Agua, Vida, y Tierra

Creatives

Produced by

What Will the Neighbors Say?

Associate Produced by

Pablo Calderón-Santiago

Cast

Equity Approved Showcase featuring:

Ana Cristina Da Silva, Sam Hood Adrain, James Clements, Pablo Calderón-Santiago, Beatriz Miranda*, Xavier Reyes*, Thalia Romina, Maria Victoria Martínez*

Lighting Design

Elizabeth M. Stewart

Directing

Alejandra Ramos

Script Directing

Omar Vélez Meléndez

Stage Management

Hanako Rodriguez*

Set Design

Diana Dávila

Costume and Prop Design

Carla Posada

Sound/Video Design

Jorge Morales Picó

Live Music

Rodrigo Vázquez

Choregraphy

Suni Reyes

*Equity Member appearing with permission of Actors’ Equity Association without benefit of an Equity contract in this Off-Off Broadway production.”

 *This play doesn’t necessarily express the political views of all members of the cast.

Bios

Alejandra Ramos (director) PR Playwright, actress, director and producer. She got her B.A. in Dance and Theater from the University of Puerto Rico, and a M.A. in Performing Arts from the University of Murcia. She is the Co-founding Artistic Director of Teatro la azotea, Inc., (azotea - rooftop). Author of En la azotea, 10 piezas cortas de teatro (Ed. Callejón). International Theater Festivals: Casa tomada, International Short play Festival at Teatro Circo, and 21 Island (Pregones.PRTT, NY., 2014). A creative Stage Reading of her new one-act English play Broken Words was done in April as part of the Artistic Step-Up Artist in Residence Program at Pregones/PRTT Theater. In May her play Saben A-Mar ("A taste of Loving Sea") was presented as part of the LGBTQ/LATINX Festival Fuerza Fest.

 

Omar Vélez Meléndez (script director) is a playwright born and raised in Puerto Rico. His playwriting debut took place at the 2016 UPR Student Theatre Festival with The Natives Fight for Their Cave: Part 2. His work has also been developed at The Lark, Teatro SEA, Pregones/PRTT, The Latinx Playwrights Circle and Fresh Ground Pepper. Plays include We Built Our Homes Near Kingdoms of Animals and Magic (The Lark's Playwright's Week, 2019 Rita & Burton Goldberg Playwriting Prize), The Last Episode of El Super Mega Show and Notes on Killing Seven Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Board Members. Playwriting MFA: Hunter College.

Hanako Rodriguez (stage manager) is a freelance theater professional with a passion for helping to bring to life new works written by underrepresented voices.  Her recent New York credits include NYT Critic's Picks ATHENA (with The Hearth at JACK) and The Workshop (with softfocus at HB Studios). She has worked on numerous Off and Off-Off Broadway projects including those with The Fire This Time Festival, National Black Theatre, Two Headed Rep, The Bushwick Starr, Ardea Arts (Opera), horsetrade, The Sheen Center, HERE Arts Center, The Assembly, and La Mama ETC.

Diana Dávila (set design) (she/her) is a freelance theatre carpenter and scene designer from El Paso, Texas. She is so excited to have had the opportunity to work on this project with WWTNS? as her first New York design. She hopes to get the opportunity to work on more projects with them, and hopes everyone enjoys the show. El pueblo unido jamás será vencido!

Carla Posada (costume and prop design) is a New York-based costume and scenic designer. She has worked on the costumes teams for Hello Dolly! and Tootsie (Broadway), and at The Public Theater and Felix Starro (Off-Broadway). She recently designed the costumes for Dreams in Black Major presented at the Ars Nova ANT Fest 2019. Select credits: Costume Design for Spring Awakening, 12 Angry Animals, The Knot, Veinticinco, Blackbird, Crave. Scenic Design for A Streetcar Named Desire, Top Girls, Men on Boats. www.carlaposadadesign.com Endlessly grateful to WWTNS for bringing me on board this wonderful project!

