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“LIFE, IN ALL ITS MESSY GLORY, OVERFLOWS THE STAGE of the Atlantic Theater in this DYNAMICALLY STAGED PRODUCTION. Lázaro’s animated ensemble piece unearths the volatile residents of a close-knit community, and A VIBRANT ACTING COMPANY BREATHES LIFE INTO EVERY QUIRKY CHARACTER!”
– Marilyn Stasio, Variety
“Lázaro is A SPINNER OF VIVID TALES POSSESSED OF A SHARP EAR FOR LANGUAGE AND A KEEN EYE FOR THE HUMANE COMIC DETAIL. [She] has been blessed with a superb company and a director who keeps a firm hand on the chaos, establishing an engaging balance between comedy and pathos as these characters work their way under our skin. I’D HAVE HAPPILY SPENT MORE TIME WITH THEM!”
– Jeremy Gerard, Deadline
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World Premiere Play
TELL HECTOR I MISS HIM
By PAOLA LÁZARO
Directed by DAVID MENDIZÁBAL
Atlantic Stage 2, 330 W. 16th St
Run time: 2 hours and 15 minutes, including one 10 minute intermission.
Ran January 11, 2017 through February 19, 2017
Single tickets start at $50.
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You’re in Puerto Rico. Old San Juan. You’re a tourist, you walk down the stairs of this beautiful old fort built by the Spaniards. When you reach the bottom, you realize you’re in a hole. Welcome to the basement that lies under the tourism and behind the fort walls. You spend some days there, you don’t want to leave. Oh no, you’re addicted. Tell Hector I Miss Him unmasks a community built on the law of respect that keeps getting washed away but refuses to drown.
Atlantic is thrilled to premiere Paola Lázaro’s vibrant, compelling play and introduce this bold new voice to audiences. She is Atlantic’s 2016|2017 Tow Playwright-in-Residence, supported generously by The Tow Foundation.
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Pictured: Paola Lázaro. Photo by Krista Schlueter for The New York Times.
“[Tell Hector I Miss Him ] is populated by some SHARPLY DRAWN CHARACTERS dangling eccentricities and pathologies [with] biting humor. Under the sympathetic direction of David Mendizábal, the ample cast brings defining individuality to their characters, infusing them with a PALPABLY REAL HUMANITY.”
– Charles Isherwood, The New York Times
“FRANK, FUNNY AND TOUCHING [with] colorful characters, each EXPERTLY PLAYED BY THE ACE ENSEMBLE!”
– Joe Dziemianowicz, NY Daily News
“[Tell Hector I Miss Him ] contains much to admire, and MAKES YOU EAGERLY ANTICIPATE THE PLAYWRIGHT’S NEXT EFFORT.”
– Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter
“BURSTING AT THE SEAMS WITH UNREQUITED DESIRE! With a beautifully lyrical but unwieldy style, Lázaro explores an entire community: its inhabitants, their desires, and their fears. IT’S LIKE OUR TOWN WITH SALSA AND COCAINE. A SOPHISTICATED, BRUTALLY HONEST TAKE FROM A PROMISING YOUNG PLAYWRIGHT.”
– Zachary Stewart, Theatermania
Production photos by Ahron R. Foster
VICTOR ALMANZAR (Jeison) is a New York-based actor who came from the Dominican Republic at an early age. He appeared as Oswaldo in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Between Riverside and Crazy at Atlantic Theater, Second Stage Theater (New York) and Steppenwolf Theater (Chicago). His performance earned him a Lucille Lortel Award Nomination for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play. He also appeared as Oscar in Steppenwolf’s production of Grand Concourse. Victor recently shot a lead role in the feature film 11:55 and a supporting role in Brawl in Cell Block 99. Recent television credits include “Empire” (FOX), “Chicago PD” (NBC), “High Maintenance” (HBO) and “LFE” (CBS). Before turning his attention to acting, Victor was in the United States Marine Corp where he served in Kosovo and Iraq. Since then he has worked on the New York stage, regionally and in London. Victor received his MFA from The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University.
