On August 13, eleven Hostos Community College students returned to the Bronx after having had the once-in-a-lifetime experience of appearing in a play at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
The only troupe from a community college in North America to participate in this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the Hostos Repertory Company performed the play Rough Magic by Roberto Aguirre Sacasa. In Edinburgh, they were among 24,000 performers and artists from 41 countries at one of the largest theatrical events in the world.
The production was directed by Hostos Humanities Professor Ángel Morales, who said he was extremely proud of the students:
“Performing Rough Magic at the Fringe was not ‘rough’ but ‘smooth.’ Seeing the students taking care of their own show and education has been the most rewarding experience.”
Dr. Félix V. Matos Rodríguez, President of Hostos, also attended the festival and shared Morales’ high opinion of the company’s professionalism, “The Hostos Rep did us proud at the festival, and showed Edinburgh and the world what Hostos is all about: passion, commitment, and drive.”
Although the College does not have an academic theater program, the Hostos Rep has established a solid reputation as a Spanish-language and bilingual ensemble and a showcase platform for emerging playwrights from the United States and Latin America. Among the honors the company has received are several ACE (Association of Latin Entertainment Critics of New York) and HOLA (Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors) awards, as well as an invitation to showcase a full production at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, Region 1, in 2010.
Rough Magic cast members (Student – character): Abe Rasheed – Chet Baxter; Maria Vassallo – Melanie Porter; Lyn Robinson- Prospero/ Shylock; Juan Escobar – Ariel; Isamaris Rivera – Sasia; Tabitha Perez – Miranda; George Alvarenga – Caliban; Vilo Jacquez – Tisiphone; Giselley Munoz – Magaera/ Dr. Rosemary Ridgeon; Sabenny Madrigal – Linda Summers/ Alecto; Jennifer Jenesis Scott- Stage Manager/ Voice of Tracy.
About the Hostos Repertory Company:
The award-winning Hostos Repertory Company (Hostos Rep) is the resident theater troupe of the Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture. An initiative of the Hostos Community College Humanities Department, the company casts students, faculty, staff, and professional artists. The Hostos Rep is a key part of the Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture, which consists of a museum-grade art gallery, a 367-seat theater, and a 907-seat concert hall. The Hostos Center presents artists of national and international renown. It also presents emerging and established local artists, and it offers workshops in drama, folk arts, and dance to community residents.
About Hostos Community College:
Hostos Community College is an educational agent for change, transforming and improving the quality of life in the South Bronx and neighboring communities since 1968. Hostos serves as a gateway to intellectual growth and socioeconomic mobility, and a point of departure for lifelong learning, success in professional careers, and transfer to advanced higher education programs. The College’s unique “student success coach” program, which partners students with individualized guidance, is emblematic of the premier emphasis on student support and services.Hostos offers 29 associate degree programs and 5 certificate programs that facilitate easy transfer to The City University of New York (CUNY) four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions. The College has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education & Workforce Development that offers professional development courses and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. The Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture (HCAC) is one of the pre-eminent Latino arts centers of the northeast. The HCAC has distinguished itself for showcasing traditional art forms as well as emerging and internationally renowned artists. Hostos Community College is part of CUNY, the nation’s leading urban public university serving more than 480,000 students at 24 colleges.