Hostos Community College Invited to Showcase a Full Production at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival

Bronx, NY – The Hostos Repertory Company, the award-winning resident theater troupe at Hostos Community College, has been invited to showcase a full play at the northeast regional competition of the prestigious Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in January. It is the only community college theater production invited to the competition.

The Hostos company’s entry is Peter Sin Nachtrieb’s boom directed by Hostos Prof. Ángel Morales. An epic and intimate comedy, the play deals with parallel and eclectic themes of evolution, global warming, sexuality and sexual orientation. It was first presented by the Hostos Repertory Company in November.

“In the past, we have been invited to showcase scenes, and students have auditioned for acting awards at the Kennedy theater festival, but to make it this far with a full-production performance of boom is really an honor,” says director Morales.

There were nearly one hundred productions entered in this year’s regional competition of the Kennedy festival, and Hostos was one of just five institutions invited to showcase their productions. The others are Franklin Pierce University, Rhode Island College, Boston University and Yale University.

“Being the only community college selected for this regional competition is such an honor and speaks volumes of the works that is being done at Hostos,” said Hostos Community College President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez.

The advancement of the Hostos Repertory Company to regional status in the Kennedy festival is indicative of its ongoing success.  By casting students and faculty members along with professional actors, it provides a valuable learning experience for everyone involved in its productions.  The company has toured New York City parks, been featured at theater festivals, and last year had an extended run at the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater. 

The Hostos Repertory Company has won several awards from the Asociación de Cronistas de Espectáculos in recent years. Last October it received three HOLA awards in the categories of direction, ensemble cast, and overall production from the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors for its production of Virgilio Piñera’s Siempre se olvida algo, which was performed in English and Spanish. The same production has just been nominated for five ACE awards.

Among the Hostos contingent at the festival are three members of the boom cast who have been nominated for the Irene Ryan Acting Award, and three others whom Professor Morales invited to accompany the cast for the learning experience.  Last year Hostos student Ebrahim Rashed, who also appears in boom, received of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association Award (VASTA) in recognition of his outstanding audition. 

boom synopsis:

A graduate student’s online personal ad lures a mysterious journalism student to his subterranean research lab under the pretense of an evening of “no strings attached” sex. But when a major global catastrophic event strikes the planet, their date takes on evolutionary significance and the fate of humanity hangs in the balance. Will they survive?

What about the fish in the tank? And who is that woman pulling levers and playing the timpani? An epic and intimate comedy that spans over billions of years, boom explores the influences of fate versus randomness in the course of one’s life, and life as we know it on the planet.

The initial production of boom was made possible by the generous support of the Hostos Foundation, Office of the President, Office of Academic Affairs, Hostos Student Association, American Society of Cell Biology and funding from the Lila Acheson Wallace Theater Fund through the New York Community Trust. Additional funding was provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in collaboration with the New York City Council.

 About the Hostos Repertory Company:

The Hostos Repertory Company is the resident theater troupe of the Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture. An initiative of the Humanities Department, the company casts students, faculty, staff, and professional artists in its productions. Over the years, it has earned a reputation for being an important voice in Spanish-language and bilingual theater, as well as a showcase for works of emerging playwrights from the United States and Latin America.

In recent years, the Hostos Rep has participated in such prestigious theater festivals as the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, Regions I and II, TeatroStageFest, a New York based Latino International Theater Festival, and toured New York City parks.

About Hostos Community College

Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College, part of The City University of New York system, was founded in 1968.  Located in the South Bronx, the college currently serves more than 6,000 students.  In addition to associate degree programs that facilitate easy transfer to CUNY’s four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions, Hostos also has an award-winning Continuing Education and Professional Studies Department that offers courses for professional development and certificate-bearing workforce training programs.

In four decades, Hostos has grown from a class of 623 in the fall of 1970 to the spring 2010 enrollment of over 6,000 students.  The college also serves an additional 10,000 students through its Continuing Education and Professional Studies Department.

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