SEAN CARVAJAL (Palito) is excited to make his Atlantic Theater debut. As an actor, some of his work includes: Ghetto Babylon (59E59), Lissabon (LaMaMa), Holy Land (HERE Arts Center), Seven Spots on The Sun (Cincinnati Playhouse), Dominica, That Fat Ugly Ho (LAByrinth Intensive Ensemble), Between Riverside and Crazy (Studio Theatre), Water by the Spoonful (Premiere Stages).
ALEXANDER FLORES (Toño) is from the Bronx, New York and has been acting since he was a teenager. He attended the famed Professional Performing Arts School (PPAS). Alexander plays Winston in The Maze Runner and the sequel Scorch Trials, directed by Wes Ball. He also appeared in Delivery Man starring Vince Vaughn, directed by Ken Scott, Home as Thomas, directed by Jono Oliver and Twelve as Arturo, directed by Joel Schumacher. Other film and television credits include “Orange is the New Black,” “The Good Wife,” “The Greatest,” “The Wackness,” “Nurse Jackie,” “The Big C,” “Law and Order,” “Sopranos” and a recurring role on “Rescue Me.” Alexander also performed Off-Broadway in Slag Heap at the Cherry Lane Theatre and Guinea Pig Solo at The Public Theater (Labyrinth Theater Company). He has participated in readings such as You, Me, and the Lampshade by Raúl Castillo and Waiting for Godot alongside Ethan Hawke, Sam Rockwell, Bobby Cannavale and Peter Dinklage.
YADIRA GUEVARA-PRIP (Isis) is a NYC-based actress, singer and playwright. She can currently be seen in a recurring role on “Mad Dogs” for Amazon, opposite Michael Imperioli and Steve Zahn. On stage, Yadira most recently starred in Vertigo Theater’s production of Street Children, written by Pia Scala-Zankel. Yadira also appeared in Se Llama Cristina at Intar directed by Lou Moreno, as well as Basilica at the Cherry Lane Theatre.
JUAN CARLOS HERNÁNDEZ (Mostro). Broadway: Wait Until Dark. Off-Broadway: A Question of Mercy, Souls of Naples, A View From 151st Street, Big Al and Water Music. Regional: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Merry Wives of Windsor, King Lear, The Dresser, Filumena and The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore. Film: Tower Heist, Cop Out, The Mercy Man, Carlito’s Way: Rise to Power, War of the Worlds, Undefeated, Against the Ropes, High Crimes and In America. Television: “Oz,” “Madam Secretary,” “House of Cards,” “The Blacklist,” “The Mysteries of Laura,” “The Good Wife,” “Person of Interest,” “Blue Bloods,” “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: SVU” and “NYC 22.” Juan is a former host at New York Comedy Club and has done stand-up at various clubs in the city. He would like to dedicate this show to his late teacher and friend, Robert “Neff” Williams, with love and thanks.
SELENIS LEYVA (Samira) was last seen on stage in the production of Basilica at the Cherry Lane Theatre and the title role in The Life and Music of Celia Cruz (New World Stages). She can be currently seen as “Gloria Mendoza” on Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black” now in its fifth season, for which The New York Times named Selenis as one of 2015’s top television performances. Ms. Leyva has been honored with receiving the 2014 Alma Award Special Achievement in Television, The Hola Jose Ferrer Tespis award and is a two-time Screen Actors Guild Winner (2014, 2015) for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. Some of her past television appearances include “Madame Secretary” (CBS), “Veep” (HBO), “Girls” (HBO). She was recently named one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in 2016 by People en Español for her philanthropic work with Cancer Research, LGBTQ issues and children’s issues. Selenis can be seen in the new Spiderman movie (Marvel, Sony), coming out Summer 2017.
TALENE MONAHON (La Gata) was recently seen in Alligator (New Georges/Sol Project). New York: Widower’s Houses (TACT/Gingold Theatrical Group), Permission (MCC), The Wild Party (Encores!) and Here’s Hoover (Les Freres Corbusier/Abrons). Regional credits include the world premieres of Confederacy of Dunces (Huntington Theater) and Hollywood (La Jolla Playhouse), in addition to productions of Carousel, Our Town, The Seagull and The Importance of Being Earnest. Her one woman show All in Good Fun was a hit at The United Solo Festival and has been produced across New England.
