A New Play LA GRINGA Comes To CPT This Valentine's Day!

Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT) and Teatro P blico de Cleveland (TPC) present La Gringa (Spanish), a play by Carmen Rivera, directed by Ernesto Luna Camargo. The play will be performed in Spanish, with English subtitles, by TPC ensemble members and will run February 14 March 2, 2019, in CPT's James Levin Theatre.

In this heartwarming and hilarious comedy, Mar a Elena Garcia is excited to connect with her homeland and visit her extended family in Puerto Rico for the first time. Mar a has grown up with an intense love for the island and even majored in Puerto Rican studies in college. Upon her arrival, and much to her surprise, Mar a isn't exactly welcomed with open arms. Many consider her an American a gringa. If she's a Puerto Rican in the United States and an American in Puerto Rico, is she a somebody anywhere? On her journey to fit in, Mar a muddles through misperceptions and misadventures while searching for what we all seek: belonging.La Gringa (Spanish) will be performed in Spanish, with English subtitles.

According to La Gringa (Spanish) Producer and CPT Executive Artistic Director Raymond Bobgan: We are thrilled Ernesto is making his CPT mainstage directorial debut this is a big step for Teatro P blico de Cleveland and a testament to the growth of the ensemble and the individual artists who comprise the company. La Gringa is a beautiful story and, fun fact, the longest running Off-Broadway Spanish language play. We all long to fit in, to find home, to know who we truly are longing is inherent in our search to belong. This play is hilarious and touching an exciting exploration of our yearning for home, acceptance, and a true understanding of what's in our heart.

In 2013, Cleveland Public Theatre launched Teatro P blico de Cleveland, a local Latino theatre company, whose work reflects the artistic goals, interests, and ideals of its members. The purpose of this theatre ensemble is to share the rich diversity and perspectives of the Latino-Cleveland culture, and to fulfill CPT's core mission.

Teatro P blico de Cleveland inspires inter/intra cultural exchange through thought-provoking bilingual storytelling and performance that fosters social consciousness and builds community. TPC is committed to identifying, developing, celebrating, and inspiring Cleveland Latino artists to share their experiences, cultures, perspectives, and talents. Collaborating on the artistic continuum, Teatro P blico de Cleveland welcomes amateur to experienced artists who share a common language regardless of cultural origin. Visit www.teatropublico.org to read more about the ensemble.

The cast of La Gringa (Spanish) includes Alisha M. Caraballo, Magdalena God nez, Miguel Angel Nieves, Gilberto Pe a, Neiza Rivera, and Elliot Stone.

The production team includes Raymond Bobgan (Producer); Lauren Calevich & Raymond Bobgan (Line Producers); Lauren Calevich (Stage Manager); Arina B jan-Zaciu (Associate Stage Manager); Aaron Benson (Scenic Designer); Inda Blatch-Geib (Costume Designer); Georgina Galindo (Board Operator); James Kosmatka (Sound Designer); Steve Shack (Lighting Designer); M nica A. Cerpa Z iga (Marketing Translation Consultant); and Faye Hargate (Director of Community Ensembles).

La Gringa (Spanish) previews February 14. Press Night is Friday, February 15 and the show runs through March 2. Performances are Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Monday nights at 7:00pm in CPT's James Levin Theatre, located at 6415 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44102, in the heart of the Gordon Square Arts District.

Tickets are $15-35. Students/Seniors receive $5 off on Friday and Saturday nights. Thursdays and Mondays are $15.

PURCHASE TICKETS at www.cptonline.org or call the CPT Box Office at 216.631.2727 ext. 501. Group discounts are available call the Box Office to inquire. (Reserve early! - CPT never charges any ticket fees, ever.)

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