Theater: “Platanos y Collard Greens”

Between the Lines Productions presents the ninth season of David Lamb’s critically acclaimed and long-running off Broadway play “Platanos y Collard Greens.” This romantic tale tells the story of two college students from different cultures, Freeman and Angelita, who fall in love, but problems arrive once Angelita’s mother finds out and has a heart attack. “Platanos y Collard Greens” is being staged at the Baruch Performing Arts Center from February 10-17, 2012. The Center is located at 55 Lexington Avenue (25th Street between Lexington and Third Avenues) in Manhattan.

Written by David Lamb, directed by Summer Hill Seven and currently staged by Doni Comas, “Platanos y Collard Greens” debuted to sold-out audiences in 2003 at a small theater on Manhattan’s west side. Almost 10 years later, the show has built its name as one of New York’s best Off-Broadway shows. “Platanos y Collard Greens” has been seen by nearly 300,000 people at performing arts venues nationwide, as well as the Adrienne Arscht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida and The Forum performing arts venue in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Some of the Caribbean members of the cast are:

Zahaira Curiel: From Washington Heights, with roots firmly planted in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, Curiel is a recent graduate of Hunter College, where she received a BA in Music.

Catherine Familia: A native New Yorker, born and raised in the Bronx and of Puerto Rican and Dominican descent, Familia is currently studying acting at The William Esper Studio with Suzanne Esper. She also trained at the Stella Adler School, where she recommitted herself to using theater for social change.

Hjordy Matos: Born and raised in Santiago, Domincan Republic, she is a summa cum laude graduate of City College.

Maria Olivares: She trained at the Lee Strassberg Theatre Institute and Stella Adler Conservatory. She is a graduate of Fordham University and majored in economics, with a minor in philosophy.

Marlene Villafañe: Born in Spanish Harlem to parents who are both native Puerto Ricans, she studied vocally at the Harlem School of the Arts and attended LaGuardia High School of Music and Performing Arts and Manhattan School of Music, graduating with a Bachelor’s and MM in Classical Voice.

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