welcome to arroyo's

written by Kristoffer Diaz
directed by Jaime Casta%F1eda

April 15 - May 16, 2010

New York. Today.

Two DJ narrators spin a heartwarming and hilarious tale of two siblings´ desire to transform their family-run bar into New York City´s cultural sensation. Combining the adolescent wit of Season 23´s Speech & Debate with the music and world of Broadway´s Tony Award-winning In the Heights, ATC premieres this groundbreaking celebration of the urban rhythms of life and love.

The Latino Audiences Program is sponsored by a grant from The Boeing Company Charitable Trust.

cast

Alejandro Arroyo/Joe Minoso
Lelly Santiago/Sadieh Rifai
Nelson Cardenal/GQ
Officer Derek/Edgard Miguel Sanchez
Amalia Arroyo/Christina Nieves
Trip Goldstein/Jackson Doran

biographies

Joe Minoso (Alejandro Arroyo) is a proud ATC ensemble member, is Associate Artistic Director for Teatro Vista and was most recently the assistant director for The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Diety at Victory Gardens. He also directed Freedom New York in co-production with Teatro Vista and Remy Bumppo for their annual Think Tank Festival and was the assistant director on Teatro Vista's smash hit Our Lady of the Underpass. Acting credits include: Luis Felipe in Celebrity Row (American Theater Company) Eusebio in the world premiere of Jose Rivera´s Boleros for the Disenchanted at Yale Rep, Fifo in Nilo Cruz´s Park in our House, Don Luis in Esperanza Rising (Chicago Childrens Theater), Erik in Teatro Vista´s Massacre (Sing to Your Children) at the Goodman Theater, George Gibbs in Our Town (Madison Repertory Theater), Samuel in Horetensia and the Museum of Dreams (Victory Gardens), Officer Freddy Fernandez in Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (Teatro Vista), Angelo in Short Shakespeare! The Comedy of Errors (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), Bobby in Living Out (American Theater Company, Teatro Vista co-production), and Truffildino in The Servant of Two Masters (SummerNite). Regional credits include Lenny in Marisol, Andrew Gomez in The Laramie Project (NIU) among others. Television credits include guest-starring roles in Prison Break and The Beast.

Sadieh Rifai (Lelly Santiago) is thrilled and thankful to be a part of Welcome To Arroyo's. Chicago credits include: Distracted, It's A Wonderful Life: The Radio Play, Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Speech & Debate (American Theater Company) for which she won an After Dark award for outstanding performance. Merchant on Venice (Silk Road Theatre) and August: Osage County (Steppenwolf Theatre) for which she understudied the role of Johnna Monevata.

Christina Nieves (Amalia Arroyo) is thrilled to make her American Theater Company debut. After graduating from The Theatre School at DePaul University, Christina has enjoyed working at Steppenwolf, The Goodman Theatre, Teatro Vista, Lifeline Theatre, Emerald City Theatre Co., Chicago Childrens Theatre, The Theatre Building, and Northlight Theatre. She will next be seen in The Sins of Sor Juana at the Goodman Theatre this summer.

GQ (Nelson Cardenal) co-created, co-directed and starred in the award-winning, internationally-acclaimed, Funk it Up About Nothin'--a musical, hip-hop "ad-RAP-tation" of Shakespeare's classic, Much Ado About Nothing. The Off Broadway smash hit The Bomb-itty of Errors, which GQ co-created and starred in, has since toured around the world. Along with his brother and the other Bomb-itty guys, G wrote and starred in a hip-hop/sketch comedy TV show, Scratch and Burn (MTV). G´s screen credits include the movies Drumline, Taxi, I Think I Love My Wife and Werner Herzog´s Rescue Dawn. He wrote, directed and starred in the film Just Another Story (Showtime), has had prominent roles in Boston Public (Fox), Numbers (CBS) and co-starred in the one-hour drama Johnny Zero (Fox). He recently guest starred in John Herzfeld´s pilot, S.I.S (Sony). Together with his brother JQ, he recorded The Feel Good Album of the Year. Originally from Chicago, he received his BFA from the Experimental Theatre Wing of Tisch School of the Arts at NYU.

