Velocity Theatre Company Launches its New York Premiere of Sonnets for an Old Century, Written by José Rivera, Screenwriter of Motorcycle Diaries

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Velocity Theatre Company (VTC), New York�s hottest multi-cultural theater company, premieres Sonnets for an old Century written by José Rivera, screenwriter of the critically acclaimed Motorcycle Diaries, on October 21, 2004 at HERE Arts Center in New York.

Velocity Theatre Company (VTC), New York’s hottest multi-cultural theater company, premieres Sonnets for an Old Century written by José Rivera, screenwriter of the critically acclaimed Motorcycle Diaries, on October 21, 2004 at HERE Arts Center in New York.

Confronted by death, what do you say in the final splinter of a second before your voice is silenced? Sonnets for an Old Century captures the exquisite, the funny, the sinful, and soulful moments of life that are often unvoiced. A husband reminisces about sex with his wife. A woman contemplates the galaxy. A son recalls his mythic flight over the ocean to spite his father. A collection of stirring monologues, Sonnets for an old Century explores the imprint of these souls on the world, their connections to each other, and to those they leave behind.

Opening on October 21, 2004, VTC will perform Sonnets for an old Century at HERE Arts Center, 145 Sixth Avenue between Spring and Broome Streets. Performances are scheduled on October 21 through November 7, 2004, Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm. Special performances are scheduled for Halloween (10/31) and Day of the Dead (11/1) at 7:30 pm. General Admission tickets are $15.00. For show information and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.here.org or call 212-868-4444.

Sonnets for an old Century combines the monologues with visual art and sound mediums to invoke and heighten the emotional impact of this powerful piece. Produced by Katharyn Márquez Bond, Executive Director of VTC, and Marc Santa Maria, Artistic Director of VTC. Directed by Marc Santa Maria and Kim Ima, company member of La Mamma E.T.C. and producer of the critically acclaimed indie movie, Robot Stories. VTC’s cast includes the includes the hysterically funny Cindy Cheung, previously seen as the loony casting director Cass in the award-winning NYC Fringe.

Festival production of Sides: The Fear Is Real, and soon to be seen in the upcoming feature movie, Red Doors, directed by Georgia Lee; hypnotically intense Brian Nishii, who appeared as Lee in the final episodes of Sex In The City and recently in Criminal Intent: Law And Order; and rising star Keo Woolford, a Grammy nominated songwriter, who starred in the London production of The King & I. Mr. Woolford will soon be seen in NBC’s Hawaii, and with Ms. Cheung in the 2005 feature movie Social Grace, directed by B. D. Wong. Sonnets for an old Century is an Equity approved showcase.

VTC’s talented, multi-cultural full ensemble includes: Kimberly Bailey, Katharyn Márquez Bond, Edrick Browne, Kiebpoli Calnek, Tresha Rodriguez, Rainbow Dickerson, marcus d. harvey, Marc Santa Maria, Brian Nishii, Sandra Elizabeth Rodriguez and Keo Woolford. Additional cast members included Dacyl Acevedo, Jacqueline Brogan, Cindy Cheung, Sara Hawkins, Charles King, Derek Mitchell, Carlos Molina and Andre Rodriguez. Production members include: Erin Fitzer, Stage Manager/Costume Designer; Laura Angelini, Set Designer, Stephen Petrilli, Lighting Designer; Brian Nishii, Media Designer, Judith Barker, Design Director, and Stormi Sees, Inc., Marketing Consultant.

ABOUT VTC

VTC is a theatre core of multi-cultural artists of color. Committed to performing accessible, evocative theater -- classical and contemporary -- VTC creates opportunities for work and forges artistic collaborations. VTC casts its members as lead performers to reflect the diverse visage of the company. And VTC intensifies the performance experience with visual and sound mediums to rouse the inertia and transience blocking cultural intimacy. Ultimately, VTC spins new tales of old by stirring the senses, invoking inclusiveness and exploring a greater universal humanity. For more information, please visit http://www.velocitytheatre.com. Sonnets for an old Century is made possible, in part, through the sponsorship of The Field.

ABOUT HERE Arts Center

Sonnets for an old Century is presented through HERE’s Supported Artist Program which provides artists with subsidized space and technical and administrative support. Since its opening in 1993, HERE Arts Center houses New York’s most daring theater, art, music and dances in its three theaters, two art galleries and café. HERE Arts Center supports the work of artists at all stages of their careers through fully-produced works, commissions and subsidized performance and rehearsal space. In addition, HERE’s Staff provides marketing, technical and administrative consultation and support. All work at HERE is curated based on the strength and uniqueness of the artist’s vision.    

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