Cultures Collide in RAMONA Set For World Premiere at Furnace Festival

By: Aug. 09, 2019
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Cultures Collide in RAMONA Set For World Premiere at Furnace Festival

Ramona, A New Musical will debut at New York City's upcoming Furnace Festival August 24th and 25th.

Ramona is based on a true story, adapted from the classic novel by Helen Hunt Jackson, with an original book and lyrics by Kayla Friend, music by Andres Maldonado and James Rushin, with additional music and lyrics by Jaime Lozano and Jessy Tomsko.

California Territory, 1850; A young Ramona does not know who she is or where she came

from - she only knows that the Señora Moreno raises her, grudgingly, as the only daughter of a wealthy family determined to live by rules and customs. Ramona's story of loss, love, and destruction explodes under the sharp heel of war, and carries us through her desperate journey in search of family, legacy, and home.

With a cast of 20 and showcasing both lyrics and script Spanish, Cahuilla, and Paiute, the groundbreaking new show's direction and choreography is led by Brian Cedric Jones; Alexandra Montalbano is Assistant Director/Choreographer, music direction is by James Rushin.

Leading the cast are Irene Patiño as Ramona, Barrie Kealoha* as the Señora Moreno, and Keith Contreras* as Alessandro; the company includes Alexandra Doman, Alexis Gonzalez-Guarneros, Álvaro Francisco*, Amy Linden*, Arwen Monzon-Sanders, Brian Klimowski*, Brittany Rincon, Eddie Rodriguez Jr., Jacob Waid, Jen Olivares*, Joanna Carpenter, Lisbeth Celis, Noellia Hernandez*, Sofia Klimovsky, Sophy Castro, Thomas Vorsteg, and Maya Bassuk*.

Tickets can be purchased by visiting:

You can also contribute to Ramona's much-needed fundraising campaign (and claim some very unique perks) here:

*Appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association.