La Plaza @ The Clemente…114 Norfolk Street, New York’s Lower East Side

June 5th – June 28th – Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 8PM.

 The Society of the Educational Arts, Inc. (Teatro SEA) in collaboration with The Clemente and Teatro LATEA proudly presents the World Premiere of Sueño: A Latino take on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The event is scheduled to take place in the parking lot behind the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center, referred to as The Clemente. Performances will be completely FREE to the public. Teatro SEA is “Latinizing” a theatrical classic with the aim of inspiring interest in Shakespeare to young and underserved audiences.

Sueño will feature a diverse group of 20 actors, singers, musicians, dancers, and puppeteers. The show includes over 50 carnival puppets, stilts walkers and masks including “Vejigantes and Cabezudos”… folkloric characters from Puerto Rico, used in festival celebrations. Shakespeare’s works in Latin America dates back to the 1800’s, but rarely do New Yorkers get a chance to see revised Latino versions of the master’s plays.

“For over 30 years we have been integrating puppetry with actors and music. Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream/Sueño fairyland realm is a rejuvenated modern musical production…one to be to enjoy by both young and old. We are excited to present Sueño as our first initiative at the Plaza @ The Clemente,” claimed Teatro SEA’s CEO and Chairperson of The Clemente, Dr. Manuel Morán, who conceptualized the event.

“As founders of The Clemente we recognize the importance of holding events that connect with local neighborhoods and that provide access to enriching cultural experiences to often excluded communities… an event like Sueño does exactly that, while equally offering testimony to the enormous Latino talent in our City.” added Nelson Landrieu, Executive Director, Teatro LATEA and one of the stars of the production.

“Our organizational capacity has increased dramatically, as our neighborhood and the City’s demographics changed, so has The Clemente. We thank policy makers for their investment in such programming, they are critical to healthy communities. This event is also an expression of our vibrant, diverse and multiethnic institution, “added Jan Hanvik, Executive Director, The Clemente.

Sueño is suitable for general audiences.

Free tickets will be made available starting May 5th, at Teatro SEA’s Box Office and The Clemente Cultural Center reception desk at 107 Suffolk Street (Between Rivington & Delancey Streets), 7 days a week starting at 3:30 pm.

About the Award-Winning Organizers

Teatro SEA is one of the nation’s premiere Latino theater for young audiences & bilingual Arts-in Education Organization dedicated to the empowerment and educational advancement of children and young adults.

LATEA is an established theater created to undo the under-recognized talents and contributions of Latino artist as writers, producers, directors and as creative people.

The Clemente is a Puerto Rican/Latino Cultural & Educational institution and a landmark building named after Puerto Rican patriot, Clemente Soto Vélez, and is one of the City’s largest arts institutions housing theaters, visual artist studios and non- profits.

Sponsored in part by: The Jim Henson Foundation, Popular Community Bank, Con Edison, The National Endowment for the Arts and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the generous support of the Cultural Immigrant Initiative, New York City Council Members Fernando Cabrera, Margaret Chin, Rafael Espinal, Mathieu Eugene, Julissa Ferreras, Vanessa L. Gibson, and Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito.

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