Latin Off-Broadway Shows

At Repertorio Español, Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, Teatro SEA and Thalia Theatre

El Pesebre

Saturday, December 21, 2019
BronxWorks Betances Community Center
NYC’s top Colombians in theatre, music and dance perform a shepherd’s play

Saulo Garcia’s Quinceañera

Sat-Sun, January 4-5, 2020
Kips Bay, NYC
The Colombian comic celebrates his “Quinceañera” (15th birthday) at Repertorio Español with a greatest hits show

La Celestina

Friday, January 17, 2020
Repertorio Español
Cuban playwright Leyma López renews the classic Spanish tragicomedy by Fernando de Rojas (1499) whose critique of the moral rot of medieval Spanish society also reflects our times

El coronel no tiene quien le escriba

Saturday, January 18, 2020
Repertorio Español
Colombian director Jorge Alí Triana’s adaptation of the classic Gabriel García Márquez story about how history repeats itself

Filomena Marturano

Sunday, January 19, 2020
Repertorio Español
A Spanish adaptation of Eduardo de Filippo’s classic Neapolitan comedy

La Canción

Thursday, January 23, 2020
Repertorio Español
Puerto Rican reggaeton legend VICO C’s hip-hop reggaeton musical

Latin Off-Broadway Theaters

Repertorio Español

KIPS BAY, NYC ~ New York’s Spanish-language Off-Broadway repertory theatre company was founded by Cubans over 50 years ago

Pregones / PRTT

CONCOURSE, The Bronx ~ Two Puerto Rican community theaters, Pregones and Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, carry on Caribbean theater traditions as Pregones/PRTT

Teatro SEA

LOWER EAST SIDE, NYC ~ A great bilingual children’s theatre that uses lots of puppetry

Thalia Spanish Theatre

SUNNYSIDE, Queens ~ The Spanish-language theatre in Queens for over 40 years

Off-Broadway Week

2-for-1 ticket deals

Off-Broadway Week Winter 2019

NEW YORK CITY, Feb 11-24, 2019 ~ 2-for-1 tickets to 34 Off-Broadway shows including ‘Avenue Q’ (Filipino writer), ‘La Celestina’ (Spanish) and Jersey Boys (Colombian choreographer).

Off-Broadway Week (Fall 2018)

September 24 – October 7, 2018 ~ 2-for-1 tickets to 30+ Off-Broadway shows including: “Avenue Q,” “El coronel no tiene quiene le escriba” and “Jersey Boys”

Off-Broadway Week (Winter 2018)

February 12-25, 2018 ~ “El Coronel No Tiene Quien le Escriba,” “Fire and Air,” “Jersey Boys”

Off-Broadway Week (Summer 2017)

ON SALE, Mon, September 18, 2017
SHOWS September 25 – October 8, 2017

Previously on Latin Off-Broadway

Escena Sur Reading Series Mexican, Spanish, Honduran & Venezuelan theatre

Thu-Sun, Dec 12-15, 2019
Shetler Studios
THEATER DISTRICT, NYC ~ Readings curated by Chilean actors Berioska Ipinza and Pietro González (Law & Order)

‘Evita’ directed by Sammi Cannold

November 13-24, 2019
MIDTOWN, NYC ~ A new production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical about the first lady of Argentina, comes to New York City Center

Latinx Performance Ensemble’s ‘La Golondrina’ finds the way home

Fri-Sun, Sep 27 – Oct 13, 2019
SUNNYSIDE, Queens ~ Playwright Guillem Clua uses the famous Mexican song ‘The Swallow’ as a metaphor for being true to yourself at the Thalia Spanish Theatre

Colombian comic Saul Garcia’s ‘I am Latino’ makes us laugh at ourselves

Sat-Sun, September 21-22, 2019
KIPS BAY, NYC ~ Colombian stand-up comic Saulo makes us laugh (in Spanish) at being Latin AND American of the United States

En el Ojo de la Aguja

September 7-22, 2019
HELL’S KITCHEN, NYC ~ A Colombian director and his theatre company explore how in the age of the internet and social media, actually communicating has become harder than threading a needle. In Spanish with English subtltles.

‘The Selfish Giant’ children’s theatre has a great story to tell

Saturday, August 3, 2019
SUNNYSIDE, Queens ~ In Oscar Wilde’s short story, the selfish giant learns that the only thing blocked by the wall he built to keep children out of his garden, was his own divinity. At Thalia Spanish Theatre.

Castro in NY ‘An Evening with Fidel & My Mother The Radical’ at NYU Tisch

Sat-Sun, July 27-28, 2019
GREENWICH VILLAGE, NYC ~ This one-man multimedia play examines Latino history, memory, identity and the current treatment of migrant children, parents and U.S. citizens, juxtaposed on the Cuban revolution. FREE

‘Broken Words’ Puerto Rican theatre at Pregones

CONCOURSE, THE BRONX; Fri-Sat, Apr 5-6, 2019; Puerto Rican Off-broadway theatre ~ A new play by the playwright in residence at Pregones

Flaco Navaja’s Evolution of a Sonero Puerto Rican musical at the Public

NOHO, Jan 12-13, 2019, Sat-Sun ~ Flaco and his Razor Blades rap on growing up with Pedro Navaja & Hector Lavoe, but staying clean in The Bronx.
# puerto rican off broadway musical

International Puppet Fringe Festival NYC

Costa Rican, French, French-Canadian & Puerto Rican puppetry
Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center
Lower East Side, Manhattan
Wednesday – Sunday
August 8 – 12, 2018

‘Exquisita Agonía’ new Cuban drama at Repertorio Español

Written by Nilo Cruz
Directed by José Zayas
Starring Hannia Guillen & Germán Jaramillo
Love story about a middle-aged woman’s obsessive quest to find love in a young man who is transformed by the gift of life when he gets a new heart.
Kips Bay, Manhattan
Friday, August 3, 2018

