EMPIRE & PRETTY LITTLE LIARS Stars Join Hero Theatre's Festival Irene

EMPIRE & PRETTY LITTLE LIARS Stars Join Hero Theatre's Festival IreneAdam Rodriguez (Empire, Jane the Virgin, CSI Miami) and Lesley Fera (Pretty Little Liars) are set to join Jane the Virgin star Ivonne Coll in Hero Theatre's Festival Irene: Celebrating the Legacy of María Irene Fornés.

Rodriguez will participate in a reading of Eduardo Machado's The Cook on April 7th, and Fera will be in Summer in Gossensass on April 9th by María Irene Fornés. Both Performances will be at 8pm. Additional notable names that have been cast include Nick Tarabay (Castle, Spartacus) and Tala Ashe (American Odyssey, Smash).

Coll, known for her role as grandmother Alba Villanueva, will perform in Luis Alfaro's The Golden State Part One: Delano on April 3rd. Alfaro is one of Fornés' former students whose work will be included in the two week long benefit festival.

In addition to Alfaro, the festival will feature readings of works by María Irene Fornés and award-winning Fornés students including Pulitzer-winner Nilo Cruz, Lisa Loomer, Octavio Solis, Migdalia Cruz, Caridad Svich, Cherríe Moraga, Eduardo Machado, Anne Garcia-Romero and Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas.

The roster of directors includes National Council on the Arts Member Diane Rodriguez, Latino Theater Company Artistic Director Jose Luis Valenzuela, Juliette Carrillo, Jose Cruz Gonzalez, Beth Lopes, Sylvia Blush, Yetta Gottesman and Hero Theatre Artistic Director, Elisa Bocanegra.

Festival Irene plays will be presented as readings and audience members will have a voice in selecting which one of Ms. Fornés plays Hero Theatre will be presenting a full production of.

Proceeds for Festival Irene benefit a new medical fund established in honor of famed Cuban playwright María Irene Fornés. Proceeds also benefit Alzheimer's research. The festival will take place March 31 through April 10, 2016 at the Rosenthal Theater at Inner-City Arts in Los Angeles.

For more information about Hero Theatre and Festival Irene, including tickets, visit herotheatre.org.

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