New Play Soars Into L.A.

Cutting Open Wings a provocative new drama

By G. Reyes
Published on LatinoLA: April 21, 2003

New Play Soars Into L.A.

"Cutting Open Wings" is a provocative drama centered around the childhood trauma of a young girl. This compelling and humorous drama makes its debut in Los Angeles in both Spanish and English at the MET Theater later this month.

Xiomara, a young Latina girl on the verge of womanhood, lives with Mama Lalla, her paternal grandmother, her Tia Carmela and her Tio Lorenzo while her father pursues a decent living wage in Neuba Yol -- New York -- for the family back home.

Taking place in the late 1970's, it mixes Latin and American culture beautifully through its complex and compelling characters. The play addresses the cultural differences between the United States and the Dominican Republic while opening a window into the complex subject of child abuse.

This exciting production is written by critically acclaimed writer and actress Lidia Ramirez (I Love America @ The American Place Theater, NYC.) It was first developed in 1995 in the Latino Writer's Lab at the the Joseph Papp Public Theater in New York and was also part of a 10 by 12 series at both NADA and Under One Roof. It was also part of New Works Lab at INTAR, and was later produced by Labyrinth Theater Company Off-Broadway at H.E.R.E.

Directed by Alejandro Furth, with a bilingual, ensemble cast including Carlo Alban (Touched By an Angel, Sesame Street, Twenty-one Grand), Marlene Forte (Real Women Have Curves, Crossing Jordan), Ester 'Tita' Mercado, Onahoua Rodriguez (ER, Judging Amy, Boston Public), Jose Solomaon, and Steve Wilcox (American Me, X Files, The Pretender), this production attempts to expand cultural barriers and build stronger community ties by presenting "Cutting Open Wings" in both English and Spanish.

April 24-May 25
Thurs-Sat 8pm
Sabado- 8pm en Espanol

$12.00 pp OR $20.00 for 2 tix

reservations: 323-957-1152

The MET Theatre (downstairs in the Great Scott Theatre)
1089 N. Oxford Ave.,

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