A Summer in 1993 in Spanish Harlem finally reveals the secret past of Cuban-American cardiac nurse Negra Centron. A childhood secret torments the life and stifles the growth of a beautiful woman. The ancient religion of the Yoruba people of Nigeria, known as Regla de Ocha and Santeria in the Diaspora, is the engine behind this supernatural mystery thriller. This African-evolved religion, with its magic, is the backdrop for this tale of love, hate, deceit, betrayal, obsession, forgiveness, acceptance, and hope. Magic, ritual, and destiny are the threads unraveling this gripping, edgy, mystery/thriller.

Pressured by a suspicious mother, a strange bed-fellow, and an amorous co-worker, Negra battles to keep a childhood secret from unraveling while a restless spirit and the African gods seek justice...

Monday, July 16, 2012


Actors Ryss and Soleidy Mendez in original showcase production.

Very excited to remount this play, much favored by all who saw it during it's run 2 years ago at the legendary Nuyorican Poets Cafe.  It is a very intense drama filled with lots of laughs, and of course, tackles social issues.  Regla de Ocha, also known  as Santeria, is a misunderstood African traditional religion retained by enslaved Africans in Cuba.  This play sheds light on and dispels some of the myths and misconceptions in a mystery/thriller.  Set in 1993 (to coincide with the Supreme Court ruling recognizing it as a religion) in Spanish Harlem, it shows a day in the life of practitioners of the religion, and tackles such social issues as religious persecution, bullying, classism, racism, homophobia, etc.  I really love the story and hoping this production continues to find others who feel the same.