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KidFEST Teatro SEA’s La Cucarachita Martina
“Cockroaches are people, too. Well, at least they are in this production, presented in an easy-to-understand mix of Spanish and English by Teatro SEA, which specializes in Latino theater for children. The heroine of the show, is a tiny cutie who is nonetheless much bigger than anything scurrying around your basement. But not to worry: She’s a bunraku-style puppet, seeking true love.”–Laurel Graeber, New York Times
A live-action Latin puppet show rock-n-roll musical mash-up straight from NYC’s celebrated bilingual theater Teatro SEA, La Cucarachita Martina is a tale based on the popular Cuban and Puerto Rican children’s story of the little roach Martina who learns many lessons on her journey to find true love. Recommended for Pre-K and up.
Narrator / Narrador
Puppeteers / Titiriteros
Ana Campos-Stephens, Hector Palacios, Christopher Palmieri, J. Edgar Mozoub
The tale of La Cucarachita Martina originated as an oral tradition and was later adapted to literary form. The story is very powerful, and permeates many borders, making its mark on many cultures.
Martina is a little roach who dreams of finding the love of her life. One day, while sweeping her backyard, she finds a penny. Thinking about what she should buy with her new penny, she decides to buy some makeup to make herself pretty.
Martina is visited by a number of potential suitors, but when she meets Mr. Perez, she falls in love with him right away. They get married in a great big celebration. All the little insects attended the party. Cucarachita Martina and little Mr. Perez lived happily ever after.
Born in to a family of musicians in Peru, Ms. Campos has sung in Latin orchestras and bands In Lima, Madrid and New York. She has studied voice with Hector Ruiz Rueda in Lima, and Drama in the Peruvian Theatre Center. Ms. Campos was a member of the Polifonico Angelus Choir for 18 years which won various national and international awards. In 1988 she received first place in the Peruvian Criolla Music festival. The Peruvian Embassy in Spain formerly recognized Ms Campos for Her contribution to Peruvian and Spanish television commercials and shows including the Spanish hit Show LOS LADRONES VAN A LA OFICINA. Ms Campos is the founder of “El Show de Risitas” Offering children’s entertainment in Lima, Madrid and New York. On stage in New York she has appeared in many musicals with TEATRO SEA such as, Rafael Hernández . . . Romance, Tropical, La Plenópera del Empache, A 3 Voces, La Muela del Rey Farfán, Las Locaventuras de Don Quijote, The Legends of the enchanted treasure,The three Little pigs,Cinderella, Martina The Little Roach. She is part of SEA since 1996. She has also worked for TEATRO THALIA in LA DEL SOTO DEL PARREL and LA PARRANDA. Recordings: Amor Caribe, Felicidades y Acurrúcate.
Actor and Director. He began his career in 1989 in Colombia, his native country, working with groups such as El Tecal and La Mama, and in the United States, he has worked in various independent films. After he moved to NY he had collaborated as an actor, director, playwright, and technician with companies such as Repertorio Español, Thalía, Teba, Teatro Sí, Teatro LEFT and Teatro Coronado. Mr. Palacios has directed various works by Teatro Coronado such as: Secretos de Mujeres, Gabriela Mistral, Mujeres de Febrero con Duarte, Liberados de sus redes, Las inmigrantes, Amor en tiempo de guerra, etc. He is specialized in Puppet Theater and has participated in numerous plays with Teatro SEA, Mi Chivita Magica, La Muela del Rey Farfan, Martina, the Little Roach / La Cucarachita Martina, Legends of the Enchanted Treasure / Las Leyendas del Cofre Encantado.
Venezuelan actor, singer, and voice-over artist. He holds a degree in Social Communication with a specialization in Audiovisual Arts from the prestigious Universidad Católica Andrés Bello. While gaining a strong foundation in theatrical arts with his studies, Samuel joined "Teatro UCAB", the theater group of his university, through which, he performed in "Much ado, About Nothing" (Benedicto de Padua), "The Good Soul of Szechuan" (Sun) and "Christmas Song" (Fred), Among others. He’s also worked in several musicals such as "Cabaret" (MC) and "Sweeney Todd" (Adolf Pirelli). As a voice over artist, Samuel has lent his voice to renowned brands such as Pepsi, Blackberry, Wendy's, Polar, Maltin, Cines Unidos and more. Meanwhile, he worked as a host and producer in his own radio show called ̈Taima ̈ through in the Venezuelan radio station La Cima 96.7FM. Soon after October 2014, he made his Off- Broadway debut in the play "The Laurel of Apollo" with the Repertorio Español and many projects soon followed. He has performed with Teatro SEA in the productions "Martina, the Little Roach / La Cucarachita Martina", "The Dropouts Crew", “My Superhero, Roberto Clemente” and “Ricitos and the Three Bears / Ricitos y los Tres Ositos”. Other NYC credits "Foreign Exchange III", "Bethlehem", "Fuego en Granada", "Clandestino", and "Así Que Pasen 5 Años", for which he won the ATI award as Best Supporting Actor. Recently, He finished a series of workshops at the Stella Adler Studio and currently is still working in his acting formation with the film and TV actor Paul Calderon.
