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About THE SHOW

Even a global pandemic can’t stop birthday girl Carla from celebrating her Quinceañera. Music? Check. Dancing? Check. Gifts? Just one. Carla would really, really, really like you to register to vote!

CARLA'S QUINCE is an immersive virtual experience that invites audiences to become guests at Carla's Zoom Quinceañera.

 

With the aim of increasing Latinx participation in the United States' electoral process, this non-partisan English/Spanish extravaganza will inform on the voting process, break down some of the issues at stake this election year, and provide space for individuals to reflect on how their voting choices affect their communities. Those who identify as Latinx are especially encouraged to attend!

Free performances will take place throughout September 2020, with audiences invited to immerse themselves in Carla's world through digital platforms beginning July 2020 by signing up for the experience here. 

Sobre EL show

Ni siquiera una pandemia global puede impedir que Carla celebre su Quinceañera. Música? Listo. Baile? Listo. Regalos? Solo uno. Lo que más, más, más desea Carla es que se registren para votar!

 

CARLA’S QUINCE es una experiencia inmersiva virtual que invita a la audiencia a participar como invitados en la Quinceañera de Carla en Zoom.

 

Con el propósito de aumentar la participación latina en el proceso electoral de los Estados Unidos, esta producción políticamente independiente aportará información sobre el proceso de votación, explicará algunos de los asuntos importantes en las elecciones de este año, y dará oportunidad a los participantes de reflexionar sobre las implicaciones de su voto en sus comunidades. Aquellos que se identifiquen como Latino/a/x están especialmente invitados a participar!

 

Durante el mes de Septiembre 2020 haremos presentaciones gratuitas de esta producción, pero invitamos a la audiencia a hacer parte del mundo de Carla en las plataformas digitales a partir de Julio 2020 cuando se registre para la experiencia aquí.

 
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Mission & Values / Misión Y Valores

CARLA'S QUINCE uses theatricality to empower Latinx voters in the U.S. to use their vote to create the change they want to see in their communities. We believe that the right to choose our government officials at the polls is central to a democratic society, and that it is our responsibility as engaged citizens to hold those we elect accountable to work for our common good.

 

CARLA'S QUINCE is guided by the following values:

 

Community-Building

We aim to create a joyful space that sparks meaningful connection and reflection amongst audiences before, during, and beyond the show. We recognize that our power to create change in our communities lies in uniting behind common goals while celebrating the richness of our vastly varied experiences as Latinx people. 

 

Accessibility

Our show is free to attend, and accessible for both English and Spanish-speaking audiences. While the virtual nature of the show eliminates geographic barriers, we recognize there are technological barriers that we will work to reduce by partnering with local community organizations that can provide access to the necessary technology for our audiences. If you would like to attend the show but don’t have access to Zoom, contact us and we will work with you to find a way!

 

Inclusivity

We acknowledge and celebrate that Latinx communities are made up of a myriad of experiences and intersecting identities. We vow to create a safe space for all audience members, inclusive and welcoming of all gender identities, sexual identities, and cultural, ethnic, and racial backgrounds.

 

Anti-racism

In our process, we seek to constantly interrogate our own biases as Latinx creators of diverse backgrounds. We acknowledge the historical anti-blackness within our own Latinx communities, and the very real ways that as Latinx people we are not only oppressed by white supremacy but can uphold those very systems ourselves in oppression of others. We recognize that this is often an unconscious factor in the voting choices we make, and seek to ignite reflection on how we can dismantle these ingrained biases to create a better world for all.

CARLA’S QUINCE utiliza la teatralidad para empoderar a los votantes latinx/o/a en los Estados Unidos para que usen su voto para conseguir el cambio que desean en sus comunidades. Creemos que el derecho a escoger a nuestros gobernantes en las elecciones es primordial en una sociedad democrática, y que es nuestra responsabilidad como ciudadanos asegurarnos de que nuestros elegidos trabajen por el bien común.

