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A Latina's Journey...Ghetto to Pulitzer Review & Beyond

Elaine Del Valle makes waves with her true story

Published on LatinoLA: January 11, 2010


A Latina's Journey...Ghetto to Pulitzer Review & Beyond


Calling it "One of the most successful theatrical runs in the history of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe," Executive Director of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Daniel Gallant and Del Valle Productions, Inc. proudly announce SPECIAL ENCORE performances in 2010 of the multiple festival and award-winning, autobiographical Latina's coming of age story, BROWNSVILLE BRED...Growing Up Elaine.

"I am grateful to the Nuyorican for offering me a home base. It's there that I found the time to really connect with my audiences. It's the greatest compliment, to meet audience members for a second time, because they didn't just tell their friends and family about it, but that they wanted to return to share it with them. I think it speaks about the play as an experience that can't help but unify," says writer and performer Elaine Del Valle of her autobiographical one woman show.
Last year Elaine Del Valle's New Years resolution was simply to put BROWNSVILLE BRED on. With her first attempt she entered NYC's the Network's One Act Festival, (March 2009) where she was directed by Heather Girardi in a 25 minute rendition of the one woman show, and swept every award available to her. Awards included Best Actress, Best Director, Best Script and Best Show.
In April 2009, Del Valle continued her winning streak when she won prizes amongst other solo performers at Teatro La Tea's 4th annual solo festival, under the direction of Paul J. Michael. Her performances of BROWNSVILLE BRED in a 50 minute version only fueled her passion for the piece. Encouraged by her mentor, Wynn Handman, Del Valle went on to a 5 week run in November at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, where she performed the full 80 minute version of Brownsville Bred.

"Wynn Handman told me I have earned the right to be persistent. It was the best thing I had ever heard." said Del Valle.

During her time at the Nuyorican, a group of students from Columbia University reached her with requests for interviews, as they were charged with writing dissertations on BROWNSVILLE BRED. Later Del Valle came to understand that she was under review for a Pulitzer in Drama. Del Valle can hardly believe where her journey has brought her, and only looks forward to sharing the story with audiences everywhere.

Nuyorican's Executive Director, Daniel Gallant referred to it as "The Most Successful Monday night run in the 37 year history of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe."

Happy to keep her feet firmly planted at her homebase on NYC's Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Del Valle's next stop for Brownsville Bred will be on the West Coast, where she will be performing as part of the Los Angeles Women's Theater Festival, in late March.

BROWNSVILLE BRED was developed at the WYNN HANDMAN Studios. Handman (founder of the American Place Theater) has been an acting instructor for over 60 years. His students have included such artists as Denzel Washington, John Leguizaimo, Michael Douglas, Richard Gere, Joanne Woodward, Sam Shepherd, Eric Bogosian, James Caan, Mira Sorvino, and Christopher Walken.

New 2010 dates at the NUYORICAN POETS CAFE include January 13th, February 10th, March 10th, April 14th, May 12th, & June 9th to start. All are Wednesday night performances, which will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m. and run (without intermission) for 80 minutes. The Nuyorican Poets Cafe is located at 236 East 3rd Street,(between Avenues B&C) in NYC.

For more information on upcoming performances visit www.BrownsvilleBred.com





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