Christopher Palmieri is a puppeteer and actor who has been living and working in New York City for the past ten years. A graduate from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, his work in puppetry, acting, and event entertainment have allowed him to perform on national television, and on stage all over the NYC area. Highlights from Chris' puppetry work include starring in the Emmy-nominated preschool series Snug's House, and being featured on television shows such as Today, Fox and Friends, PIX11 Morning News, Cake Boss, Moms with Attitude, Celebrity Wife Swap, MTV's Story Pig, The CBS Morning News, and Un Nuevo Dia. Chris has worked with the Jim Henson Company on the first national tour of Dinosaur Train Live: Buddy's Big Adventure under director John Tartaglia. Chris joined Teatro SEA for a two week engagement of Martina, the Little Roach / La Cucarachita Martina at the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, GA. He has also performed in Teatro SEA's production “Legends of the Enchanted Treasure / Las Leyendas del Cofre Encantado.” Chris’s stage credits include “Abominable Fancy”, “The Butterfingers Angel and Laughter”, the national tour of Box Out Bullying, voicing various characters in Krampusnacht, a staged radio play, and “The History of Toys”. In addition to performing, Chris has designed and built puppets for many film and stage productions. Chris can currently be seen on Snug's House weekday mornings from 8am-3pm on Universal Kids.
J. Edgar Mozoub
J. Edgar Mozoub is an actor, choreographer and director. He is the Technical Director at Teatro SEA and the Founder and Artistic Director of GOTA, where he has directed the theater productions of “Las Cenizas de Troya” ( ACE Nomination / Best Production | ATI Nomination, Director Nueva Estrella 2014), “Rosita”, “Por Mi Madre Que Es Verdad” ( HOLA award 2015), “El Talismán”, “La bruta bruja Bruna y Fuego en Granada” ( HOLA award 2016). He has worked as an actor with different local companies since 1993 with important directors such as Victoria Espinoza and Pablo Cabrera. Through his acting, he has also received several nominations to the Actors’ Guild awards.
Manuel A. Morán
Manuel A. Morán is celebrating 28 years on the stage! He is originally from Puerto Rico. From an early age, he has been working in professional theatre and television as a performer, puppeteer, writer, composer, director and producer in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, México and the United States. He is the founder and Artistic Director of the Society of the Educational Arts, Inc. (SEA), an award-winning Arts-in-Education organization that operates in Puerto Rico, Florida and New York. He holds a B.A. in Humanities and Drama from the University of Puerto Rico, a M.A. in Educational and Musical Theatre from New York University, and a Ph.D. in Educational Theatre from NYU. He has received many prestigious awards and citations for his artistic & community work, among them: multiple ACE Awards & HOLA Awards for Best Actor, Best Director & Best Musicals; Grand Marshall of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade; Comité Noviembre Award – “Lo Mejor de nuestra comunidad”; Cultural Awards, by the NY City Council & Queens Borough President; “Puerto Rican of the Year” (APQ); the “2005 EL Award” by El Diario-La Prensa; was chosen as one of the Nation’s top 15 young adults Latino Leaders, to participate in the prestigious program - Programa para Jóvenes Líderes Hispanos, sponsored by the Embassy of Spain. Currently he is the Vice-president of UNIMA. Perhaps most notably, Dr. Morán is responsible for re-establishing professional Children’s Theatre in Spanish in New York City, a tradition that was abandoned for more than 18 years. Sixteen of his latest critically acclaimed productions are on tour: In August, 1999 he opened in NYC Teatro SEA @ Los Kabayitos Puppet and Children’s Theatre. In celebration of its 25th Anniversary, he recently opened a brand-new state-of-the-art performance space (Teatro SEA) at the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
SEA was founded in 1985, to create and to promote the performing arts, showcase the talents of young Latino playwrights, actors, directors and designers. Today, SEA has become a NYC cultural treasure and a leading Latino cultural organization for family audiences. Our home base theatre, Teatro SEA is New York City’s, as well as the Nation’s ONLY Latino Children’s Theatre, that provides a year-round season of family programming. Currently, SEA serves more than 75,000 audience members per year.
Throughout our 30 plus year history, we have brought professional, artistically excellent live theater directly to community centers, cultural venues/theatres, schools and libraries in neighborhoods where Latino's live. For the nearly ten’s-of-thousands of disenfranchised Latino children and families we serve each year, often this is their first experience of live theater and their only opportunity to interact with professional Latino theater artists.
Our SEAson repertory (over 25 shows in repertory) consists of 4 distinct categories: Latinized Children’s Classics; Latin American Folktales; Children’s Classics from Spain; and a Youth and Adult Series. All of these productions are original and feature new music, sets, costumes, and puppetry. In recognition for our work, SEA has received numerous accolades/awards and our productions have won the ACE, ATI & HOLA Awards for “Best Musical Production of the Year” 7 out of the last 10 years.