“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
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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
Paola Lázaro (Playwright) is a playwright and actress born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She holds a BFA in Dramatic Writing from SUNY Purchase College and an MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University. Paola is Atlantic Theater Company’s 2016/2017 Tow Playwright-in-Residence, supported by The Tow Foundation. She was a member of the Public Theater’s 2015 Emerging Writers Group and was selected as Playwright-in-Residence for the 2016 Sundance Theatre Lab in Morocco. Some of her plays include Contigo and There’s Always the Hudson, which was selected as part of Labyrinth Theater Company’s Up Next Series. Paola is the recipient of the Arts Entertainment Scholarship Award (2011) from the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts for her TV pilot episode of “Trópico”. In 2015, she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play for her role in TO THE BONE at the Cherry Lane Theatre. Gracias to my family and my friends for all the support, siempre.
DAVID MENDIZÁBAL (Director) is a director, designer, and one of the Producing Artistic Leaders of The Movement Theatre Company in Harlem. At The Movement he directed Look Upon Our Lowliness by Harrison David Rivers, and Bintou by Koffi Kwahulé, translated by Chantal Bilodeau. Additional directing credits include: Locusts Have No King by J. Julian Christopher (INTAR), Evensong by Christina Quintana (APAC), and The Gospel According to F#ggots by Aurin Squire (BAX). Upcoming: Separate & Equal by Ricardo Pérez González (March ‘17), And She Would Stand Like This by Harrison David Rivers, choreographed by Kia LaBeija (July ‘17). Co-founder of The Sol Project, member of the Latinx Theatre Commons, and La Co-Operativa. Current recipient of TCG’s Leadership U[niversity] Grant. Alumni of The Drama League, NALAC, LCT Directors Lab, and LAByrinth Intensive. B.F.A. NYU/Tisch – PHTS. davidmendizabal.com
CLINT RAMOS (Scenic Designer). Broadway: sets and/or costumes for Eclipsed (Tony Award), In Transit, Elephant Man (also West End), Violet. Off- Broadway & Regional: Over 100 shows including Sweet Charity, Here Lies Love (also London), Bootycandy, Familiar, Angels in America 1&2. Also the principal designer for Encores! Off-Center since the series’ inception. Other Design: Frozen at the Hyperion in California Adventure. Honors: OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence in Design, three Lucille Nortel Awards, the TDF Irene Sharif Young Master Award, two American Theatre Wing Henry Hewes Design Awards and a Helen Hayes Award. Upcoming: Sunday at the Park With George and Six Degrees of Separation on Broadway, David Byrne’s St. Joan: Into The Fire (Public), Kander and Pierce’s Kid Victory (Vineyard) and the West Coast Tour of Here Lies Love. clintramos.com
DEDE M. AYITE (Costume Designer). Off-Broadway: Marie and Rosetta (Atlantic); The Royale (Lincoln Center); Ugly Lies the Bone (Roundabout); brownsville song (b-side for tray) (LCT3); ToasT, Urban Retreat and Manahatta (The Public). Regional: The Last Tiger in Haiti (La Jolla Playhouse & Berkeley Rep); Bella: An American Tall Tale (Dallas Theater Center); The Wiz (OSF); Between Riverside and Crazy (Studio Theatre); The Blood Quilt (Arena Stage); Marie Antoinette (Steppenwolf Theatre); Stagger Lee (Dallas Theatre Center); The CA Lyons Project (Alliance Theatre); Five Guys Named Moe (Arena Stage, Cleveland Playhouse); A Raisin in the Sun (California Shakespeare Theater); The Piano Lesson (Yale Repertory Theatre); The Music Man in Concert (Two Rivers, NJPAC); Fried Chicken & Latkes (National Black Theatre); Holding it Down (Harlem Stage); Vassa (Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute). Television: Comedy Central; “Fox Shortcoms” (FOX Network); “COPPER Project” (Improv Everywhere/BBC America). MFA: Yale School of Drama.
ERIC SOUTHERN (Lighting Designer) is an OBIE Award-winning designer for theater, opera and dance. New York: 10×25, Good Television (Atlantic Theater); The Fever (Under the Radar/ The Public); The Harvest (Lincoln Center); Sell/Buy/Date (MTC); Pocatello, Indian Summer (Playwrights Horizons); Rimbaud in NY (BAM, The Civilians); Steve (New Group); Buyer and Cellar (New York, London, Mark Taper Forum, & National Tour); Collected Stories: memoir with David Lang (Carnegie Hall); Play/Pause (BAM, David Lang, Susan Marshall and Company); Chromatic (ADI, The Kitchen, Susan Marshall and Company). His extensive work with the award-winning group 600 Highwaymen has been seen throughout the US and Europe. Also: The Guthrie Theater, Virginia Opera, Long Wharf Theater, The Huntington Theater, Dallas Theater Center, The Kennedy Center, Baltimore Centerstage, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Williamstown Theater Festival, Kansas City Rep, Portland Center Stage, among others.
