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New Mexican musical by up-and-coming musical theater composers Jaime Lozano & Florencia Cuenca opens at JACK

New Mexican musical by up-and-coming musical theater composers Jaime Lozano & Florencia Cuenca opens at JACK

Aspiring musical theater composers Jaime Lozano and Florencia Cuenca share the premiere of this Mexican musical about the deaths and disappearances of hundreds of women and girls in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico.

Told through the lens of Mexican folklore and music, the play examines the strategic eradication of female voices in the fight against gender-based violence and the killing of women and girls. From the missing to the socially invisible to the forgotten, Desaparecidas takes place at a classic and timeless Mexican state fair (a palenque) where the audience will experience an “entry” of the stories of the missing alongside the stories of the audience chosen by were The narrator.

Featuring: Florencia Cuenca*, Mayelah Barrera, Ana Cecilia Cantú, Sara Ornelas*, Indra Palomo and Larissa Reyes Arzate,

Other members of the creative team are: Chema Verduzco (Producer), Stefania Bulbarella (Projection Design), Chris Haig (Scenery Design), Edward Cardenales (Props Master), Rodrigo Muñoz (Costume Design), Tuce Yasak (Lighting Design), Connor Sale (Associated Lighting Design), Jeanne Montalvo & Kevin Novinsky (Sound Design), Álvaro de la Mora (Makeup Design), Lexy Leuszler (Dramaturge) and Angel Tavarez (Production Manager).

PERFORMANCE DATES AND TIMES:

Friday 2 December – Saturday 3 December at 7:30pm
Sunday 4 December at 2:00 p.m

Friday 9 December – Saturday 10 December at 7:30 p.m
Sunday 11 December at 2:00 p.m

Friday 16 December – Saturday 17 December at 7:30pm
Sunday 18 December at 2:00 p.m

TICKETS: $20.00, available at www.jackny.org

20 Putnam Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11238 | C or G train to Clinton-Washington. Accessible subway station: Franklin Avenue C/Shuttle.

FLORENCIA CUENCA (La Jenni, director, lyrics) Mexican actress, singer, writer and director based in New York City. She entered the artistic world at the age of three, performing alongside her father in stadiums and theaters across Mexico and the United States. Back in Mexico, she is known for telenovelas such as De que te quiero te quiero, Muchachitas como tú, De Pocas, Pocas Pulgas, Te Sigo Amando and as part of the hit Mexican musical Si Nos. Dejan, the Mexican premiere of Shrek the Musical and Selena the Musical. Her debut album Aquí – The New Standards toured Mexico, Latin America and New York City and won the 2016 Hot House Jazz Award for Best New Jazz Artist. She has performed off-Broadway on shows such as Children of Salt (NYMF 2016 Best of Fest) and A Never-Ending Line (album available on Broadway Records). She is currently working on her new album Broadway in Spanglish. She is interested in developing projects that celebrate diversity and specifically the Latino and Hispanic communities. “Para la Abuelona, ​​mi mamá, mis hermanas … Por mis mujeres chingonas hoy voy a luchar.”

JAIME LOZANO (Music, Lyrics, Orchestrations) Dubbed the “next big thing” on Broadway by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Joe’s Pub Working Group 2020-2022. The Civilians R&D Group 2020-2021. JACK Resident Artist 2021. Jonathan Larson Grant Finalist. Selected Works: Tlatelolco (Mexican Premiere), Myths (Mexican Premiere), El Otro Oz -formerly The Yellow Brick Road- (Off-Broadway & National Tour), Carmen La Cubana (European Tour), Children of Salt (NYMF 2016 “Best of Fest” production), A Never-Ending Line (Comédie Nation in Paris, France & Off-Broadway), Savage (UAB in Birmingham), Present Perfect (Live & In Color). Albums: Tlatelolco, R.Evolución Latina’s Dare to Go Beyond, Doreen Montalvo’s American Soul/Latin Heart, A Never-Ending Line, Jaime Lozano and the Familia: Songs by an Immigrant, with lyrics by Lin Manuel Miranda; these last three were released by Broadway Records. Movie: “In The Heights” (orchestrations), “Tick, Tick… Boom!” (Appearance in the Broadway composers scene). Currently working on: Songs by an Immigrant Vol. 2, Broadway en Spanglish, DESAPARECIDAS, A Mexican Musical and Frida, The Musical. BFA: Music & Composition, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León; MFA: NYU/Tisch, Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program (Full Scholarship); Part of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop. Proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America, AFM Local 802, BMI and GRAMMY and a voting member of the Latin GRAMMY. “Te amo mi Henrucha hermosa. Para Ely Aimé mi princesa y Alonzo mi corazón. Los amo. Todo. Siempre.”

GEORGINA ESCOBAR (book) is a Mexican queer writer and author of sci-femme, musical femmetasia, and frontera futurity stories. She is a resident and artist of MacDowell, Djerassi, Fornés, Clubbed Thumb and La Mama Umbria. A recipient of the National Darrell Ayers Award & Outstanding Service to Women on the Border Award, her work has been published in The Texas Review, Los Bárbaros, Routledge, McSweeney’s, New Passport Press & IntiPress. Her plays have been produced in the US, Mexico, UK, Italy, Denmark and Sweden. She is an O’Neill (Little Duende) NMTC author, NPC finalist (Stoneheart), and National Puppetry Conference mentor. Her work has been performed Off-Broadway: INTAR & New York Children’s Theatre, Clubbed Thumb, Lincoln Center, Bushwick Starr and regionally at Two Rivers, Milagro, Aurora Theatre, Duke City Repertory, Greenhouse Theater and more. She is the recipient of the inaugural Gotham & Variety Audio Honors Award for Breakthrough Audio Storytelling (Musings) and is the creator/writer of Sonoro’s sci-femme series Hidden Element. Her short film MONAH had a world premiere at the 2022 Austin Film Festival.

