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Preliminary Sketch by Raul Abrego
Commissioned by Working Theater in 2011, LA RUTA, by Ed Cardona, Jr., directed by Tamilla Woodard, is an immersive theatrical experience that follows the journey of several undocumented immigrants as they cross the border into the U.S. to make a better life for themselves and their family. The play is staged inside the trailer and cab of an actual 48' truck with the audience experiencing the journey alongside the characters, surrounded by the harsh reality of their environment and the poignant narrative unfolding within.
The play will be performed in various communities throughout New York City.
Following the performance you are invited to experience a photographic installation created by Magnum Foundation which will center the play in the broader conversation about immigration reform.
Through LA RUTA, we, at Working Theater and Magnum Foundation, hope to raise awareness about the plight of undocumented immigrants and challenge our diverse communities to consider the experience of this large, yet too often misrepresented constituency.
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Working Theater thanks its 28th Season Sponsors:
CIGNA | New York State AFL-CIO
CWA Local 1180 | Schultheis and Panetterri | NYC Central Labor Council | The Segal Company | Medco | Healthplex
This production is made possible with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation New York Theater Program, in partnership with the New York Foundation for the Arts; and a grant from the Panta Rhea Foundation
Production design support provided by the Edith Lutyens and Norman Bel Geddes Design Enhancement Fund, a program of the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./New York).
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Meet the Artists
Brian D. Coats (Albert) has New York credits that include On the Levee (Lincoln Center Theater/LCT3), The Merry Wives of Windsor /Two Gentlemen of Verona (Public/NYSF), Puddn'head Wilson (The Acting Company), The Bereaved (Partial Comfort Productions), Woza Albert! (Lincoln Center Institute) and several shows with Ensemble Studio Theatre. Regional credits include Invisible Man (Huntington Theatre Company/ Studio Theater, DC), Fences (Geva Theatre Center), Clybourne Park (Caldwell Theatre Co.), The Amen Corner (Rhynsburger Theatre at MU) and Distant Fires (People's Light & Theatre Company), for which he shared a Barrymore Award. His film and television credits include Friendship!, For Flow (HBO), "Law & Order," "How to Make it in America," "Law & Order: SVU," "JAG," "Big Lake," "Blue Bloods," and "The Sopranos." Mr. Coats is a graduate of the University of North Carolina's School of the Arts.
Zoë Sophia Garcia (Irma) is excited to be making her New York debut with Working Theater after completing the Acting Apprenticeship at Actors Theatre of Louisville last year. At Actors Theatre, Zoe could be seen in: The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity and Oh Gastronomy! - part of the 2013 Humana Festival of New American Plays. Other credits: Sauce for the Goose and Slaughter City at UC Berkeley and Taming of the Shrew at American River College. Garcia holds a B.A. in Theater and Performance Studies from UC Berkeley.
Zuleyma Guevara (Mabel - April 30 to May 12) is a NY based actress. She performed in Sh*thole this past summer at DUTF, was in Intar's production of The Leak last year and recently finished performing in Houses on the Moon's production of De Novo. Other theatre credits include Quail at the Ohio Theatre for Clubbed Thumb and Intar's New Works, performed at Playwrights Horizons. Previous film/TV credits include: "Sonia's Choice" released in the fall of 2012, "Rope Art" and the upcoming release of "Legend of the 13 Suns" for Kraft. "Law and Order" (episode: Bogeyman). She is honored to be joining the cast of La Ruta. She has a BA from Fordham University and interned with Vinette Carrol in Florida.
Annie Henk (Mabel - April 10 to 28) is feeling very lucky to be back at Working Theater and sharing this important, eye opening theater event with this talented cast. Regional: Enfrascada (Renaissance Theaterworks, Milwaukee, WI) Adriana Sevahn's one-woman show Taking Flight and Gladys in the Cook (Stages Repertory Theatre, Houston, TX). NYC: Purple Rep, Red Fern, ReEntry with American Records, Clubbed Thumb, INTAR, Mabou Mines, Nibras, Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Resonance Ensemble, Foundry Theater, Working Theater, New Georges, Collaboration Town, and 52nd Street Project. Film/Web: That's What She Said, White, East WillyB, Thin Air, Entre Nos. Narration: Starbound, The Madonnas of Echo Park, Sunstroke, How the Garcia Girls Lost their Accents, and others. Member: INTAR Actor's Collective, Packawallop's The Pack, proud LARKee. www.AnnieHenk.com. Thanks to Mark, Ed, Tamilla, R.S.!
Bobby Plasencia (Juancho) is delighted to be making his Working Theater debut. NY credits include: Lawnpeople (Cherry Lane) Luz (La Mama), American Jornalero (INTAR), Brave Ducks (NY Fringe), Julius Caesar (The Drilling Company). Regional credits include, Caliban in The Tempest, Feste in Twelfth Night, and Dromio of Ephesusin Comedy of Errors (Griffith Park Shakespeare Festival, LA). Water & Power (The Mark Taper Forum, understudy, LA), Water & Power (San Diego Rep, 2008 Craig Noel Award), Vesuvius (South Coast Rep), Blood Wedding (La Jolla Playhouse). Films include: Letters from the Bigman (Sundance Film Festival), Fidel (Showtime mini-series), and Maria full of Grace (HBO). He will be seen next in Repertorio Español's production of 21. MFA, NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.
Jacob Alden Roa (Ensemble) has previously been seen in Ana Margineanu's The Window: I Was Just Thinking, and Independents at the NYC Fringe Festival. He's also had the pleasure of working on several independent short films and one feature length indie that is currently in post-production. When not acting for the stage or screen, Jacob spends his time doing stand-up comedy and playing around on his guitar.