 

CARLA’S QUINCE es guiada por los siguientes valores:

 

Creación de comunidad

Nuestro objetivo es crear un espacio alegre que brinde reflexión y conexiones significativas entre las audiencias antes, durante, y después de la obra. Reconocemos que, para promover el cambio en nuestras comunidades, necesitamos unirnos con objetivos comunes a la vez que celebrar la riqueza de nuestras variadas experiencias como gente latinx/o/a.

 

Accesibilidad

Nuestra obra es gratis para asistir y bilingüe en español y en ingles. El hecho de que es virtual elimina las barreras geográficas, pero sabemos que hay barreras tecnológicas que trataremos de reducir al unirnos a organizaciones locales de la comunidad que puedan contribuir con el acceso necesario a la tecnología. Si usted desea ver la obra, pero no tiene acceso a Zoom, ¡comuníquese con nosotros para encontrar una manera de que lo pueda ver!

 

Inclusión

Reconocemos y celebramos que las comunidades latinas incluyen una variedad de identidades y experiencias. Prometemos crear un espacio seguro para todos los miembros de la audiencia, inclusivo y acogedor para todas las identidades de genero y sexo, y raíces culturales, étnicas y raciales.

 

Anti-racismo

Durante este proceso, buscamos en todo momento preguntarnos sobre nuestras propias parcialidades como latinx/o/a de raíces diversas. Reconocemos la anti-negritud histórica dentro de nuestras comunidades latinas, y las maneras en que, como gente latinx/o/a, no solo somos oprimidos por la supremacía blanca, pero también aplicamos esos mismos sistemas en opresión de otros. Reconocemos que esto ocurre con frecuencia de manera inconsciente en las selecciones que hacemos al votar, por lo cual buscamos inducir a reflexionar en la manera como podemos desmantelar estos prejuicios para crear un mundo mejor para todos.

 

the ARTISTS / LOS ARTISTAS

CARLA'S QUINCE has been created collaboratively by The Voting Project since 2018. Get to know the ensemble members and our collaborators below! 

CARLA'S QUINCE ha sido creado colaborativamente por The Voting Project desde 2018. Conozca a los artistas del colectivo y a nuestros colaboradores!

Ashley Alvarez

Ensemble

Ashley Alvarez (she/her) is a Cuban-American actress, writer and producer based out of NYC. She has performed professionally in Miami, Chicago and NYC. Theater credits include The Cubans (Miami New Drama), Anna in the Tropics (Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center), Peter and the Starcatcher (original workshop at Williamstown Theater Festival), Convention (Irondale Center) and The Beacons (INTAR Theater). She recently co-starred in an episode of Law & Order: SVU. Ashley received her BFA from Florida International University and is a graduate from The Atlantic Theater School. Visit www.ashleyalvarez.com

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Galia Backal

Ensemble

(Associate Director / Directora Asociada)

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Galia Backal (she/her) has acted as director and creator for collaborative works including A Very Girly Story (EAT), One Day Older (Theatre Row), Silence (The Tank), Nightcap (Match:Lit Theatre Company), and If I Dare (Layton Studios). She has worked with The Drama League, Samuel French, Atlantic Theater Company, La MaMa, The Broadway League, Theatre for a New Audience, and The LaGuardia Performing Arts Center. Other productions include West Side Story (Bay View Music Festival), Latch by Tom Mularz (Samuel French OOB Festival), Gruesome Playground Injuries by Rajiv Joseph (Schaeberle), July 7, 1994 by Donald Margulies (Schaeberle), Macbeth the Musical (DTASC Festival), God's Country by Steven Dietz (DTASC Festival), and Dinner with Friends by Donald Margulies (DTASC Festival). https://www.galiabackal.com/

