Russia's human rights laws that increased violence mirror 'Julian and Romero'
BroadwayGlobal shares exclusive behind the scenes look with photos of "Julian and Romero" tense rehearsals. The stars of the new play "Julian and Romero" Gonzalo Trigueros (Romero), Sebastian Stimman (Julian) share exclusive quotes and insights on a story of Cuba's UMAP (Unidades Militares de Ayuda a la Producción) that mirrors Russia's life threatening human rights laws today.
The off Broadway play eerily depicts Russia's human rights laws. Audiences from around the world will be more than stunned to learn about the thousands in Castros' UMAP (Unidades Militares de Ayuda a la Producción), concentration camps in Cuba. "Julian and Romero" is about 1960's Cuban UMAP prisons. A fabled story of two young Cuban men in the 1960's, one communist soldier under Castro's revolution, and one closeted gay young man, who were both best friends growing up but are now at odds with each other's beliefs, politically, religiously and culturally.
"I wrote this play while recalling family stories of my grandfather, who died with Bayonet wounds to his chest in a Cuban prison as a political prisoner against Castro's revolution in the 1960's. So this is a story that can represent the many thousands of voices that were lost in those UMAP prison camps. This is not a Cuban story, but a human rights story. Which can cross all generations, languages and stereotypes." Alex Perez (Playwright/Director).
"Julian and Romero" is told in scenes, dance and monologues within the play at a UMAP prison camp with subplots and relationship issues that arise between the prisoner and the soldier. It is an agonizing look at a rich cultural history, filled with music of Cuba's yesteryear, American dreams and the will to survive against all odds. Frightening that although this story takes place in 1960's Cuba, there are still many human rights issues being fought today in Russia and other countries. There are so many lessons and factors to take with you when you watch this play." Gonzalo Trigueros (Romero).
"I am so excited to rehearse this play. It has a lot of integrity and heart. It is filled with music and movement of Cuba's yesteryear and has a gripping story to tell. It's about making choices in life and not being quiet. Speaking your mind and making things happen. Risking life for love of country, family, faith, friendship and your own dignity." Sebastian Stimman (Julian).
"The characters all need something from each other in a very intense way. I love the arc of this particular character Romero, because you get to see the transition from being a ruthless, cold soldier. To someone with hopes and dreams full of empathy for his friend Julian. Their views are so different and yet they find common ground as they are fighting to survive. The show's got it all. It has something for everyone and lot's to relate to. Audiences will get great performances, we have an awesome cast and team behind it all. They'll get a new perspective, a rich story, violent outbursts, music, dance..." Gonzalo Trigueros (Romero).
" I had no idea about UMAP concentration camps, and that it ever existed. I think younger people will really enjoy this play because there is something to be learned about history that was silenced". Daren Fleming (Sgt. Cruz).
"Julian and Romero sheds light on Cuba's concentration camps, which could save Russians today. American's must unite for human rights issues around the globe. Plays that offer insight on political, religious beliefs and cultural differences are changing our society for the better. "Julian and Romero" is a must see play for the political theatre goer!" BroadwayGlobal.
Theater for the New City presents the world premiere production of "Julian and Romero", Written and Directed by Alex Perez. (De La Guarda, Ultimate Drag Off, Oz). "J&R" will play a limited engagement at Theater for the New City from September 3, 2013 through September 8, 2013. Get a first look at rehearsals in the exclusive slide show.
"Julian and Romero" stars Gonzalo Trigueros (Romero), Sebastian Stimman (Julian), Julian Juaquez (Raul), Edna Lee Figueroa (Bertha) and Daren Flemming (Sgt. Cruz). Written and Directed by Alex Perez. Tech Director Libby Jensen, Costume Designer Peter King, Associate Stage Manager Bryan Campo.
"Julian and Romero" plays the following schedule Tuesday September 3, 2013 at 9:00 p.m., Wednesday September 4th at 6:30 p.m., Thursday September 5th at 9:00 p.m., Saturday September 7th at 5:00 p.m. and Sunday September 8th at 8:00 p.m.
Tickets are only $12 and you can secure your seats through www.Smarttix.com or by calling 212-868-4444. Theater for the New City is located at 155 First Avenue New York, NY 10003. For more info please visit www.facebook.com/JulianandRomero.