GABRIELA GARCIA (Choreographer) Gabriela is an artist who divides her time between television, film, theatre, dance, advertising and education with an extensive international career to her credit. She has a BA in Performing Arts from Saint Mary’s College of California, received El Diario’s Mujeres Destacadas Award and is a co-founder of R.Evolución Latina. Associated works include: VIVA BROADWAY 2021 Concert at Times Square, Sweeney Todd at Barrow Street, Like Water for Chocolate (Workshop), Public Works’ Twelfth Night at the Delacorte Theater, CHICAGO Düsseldorf. Choreography work: Sweet Charity and CHICAGO in Lima, Peru, performances of the Joffrey Ballet School’s NYC Jazz and Contemporary Program, BC/EFA benefit galas and R.Evolución Latina Choreographers Festival. She dedicated 12 years of her life as a dance captain and ensemble member of CHICAGO The Musical on Broadway, US tours and the Vienna and Mexico City Companies, where she played the role of Velma Kelly. Other plays: On Your Feet, Half Time the musical, Roman Holiday, Carousel, West Side Story, Joseph and the Amazing … Dreamcoat, My Fair Lady, REAL, Luciérnagas. Movies include: In The Heights, Enchanted, and Whatever Lola Wants. TV credits include: “Law and Order SVU”, “New Amsterdam”, “Succession” and “Jessica Jones”. She has a 20-year career as a voice actress for television and radio commercials for the national Hispanic market in the United States and has recorded more than 100 audio book titles.

CHRIS HAIG (Scenic Design) New York design debut. Theater Includes: Alice in Wonderland (People’s Light), Backing Track, Tiny Beautiful Things, No Child, Snow White, Every Brilliant Thing, At the Old Place (Arden Theater Company), Town, Athena, The Few, Peter & the Starcatcher ( Theater Horizon), The Chinese Lady (InterAct Theater Company), Hir, Time Is On Our Side (Barrymore Nomination), The Amish Project, The Black Monk, Dead Man’s Cell Phone (Simpatico Theatre), Buyer & Cellar (1812 Productions) , A 100 Words for Snow, Love, Lies & Taxidermy (Inis Nua), Twelfth Night (Shakespeare in Clark Park), Basic Witches (Haiger Productions), The Wild Party, Rhinoceros (University of the Arts), A Midsummer Night’s Dream ( Delaware Shakespeare Festival). Upcoming: The Last Parade (InterAct Theater Company), Empathitrax (Philadelphia Theater Company), Man of La Mancha (Delaware Theater Company) and Chicken & Biscuits (Bristol Riverside Theatre). Local USA 829 member. chrishaigdesigns.com

STEFANIA BULBARELLA (Projection Designer) is a video and projection designer from Buenos Aires, Argentina and based in Brooklyn, NY. Broadway credits include: Kimberly Akimbo as Associate Video Designer (The Booth) Designer credits include Off Broadway: Space Dogs (MCC), Semblance (New York Theater Workshop), The Watering Hole (Signature Theatre), Will You come with me (The Play Company), Turtle on a Fence Post (Theater 555), Eva Luna (Repertorio Español). Opera: Letters You Won’t Get (American Opera Project). Regional: House of Joy (St. Louis Republic), The Mountaintop (Weston Playhouse). Nominations: Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Outstanding Video/Projection Design for Space Dogs. www.stefaniabulbarella.com

JHOELY GARAY (Music Director) is a guitarist, composer and arranger from Mexico City, Mexico. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in jazz guitar performance from the City College of New York and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in composition at the Manhattan School of Music. She is a five-time winner of the Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation Scholarship and the Kaye Foundation Scholarship. She received the 2022 ASCAP Fran Morgenstern Award, the 2020 Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble Prize, and the 2017 Repsol Emerging Artist Award. Garay is a Latin Grammy Foundation Ambassador, Stanford University Jazz Mentor Fellow, a beneficiary of the Women in Jazz Organization Mentorship Program, a grantee of the 2019-2020 Young Creators program of

CHEMA VERDUZCO (Producer) Producer-Director Chema Verduzco, ACPT winner in BEST DIRECTOR and BEST MUSICAL for thePROM Mexico, decides to produce in New York. He began his career as a producer and director at the young age of 18. His titles include: CATS (2011), Elton John & Tim Rice’s: AIDA (2011, 2012), West Side Story (2013), Pippin (2018), Once On This Island (2019) and thePROM (2021-2022). His most recent production, thePROM, received 25 nominations in two awards shows (ACPT & Los Metro), including two nominations for BEST DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL and two nominations for BEST MUSICAL in the 2021 season, winning both categories in the Asociacion de Criticos y Periodistas de Teatro (ACPT) Awards 2022. Chema also works for Disneyland Resort in California and has choreographed two films for NYFA, Cinderpumpkin (2014) and Film School Musical (2015, Official Selection of the 2016 Indienight Film Festival).

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