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Puerto Rican Theater Festival kicks off April 4

The Puerto Rico Supreme Court

By The Star Staff

The Institute of Puerto Rican Culture announced that the 61st Puerto Rican Theater Festival will be held from April 4 to June 2, in different theaters, with this year’s edition dedicated to Puerto Rican director and actor Rosalba Rolón.

As part of the dedication, the artistic contributions of Teatro Pregones and Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, both renowned theater companies in New York that are currently directed by Rolón, will also be recognized.

Rolón is known for her commitment to struggle and cultural management, which has led many organizations in the mainland United States to include Puerto Rico in their philanthropic activities.

“We are honored to dedicate this edition of the Festival to Rosalba Rolón and our brothers and sisters in the diaspora, the Pregones Theater and the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater,” said Carlos Ruiz, executive director of the ICP. “It is important to recognize the great contributions they have made to Puerto Rican theater, arts, and culture. The work they have done for several decades has been extremely valuable to all Puerto Ricans living in New York.”

The opening will take place on Thursday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m., at the Paradise Theater in Río Piedras with a performance by Flaco Navaja.

The festival begins with the play “Crudo” from April 12 to April 14 at the Victoria Espinosa Theater in Santurce. The production will have performances on Friday and Saturday performances at 8:30 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

The event continues from April 19 to April 21 with the piece “WPPI, Radio Internacional” in the Carlos Marichal Hall of the Luis A Ferré Center for the Performing Arts in Santurce.

The piece will take the audience back to 1954 with the arrival of television in Puerto Rico and all the uncertainty and expectations that arose as a result of the new means of communication. The production by the company Cuarzo Blanco pays homage to the history of radio and television in Puerto Rico. The play will be presented on Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20 at 8:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 21 at 4 p.m.

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William Rosa
William Rosa
Mar 11

Excellent, ICP. It's super important to support the arts and the artist; they define who we are, they give voice to our national spirit. The fact that it's the 61st Festival demonstrates the tenacity and strength of the Puerto Rican people. I believe, this year is much better, the Puerto Rican diaspora brings their voice to this cultural celebration.

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