EL COQUÍ ESPECTACULAR and THE BOTTLE OF DOOM to Premiere at Brick's Comic Book Theater Festival, 6/5-27

EL COQUÍ ESPECTACULAR and THE BOTTLE OF DOOM to Premiere at Brick's Comic Book Theater Festival, 6/5-27

Playwright Matt Barbot and director Anne Cecelia Haney are excited to premiere El Coquí Espectacular and The Bottle of Doom at The Brick's Comic Book Theater Festival, just days before the 2014 National Puerto Rican Day Parade. El Coquí, which Barbot calls "a comedy about superheroes and ethnic identity," has been workshopped at Teatro IATI and Barefoot Theatre Company, and was one of the top three finalists in Repertorio Español's 2013 Nuestras Voces competition.

Alex, a comic book artist whose ideas might be "too Puerto Rican," has begun secretly dressing up as his creation: El Coquí Espectacular, defender of Nuyoricans in all five boroughs! When his brother Joe is fired from a project for not being Puerto Rican enough, the two, with the help of a young photographer named Yesica, hatch a plan: to debut El Coquí at the Puerto Rican Day Parade and prove themselves to the world. El Coquí Espectacular and the Bottle of Doom examines the ways in which we define our heritage and ourselves.

Barbot's play Infallibility premiered in the 17th Annual New York International Fringe Festival, and was published as part of Indie Theater Now's 2013 Best of Fringe Collection. Haney is a resident director at The Flea Theater. The cast includes Michael John Improta (Alex), Matt Barbot (Joe), Victoria Gutierrez (Yesica), Sandra Berrios (Patricia), and Kervin Peralta (El Chupacabra).

Written by Matt Barbot

Directed by Anne Cecelia Haney

Featuring: Michael John Improta, Victoria Gutierrez, Kervin Peralta, Matt Barbot, and Sandra Berrios*

*Actor appears courtesy of Actors' Equity Association


Set/Prop Design: Andrew Diaz

Sound Design: Daniela Victoria Hart

Lighting Design: Chad Lefebvre

Costume Design: Kerry Gibbons


The Comic Book Theater Festival @ The Brick

579 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

(L train to Lorimer/G train to Metropolitan Avenue)

June 5 @ 9PM; June 7 @ 4:45PM; June 15 @ 7PM; June 27 @ 9PM

Tickets: $18

For more information, visit www.bricktheater.com/comics.

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