4 May

Poster Desde el puente 2017

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Raíces Theatre Company will open its 2nd annual production of Desde el Puente on Friday May 26, 2017. The show will feature a bilingual series of 10 one-act plays which offer stories that are culturally specific and relevant to the Latinx culture. These one-acts encompass the Latinx experience in this country including issues of struggling with Latinx identity, the importance of traditions, finding empowerment by overcoming struggle and religious influences on family dynamics. Desde el Puente will feature works that are dramatic, comic and seriocomic with language ranging from mostly English with light Spanglish up to full Spanish dialogue.

“As a Latinx theatre company, we have a responsibility to tell our stories and to develop the skills of our talented ensemble,” Pérez said. “It brings us great pride that Desde el Puente is completely produced, written, directed and acted by the ensemble. That in itself is a great feat!” Pérez notes that the theatre is a powerful vehicle for self-reflection. “And the power of seeing ourselves on stage in a positive light is priceless,” she said.

Desde el Puente will open on Friday, May 26th and run for three weekends until Sunday, June 11th. Friday, Saturday shows are at 8 PM, Sunday at 6 PM. There will also be Pay-What-You-Can performances on two Thursdays, June 1st and June 8th at 7:30 PM, followed by a talkback with the ensemble. Performances take place at the Manny Fried Playhouse, 255 Great Arrow Ave., third floor. Desde el Puente stars Alejandro Gómez, Rolando Martín Gómez, Smirna Mercedes-Pérez, Dewel Pérez, Maria Pérez-Gómez, Marta Aracelis and Steve Brachmann. Most of these ensemble members, as well as Raíces’ Artistic Director Victoria Pérez, will also serve as directors for the series of one-acts. General admission tickets are $20 each while student tickets are $15 each. Tickets can be reserved by calling 716-381-9333 or by clicking here!

Raíces Proudly Presents a Reading of BARCELÓ ON THE ROCKS by Marco Antonio Rodríguez

28 Feb


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.

Starring Rolando Martín Gómez, Alejandro Gómez, Jordan Rosas, Chris Vasquez, Dewel Pérez and Jake Hayes. Directed by Victoria Pérez.

Sunday, March 12th 6pm 
Manny Fried Playhouse
255 Great Arrow Ave. 3rd floor
Buffalo, NY 14207
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9 Jan

Melinda Capeles-Rowe (Oliva)

Relatively new to Buffalo and recently enrolled in Buffalo State, Melinda is extremely grateful for the opportunities that continue to be afforded to her here and looks forward to an abundance of work in Buffalo Theater. She would like to thank her family for supporting her through her dreams and hanging in there through all the personality changes. “I love you, eternity!” She would also like to thank the wonderful students and staff members of Saint Mary’s School for the Deaf for routing her on…“kiss fist!”.


Lissette DeJesus (Blanca)

Lissette DeJesus (Blanca), a Buffalo native, is a local artist that has performed in Buffalo Academy of Visual and Performing Art’s productions of Pippin (Leading Player), A Streetcar named Desire (Eunice) and Frankenstein. She’s also played the part of Baby in the reading of The Curse Of The Puerto Ricans by Rosa Fernandez. This is her first production with Raíces Theatre Company.

Rolando Martín Gómez (Jose)

Rolando Martín Gómez’s credits 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, Marc Anthony and Cleopatra, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot and Death and the Maiden; he was most recently seen at MusicalFare in In The Heights for which he is nominated for Outstanding supporting actor in a musical Rolando is the co-founder of Raíces Theater Company where he has performed recently in Happiest Song Plays Last. 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 with credits in radio, television commercials and films such as The American Side, Raymour & Flanigan, Kaleida Health and the voice for the Paradise Fall exhibition at the Buffalo Zoo.  In 2012, he was the recipient of the Mayor of Buffalo Art Award for his artistic contributions.



Sean Marciniak (Adam)

Sean Marciniak, born in Buffalo, NY, is a local actor and comedian who has appeared with The Subversive Theater’s production of The Shape of Things (Adam), Buffalo United Artists’ production of Cock (M) and Load More Guys, and the American Repertory Theater’s production of Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Picasso) and Rustbelt Grotesque.  As a comedian he has performed with the stand-up showcase Laugh & Other Drugs in the 9th Ward at Babeville, weekly as a sketch and stand-up performer with the Rustbelt Comedy Showcase at Nietzsche’s, and with Helium Comedy Club’s Comedy Smackdown .


Carlos Rafael Maggiolo (Carlos)

Carlos Rafael Maggiolo is a 5th grade student at the Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts studying theatre. We has worked as an actor with Theatre for Change and with Subversive Theatre in their production of GRAPES OF WRATH.  He was last seen as Pinocchio in BAVPA’s production of Shrek, Jr.