Gerardo Rodriguez (Francisco) Theater: Lucy Loves Me (INTAR Th.); Bodega Bay (Abingdon Th.); Elemeno Pea (Humana Festival - ATL); Dramatis Personae (Playwrights Realm); The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (Mixed Blood Th.); American Jornalero (Working Th.); Kingdom (Old Globe); The Leak (INTAR); Milk-N-Honey (Lightbox Th.); Kingdom (NYMF, Public Th./QTIP); The Cherry Orchard (Atlantic Theater Company); Instructions for Breathing (Passage Th.); With Love Gabe (INTAR); Lobster Face (Calpulli/Immediate Th. Co.); President Harding is a Rock Star (Les Freres Corbussier); Three Farces and a Funeral (A.R.T.); Rope (Stoneham Th.); TV/Film: "Person of Interest"; "Gossip Girl"; "OLTL"; "Conviction"; "Law & Order", "CI" & "SVU"; "Jonny Zero"; Cruzando; Winter of Frozen Dreams; Don't Let Me Drown; Last Night at Angelo's; Brothers, Dogs and God. M.F.A.- A.R.T.@ Harvard/Moscow Art Theatre.
Sheila Tapia (Raula) Off-Broadway: CQ/CX (Atlantic Theater Co.), ReEntry (Urban Stages), Elliot, A Soldiers Fugue (Culture Project/P73), Welcome To Arroyos (Lark/NYC Hip Hop Festival/NYTW) Naughty Prep School Stories (NYC Fringe Festival), The Wrath of Aphrodite (GayFest NYC.) Regional: Speed The Plow (Shakerbridge Theater), ReEntry (Baltimore Center Stage), Private Lives, ReEntry (Two River Theater Co.), How The Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents (Round House Theater), Havana is Waiting, A Christmas Carol, A Flea in Her Ear, and The Wrestling Season (Cincinnati Playhouse), Big Tush, Little Tush (Secret Rose Theater).Film: "Side Effects" alongside Jude Law & Catherine Zeta Jones, "Gimme Shelter," alongside Brendan Frasier and James Earl Jones. and "The Cycle" an HBO short film finalist. TV: "Rubicon," "Law & Order," "Law & Order: SVU," "Days of Our Lives." Education - BA: University of Florida; MFA: Ohio University at Athens. Member AEA.
Michael Aaron Jones (Production Stage Manager) Credits: NYC: Silence! The Musical, The Crucible at Gallery Players, Night Over Erzinga and several readings at the Lark Play Development Center. Regional: Merry Go Round Playhouse, Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Theatre Company DC, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Clarence Brown Theatre & others. Tour: Radio City Christmas Spectacular (4 seasons). Education: M.F.A. in Stage Management from the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, B.A. from the University of Tennessee. He'd like to thank Tim for all his love and support. www.themikejones.com
Ed Cardona, Jr. (Playwright) is a playwright from Meriden, CT., and is thrilled to be working once again with the Working Theater. His most recent plays include: American Jornalero (MetLife Nuestras Voces National Playwriting Competition award winner, 2011), which received its world premiere at Intar Theater in May, 2012; Jackson Heights, 3am (an ensemble collaborative piece), Theater 167; Mongo (commissioned by the Working Theater), performed at the Local 3, I.B.E.W. Diversity Conference in part with membership diversity workshops; Super Moon (commissioned by St. Andrews College), FOCUS Festival of the Arts, Toronto, Canada; Bottle Rockets and La Perla (Puerto Rican Traveling Theater), With Love, Gabe (Intar Theatre). Ed has been an artistic associate with the Working Theater, a collaborator with Urban Arts Partnership/The New Group/Life Stories and a resident playwright with the Hispanic Playwrights-in-Residence Lab at Intar Theatre, The Professional Playwrights Unit at the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, The Hall Farm Center for the Arts & Education in Townsend, VT, and is a founding member of NY Madness. Ed's work has been published by NoPassport Press, Dramatic Publishing and Smith and Kraus Publishing. Ed received his M.F.A. in playwriting from Columbia University where he received the John Golden Award for his thesis play, PICK UP POTS!.
Tamilla Woodard (Director) is a director, actor and adapter residing in New York City. She is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, an alumnus of The Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and a founding member of The Internationalists, a collective of directors from around the world creating an interactive global theatrical community. Most recent work includes co-creator of the site specific performance Hotel Project, that had its American premiere at Washington Jefferson Hotel and the Summit Grand Hotel in January 2012; Valiant by Lanna Joffrey (InterAct Theatre); Nightlands by Sylvan Oswald (New Georges) and the development and direction of Saviana Stanescu's Polanski Polanski (starring Grant Neale and produced by Nomad Theatricals at PS122/ SoloNOVA festival in New York City, Teatrul Odeon in Bucharest, The Sibiu International Theatre Festival, TIFF International Festival in Cluj and HERE in NYC). New Dramatists honored her with The Charles Bowden Award and the League of Professional Theatre Women with the Josephine Abady Award. She serves as an adjunct professor teaching solo performance at City College's Center for Worker Education. More about Tamilla at www.Tamilla.com
Magnum Foundation (Collaborator) The Magnum Foundation champions in-depth, independent documentary photography that fosters empathy, engagement, and positive social change. The Magnum Foundation supports, trains, and mentors the next generation of photographers and seeks to increase the exposure of both historical and contemporary documentary photography in the digital age. An independent public charity, the Magnum Foundation carries forward the core values held dear by Magnum photographers and sustains the practice of high-quality documentary photography. For more information, visit www.magnumfoundation.org