Elizabeth M. Stewart (lighting design) is a New York based lighting designer whose work has been seen in New York, London, Philadelphia, and more. Recent credits include Where’s Charley (Manhattan School of Music, Riverside Theatre), Бабушка | BAb(oo)shka (14th Street Y), Beyond the Light (Theatre Exile/Philadelphia Fringe), Oceanborn (Rave Theatre Festival), Noirtown (Witness Immersive), and Between the Threads (NVJCC, HEREArts). As an associate designer, some of her work includes Piano Tales (James & Jerome), and The Who’s Tommy (Broadway Centerstage at the Kennedy Center). Elizabeth was a 2018 Hangar Theatre Design Fellow. elizabethmstewart.myportfolio.com

Jorge Morales Picó (Sound and Video Design) is a Puerto Rican video designer, sound designer, and composer currently based in New York City. He has designed in places such as Signature Theatre and NYTW for plays such as GUAC: My Son, My Hero with Manuel Oliver , and Shakespeare in The Square production’s of Midsummer Night’s Dream. He has toured with Big Dance Theatre's 17c and Meredith Monk's Cellular Songs, and has presented at places such as MassMoca, UNC Chapel Hill, BAM's Harvey Theatre, The Old Vic in London, and Deutsches Theater in Berlin. Recently, he toured through China with Broadway Asia’s Production of An American in Paris and will be traveling to Theatre de Chatelet in Paris with the production. 

Xavier Reyes (cast) is a story teller from Puerto Rico who left home to pursue his dreams of theatre making. He holds a BFA from Ithaca College. Some favorite credits include Kinky Boots, Fun Home, In The Heights, RENT, West Side Story, HAIR, La Cage Aux Folles and SWEAT. He is grateful to be granted the opportunity to tell this story pertaining to home and hopes to continue affecting lives through his work. Thank you WWTNS for providing a space for this story. Thank you, audience member, for supporting this show/medium. 

James Clements (cast) is an actor, writer, director, producer and arts educator based between New York and Scotland. Clements has performed at venues including La Mama E.T.C., HERE Arts Centre and MITU580, and has been on the creative team for projects at Lincoln Centre LCT3, the Public and the 92nd Street Y. His original plays, described by critics as "magnifying" (TimeOut), "intricate" (BroadwayWorld) and “intellectual” (Theatre is Easy), have been performed in cities across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. He is an affiliated instructor for Drama at NYU Tisch and Co-Artistic Director of What Will the Neighbors Say? 

Thalia Romina (cast) is an NYC based Latina actor born and raised in Queens. She has trained at Laguardia High School's Drama department and NYU Tisch's Experimental Theatre Wing. When she's not acting, she performs spoken word, eats pasta, and problematically obsesses over Jeremy Renner. You can see her as Vanessa Rodriguez in the critically acclaimed web series 'Barely Adults' www.thaliaromina.com

Ana Cristina Da Silva (cast) is a proud Latina, Austin-raised actor, producer, and writer based in NYC. She received her B.F.A. in Drama at the Experimental Theatre Wing, NYU Tisch. Additional training includes the Stella Adler Shakespeare Conservatory. Ana Cristina toured in The Diana Tapes portraying Princess Diana in an internationally acclaimed tour ending in London (Stockwell Playhouse) where she made her Off-Westend debut. Her acting has been described as “chilling…crisp, and focused” (BroadwayWorld), “fascinating to watch” (Providence Journal), and “memorable” (Theatre is Easy). She is a proud Co-Artistic Director of What Will the Neighbors Say?. Thank you all for coming!

María Victoria Martínez (cast) Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, María’s passion for film, theater, and the arts, led her to the Drama Department of the University Puerto Rico where she completed her B.A. As a member of the ART Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University, class of ‘17, she spent a semester training in the Moscow Art Theater in Russia.  She infuses her work with a deep love of her Island and Culture. María recently moved to New York City, where she is pursuing her career as a theater artist, with the hopes to tell the stories of those who feel like they are not heard. She is currently playing María Teresa Mirabal in the Time of the Butterflies at Repertorio Español. 

Sam Hood Adrain (cast) is an NYC-based theatre artist who has worked at a number of companies across the country including Trinity Repertory Company, Infinity Theatre Company, Missoula Children's Theatre, Ithaca Shakespeare Company, HERE, IRT, and Audible to name a few. He is a published playwright whose works have been called “heartbreaking….complex...and thought-provoking” (Theatre is Easy), have been presented in NYC at HERE, The Nuyorican Poets Cafe and IRT Theatre, toured to Providence and Toronto and are a radio play produced by the Cleveland Radio Players. Sam is proudly a Co-Artistic Director of WWTNS? BFA NYU: Tisch, Experimental Theatre Wing.

Beatriz Miranda (cast) is a Puerto Rican actress and recent graduate of American Conservatory Theater’s Masters of Fine Arts program. While pursuing a double BA in Psychology and Theater at the University of Puerto Rico, she was a member of Teatro rodante universitario and has performed as an improviser and stand up comedian. Recent roles include Erin in The Tallest Man in the World, Roberta in Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, Ashley in Clickshare and Queen Marie Therese in Lynn Nottage’s Las Meninas. Beatriz is very excited and grateful for being a part of this transformative team and for being able to give life to this piece.