Victoria Pérez (Mariela)

Victoria Pérez is the Co- Founder and Artistic Director of Raíces Theatre Company. She is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC studying Musical Theatre. Victoria is an ensemble member of Road Less Traveled and a company member of O’Connell and Company and Subversive Theatre. Among her favorite theatre credits are, In the Heights (Daniela)Water by the Spoonful (Odessa) Death and the Maiden, (Paulina), The Clean House (Matilde), Botanica, (Millie), La Gringa (Iris), Last Days of Judas Iscariot( Mother Theresa), Superior Donuts (Randy), Twilight, (One Woman Show), No Child, (One Woman Show), References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot, (Cat). Favorite director credits, Real Women Have Curves, A Raisin In The Sun, Radio Golf, Parallel Lives: The Kathy and Mo Show and La luz de un cigarillo, Ordinary Days, Happiest Song Plays Last. Victoria has been nominated several times for Buffalo’s Artie Awards, and won for Outstanding Actress in a Musical for her performance in Four Guys Named Jose and Una Mujer Named Maria at O’Connell and Co. She also received the Arts Award   from Hispanics United of Buffalo and the Community Arts award from Senator Antoine Thompson. Victoria is a vocalist for the Buffalo Tango Orchestra and is a teaching artist having taught with many local and state arts organizations.

January 20-February 5
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16 Dec


Mariela and José were once the golden couple of the Mexican artists’ inner circle. Together they built a family and an artist colony to host friends Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, and Rufino Tamayo. But now their daughter has grown up and run away, their friends are too famous to call, and artistic inspiration has been strangled by isolation and lies. Set in the northern Mexican desert in 1950, Mariela in the Desert is a deadly mystery—a layered yet profoundly honest story of what happens to a family when creativity is forced to dry and wither away.

Directed by Rebecca Ward and Starring Melinda Capeles Rowe, Lissette DeJesus, Rolando Martín Gómez, Sean Marciniak, Carlos Rafael Maggiolo and Victoria Pérez. January 20-February 5. Call 716-381-9333 for reservations or click here for tickets!


26 Nov

 Call for Submissions

Desde el Puente

10 Plays/10 Minutes each

2nd Annual One Act Play Festival

Calling all Latinx Playwrights for submitting works to Desde El Puente, the 2nd annual production of Raíces Theatre Company’s one act play festival. Desde El Puente honors the memory of Rafael Pérez, a leader in Western New York’s Latino community, and recognizes the bridge that needs to be crossed for Latino works to be celebrated by the wider world. Ten plays will be chosen for a 3 weekend run starting May 26th, 2017 and closing June 11th, 2017 in Buffalo, NY.

Please read our submissions guidelines carefully. Submissions that do not follow our guidelines will not be considered. 

Playwrights: May submit a maximum of 2 one act plays, each no longer than 10 minutes. If you find yourselves with more than 10 pages on hand, please read it aloud and time it. All plays must have a cast no larger than 6 characters and minimal set requirements as there is no time for elaborate set changes. All plays must deal with subject matter that relates to the Latino culture. If selected your play will be cast, produced and directed by Raíces Theatre Company. All selected plays will run every night. Selected plays will receive a $20 royalty. Please email your submissions to play to raicessubmissions@gmail.com in standard format DOC, DOCX or PDF. Subject line should have your name and title of the play. Body of email should contain your contact information (name, mailing address, telephone number and email)

Deadlines: All submissions must have arrived before Wednesday, February 1st, 2016. An email confirmation will be sent to you when we receive your play. If we select your play for the festival we will notify you no later than Wednesday, February 15th, 2016. Please note that plays will be read as they come so the earlier you submit your play the better, once we have 10 that we like we reserve the right to close the submissions before the dateline.

We look forward to reading your work!

Se solicitan Obras

Desde el Puente

10 Obras/10 minutos cada una

2do Festival de Obras Teatrales de un Acto

Se solicita a todo escritor(a)/dramaturgo(a) latino(a) someter su obra de teatro para Desde el Puente, el 2do Festival de Obras Teatrales de un Acto, producida por la compañía de teatro Raíces. Desde el Puente se originó para rendirle tributo a la memoria de Rafael Pérez, un líder en la comunidad Latina de Western New York, y reconoce el puente que tenemos que cruzar para que nuestros trabajos sean apreciados en el mundo entero. 10 de las obras que recibamos serán seleccionadas para participar tres fines de semana. El festival abrirá el 26 de Mayo y cerrara el 11 de Junio de 2017 en Buffalo, NY.

Por favor lea y tenga en cuenta nuestros parámetros a la hora de presenta su obra. Las obras que no estén entre dichos parámetros no serán consideradas.

