Summer Dawn Hortillosa's KOOKSPEAK Set for Monroe Center this Weekend

On Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 12 and 13, the Monroe Center for the Arts in Hoboken, N.J., will come alive with the work of hundreds of artists and several musical and theatrical performances. "Kookspeak," by Summer Dawn Hortillosa, a series of monologues by characters who live inside their heads, will make its Hoboken debut at the festival with two performances.

Hortillosa brings each of these "kooks" to life, with everything from delightful death fantasies to gravely serious conversations between hand-puppets. The show also features the Most Annoying Girl in the World and a Grammy performance with one kook's true love, a FIFA World Cup star/YouTube phenomenon. This witty show offers tons of wacky fun and romance.

The show debuted at the So Low Theater Festival in Jersey City in 2012 and has since been part of the Jersey City, Land of the Free-form Festival and opened for Reg E. Gaines's one-man show "The Last Celebrity." One of the pieces from the show, "Senses," was part of the Tri-State Arts and Music Festival in Hoboken in May.

Check out a snippet of "Senses," the final monologue in the show:

"Kookspeak" will be performed on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 2:15 pm and Sunday, Oct. 13 at 3:15 pm at the Monroe Center for the Arts, 720 Monroe St., Hoboken, N.J., as part of the Digable Arts Festival. Admission is free. For more information, visit or

Photo by Sarah R. Villafuerte

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