Sweet Fifteen-Quincea?era

Rick Najera?s new comedy set for November 2006

By Susie Albin
Published on LatinoLA: June 30, 2006

Sweet Fifteen-Quincea?era

San Diego REPertory Theatre has commissioned Rick Najera?s interactive comedy, Sweet Fifteen - Quincea?era, to be presented as a workshop run November 3-12, 2006. This will be the fourth play at San Diego REP for Najera, an award-winning Hollywood scribe and Broadway actor. Sweet Fifteen-Quincea?era is created, written and will star Rick Najera and will be directed by Sam Woodhouse, the REP?s Artistic Director.

"I am thrilled that San Diego REP once again has the opportunity to partner with Najera, one of the nation's most imaginative writers of comedy,? states Woodhouse. ?We are especially pleased to begin work with Rick on the latest project supported by San Diego REP's Calafia Initiative, our long term effort to make new works of theatre that speak to the present and future of our binational region.?

Sweet Fifteen- Quincea?era is an interactive comedy set in National City based on a Latino family whose patriarch has just returned home from a ten year unexplained absence that began the day his daughter turned 15. He vows to put his family financially back on their feet, under one condition, that he gives his daughter (now 25) the quincea?era (sweet fifteen birthday party) she really deserves. The performance will jump with music, dance, taffeta dresses and surprise appearances by the famous and infamous.

Najera, an award-winning writer-director-producer and actor, with writing credits on hit comedy shows such as MAD TV and In Living Color, recently performed on Broadway in New York City at the legendary Helen Hayes Theatre with his award winning comedy, Latinologues. Previous stage plays commissioned by San Diego REP include Najera?s A Quiet Love, Latins Anonymous and Latinologues.

Rick Najera?s workshop of Sweet Fifteen- Quincea?era will be performed for a limited time only; November 3-12, 2006 at the San Diego REPertory Theatre (79 Horton Plaza, downtown San Diego). Tickets will be on sale and available Aug 22, 2006 at the REP?s Box Office, 619-544-1000, or online at www.sandiegorep.com.

About Susie Albin:
Susie Albin is a published writer and editor for several entertainment and travel magazines. She has won numerous awards for her community service. sanpresents@yahoo.com

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