FLACO NAVAJA (Hugo) is a Puerto Rican actor/singer/poet who was raised in the Bronx, New York. Recent theater credits include: La Cancion (Spanish Rep theater), The Block (Working Theater), El Apagon (Pregones Theater Co), The Seven (New York Theater Workshop), Slanguage (New York Theatre Workshop). Television: “Blue Bloods” (CBS), “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll” (FX), “CSI: NY” (CBS), “Law & Order CI” (NBC), “East Willy B” (web series), “Def Poetry” (HBO). Film: Babygirl, Gun Hill Road, Fighting, Pride and Glory.
DASCHA POLANCO (Malena) is recognized for her role as “Dayanara Diaz” on the hit Netflix series and SAG award winning show, “Orange is the New Black.” Polanco has also co-starred in the 20th Century Fox, Golden Globe-nominated film Joy directed by David O. Russell opposite Jennifer Lawrence. Last year, she starred in The Perfect Match, produced by Queen Latifah and Tom McCarthy’s The Cobbler with Adam Sandler. Polanco made her big screen debut opposite Vanessa Hudgens and Rosario Dawson in the film Gimme Shelter. In 2017, she will star in her first lead film by Adrian Martinez, iCreep. Polanco has been the Latin face for Old Navy commercials and the NFL’s Women’s Apparel campaign. Her achievements have been recognized by ALMA Awards, HOLA Awards and The National Association of Latino Independent Producers (Lupe Award). The Hollywood Reporter named her one of the 40 Young Latino Powerhouses in Hollywood.
LISA RAMIREZ (Mami). Originally from the Bay Area, Lisa performed at many CA theaters including The Magic Theater, Marin Theatre Company, Actor’s Theatre and The Ubuntu Theater Project, where she received 3 Bay Area Critics Circle Awards and a Dramalogue Award for her work. In New York, Lisa has performed at the Cherry Lane Theatre, Working Theater, NYTW, INTAR, Ontological-Hysteric Theatre. Lisa’s first play, Exit Cuckoo (nanny in motherland) was presented Off-Broadway by the Working Theater/Mark Plesent (Colman Domingo, director). Other writing credits include Art of Memory, commissioned by Company SoGoNo and presented at the Ontological-Hysteric Theater and 3-LD; TO THE BONE , commissioned by the Working Theater/Mark Plesent and produced by the Cherry Lane Theatre/Angelina Fiordellisi (Lisa Peterson, director); Pas De Deux (lost my shoe), commissioned by the Cherry Lane Theatre/Mentor Project 15. She is a proud recipient of the 2015 Helen Merrill Playwriting Award and has recently become a company member of Ubuntu Theater Project in Oakland, CA.
LUIS VEGA (El Mago) is an actor and a writer. He has appeared Off-Broadway and regionally at The Culture Project, South Coast Rep, Williamstown Theater Festival, INTAR and HERE Arts Center. Notable on-camera appearances include Another Earth (Sundance 2011/Fox Searchlight), Emoticon, Chinese Puzzle and the Bekah Brunstetter-penned web series “Heirloom.” As a writer, his first full-length play, The Last Barnstorm, will appear as part of Teatro Vivo’s Austin Latinx New Play Festival in March 2017. He has a BA in English from Columbia University and an MFA in Acting from UCSD. Company member of The Ubuntu Theater Project (Oakland, CA).
ANALISA VELEZ (Tati). Recent credits include: Queen Latina in Queen Latina and her Power Posse (Cherry Lane Theatre), Rockhead/Teressa in Entremeses (INTAR), Lucy in The Inheritance (The Amoralists), Xiomara in Dolphins & Sharks (The Fire This Time Festival), Raptor in Tenant Occupied (24 Hour Plays: Nationals) and Closet in Broken Motherhood Museum (NuAFrikan Theatre). Film Credits: ‘SFTU’ and ‘Green Brothers’ .TV credits include: “MASTERCLASS: Liv Ullmann” (HBO). Analisa is a proud founder of the street theatre collective, Raw Love Theatre. She would like to thank God, family, friends and mentors for the support as well as Paola, David, casting and the Atlantic family for the opportunity. Please follow @analisavelez.