Edgar Miguel Sanchez (Officer Derek) Chicago Credits include Wilson Wants It All (The House Theatre), Cuba...and his Teddy Bear (Urban Theater Company), How to Act Around Cops (The Artistic Home), Zombies Attack Chicago (Nothing w/o a Company), Twelfth Night (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), Roll of Thunder Hear my Cry (Apple Tree Theater), Posada Magica (Teatro Vista), Men of Steel (Theater Wit). Regional Credits include A Midsummer Night´s Dream, Othello, The Comedy of Errors (The Oregon Shakespeare Festival).

Jackson Doran (Tripp Goldstein) makes his American Theater Company debut. Other Chicago credits include: Short Shakespeare! The Comedy of Errors and Funk It Up About Nothin' (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); and Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde (Bohemian Theatre Ensemble). Regional credits include: The Comedy of Errors, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Macbeth, The Taming of the Shrew (Riverside Theatre Shakespeare Festival); The Crucible, A Christmas Carol, Lady Windermere's Fan (Milwaukee Repertory Theater); and I Hate Hamlet (New Court Theater).

creative team

scenic design/Keith Pitts and David Ferguson
costume design/Christine Pascual
lighting design/Charles Cooper
sound design/Rick Sims
projections design/Rasean Davonte Thomas Johnson
dj consultant/Tawny Newsome

 

media

The excellent reviews are in - Arroyo's is a hit!

"An ideal piece for regional theater second stages…appeals to a younger audience without alienating existing subscribers."
"A genuinely honest voice, an energetic, playful theatricality, and confident…solid storytelling rooted in character" Variety

"Arroyo’s echoes Deity’s metatheatrical high jinks and inspired pop-culture riffing but with a richer tonal palette: more Jackie Brown than Pulp Fiction"
"Diaz offers something for the different audiences within each of us."
"Four of five stars"
"Thanks to Diaz and ATC, it’s not so crazy to imagine theater as the fifth [element of hip-hop.]" Time Out Chicago

"Diaz once again taps his inner pop-cultural geek—this time for hip-hop—as well as his inner feminist, to produce an urban comedy that dares to place women at the birth of modern-day hip-hop."
"Highly Recommended" New City

"exuberant energy and enthusiasm - both smart and mellow" Windy City Times

"Diaz is poised to become an important and exciting American playwright" Chicago Tribune

"His not winning the Pulitzer prize means that he was robbed"
"This is a fabulous show, extremely well done "
"I was enthralled, don't miss it"WBEZ - 848

buzz

about the playwright, Kristoffer Diaz:
"Diaz creates unique theatrical events or parties onstage that are fun, keenly smart
and moving," says director Jaime Castañeda. “The varied themes that run through this play, from the history of Hip Hop to our own identity and familial bonds, make this one of the best plays I’ve ever worked on.”

“Welcome to Arroyo's is the first full-length play I ever wrote, and it will always have a special play in my heart,” says Diaz. “I'm thrilled to be working with Jaime, PJ, this incredible cast, and a great Chicago theater like ATC to finally stage the world premiere of my baby.”

notes of interest
Kristoffer Diaz’s critically acclaimed play The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity had its world premiere at Victory Gardens in the fall of 2009 and will open Off-Broadway at Second Stage Theatre in New York City on May 20, 2010.

Jaime Castañeda is a Princess Grace Award recipient and was the Assistant Director for both True West and Topdog/Underdog during the American Classic Repertory included in American Theater Company’s 2008-2009 Season.

Welcome to Arroyo’s is the feature play of this year’s American Mosaic program, in which 600 CPS students will study the play in English classes and then will produce and perform full-length presentations of the play.

To embrace the Hip-Hop themes and energy within Welcome to Arroyo’s, ATC will host open-mic spinning events after Saturday evening performances.