New American Voices Spring 2022 Reading Series
Rob Urbinati, Director of New Play Development
Eight Tales of Pedro
By Mark-Eugene Garcia
Directed by Rodrigo E. Bolaños
Original music composed and performed by Luis D'Elias
In person and live-streamed from the Queens Theatre Studio
March 5, 2022 at 8:00 PM
Alfonso: Andy Price
Escolastica: Mayelyn Perdomo Santos
Peter: Stephen Santana
Genoveva: Laura Aguinaga
Felipe: Richard E. Calvache
Rene: Federico Mallet
Mark-Eugene Garcia (Playwright) is a Mexican/Honduran playwright and a proud member of the Dramatists Guild and A.S.C.A.P. He is a graduate of the City College of New York and studied book and lyric writing with the Academy of New Musical Theatre and the BMI Lehman Engle Musical Theatre Writing Workshop. Playwriting Awards include: 2021 Jerry Harrington Award For Outstanding Creative Achievement in Musical Theatre Winner, 2018 UnFringed Festival Best of Festival Award Winner, 2016 Vancouver Ovation Award for Outstanding New Work nominee, 2013 Planet Connections Outstanding Book of a New Musical nominee, 2012 Jacob Weiser Playwriting Award for a Fully Realized Drama Productions include EIGHT TALES OF PEDRO (The Secret Theatre) STANDBY (Towle Theatre, New York International Fringe Festival- Encores Selection, New York Musical Theatre Festival, Next Link Selection), THE HOLY COWS OF CREDENCE SOUTH DAKOTA (Planet Connections Theatre Festival, Puzzle Theatre Festival) FACING EAST: A NEW MUSICAL (Jericho Arts Center) and UNMISSED CONNECTIONS (Planet Connections Theatre Festival). Other Plays include FLAKE OF SNOW, WITH BATED BREATH, WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR , ONE NIGHT AT THE GOLDEN BOOT, INSCRIPTIONS, and KEYS.
Rodrigo E. Bolaños (Director) is a director and designer, residing in NYC since 2006. Born in El Salvador and raised in Southern California, he is a graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor in Architecture and a minor in Theatre Studies where he began designing, directing and acting for the stage. His directorial works include the world-premiere productions of the musicals The Holy Cows of Credence South Dakota, With Bated Breath, and the plays (un)missed connections, In the Garden of... , What Friends Are For, TREASURES, and the recent award-winning productions of Eight Tales of Pedro at The Secret Theatre. Rodrigo is the current Board President of the Empire City Men’s Chorus.
Andy Price (Alfonso): Andy was born and raised in Passaic, New Jersey. He recently worked as a co-star role in the Wu-Tang series “An American Saga” on Hulu. Earlier in his career, Andy played Cassius DuPont in Telemundo’s hit series “Relaciones Peligrosas”. He’s been in a variety of theatre productions such as Romeo & Juliet as Lord Capulet (Juliet’s father), Ruined and Suburbia amongst many others. Andy studied theater and film at the New York Conservatory For Dramatic Arts and also graduated from The American Academy Of Dramatic Arts. Fun fact about Andy: he’s studied traditional martial arts for over 15 years. Overall , Andy is extremely excited to be a part of this great story The Eight Tales Of Pedro!
Maleyn Perdomo Santos (Escolastica) is a Dominican-American, Bronx-born theater maker, singer, writer, director, and poet. Her acting credits include multiple productions with Public Works' Shakespeare in the Park, Hunter Theatre Company, and Something From Abroad. Playwriting and directorial work include Showdogs' “Speak Easy.” Her poetry was featured in the Dominican Writers Association anthology “Ni de aqui, ni de alla.” She has a B.A in English from Hunter College. Follow her on Instagram @mayelyn.ps.
Stephen Santana (Peter) is thrilled to be making his return to the stage after completing a BFA with The New School. Previous theater credits include; Behind Closed Doors, Write Or Wrong, and Academy! The Musical. He also appears briefly in the web series Strange J. Stephen would like to thank his family & friends for their continued support, as well as, the cast & crew of Eight Tales of Pedro for being such an inspiring force.
Laura Aguinaga (Genoveva) is a Puerto Rican/Peruvian woman native to Queens, New York. She is a strong, versatile actress with an ability to show range in both drama and comedy demonstrated in New Amsterdam, Gotham, Shades of Blue, The Blacklist, and VH-1's The Breaks. Recently cast for the stage reading of 'One Night with Marilyn' and winner of the 2018 Unfringed Festival for the Off-Broadway play 'Eight Tales of Pedro' Laura has recently performed and won the NYC's Sketch Comedy Competition 'Bragging Rights'. Laura is currently writing the Sci-Fi Fantasy novel series 'Artemisia' which is scheduled for a late 2022 release. Her SAG-AFTRA short film 'Short Steps' which she both wrote and directed was selected and screened at The Official Short Latino Film Festival and was up for two awards including for Best Drama. (SAG-AFTRA)
Richard E. Calvache (Felipe) is a Queens New York native. He considers himself a storyteller first and foremost. It is through his myriad artistic endeavors as an actor, dancer, filmmaker, performer and storyteller that his talent for weaving a tapestry of tales shines. Richard's artistic interest came about through after school programs which he had to travel to Manhattan because they were lacked in Queens at the time. This interest developed and it pushed Richard enough to work in bringing these classes and more to his own community in Queens. Richard is best known for his community work with non for profits, his teaching and vast performing characters for children. His experience with the dance, music, film, and theater is still just as strong as his passion to tell stories. You can find "Mr. Rich" locally at Fao Schwarz.
Federico Malet (Rene) Originally from Mexico, Federico came to the U.S. five years ago to get his MFA in Acting at the New York Film Academy. He’s a member of Teatro SEA (teatrosea.org), Village Playback Theater (villageplaybacktheatre.org/) and The Toy Museum of NY (toymuseumny.org).Previous work includes productions of “Venus in Fur”, “Rent”, “Almost Maine”, “Little Shop of Horrors”, “The Rocky Horror Show”, “The Doormen” (Fringe Festival)" “The long Christmas dinner”, amongst others, some of which he directed and produced. www.federicomallet.com
Luis D’Elias (Original Music) can be defined by his musical journey, which has taken him across different cultures, genres, styles, and disciplines, all of which have become part of a musical identity that is unafraid to change, evolve, and grow. Born in Caracas, Venezuela and an Electronics Engineering graduate, Luis has been involved in all aspects of music since his early days as a progressive rock guitarist, keen on combining Venezuelan traditions with the energy of rock and metal. Later, he went on to graduate from Berklee College of Music as a film composer and electronic producer, while performing, arranging and collaborating with all sorts of artists, including A.R. Rahman, Alejandro Sanz and Marcos Valle. Once settled in New York, he released his first album, Origenes y Destinos, which garnered nominations in several independent music awards festivals, all the while working as a sound designer for renowned software developer, Heavyocity. Luis has also worked as a film composer for various directors in Florida and New York and is an active guitarist for various musical theater productions, as well as several musical acts in New York City. All of this have become venues in which Luis’ roots have been able to flourish, allowing him to experiment blending all sorts of different musical styles with Venezuelan and South American rhythms. His band, New Caracas, has been featured in Billboard magazine and other major news outlets in Venezuela, as they are about to release their second production, NOS: an album inspired in the Latin American Diaspora.
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