Latin artists and productions win six 2018 Drama Desk Awards

June 3, 2018 ~ Dominican, Ghanan, Jewish, Mexican, Italian, & Spanish winners.
Lindsay Mendez ‘Carousel’
Sean Carvajal ‘Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train’
Juan Castano ‘Oedipus El Rey’
‘Farinelli and the King’
‘Once on This Island’
‘School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play’
The Town Hall
Midtown, Manhattan

‘Othello’ Free Shakespeare in the Park by Ruben Santiago-Hudson

The Tony Award-winning Afro – Puerto Rican – American director tells the story of the Moor of Venice, classic Shakespeare with racial and religious themes that are surprisingly contemporary.
Delacorte Theater
Central Park, Manhattan
May 29 – June 24, 2018

‘En el nombre de Salomé’ is a Dominican story about women’s rights

Repertorio Español
Kips Bay, Manhattan
Friday, May 18, 2018

‘Our Lady of 121st St’ by Stephen Adly Guirgis at The Signature Theatre

Written by
Directed by
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Tony® & Emmy® Award-winning director.
Signature Theatre
Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan
Tuesday – Sunday
Ends June 17, 2018

‘Paradise Blue’ by Dominique Morisseau at the Signature Theatre

Written by
Directed by
Jazz, gentrification, a sexy woman and hard choices make paradise blue.
Haitian-American Obie Award-winning playwright.
Puerto Rican-American Tony® Award-winning director.

Signature Theatre
Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan

Tuesday – Sunday
Ends June 17, 2018

Teatro La Re-Sentida ‘La Dictadura de lo Cool’ Chilean theatre

Chilean experimental theatre about the anarchy of the bourgeoisie.
NYU Skirball
New York University
Greenwich Village, Manhattan
Friday – Saturday
April 6 – 7, 2018

Cirque du Soleil VOLTA ~ Freedom is the ultimate rush

The latest show from Cirque du Soleil.
Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment
East Rutherford, New Jersey
March 29 – May 6, 2018

Teatro SEA ‘La Cucarachita Martina’ (Martina, the Little Roach)

Teatro SEA
Lower East Side, Manhattan
Saturdays, February 3, 10, 17, & 24, 2018

True Story of Little Red Riding Hood at Teatro SEA

LOWER EAST SIDE, Thu, Feb 28, 2019, Puerto Rican children’s puppet theatre ~ Little Red Riding Hood with a twist

14th Under the Radar Festival (2018) at The Public features ‘Antigonón’

Public Theater
425 Lafayette St
between 4th & 8th St
East Village, Manhattan
Thursday, January 4 – 15, 2018

‘A Room in India’ by Ariane Mnouchkine of Le Théâtre du Soleil

Park Avenue Armory
643 Park Avenue
between 66th & 67th St
Upper East Side, Manhattan
December 5 – 20, 2017

Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train wins Outstanding Revival & Lead Actor Lortels

October 3 – November 12, 2017
Signature Theatre
Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan
May 6, 2018
Winner of Lucille Lortel Awards for “Outstanding Revival” and “Lead Actor” Sean Carvajal

Julio Monge to play Tiresias in “Oedipus El Rey” at the Public Theater

Public Theater
425 Lafayette St
East Village
Tuesday – Sunday
October 3 – November 19, 2017

‘Oedipus El Rey’ gets its New York Premiere at the Public Theater

Public Theater
425 Lafayette St
East Village
Tuesday – Sunday
October 3 – November 19, 2017

Free Shakespeare in the Park 2017

Delacorte Theater
Central Park, Manhattan
May 23 – June 18, 2017

13th Under the Radar Festival (2017) at The Public Theater

Public Theater
425 Lafayette St
between 4th & 8th St
East Village, Manhattan
January 4 – 15, 2017

‘I Like it Like That’ ~ Boogaloo

Pete Rodriguez sang it in 1967. Darnell Martin made it a movie in 1994. Tito Nieves covered it in 1997. David Maldonado made it a musical in 2016.
Puerto Rican Traveling Theater
Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan
September 22, 2016 – January 29, 2017

(Review) ‘El amor en los tiempos del cólera’ (Love in the Time of Cholera)

REPERTORIO ESPAÑOL, KIPS BAY, October 25, 2012 ~ The first stage production of the Gabriel García Márquez masterpiece

Latin Off-Broadway History

We have grand theatre traditions going back to Roman Italy, Renaissance Italy, Medieval liturgical drama driven by the Roman Catholic Church, Italian Commedia dell’arte, and Spanish Golden Age Theatre.

Roman Theatre

The Romans essentially absorbed the traditions of Greek settlers in southern Italy. That connects us to Greek theatre which is the root of all European theatre. Greece is interesting because it provides a connection to both western and eastern civilization.

Spanish Golden Age Theatre

Spanish Golden Age Theatre is notable for the sheer volume of productions, and how theatre was enjoyed by all levels of society from the royal court to the working class.

Teatro Puerto Rico

Teatro Puerto Rico was a Hispanic community theater in the South Bronx. It was a center of NYC’s Puerto Rican community from 1948 until the neighborhood began to decline in the 1960s.

It was the place where Latin screen stars and musicians reached their audience. Many of us remember going to Teatro Puerto Rico as children.

The building is still there. In the 1990s, it was bought by the Iglesia Universal del Reino de Dios (Universal Church of the Kingdom of God). It’s a Pentecostal Christian church headquartered in Rio de Janeiro.

Teatro Puerto Rico was at 490 East 138th St, The Bronx, NY 10454 (at Brook Avenue).