the cubans

January 23 - February 16, 2020

World premiere. Written by Michael Leon. Directed by Victoria Collado.

The Cubans
The Cubans

The Cubans
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Our mission of developing and presenting new work by Miami artists continues with the debut of the first play by Cuban-American playwright and actor Michael Leon. The Cubans turns the classic American family drama into a quintessential Miami story – a poignant, humorous exploration of the fraught generational dynamics and struggle for identity in a Cuban-American family. When Christy returns to Miami for a family celebration, she clashes with her overbearing mother Martica over her life choices and family expectations - until a life-shattering event forces them to confront their relationship. Directed by Victoria Collado, director of the immersive hit The Amparo Experience.

“An observant, funny, moving slice of Miami life”

-Christine Dolen, Miami Herald/Artburst Miami

 

“Buoyantly funny”

-Christine Dolen, Miami Herald/Artburst Miami

 

“The actors have brought a stage full of memorable characters to life”

-Christine Dolen, Miami Herald/Artburst Miami

 

“The Cubans marks the debut of a playwright with a voice worth experiencing”

-Christine Dolen, Miami Herald/Artburst Miami

 

“The exile experience and the omnipresence of Cuba itself invests every situation, every line with an extra frisson of complication and passion.”

-Bill Hirschman, Florida Theater on Stage

 

“Design elements are polished and intriguing”

-Bill Hirschman, Florida Theater on Stage

 

“The performances by the experienced ensemble are strong.”

-Marj O’Neill-Butler, Miamiartzine

THE CUBANS

By Michael Leon

 

SCENIC DESIGN / Christopher & Justin Swader

LIGHTING DESIGN / Yuki Nakase Link

SOUND DESIGN / Abigail Nover

COSTUME DESIGN / Caroline Spitzer

PROPS DESIGN / Jameelah Bailey

 

PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER / Vanessa McCloskey

ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER / Shannon Veguilla

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR / Gabriel Bonilla

 

DIRECTION / Victoria Collado   

 

CAST

 

Ashley Alvarez* / Christy

Adriana Gaviria* / Vero

Rene Granado / Pepe

Andhy Mendez* / Ramoncito

Jezabel Montero* / Ana

James Puig* / Jesus

Ruben Rabasa / Manolo

Vivian Ruiz / Martica

Caleb Scott* / Eric/Anthony

Mia Avila / Additional voices

Bryan Blanco / Additional voices 

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association

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