La Luz De Un Cigarrillo by Marco Antonio Rodriguez

Mother's love knows no boundaries... After a five-year self-imposed absence, Julio César, a young man with a buried secret, returns home after the death of his father. Over the course of two evenings, mother and son, two estranged generations of Dominicans living in a now gentrified upper west side, attempt to rekindle the love and appreciation for each other and their roots; but Julio César soon realizes he isn’t the only one with a secret. Unexpected revelations threaten to destroy an already thin bond between mother and child.
When Oct 27, 2012
from 08:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where Performing Arts Center - Little Theatre
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Contact Phone 718-262-5375
Attendees Tickets are $10.00 for General Admission and $7.00 with a valid college ID (Show will be in Spanish)
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El amor de una madre no conoce barreras... Después de cinco años de ausencia, Julio César, un joven cargando un secreto bien guardado, regresa a casa después de la muerte de su padre.  En el transcurso de dos noches madre e hijo, dos diferentes generaciones de Dominicanos viviendo en un barrio antes repleto de latinos pero ahora aburguesado, chocan y batallan por sus identidades, su amor mutuo y el aprecio por sus raices.  Pero Julio César pronto se da cuenta que no es el único con un secreto.  Inesperadas revelaciones atentan romper el ya debilitado vínculo entre madre e hijo.

La Luz de Un Cigarrillo

by Marco Antonio Rodríguez

Directed by Timothy J. Amrhein

Many believe the bulk of the Dominican American experience in New York City lies in Washington Heights, but in the unexpected corners of now gentrified upper mid-town are remnants of what once was: Lucecita Ortensia Cruz is one of only a handful of Dominican immigrants that stubbornly remains in this neighborhood.

A sudden death in the family forces her son, Julio César, to return to the City after a five year self-imposed absence.  In the course of two nights they attempt to rekindle the love and appreciation for each other and their Dominican roots.  But hidden secrets are unexpectedly revealed and threaten to destroy an already thin bond.

Muchos creen que la mayor parte de la experiencia dominicana se encuentra en la ciudad de NuevaYork en Washington Heights, pero aun queda una huella de lo que antes fue en las equinas distinguidas del upper mid-town. Lucecita Ortensia Cruz es una de las pocas personas de los muchos inmigrantes dominicanas que aun viven en el barrio.

Una muerte inesperada entre la familia causa que al disgusto de Julio César, el hijo de Luzecita, regrese a la cuidad después de su ausencia de cinco años. Después de su llegada, Lucecita y Julio tratan de renovar el amor entre los dos y de sus raíces, pero unos secretos salen a la luz y amenazan destruir la relación entre ellos.

Under the direction of Professor Timothy J. Amrhein, this production will feature the evocative set designs of David T. Jones, built by York College students under the direction of CLT Garth Belcon.  It also features the vivid lighting of guest designer, Daniel Winter.  CLT, Jessica Pecharsky, member of Actor’s Equity Association, rounds off the list as production/stage manager and choreographer.

The cast of LA LUZ DE UN CIGARRILLOfeatures a cast of 4 talented students: Francis Madi, Daniel Anthony Hidalgo, Fior Peralta and Katherine Rodriguez.

Performances in English begin October 26 at 4PM, and continue running on October 27 at 2PM; and October 30 at 12noon.  Performances in Spanish begin October 27 at 8PM; October 28 at 3pm; and conclude November 1 at 12noon.

Come meet the playwright, Marco Antonio Rodriguez, on October 26 and October 27 immediately following the performance.

All performances will take place in the intimate, 156-seat York College Little Theatre in the Performing Arts Center (94-45 Guy R. Brewer Blvd., Jamaica, NY 11451).

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