Four Guys Named Jose and Una Mujer Named Maria

Book and Song Selection by: Dolores Prida; Conceived by: David Coffman and Dolores Prida; Director’s Book by: Susana Tubert. Lyrics by: Various; Music by: Various
Musical Supervision and Arrangements by: Oscar Hernandez

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Directed by JL Rey

May 31st through June 16th, 2019

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Four young Latino men have a chance meeting at Burrito World in Omaha and discover they share the same name! Even though their ancestral roots are different (one is from Puerto Rico, one is from Cuba, one is from Mexico and one is from the Dominican Republic), not only do they share a common name, they share a common dream: to stage a show of Latin standards that puts forth a positive image to counteract Latino stereotypes. Enter Maria, a beautiful woman who provides a romantic interest as the gentlemen vie for her attentions.

Performed in Spanish and English, 4 Guys Named José… And Una Mujer Named Maria features some of the most evocative Latin music ever written (including such standards as La Bamba, Guantanamera, I Like It Like That and Bésame Mucho) sung in four and five-part harmony. The show is brimming with the zest of life intrinsic to the Latino culture.

 

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

JL Rey (Director)  is an actor, singer, and director based in New York City. Stageworks: THE FANTASTIKS (Huckleby), THE LARAMIE PROJECT (Co director & various roles), WAITING FOR GODOT (Potzo). NY credits directing: SHEPARD – an evening of scenes from Sam Shepard plays, MUSE – an original play about the unique relationship between a male prostitute and one of his clients, and SANITY IS SUBJECTIVE – an original play exploring the concept of sanity. Regional directing credits include: 9 PARTS OF DESIRE, BOY GETS GIRL, THE MERRY WIDOW, WEST SIDE STORY, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST and THE LARAMIE PROJECT. RED HOT & COLE, PARTY, EVITA, JEKYLL & HYDE THE MUSICAL, AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS, MAN OF LA MANCHA, CAMELOT, OKLAHOMA and THE YELLOW BOAT.
NY acting: Uncle Luis in GHOST DANCER, Manolo in 167 TONGUES, Juan in DANIEL, The Red King in ALICE, A NEW MUSICAL, Father Caruso in TRANSUBSTANTIATION, and Brian in THE SHADOW BOX.
Regional acting: IN THE HEIGHTS, LEND ME A TENOR, THE FOX ON THE FAIRWAY, THE FROGS, EVITA, A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, ANNA IN THE TROPICS, MAN OF LA MANCHA, WAITING FOR GODOT, HAMLET, LOVE’S LABOURS LOST, LEND ME A TENOR and ROMEO AND JULIET. Jorge is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association (since 1986) and is immensely grateful for the opportunity of a life in the arts.

Pablo Alameda (Jose Dominicano) has an Associate’s Degree of Arts from Hillsborough Community College and is currently a senior at the University of South Florida, where he is working on his Bachelor’s Degree of Arts with a concentration in Theatre Performance. He has performed professionally in Tampa, FL, most notably in The Laramie Project (Moisés Kaufman et al), and in Cherokee, NC, most recently in Unto These Hills (Suyeta et al). Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Pablo considers himself immensely blessed by this opportunity to expand his professional experience in Tampa with Four Guys Named José and una Mujer Named María, a musical that celebrates his Hispanic roots. He is grateful to Stageworks Theatre and humbly hopes the audience thoroughly enjoys the performance.

 

 

 

 

Kidany Camilo (Jose Mexicano) is one Tampa’s youngest captive “Actorus Non-Equitus,” he was caught in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, circa 1996. He’s been recently on display as: Tom in These Shining Lives (Powerstories Theatre), Prep in Columbinus (Innovocative Theatre), and Earthworm in James and the Giant Peach (ThinkTank Theatre). He responds well to compliments, Gin, and The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu. With further study, this specimen has revealed he loves his family and friends, and his trainers Karla Hartley & J.L Rey for letting him be a part of his dream display. He will later be transferred to a fully-paid facility in Indiana called Purdue University to pursue his MFA in Acting. Education: BA:USF. To know more about this fascinating creature, please follow him on Facebook @TheKidanyCamilo.

 

 

 

 

 

Richard Cubi (Jose Boricua) local Puerto Rican actor and singer, is making his Stageworks debut. Recent credits: Heathers: The Musical (MAD Theatre), Bare: A Pop Opera (PJMA) and Hunchback of Notre Dame (CCC). He would like to thank his friends and family for their unconditional support throughout this theatrical career. Finally he would like to thank the director for giving him the opportunity to be part of this new experience. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Pruit (Jose Cubano) began his vocal studies with Deborah Sperlich in Gainesville, FL, and later continued with Manuel Cuadros Barr in Lima, Peru with whom he had the opportunity to sing the role of Prince Yamadori in Madame Butterfly, co produced by Prolirica del Peru and the New York Met. He spent ten years performing with the Opera Tampa chorus under the baton of Maestro Anton Coppola and had the privilege of playing several comprimario roles such as Paris in Romeo and Juliet, the postman in La Fanciulla del West, and Parpignol in La Boheme. Michael is proud of his nearly fifteen years spent performing with the Spanish Lyric Theatre of Tampa, doing everything from Broadway to Cabaret to Zarzuela with the recently retired director Rene Gonzalez. Favorite roles include Mortimer in The Fantasticks, Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar, Gaylord Ravenal in Showboat, Count Danilo in The Merry Widow and Miguel Cervantes/Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha.

 

 

 

 

Vanessa Rodriguez (Maria) holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the University of South Florida. She is currently pursuing a masters in vocal performance at the University of Michigan.  Past engagements include: Opera Tampa: Angelina (role) – Trial by Jury, Gilbert & Sullivan, Barbarina (role), Susanna (cover) – Le Nozze di Figaro, Mozart (2018), Despina (role) – Cosi fan Tutte, Mozart (2016), Frasquita (cover) – Carmen, Bizet (2013).  Southwest Suburban Symphony: Maria (scenes) – West Side Story by Bernstein (2017). Opera Orlando (Florida Opera Theater) : Blonde – Abduction From the Seraglio, Mozart (2018), Despina – Cosi fan Tutte, Mozart (2015), First Soprano – Master Class (2015).  South Florida Lyric Opera: Lucy (role) – The Telephone by Menotti (2016), Belinda (role) – Dido and Aeneas, Handel (2014). Spanish Lyric Theater: Ascension (role) – La del Manojo de Rosas (2016), Maria (role) – Four Guys Named Jose and Una Mujer Named Maria (2015). Winter Opera St. Louis: Elsie (role) Yeoman of the Guard, G&S (2015). Hubbard Hall Opera: Angelina (role) – Trial by Jury, G&S and Rosina (cover) – Barber of Seville, Rossini (2013). St. Petersburg Opera: Echo (role) – Ariadne auf Naxos (2013) and Barbarina (cover) – The Marriage of Figaro (2012).  

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