SALGADO PRODUCTIONS - ART WITH A PURPOSE
a full-length musical
Book & Lyrics: Carlos Mendoza
Directed by: Luis Salgado
Musical Direction: Drew Wutke
Music collaboration by Jaime Lozano
additional lyrics by Lauren Epsenhart
Shunned by Peggy Robles-Alvarado
ONE READING ONLY! (Free of Charge)
MONDAY, May 6th @ 7:00pm
Salgado Productions is excited to be supporting this new latino writer Carlos Mendoza along with the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre's Playwrights Unit, in the developing stages of Valencia's first staged reading. This first staged reading will be presented at the PRTT as part of the 2013 Playwrights Unit Festival of Readings and Insight Series.
The Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre’s Professional Playwrights Unit, was formed in 1977 under the leadership of Fred Hudson as a play development laboratory. The purpose of this laboratory is to guide a play from early drafts to an actable script, a “page to stage” workshop. After rewrites it is given a prepared reading so the play can be seen by theater professionals. Under the guidance of PRTT Senior Literary Advisor Allen Davis III, selected plays are given prepared readings.
PRTT Founder/Artistic Director: Miriam Colón-Valle
Playwrights Unit Co-Directors: Mario Golden and Andreas Robertz
Valencia is the story of a group of senior citizens living in the South Bronx who learn that their senior home is being closed due to economic cutbacks. To save Valencia, the seniors decide to raise funds by hosting a telethon. In the process, they show their passion and zest for life.
Natalia Arias, Blanca Camacho, Venessa Diaz, Ruben Flores, Javier Gomez, Luis Alberto Gonzalez, Doreen Montalvo, Michael Moss, Antone Pagan, Rick Reid
Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre
MONDAY, May 6th @ 7:00pm
304 West 47th Street, New York, NY 10036
"Salgado Productions represents a mission and a vision for theatre outlining many of the reasons many of us came to New York in the first place. In an industry now driven by survival fear and commercial interests more than art, Luis stands on a different side of the line. I'm proud and honored to be standing there with him."
- Patrick Michael Wickham
(Founding Executive Dir. of the West Village Musical Theatre Festival)
"Luis Salgado is an affective advocate for our youth, culture, and our arts".
- Henry Cruz
(Community Health Liaison at Sanofi-Aventis)
- The Valencia Cast -
Doreen is an original company member of the 2008 Tony Award winning best musical “In The Heights”, and was seen performing nightly at the Richard Rodgers Theatre asthe Bolero Singer and u/s the roles of Camila, Claudia and Daniela. (2007 Drama Desk Award recipient). Most recently she originated the role of Abuela Claudia in the Miami production of “in the Heighhts” to rave reviews. Bway: In The Heights OBC, Off Bway: Giant, The Public Theatre (Lupe), ‘The Countess of Storyville AMAS, Cassanova AMAS, La Lupe (Prtt) Hola award winner, countless readings and off Broadway productions. Television/Film credits include: Tale of Timmy Two Chins (Showtime), Jack Jules Esther and me (Sundance), NBC show “Smash” as Debbie Stackman, Singing with Jordin Sparks on “Live with Regis and Kelly”, “The View”,“The Good, Wife” ,“One Life to Live (Dr. Baez), “All My Children“, (Consuelo and Chandler Maid), “Law & Order (Marita), HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel Doreen is also featured in the PBS documentary “Chasing Broadway Dreams”, and “Heart and Soul” the documentary about Frank Loesser. Doreen is also a teaching artist with the NYU Masters in Musical Theatre program. Ms Montalvo is a recording artist and can be heard singing on many jingles, commercials, cd’s( In The Heights (OBC) Revolucion Latina, Dare to Go Beyond, Desiree (original cast album), and the last 3 Christmas albums for BC/EFA). She released her solo debut cd, “Volvere” with Meme Solis which was selected for pre-grammy nomination in both Latin and American Grammy Awards 2005. She is currently working on a 2nd album entitled “Alma Americana, Corazon Latina” which she is recording in Mexico with her arranger and composer Jaime Lozano.
is a native New Yorker and graduate of NYU. She was an original Broadway cast member of IN THE HEIGHTS alternately playing ‘Abuela Claudia’, ‘Daniela’ and ‘Camila’ throughout the show's run. She was Doña Elena in the 2012 NYMF production of ZAPATA and was lucky enough to have worked with the late Marvin Hamlisch in a workshop of BALLROOM starring Tyne Daly. TV: LAW & ORDER, UNFORGETTABLE, BLUE BLOODS, ROYAL PAINS. She is an announcer for HBO Sports and can be heard on TV and radio commercials, films, TV series, animation, audiobooks and was even the voice of Chiquita Banana!
Luis Alberto Gonzalez
Luis Alberto Gonzalez was born in Illinois and raised in the small border town of Eagle Pass, Texas. He attended Texas A&M University for Theatre and, later, London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art for Shakespeare. He's been a working actor in NYC doing various readings, graduate directing scenes, workshops, a few plays and background work for television. Luis Alberto is currently performing in Teatro SEA's The Billy Club Puppets by Lorca and as Iago in The Othello Project (LimonDanceCo./TeatroStagefest/Salgado Prod.), was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in Ethan's People at the Midtown International Theater Festival, did two successful runs of Barceloneta, de Noche and @Serials at the Flea Theater. Gracias por todo!
