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Atlantic Announces LATINO MIXFEST – August 12-14

ATLANTIC THEATER COMPANY ANNOUNCES

“LATINO MIXFEST”

FREE READING PLAY FESTIVAL

AUGUST 12 – 14, 2010

Atlantic Theater Company (Neil Pepe, Artistic Director, Jeffory Lawson, Managing Director) is proud to announce LATINO MIXFEST, a new series of free readings presented Thursday, August 12 – Saturday, August 14 at Atlantic Stage 2 (330 West 16 Street).

Atlantic will showcase playwrights from across the country with boldly adventurous new plays that join writers, directors, and actors from different cultural backgrounds while focusing on works from the new generation of Latino writers coming out of the American theater today.

Atlantic Theater Company’s Artistic Leadership Associate Jaime Castaneda, organizer of the new festival, said:  “We wanted to mash-up new artists and allow the time and resources for these plays to take off.  This festival will highlight a handful of Latino writers doing refreshing and provocative work.  These young writers, all under the age of 35, are tackling stories with new takes on identity and multiculturalism.”

LATINO MIXFEST is made possible, in part, through the leadership support of Time Warner Inc.

Thursday August 12, 2010

A BED THE SIZE OF PORTUGAL by Mat Smart (Minneapolis)

Oscar hasn’t slept in months because his wife Ollie snores like a Mack truck.  Their search for peace and happiness takes them from New York City to Mirandela, Portugal.  Smart uses an assorted group of characters to tell a touching story about love and death.

Curtain time at 3:00 p.m.

Broadsword by Marco Ramirez (Los Angeles)

Miami-native Marco Ramirez’ Broadsword is a story about a heavy metal band from the 1990s in New Jersey needing to reunite.  The lead singer has gone missing and is presumed dead after six months.  The only possible way to resurrect him is to play music that may dabble in the occult.

Curtain time at 5:30 p.m.

Friday August 13, 2010

Chimi-Changas and Zoloft by Fernanda Coppel (New York)

Sonia, currently on a Chimi-Changas and Zoloft binge, has left her family to do some soul searching.  Her daughter Jackie conspires with her friend to bring Sonia back home, all while their fathers continue their ongoing secret relationship.  We witness this irreverent story through the eyes of two brazen teenagers trying to keep their families intact.

Curtain time at 3:00 p.m.

One Night in the Valley by Mando Alvarado, Raul Castillo, Tanya Saracho, and Jerry Ruiz (four short plays by native South Texas playwrights)

These darkly funny stories take place on a desolate highway somewhere in the Texas desert.  Each play uniquely addresses people wrestling with tough and usually bizarre circumstances.

Curtain time at 5:30 p.m.

Saturday August 14, 2010

F**king Vigwan by Kristoffer Diaz (New York)

This abrasively entertaining play is absurd and profane.  Diaz creates an outrageous world where anything goes including sword fighting and zombies.  Warning: play contains sex, drugs, police brutality, foul language, necrophilia, and neo-colonialism.

Curtain time at 1:00 p.m.

Mala Hierba by Tanya Saracho (Chicago)

Tanya is a Chicago-based writer who penned this full-length play from her one act in One Night in the Valley earlier this spring.  Set at the southwest border between Mexico and Texas this play charts the downward spriral of a woman struggling to keep her life together.

Curtain time at 3:00 p.m.

For more details, visit:www.atlantictheater.org

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