Pablo Calderón-Santiago (elenco) is a multimedia artist born and raised in Puerto Rico. In 2015 he received a BA in film production with a focus in film photography from Emerson College. He’s currently based in Brooklyn and works doing lighting and tech for fine art, editorial, and commercial photoshoots. Pablo started his creative life as an actor with Puerto Rican theater collective Jovenes del ‘98 as well as appearances on TV and commercials. Outside of photography, Pablo has directed shorts, music videos, and conducted research and translation for feature-length documentaries. 

Sponsors and Community Partners

WWTNS partnered with the organization El Puente in both Brooklyn and San Juan for the development and production of Agua, Vida y Tierra. Founded in 1982, El Puente has been a vital organization with a mission to inspire and nurture leaders for peace and justice. Their advocacy work ranges from inspiring at-risk youth to environmental protection and everything in between. For more information about their work,  click here.

 

As our community partner, El Puente provided rehearsal space and resources in Brooklyn, allowing us to connect with community leaders and members through their center in San Juan. This partnership is vital not only to the mission of WWTNS?, but to the success of Agua, Vida y Tierra, allowing us to be rooted as deeply as possible in the communities we are representing.

 

WWTNS? also partnered with el Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico (Museum of Contemporary Art of Puerto Rico), which is a cornerstone of the arts world of Puerto Rico. In addition to the dynamic artistic-cultural activity generated in its headquarters, the Museum constantly creates opportunities for artistic activities to be projected to its immediate community of Santurce and to the wider surroundings of Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, Latin America and its diasporas, many of which call Puerto Rico their country.

 

To that end, the MAC has implemented "Project Santurce: The MAC in the neighborhood"; a program of integration and social action within and outside the walls that uses the arts and culture as tools for social and urban transformation. The Project began in 2014 with different santurcinas communities like Tras Talleres, Gandul, Sacred Heart, Miramar, Machuchal, Hipódromo and Alto del Cabro. During 2017 the program was extended to Río Piedras in response to the request made by the community itself, being renamed as "The MAC in the neighborhood", and after sustained growth in its impact, in 2018 it also extended to Guaynabo and Cataño.

Agua, Vida y Tierra is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered  by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC). 

 

Promotional materials made possible with funds from the Destination> Brooklyn Program, funded by the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President and NYC & Company Foundation, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council.

 

This production of Agua, Vida y Tierra was developed with support from Pregones/PRTT, and its ASAP/Artist Space At Pregones initiative. 

Interviewees

 

Katrian Martinez, Javier, Abigail Medina, Carline, Julio Ruiz, Rosa la Maravillosa, Doris Méndez, Pablo y Efraín del Hierro, Orlando Reyes, Fredo Padilla Torres, Violeta Ortiz, Norwill Fragoso, Maria José, Rafael Flores, Clara Juan Luis Carril, Odaliz Rivera, Teresita Hernández, Jiménez, Eric Manuel González Morales, Consuelo Sáez Burgos

Funders

 

Rob Pitfield, Paul Zimet, Jean Moore, Tracey Minkin, Lindsay Wolff, Luis Munive, Michael & Mary Nyland, John Newcomb, Teryn Gray, Carly Reicho, Coral Cohen, Sam Donnenberg, Polly Handy, Teresa Da Silva, John Braunstein, Tatiana Baccari, Ann Hood, Marcos Vizcarrondo, Angela Norton, Paul Langland, Lori Howard, Jorge Thomson, Sergio Schuler, Jorge Morales Cordero, Michelle Koh, Marianne & Chris Cooper, Alvaro Calderón, Karen Tuckett, Jonathan Stancato, Ellen Kiley, Michael St. Germain, Kayla Mulkern, Wednesday Derrico, Erika Valdes, Jillian Karole, Thalia Pignanelli, Will Davis, Mary Kate Nyland, Lorne Adrain.

Special Thanks

Tyaela Nieves, Kayla Yee, Matt Benner, Paris Marcel, Enid Picó, Jack Scaletta, Cameron Marcotte, Luis Gabriel Nuñez, Frances Ramos, Jorge Morales Cordero, Zach Longstreet, Andre Rodriguez, Zulma Santiago, Marian Ramirez, TFANA, The Public Theatre, Julia De Burgos Center.

Made possible by Theater MITU580's Gowanus Affordable Arts Initiative.