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Raquel Almazan 2017 Highlights: Performance + Awards + Newsletter

La Paloma Prisoner- photo credit Bobby Plasencia



La Lucha arts reflects on social justice works for 2017 and continuing action into the new year.

La Paloma Prisoner wins the LGBTQ Arch and Bruce Foundation Playwriting Award. 2nd place prize. MORE HERE

The Huffington Post article: Raquel Almazan On Art, Struggle and Transformative Action. Read the article HERE

Contributor to the May/June 2017 Dramatists Magazine, for it’s issue on Retreats and Residencies, featuring the process of La Paloma Prisoner. Read the article HERE


February 20th – Lone Star Theatre Company and La Lucha Arts present a FREE staged reading of Raquel Almazan’s LA NEGRA directed by Fernando Parra Borti. As the Day of the Dead approaches, Drug Cartel Queen La Negra takes a ritualistic journey from child prostitute to patron saint of Mexico: La Santa Muerte.  MORE INFO: HERE


March 27th – Raquel’s short play La Migra Taco Truck produced by Samaritan Road Productions, selection for Gun Plays Theatre Series @ The Station Theatre, IL.


May 12-14th – Short play El Buscon about the Dominican Republic’s connection to baseball (directed by Eddie Torres) written for The 7th Inning Stretch Festival at Mile Square Theatre. MST’s signature showcase of 7 10-minute plays about America’s favorite pastime.


May 23rd @ 7pm – Staged reading development for La Paloma Prisoner with the Hi-ARTS Critical Breaks Residency. 215 East 99th Street, New York, NY 10029. Directed by Estefania Fadul. More info: HERE


May 25th –  Union College Almazan performs excerpts of Latin is America – a lecture performance from her Latin is America play cycle. Presentation/performance at BMCC during Women’s Her Story Month also took place March 2017 in NYC. More LIA info HERE


June 1st – La Paloma Prisoner Project – (The Impacted Women Series) funded by the Arthur J. Harris Award – Columbia University, combines women who have experienced the criminal justice system alongside performers to engage with audiences with the themes of mass incarceration. Excerpts of the play were performed at Greenhope Services for Women as well Queensboro Correctional Facility in New York City; in collaboration with impacted women. Co – produced with Mightee Shero Productions. These unique readings were be directed by Laura Gomez (recurring on Orange is the New Black)Co – produced with Mightee Shero Productions.


June 5th– Almazan speaks at Connecting the Dots: Intimate Partner Violence Prevention, Healing, and Advocacy Conference as a  panelist for the Mayors office (Department to Combat Domestic Violence) where she performed excerpts from La Paloma Prisoner and spoke to the process of working with survivors of domestic violence and being a survivor herself. In collaboration with Gibney Dance, Raquel also facilitated a break out session on the use of theatre, collage to create transformative solutions to domestic violence.


July 10th – Workshop reading of  CAFE with the Sol Project @Primary Stages. THE SOL PROJECT: A NEW THEATER INITIATIVE Raising the Visibility of Latinx Playwrights in the American Theater. The Sol Project will utilize a synergistic network of off-Broadway companies and regional theaters to produce works by a cohort of 12 emerging and established writers.


November 1st-  Scratch Lab Residency with Hi- Arts for LA NEGRA – works in progress  presentation. A unique space to live, reflect and immerse collectively. Dedicated to the living and dead of Mexico. Directed by Fernando Parra Borti. Art Installation by Benjamin Rojas. Hi-Arts images: HERE


November 19th– Panelist moderator and curator at Joe’s Pub, The Public Theatre for the post-show discussion addressing the immigration crisis for the production UNDOCUMENTED, produced by Engarde Arts.


December 17th- AFTERMATH (reading) Cherry Lane Theatre, #Pages4PuertoRico enlisted 30 writers, who contributed 3 pages each to building a full-length play titled AFTERMATH. Benefit reading of the play where all proceeds go to Puerto Rico hurricane relief through co-Artistic Director Janio Marrero’s ongoing campaign INDESTRUCTIBLE.


For information on attending Almazan’s performances and residency activities- CONTACT HERE.


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