Antone Pagán - (Actor/ Producer)
As a lifetime member of the famed Actors Studio has worked with such luminaries as: Roscoe Lee Browne, Ellyn Burstyn, Frank Corsaro, Harvey Keitel, Arthur Penn, Estelle Parsons & Al Pacino. Multiple Theater credits include: Bernardo in West Side Story, Vershinin in The Three Sisters & Paco in Piñero’s classic, SHORT EYES. Some film credits: STRIPES, Dirty Dancing & El Cantante. Some TV credits: all Law & Order shows, NY Undercover, The Sopranos, all NYC Soaps and Miami Vice. On Netflix are George Romero presents DEADTIME STORIES & Here & There with Cyndi Lauper & upcoming 30 Beats with Jennifer Tilly. Antone is an award winning producer in the HBO NY Latino Film Festival.
Venessa M. Diaz
Born and raised in Queens, NY, Venessa has performed in over 75 original plays and musicals throughout NY and abroad. She has also had the pleasure of performing with recording artists Huey Dunbar, Clint Holmes and Dan Zanes. Venessa is dedicated to creating theatre that is politically and socially conscious and has taught Poetry Slam, Playwriting, Theatre and Musical Theatre in NYC for over a decade. Her one-woman show, Organic Sofrito or Other Recipes for Disaster was a finalist in The Alec Baldwin Fellowship at The Singers Forum. Venessa is a proud member of the Actors Equity Association.
I have principally been a stage actor most of career in the art. A huge debt of gratitude in part is due to Marvin Felix Camillo the founder of the repertory company known as La Familia. I was one of its original members and also performed in the original production of 'Short Eyes'. Some other memorable experiences back in the day were in the plays Street Sounds,Twelfth Night, Uncle Vanya, Marriage Proposal, True West, Benpires, La Pared, A Rose in Spanish Harlem, Looking For Tomorrow, Ceremonies In Dark Old Men, Rome Neal's 'Julius Caesar in Africa'to name a few. Of late the Silent Warriors production of 'Pinero Lives On' by Antone Pagan. Independent films of have been 'Once Upon A Time in El Barrio',Purple Paradise, Latin Assassins' by Juan Shamsul Alam and a short 'The Exception by Ramon Pesante'.
A touch of comedy with Beverly Bonner's Comedy Connection and the group Outta Control as a founding member. As a neophyte I had the great good fortune of studying with Miriam Goldina of Stanislavsky Directs and Gilbert Price an excellent actor and voice coach. I had the pleasure of working with Luis Salgado as a director in 'Pinero Lives On' and I thank him for including me in this reading of one the the funniest plays I have ever had the pleasure to read 'Valencia' by Carlos Mendoza. May the joy, humor and wit in this play reach the pinnacle of success in the theatre and be enjoyed by all.
Javier E. Gomez
Off Broadway: No Dogs Allowed (Atlantic Theatre Company). Other credits: My Favorite Year (Village Light Opera, dir. Evan Papas), Rocky Horror Show (Centerstage), Measure for Measure (dir. Glory Kadigan), Apathy: The Gen X Musical, Passion, Threepenny Opera, The Wiz, Man of La Mancha, and The Smell of Popcorn. TV: Guiding Light, Psyshosis (Telemundo). Film: 4-Play and the upcomingDon’t Look. He is an alumnus of Revolución Latina’s Beyond Workshop Series, and a graduate of the two-year Meisner program with William Esper. Also an accomplished journalist and press officer, Javier is a recipient of the Comité Noviembre Community Leadership Award.
Natalia Arias first fell in love with singing while performing solos in her middle school choir. She continued to sing and perform in high school and went on to study music at Millikin University where she earned a Bachelor of Music. After college she went on to perform professionallly in an African inspired musical, as a lead singer with several bands, as well as internationally in South Korea. Natalia has been in NYC for the past few years and involved in wonderful new projects, voice overs, and commercial work. She is looking forward to continuing her work and artistic endearvors and thanks her friends and family for their support.
Broadway: In The Heights. Off-Broadway: Doctor Atomic (Met Opera), Two Gentlemen of Verona & Kingdom (both at Public Theater), Roller Derby(NYMF), The Latin American Songbook (Joe’s Pub). Regional: South Pacific(Barrington Stage), Nightclub (Ballet Hispanico), Mariel (Cincinnati Playhouse), Cats (Hilton Head). Mexico City: Beauty & The Beast, Kiss of the Spider Woman, & Grease. TV: "Law & Order - Criminal Intent," "One Life To Live," "As The World Turns," "Guiding Light," “Caroline Rhea Show” (w/Paula Abdul), & “Picardía Mexicana” (Univision). Dream Big! Always. Twitter/Instagram: @RubenFloresNYC
NY Theater: Paradiddle (Dream Up Festival), Tambo (West Village MT Festival), I don <3 u ne mor (Fringe NYC). Favorite past roles include Remendado (Carmen), Beadle Bamford (Sweeny Todd) and Ben (The Telephone).
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Salgado Productions made its international debut as Producer & Consultant in Lima, Peru with CANDELA. Salgado Productions created the proposal of art with a social meaning with CANDELA "FUERZA Y PASION' with it’s premier in September 2011 at Teatro Zum of Universidad. In collaboration with PURA VIBRA PRODUCCIONES this project committed to giving 50% of the grosses to social organizations such as 'Enseña Peru' and Un Techo Para Mi Pais' and incorporates the idea "Dare to go Beyond" following a structured mission of unity and integration during the process.
Due to the success of CANDELA’s premier and the social impact it made CANDELA had life again in March 2012 and January 2013 in Asia Peru.
NOW after a Peruvian National TV presentation CANDELA IS AVAILABLE FOR RENTAL with 26 Dancers, 12 Musicians and two sets to build. Candela is an ambitious project for anyone who want to BRING FUERZA Y PASION (strenght and passion) to His Home Town!