Escritor(a)/Dramaturgo(a): Debe someter un máximo de 2 obras de un acto cada uno de no más de 10 minutos. Si usted cree que su obra es más de 10 minutos, por favor, léala en voz alta y tome el tiempo. Todas las obras deben tener un máximo de 6 personajes y exigencias mínimas en lo que respecta a la escenografía debido al corto tiempo que tendremos para el cambio de escenario. Todas la obras deberán tratar a cerca de un tema relativa a la cultura Latina. Si seleccionamos su obra, esta será producida y dirigida por Raíces, al igual que nos encargaremos de escoger a los actores que darán vida a los personajes. Las obras seleccionadas tendrán una función cada noche y recibirán $20 por los derechos de autor. Por favor envié su obra a nuestra dirección de correo electrónico raicessubmissions@gmail.com en formato de DOC, DOCX o PDF. La línea del tema del email debe incluir su nombre y el título de la obra. El correo debe contener su información personal (nombre, dirección, número de teléfono, correo electrónico)

Fecha tope: Todas las obras deben ser recibidas antes del miércoles 1ro de Febrero de 2017. Le enviaremos un correo electrónico para notificarle una vez hayamos recibido su obra. En el caso de que su obra haya sido seleccionada usted será notificado a más tardar el miércoles 15 de febrero de 2017. Por favor tenga en cuenta que las obras serán revisadas y leídas en el orden en que recibamos, mientras más rápido la envié, mejor. Nos reservamos el derecho de cerrar el periodo de presentación de obras antes de la fecha tope una vez se hayan escogido las 10 obras que participaran en el festival.

Esperamos ansiosamente recibir sus trabajos.


De Fiesta con Raíces-A Variety Show! Our Annual Fundraiser

25 Oct


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DESDE EL PUENTE- A Bilingual One-Act Play Festival

6 May

Desde el Puente

A Bilingual One-Act Play Festival
In tribute to local community leader and writer Rafael Pérez. Celebrating Latino stories.
May 27-June 5
Fridays, Saturdays at 8pm
Sundays at 6pm
Thursday June 3 7:30pm Pay-what-you can
Written by Camilo Almonacid, Zulymar Cruz, K J Dwyer, Paco José Madden, Kelly McBurnette-Andronicos, Dewel Pérez, Victoria Pérez, Juan Ramirez, Alvaro Saar Rios, and Eric Valentino.
iStarring: Steve Brachmann, Ingrid Córdova, Alejandro Gómez, Rolando Martín Gómez, Smirna Mercedes-Pérez, Dewel Pérez, Maria Pérez-Gómez, Victoria Pérez and Shalimar Anais Rodriguez.
Directed by: Steve Brachmann, Ingrid Córdova, Rolando Martín Gómez, Smirna Mercedes-Pérez, Dewel Pérez, and Victoria Pérez.
Set Design: Rolando E. Gómez, Carlos Magiolo
At the Manny Fried Playhouse 255 Great Arrow Ave. 3rd floor.
$18 general admission
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Ensemble serious

Nuestra Proxima Lectura-PANTALLAS/Our Next Reading-PANTALLAS

6 Apr


UNA NOCHE DE NOVELAS-Una instalación nostálgica de nuestros recuerdos de NOVELAS seguida por una lectura de la obra PANTALLAS de Dolores Prida dirigida por Sheila M. López con actuaciones de Ingrid Córdova, Rolando Martín Gómez y Alex Sarabria.

Domingo 1ero de mayo 6pm
Manny Fried Theatre 255 Great Arrow Ave. 3er piso

El evento es GRATIS!!!!!

Lectura es en español/READING IS IN SPANISH





12 Feb


At the dawn of the Arab Spring in an ancient Jordinian town, an Iraq War veteran struggles to overcome the traumas of combat by taking on an entirely new and unexpected career: an action-film hero. At the same time, halfway around the world in a cozy North Philadelphia kitchen, his cousin takes on a heroic new role of her own: as the heart and soul of her crumbling community, providing hot meals and an open door for the needy.

The final installment in Hudes’s three-play cycle, which began with the Pulitzer Prize-finalist Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue and Pulitzer Prize-winner Water By the Spoonful, The Happiest Song Plays Last is about the search for redemption, humility and one’s place in the world.

Raíces Theatre Company Presents the last play in Hudes’s Elliot Triology ‘The Happiest Song Plays Last’, having produced a reading of the first part-‘Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue’ in 2015 then Raíces Artistic Director Victoria Pérez played Odessa in Road Less Traveled production of the second part of the trilogy ‘Water by the Spoonful’. Actor Anthony Alcocer will have played Elliot in all three plays! The play uses live puertorican jibaro music to merge the stories of the two worlds.

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2015-2016 Season

5 Jan

In our new home:

Manny Fried Playhouse at Subversive Theatre
255 Great Arrow 3rd Floor

IN THE HEIGHTS in collaboration with Musicalfare Theatre
Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Book by Quiara Alegría-Hudes
Directed by Randall Kramer
Choreography by Michael Walline
Music Direction Theresa Quinn
September 9-Octboer 11, 2015

By Quiara Alegría-Hudes
Directed by Victoria Pérez
March 5-March 12, 2016

DESDE EL PUENTE-One act plays
May 27-June 5, 2016

VOCES LATINAS Reading Series-To be announced!