Yadira De La Riva

Ensemble

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Yadira De La Riva (she/her) is a theater artist from El Paso, Texas/Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. She is an alumna of UC Santa Cruz and NYU where she wrote, performed and produced One Journey, a one-woman show exploring US/Mexico border identity. Since 2010, she has toured One Journey throughout the U.S. and along the U.S./Mexico border. Her recent credits include: LINES (Theatre LILA), I, Migration (Falconworks Theater), Zoongoro Bailongo (New York Children’s Theater), Papo’s Variety Store (LATEA Theater), La Negra (BRIC), Noche de Alebrijes (One Blue Cat and Art VallARTa) and Alonzo (2019 New York Latino Film Festival). www.yadiradelariva.com

Jorge Donoso
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Jorge Donoso (he/him) is a Colombian born, NYC based performer. NYC: Baby (Out of the Box Theatrics), Playfresh (Irish Repertory Theater), World Voices (PEN America), 48Hrs in... El Bronx (Pregones/PRTT, Harlem9), Twelfth Night (Columbia Stages). Regional: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (Weathervane Theatre), Into the Woods (Playmakers Repertory Company), Peter and the Starcatcher (Playmakers Repertory Company), Triassic Parq (Wagon Wheel Arts). Jorge holds an MFA in Acting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a proud member of Actors Equity Association. @JWDonoso jorgewilliamdonoso.com

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Estefanía Fadul

Ensemble

(Director / Directora)

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Estefanía Fadul (she/her) is a Colombian-American stage director, primarily focusing on new plays and musicals. She has developed and directed work off-Broadway, regionally, and internationally at the Public Theater, INTAR, Juilliard, Playwrights’ Realm, Long Wharf, Repertorio Español, and others. Alumna of the O’Neill National Directors Fellowship, Foeller Fellowship at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Drama League Directors Project’s Fall Fellowship and TV Fellowship, the Van Lier Fellowship at Repertorio Español, and NALAC Leadership Institute. Member of the New Georges Jam, Latinx Theatre Commons steering committee, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and SDC. B.A. Vassar College. www.estefaniafadul.com

Michael Leon

Ensemble

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Michael Leon (he/him) is an actor, writer, and director for theater and film. As an actor, Michael has worked with the LAByrinth Theater Company, New York Theater Workshop, Rattlestick Theater, The Women’s Project, and INTAR Theatre. Most recently he was in the original presentation of The AMPARO Experience in Miami as well as the world premiere of Convention at Irondale Theater. He is a member of INTAR’s Unit 52 and the LAByrith Intensive Ensemble. In January, his play The Cubans premiered at Miami New Drama. He is a graduate from Florida International University and the Atlantic Theater School.

www.michael-leon.net

María Peyramaure

Ensemble

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Maria Peyramaure (she/her) is a Latinx bilingual stage, voice-over, film and commercial actress, a teaching artist and pediatric hospital clown. Though a comedian at heart, Maria mostly focuses on theatrical artwork that can potentially make a difference in her community and the world as we know it. More on Insta @MariaPeyramaure or her site: www.MariaPeyramaure.com

Camila Pérez Santiago

Ensemble

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Camila Perez Santiago (she/her), from Humacao Puerto Rico, moved to New York for her BFA in Acting at Pace University. Past credits include “Julio Down By The Schoolyard” by J. Julian Christopher, directed by: Lou Moreno at Intar , “48 Hours in El Bronx” with Harlem9 at Pregones Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, and the “One Minute Play Festival” at Intar. She is so happy to work with this group of artists, and hopes we can work together to raise awareness about how big our role is as Latine people in this country.

Jamie Salinger

Guest Artist

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Jamie (she/her) is thrilled to be stage managing this incredible production! As a recent graduate of The University of Southern California with a BFA in Stage Management, Jamie is most passionate about managing and producing theatre, events, and television. Some of her recent credits include Apollo 11, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (Irish Repertory Theatre), and Disney + Pixar’s Coco Live (Hollywood Bowl). Most recently, Jamie has enjoyed managing online shows such as USC’s Lena Passes By, SCOTUS Theatre’s Blockbuster Season Recap, and Regents University London’s So You Can Look Ahead. Thank you to the Carla’s Quince team!

