THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CRYSTAL FIELD
HAMLET IN HARLEM
By Alberto Ferreras
TWO NIGHTS ONLY
A comedy of errors about a tragedy of errors: an all-Latino version of Hamlet that promises thrills, chills, offensive stereotypes and cultural appropriations.
WHERE AND WHEN: June 10 – June 11, 2022.
Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave. (btw 9th & 10th Street)
Friday and Saturday at 8:00 PM
Runs 70 minutes
Tickets $18, Students and Seniors $15
This politically incorrect comedy promises murder, mystery, offensive stereotypes and cultural appropriations. “Hamlet in Harlem” the story of an empathetic Caucasian filmmaker who wants to make an all-Latino version of Hamlet that takes place in “El Barrio”. The only problem is that he doesn’t know much about Latinos, he doesn’t know much about Harlem, and he doesn’t know much about Hamlet either.
Aspiring filmmaker Jason Harriman, dreams about producing his adaptation of Hamlet for an all-Latino cast. When his father —shrewd commercial filmmaker Claude Harriman— finds him a potential investor, Jason will have to reenact his script with a group of actors who won’t be thrilled with the way he represents Hispanics on the screen. Hamlet in Harlem is a laugh-out-loud, politically-incorrect, I-can’t-believe-this-is-Shakespeare comedy that addresses important issues of media representation, gender roles, cultural appropriation, and the relevance of classic literature.
The cast includes—in order of appearance— Ardes Quinn, John David West, Cole Ortiz-Mackes, Rhina Valentin, Kyle Kankonde, Michael Vazquez, Robert Gonzales Jr, and Hector Lincoln. The show is produced by Myrna Duarte, Associate Producer Mafer Rodriguez.
Light Design by Alex Bartenieff
Original music by Wincho Schafer
Tech by Brian Park
Alberto Ferreras (playwright and director) is a writer and filmmaker known for his award winning novel “B as in Beauty”, published in the U.S. Spain, and Italy. He is the creator of HBO’s “Habla” documentary series, and “Somos”, a video installation about Latino identity commissioned by the Smithsonian Institution for the National Museum of American History. Ferreras made his debut as a screenwriter in Sundance 2015 with the feature film “Que Viva La Música”. His short film series “The Lessons by Alberto Ferreras” has been presented in countless film festivals around the world. He started his theatrical career in Caracas, Venezuela with his plays “Vanalisis”, “En Una Noche Tan Linda Como Esa”, and “Los Reyes” by Julio Cortazar. In New York City, he wrote and directed “My Audition for Almodovar” at IATI, directed “Montera” by Loren Escandon at IATI, and “Noche de Ronda” by Pedro Monge at Bowerie Lane Theater. His work as a photographer has been presented at the Museum of Modern Art in Bogota. You can learn more about his work at www.alberto-ferreras.com.
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