On Monday, October 18, 2010, the Hostos Community College Repertory Company’s production of You Always Forget Something (Siempre se Olvida Algo) will receive three awards from the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA) for outstanding play, outstanding performance by an ensemble cast, and outstanding achievement in direction. The presentations are to be made during HOLA’s 2010 Awards Gala and Benefit at The Players in New York City, which is America’s oldest theatrical club.
Written by Cuban dramatist Virgilio Pinera, You Always Forget Something belongs to the genre of theatre of the absurd, in which actors portray caricatures rather than realistic characters, and audience members are free to interpret what they see on stage however they wish. Dealing with how people choose to remember or revise the past, Pinera’s play is a high-energy physical comedy about four women resorting to crazy systems in an effort to find order in an increasingly chaotic world.
Presented both in Spanish and in an English translation by Kate Eaton, the production was directed by Hostos Professor Angel Morales, who will receive HOLA’s “Outstanding Achievement in Direction” award. The award-winning ensemble cast includes two recent Hostos graduates, faculty members, and professional performers’: Marisol Carrere, Melissa Diaz, Luz-María Lambert, Luciano Patino and Barbara Santiago
“Having students at Hostos perform at the level of experienced actors has been one of the greatest outcomes of our productions,” said Professor Morales. “Having their work being recognized professionally will not only stimulate them to pursue an acting career, but other students as well.”
“On behalf of Hostos, I wish to congratulate this company of students, graduates, faculty, staff and professional actors for their contributions to the cultural life of the college community and the neighborhoods it serves,” said President Felix V. Matos Rodriguez. “Shows of the caliber of You Always Forget Something reinforce the growing reputation of the Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture as one of the premier Latino multi-arts centers in the United States. The Grand Concourse is much closer to the Theater District that one would think!”
HOLA issued a press release available online at www.hellohola.org announcing its 2010 Excellence in Latino Theater Awards and a list of awardees including Rita Moreno, the internationally known Puerto Rican singer, dancer and actress who is the first and only Hispanic to won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony.
The Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA, a 501(c)(3) group) is an arts service organization founded in 1975 to expand the presence of Hispanic actors in both the Latino and mainstream entertainment and communications media by facilitating industry access to employing professional and emerging Hispanic actors. HOLA members represent the full spectrum of Latino cultures, reflecting the nation’s growing Hispanic population. For more information about the Hola visit www.hellohola.org.
About The Hostos Repertory Company
Since 1983, the Hostos Repertory Company is the resident theater troupe at the Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture. An initiative of Hostos Community College Humanities Department and collaboration with the Hostos Center, the Company incorporates both professional actors and students in its productions. Over the years it has earned a reputation for being an important voice in Spanish-language and bilingual theater. In recent years, the Company has participated in theater festivals and toured New York City parks. During the summer of 2009, it had a two-week run at the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre with its acclaimed production of Tere Martínez’s Borinquen vive en El Barrio.
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College of CUNY offers access to higher education leading to intellectual growth and socioeconomic mobility through the development of linguistic, mathematical, technological, and critical thinking proficiencies needed for lifelong learning and for success in a variety of programs, including careers, liberal arts, transfer, and those professional programs leading to licensure. In addition to offering degree programs, the
College serves as a resource for the South Bronx and other communities by providing continuing education, cultural events, and expertise for further development. For more information about Hostos Community College, visit: www.hostos.cuny.edu.