JESSE MANDAPAT (Sound Designer) combines his skills as a composer and sound designer through location-based performance and immersive experiences. Recent sound designs include: 1984 (Greenway Court Theatre); Good Kids | Dog Sees God (Chapman University); Two Kids That Blow Shit Up (Artists At Play); Third (South Pasadena Theatre Workshop); Locusts Have No King (INTAR Theatre, NYC), a new work written by J. Julian Christopher and directed by David Mendizábal; Dry Land (Pomona College); Francesca Francesca (Edinburgh Fringe Festival); The Ravine (California Institute of the Arts). Associate Sound Design: Pearl (Lincoln Center NYC, David H Koch Theater). Other collaborations include: What Goes Around, a Kaiser Permanente Educational Theatre traveling production educating Southern California high school students on STD prevention; music research and creative development with Walt Disney Imagineering. Education: MFA in Design & Production from California Institute of the Arts; BA in Music from University of California, San Diego.
UNKLEDAVE’S FIGHT-HOUSE (Fight Direction) is a team of fight directors founded by David Anzuelo. The core members are: Jesse Geguzis, Sean F. Griffin and Gerry Rodriguez. Broadway credits: An American in Paris (Palace); Tuck Everlasting (Broadhurst); Disgraced (Lyceum). National tour: An American In Paris. London: Buried Child. Off-Broadway: Alligator (New Georges); Mercury Fur (The New Group); The Hill Town Plays (Rattlestick); Locusts Have No King (INTAR); Kill Floor (LCT3); Gray (Rising Phoenix). Regional: Mark Taper Forum, Goodman, Berkeley Rep, Dorset Theater Festival, Northern Stage. Film: Poor Behavior, Emoticon, The Ribbon, Last Night At Angelo’s, Helen At Risk.
SOL CRESPO (Dialect Coach) is a New York-based actor, writer, director and producer. She is a Creative Partner at Flux Theatre Ensemble, producing and developing new work. She is also an Ensemble Member and Teaching Artist with Pregones Theater/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater. As a dialect coach, she has worked with Cedric Leiba Jr. (Millie and the Lords) and other private clients. She has won multiple awards including: HOLA Award for Outstanding Performance (2005); Ford Foundation Fellowship for Career Advancement (2007); Person of the Year by NYTheatre.com (2012) and The Eben Demarest Trust by The Pittsburgh Foundation (2016). She reps Caimito Alto, Puerto Rico. solmarina.com
LAURA SMITH (Production Stage Manager). NY: Signature Theater: Antipodes (workshop); Juilliard: Appropriate; Baltimore Center Stage: Detroit ’67, As You Like It, 4000 Miles, After the Revolution, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, Amadeus, Wild with Happy, Twelfth Night, Stones in His Pockets, dance of the holy ghosts, Clybourne Park, Beneatha’s Place, The Mountaintop, Bus Stop, An Enemy of the People, The Whipping Man, Gleam, The Rivals, Snow Falling on Cedars, Cyrano, Working it Out, Fabulation or, The Re-Education of Undine, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone. Other Regional: Shakespeare Theater Company: Salome; CATF: World Builders; Everyman: Pygmalion, Shipwrecked, The Exonerated, Rabbit Hole, Doubt, Gem of the Ocean, And a Nightingale Sang, The School for Scandal, A Number, Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, Yellowman; Woolly Mammoth: Gruesome Playground Injuries, House of Gold, The Unmentionables, Vigils, After Ashley; Folger: Measure for Measure; Olney Theatre: Stuff Happens.
LINDSAY EBERLY (Assistant Stage Manager) – NY: Theater For One at Signature Theatre, Carnegie Hall’s West Side Story. Baltimore Center Stage: The Secret Garden, Pride & Prejudice, 4000 Miles, After the Revolution, It’s a Wonderful Life, Amadeus, Twelfth Night, A Civil War Christmas, Animal Crackers, Beneatha’s Place, Clybourne Park, The Mountaintop, The Completely Fictional…Final Strange Tale of E.A. Poe. CATF: The Second Girl, pen/man/ship, WE ARE PUSSY RIOT, The Full Catastrophe, Dead & Breathing, The Ashes Under Gait City, Modern Terrorism, Scott & Hem in the Garden of Allah, The Insurgents, Ages of the Moon, Inana, and The Eelwax Jesus 3-D Pop Music Show. Hartford Stage: Queens For A Year. Berkshire Theater Festival: A Thousand Clowns, Homestead Crossing. Huntington: Circle Mirror Transformation. Royal Court: Haunted Child.