TheaterWorksUSA to Present Free Performances of New Bilingual Musical El Otro Oz


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TheaterWorksUSA to Present Free Performances of a New Bilingual Musical El Otro Oz

The new show by Mando Alvarado, Tommy Newman and Jaime Lozano will be presented in New York this summer.

Mando Alvarado, Tommy Newman and Jaime Lozano

TheaterWorksUSA’s Family Summer Theater returns this season with a new bilingual musical El Otro Oz. Free performances of the new show will be presented throughout New York City at multiple venues from June 21 through July 10.

The production will hold performances at Pregones/PRRT, El Museo del Barrio, the Sheen Center for Thought and Culture, and the Jamaica Performing Arts Center at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning. The July 7 performance at 7:30 p.m. at El Teatro d’El Museo del Barrio will be chargeable to help subsidize other performances.

Featuring a book by Mando Alvarado and Tommy Newman, with music and lyrics by Jaime Lozano and Newman, the show follows Latin teenager Dora as she embraces her identity after being whisked away to a strange new land ahead of her next quinceañera in this Mexican folk-inspired musical. Orchestrations and arrangements for El Otro Oz are by Salomon Lerner and Lozano.

The stars of the company are Mayelah Barrera, Regina Carregha, Juan Danner, Gerardo Esparza, Indra Palomo and Rafa Reyes.

Elena Araoz will direct the production, which will also include scenic design by Frank J. Oliva, costume design by Christopher Vergara, puppet design by Jessica Scott, choreography by Andrea Guajardo and musical direction by James Osorio. Victoria Sanchez is a manager.

“This multi-generational musical is so honest about what many families face: working to maintain our traditions and languages, while trying to belong in the United States. I am honored to tell this joyful story that is so close to my experience,” Araoz said in a statement.

“Work on El Otro Oz allowed me to share my experience growing up on the US-Mexico border,” Alvarado said in a statement. “I found it difficult to accept and embrace my Mexican and American identity. I hope that once audiences go through the journey with Dora, they will come and celebrate the bicultural aspects of who they are.

Support was provided by the Miranda Family Fund, ConEdison, the Shubert Foundation, the Lucille Lortel Foundation, the Chanel Family Foundation, DCLA and the New York State Council on the Arts with support from Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.

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