Alvarado's THROAT Runs Limited Engagement At INTAR, 5/14-5/30

By: May. 07, 2009

Rough Theatrical Production with INTAR (Eduardo Machado, Artistic Director/John McCormack, Executive Director/Alina Troyano, Associate Artistic Director) will present a limited engagement of Throat by Mando Alvarado, directed by Michael Ray Escamilla. Performances will begin May 14th and run through May 30th only at INTAR 52nd Street Space (500 West 52nd Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues).

Throat follows Cesar Rodriguez, a former Marine who steps off the plane from Iraq and ends up on New York's Upper East Side. He's trying to put the war behind him but he knows that promises made must be fulfilled. With the help of his best friend, a therapist, and love stricken pigeons in the park, Cesar goes to war with the demons of the past and the only victor is the truth. Featured in the cast of Throat are Raul Castillo, Lilli Zaunner and Juan Francisco Villa.

Throat was written in the spring of 2005, when playwright Mando Alvarado felt that the war in Iraq began to elude the minds of Americans. Fearing that the public had become accustomed to watching CNN taglines and reading newspaper reports, Alvarado and director Michael Ray Escamilla believed that the silent stories, those of the returning soldiers needed to be told. "Funny thing is, here we are four years later, and not much has changed. Maybe it's the economy, maybe we still have a hangover from Vietnam, but the lives of soldiers coming back is still an afterthought for most Americans," explains Alvarado.

Since then, the play has been developed in both New York and Washington, DC, having been selected for The Field ArtWard Bound Residency Program, and developed at the Kitchen of the Roundhouse Theatre as a workshop production for the Page-to-Stage Festival at the Kennedy Center.

INTAR, one of the United States' longest running Latino theatres producing in English, works to:

Nurture the professional development of Latino theater artists
Produce bold, innovative, artistically significant plays that reflect diverse perspectives.

Make accessible the diversity inherent in America's cultural heritage.

Through an integrated program of workshops, productions of works in progress, and mainstage productions, INTAR continues to raise standards of the theater arts. INTAR brings to the public vital and energetic voices of both promising and accomplished Latino theater professionals, replacing stereotypes while giving expression to the diversity and depth of today's Latino-American community.

The playing schedule for Throat will be Thursday through Saturday at 8:00 pm, Sundays at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $10, but the May 14th and 15th performances will be "Pay What You Can" nights. Tickets can be reserved by calling 212/695-6134, or by emailing

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