This week, I will have the honor of playing the lead role in my former classmate Gloria Mendez’s new play, Sweet Pea, as part of a bill of short plays presented by the New York Theatre Festival at the Hudson Guild Theater!
In the show, I play Lily, a young woman who has been rather unlucky in love, due to the fact that her sexual fixation with flowers often scares away potential suitors. The plot explores her strained relationship with her mother, her relationship with her very concerned ex-boyfriend Baren, and her relationship with herself and her own sexuality. It’s difficult enough for a woman to express her sexual preferences – what happens when those preferences fall a bit, shall we say, left-of-center? Come to one of our performances on January 10th, 11th or 13th to find out!
Tickets can be purchased HERE.
The show is directed by Heather Bildman, stage managed by Julie Hoffman, and also features Eric Bermudez, Macarena Ramos, Garrett Lyons, and Brandy Ochoa.
On October 7th, I had the honor of performing in Kim Hoeckele’s Rosy-Crimson, which went up as a part of the opening of the 2018 Queens International: Volumes exhibit at the Queens Museum.
An excerpt from QueensMuseum.org describes the production as follows:
Kim Hoeckele’s performance piece, Rosy-Crimson (2016-2018), represents her ongoing research into the fragmentary and transient nature of language and meaning. The work stemmed from a close reading of the 3000-year-old Greek epic poem The Odyssey, which was originally spoken aloud to an audience before being set down in writing centuries later. The subject of this poem is the hero Odysseus’ long journey home to his wife. Comparing its multiple translations, Hoeckele came across one recurring phrase: “dawn’s rosy fingers.” This repetition was a device to help the orator remember his spot in the epic poem. At Queens Museum, 18 actors clad in rose-hued outfits deliver a non-linear narrative based around the translations of this phrase with changes in volume, pitch, and body movement.
It was so fascinating to work on a site-specific play where I and my castmates literally became pieces of art. I was honored to be able to participate in such a deeply personal and expertly crafted theatrical piece, created by a local living artist and intended to be accessible to the people of Queens and beyond.
More photos, information about the project, and information about the fabulous Kim Hoeckele can be found on her website.