Rick Najera's New Comedy

World Premier of Sweet 15-Quincea??era at San Diego Rep Nov 17-Dec 16

By Susie Albin
Published on LatinoLA: November 11, 2007

Rick Najera's New Comedy

From the writer, creator and star of Latinologues on Broadway, Rick Najera's new comedy Sweet 15 (Quincea??era) will make its world premier at San Diego REPertory Theatre, with performances beginning November 17 through December 16.

Sweet 15 became an instant hit when it made its debut as a workshop performance at the REP last year. It's highly anticipated world premiere will be directed by the REP's Artistic Director, Sam Woodhouse.

"Rick has his pulse on what it means to be Latino in the United States," says director Sam Woodhouse. "He's endlessly creative and one of the most fluid, facile and funny writers I've ever worked with."

Sweet 15 is a comedy based on a Latino family whose patriarch has just returned from a 10 year absence that began the day his daughter turned 15. He vows to put his family back on its feet under one condition - that they allow him throw a Quincea??era (15th birthday) for his daughter who is now 25 years old. This comedy is filled with music, laughter and hilarious, unscripted audience participation.

Rick Najera, an established playwright and award-winning writer/actor/director/producer, is one of the most produced Latino playwrights in the country. His nationally recognized Broadway play Latinologues, ran for 137 performances on Broadway, a historical achievement for a Latino-oriented show. Najera has been honored twice by Hispanic Magazine as "100 Most Influential Latinos in America" and is currently Vice President of Development for LATV, a national, bilingual network.

His writing credits include comedies such as MAD TV and In Living Color. Sweet 15 is Najera's first play written since Broadway.

Sweet 15 runs November 17 through December 16 at San Diego REP (79 Horton Plaza, San Diego). Tickets available at REP's box office, 619-544-1000, or at www.sandiegorep.com. Sponsored by Enlace and San Diego Latino Film Festival.

About Susie Albin:
Susie Albin is a public relations specialist and a travel and entertainment editor. sanpresents@yahoo.com

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