I have had my butt in the streets after work every night this week. Maybe I am making up for my grueling, vacation-less summer. But I am just going to blame it on the holidays and enjoy it while I can.
|Playwright & Poet VINCENT TORO|
On this Monday past, I was invited by my longtime friend, Grisel, to a reading of her husband's play at Repertorio Espanol. 21, by Vincent Toro, is a slice of modern American life from the Puerto Rican perspective. It tells the story of Blackjack, a very earnest recent college graduate who feels alienated by his colorful family so he makes plans to accept a journalism job in Turkey. This four character play is well crafted and well developed sprinkled with plenty of laughs and some poignant moments as well. Vincent, whose play is one of seven chosen for the Metlife Nuestras Voces Playwriting competition, writes in a clear voice. While 21 has a definitive Hispanic point of view, its themes of family, career, and forgiveness speak to all of us no matter our ethnicity. Be on the lookout for Vincent's rising star.
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