Theater: Paola Lázaro’s “Tell Hector I Miss Him”

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Tell Hector I Miss Him, a play written by Puerto Rican playwright Paola Lázaro, and directed by David Mendizábal, will be playing through February 19, 2017, at the Atlantic Theater Company’s Stage 2, 330 West 16th Street, Chelsea, New York.

Description (Atlantic Theater): You’re in Puerto Rico. Old San Juan. You’re a tourist, you walk down the stairs of this beautiful old fort built by the Spaniards. When you reach the bottom, you realize you’re in a hole. Welcome to the basement that lies under the tourism and behind the fort walls. You spend some days there, you don’t want to leave. Oh no, you’re addicted. Tell Hector I Miss Him unmasks a community built on the law of respect that keeps getting washed away but refuses to drown.

Atlantic is thrilled to premiere Paola Lázaro’s vibrant, compelling play and introduce this bold new voice to audiences. She is Atlantic’s 2016|2017 Tow Playwright-in-Residence, supported generously by The Tow Foundation.

Paola Lázaro (Playwright) is a playwright and actress born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She holds a BFA in Dramatic Writing from SUNY Purchase College and an MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University. Paola is Atlantic Theater Company’s 2016/2017 Tow Playwright-in-Residence, supported by The Tow Foundation. She was a member of the Public Theater’s 2015 Emerging Writers Group and was selected as Playwright-in-Residence for the 2016 Sundance Theatre Lab in Morocco. Some of her plays include Contigo and There’s Always the Hudson, which was selected as part of Labyrinth Theater Company’s Up Next Series. Paola is the recipient of the Arts Entertainment Scholarship Award (2011) from the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts for her TV pilot episode of “Trópico”. In 2015, she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play for her role in To the Bone at the Cherry Lane Theatre.

For more on Lázaro, see NTY review https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/19/theater/paola-lazaro-tell-hector-i-miss-him-atlantic-theater.html?_r=0

For a more recent NYT review of the play, ‘Tell Hector I Miss Him’ Sketches Love and Addiction in Puerto Rico, see https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/23/theater/tell-hector-i-miss-him-review.html?_r=0

For ticket information, see https://atlantictheater.org/playevents/tell-hector-i-miss-him

[Many thanks to Peter Jordens for bringing these items to our attention.]

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