Christina Watanabe

Ensemble

(Designer / Diseñadora)

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Christina Watanabe (she/her) is a New York City based designer for theatre, dance, music, and events. NYC: Lincoln Center, The Public, WP Theatre, EST, Primary Stages, Cherry Lane, 59E59, HERE, The New Ohio, Theatre Row, Urban Stages, INTAR, The Bushwick Starr, and Theatre for the New City to name a few. Regional: Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Brown/Trinity Rep, Virginia Stage Company, Charlottesville Opera, Palm Beach Dramaworks, White Heron Theatre Company, Florida Rep, Bristol Valley Theatre. TV: Colin Quinn (co-design). USITT Gateway Mentor. Knights of Illumination winner. MFA: NYU Tisch. Member USA 829. www.StarryEyedLighting.com.

Sebastian Zuniga

Guest Artist

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Sebastian Zuniga (he/him) is a Mexican/Puerto Rican-American actor based in NJ/NYC. Recent credits include The Drowsy Chaperone (Lee Strasberg Institute), Legally Blonde (NYU Skirball), The Picher Project (Dixon Place), and West Side Story (Bay View Music Festival). Virtual credits include Twelfth Night (NYU Tisch) and Much Ado About Nothing (NYU Tisch). He is currently pursuing a BFA in Drama with a minor in Politics at NYU. His primary training was completed at the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute.

Production Team

Thank you to this amazing team

for joining us on the journey! 

Gracias a este equipo fenomenal

por unirse a y apoyar el proyecto!

Jason Aguirre- Tech Facilitator

Aimee Ambriz - Social Media Manager

Nathier Fernández - Graphic Design

Luis Garcia - Programmer

Quentin Madia- Tech Facilitator

Avital Shira- Tech Facilitator

Haydee Zelideth - Costume Consultant

Check out their work by clicking

on their names!

Aprenda más sobre su trabajo

haciendo clic en sus nombres!

Contributing Artists

We are so grateful to the following artists for their contributions during certain developmental phases of the project!

Estamos agradecidos con estos artistas por sus contribuciones durante ciertas fases de la creación del proyecto!

Annabel Guevara 

Zuleyma Guevara

 Carolina Ortiz Herrera 

Reynaldo Piniella

Check out their work by clicking on their names! / ¡Aprenda más sobre su trabajo haciendo clic en sus nombres!

 
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We are proud to partner with grassroots political organization VOTO LATINO, which is "focused on educacting and empowering a new generation of Latinx voters, as well as creating a more robust and inclusive democracy." 

Estamos orgullosos de estar afiliados con la organisación VOTO LATINO, la cual "se enfoca en educar y apoderar a una nueva generación de votantes Latinos, tanto como en crear una democrácia mas robusta e inclusiva."

PARTNERS / SOCIOS

 

SUPPORTERS / PATROCINADORES

Development for CARLA'S QUINCE has been supported in part by / ha sido apoyado en parte por:

National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation, Southwest Airlines and the Surdna Foundation through a grant from the NALAC Fund for the Arts Grant Program

NYSCA-A.R.T./New York Creative Opportunity Fund 

(A Statewide Theatre Regrant Program)

LaGuardia Performing Arts Center Rough Draft Festival

New York Stage and Film

The Drama League of New York First Stage Residency

 

Donate

Donar

All donations are tax-deductible and will go directly towards production costs, including artist fees, technology, and materials.

Toda donación es deducible de impuestos y apoyara directamente los costos de la producción, incluyendo el pago de los artistas, la tecnología, y otros materiales.

 
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CONTACT US

Want to book the show for your school, college, or other group? Have any other questions? Message us here!

Quiere colaborar para llevar el show a su escuela, universidad, u otro grupo? Tiene alguna pregunta? Envíenos un mensaje! 

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