THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CRYSTAL FIELD
HAMLET IN HARLEM
By Alberto Ferreras
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: April 7 to April 24, 2022.
Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave. (btw 9th & 10th Street)
Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8:00 PM, Sunday at 3:00 PM
Runs 70 minutes
Tickets $18, Students & Seniors $15
Critics are invited on or after April 7. Opens April 7.
NEW YORK — From April 7 to April 24, Theater for the New City (TNC) will present “Hamlet in Harlem,” a new play written and directed by Alberto Ferreras. 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, Barbra Herr, Kyle Kankonde, Michael Vazquez, Robert Gonzales Jr, and Hector Lincoln. The show is produced by Myrna Duarte with the assistance of Maria Fernanda Rodriguez. Alex Bartenieff will be in charge of the light design, and Wincho Schafer of the original music.
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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