Opening June 4th 2021

The Cuban generation gap and clash of cultures is dramatized through the relationship between a mother and daughter who were split when the daughter emigrated from Cuba to Florida.

Buy Digital Tickets Here!

Show Sponsors

Become a sponsor!

Our Art in The Lobby Artists

Robyn Crosa

Maria Ortiz-Haynes

Join us before the show for Art in The Lobby! Explore the artwork and enjoy a drink before you laugh your way through this wonderful show.

Learn more about the artists

Cast & Creative Team

Lily García, born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, is an actress, writer, certified empowerment coach, motivational speaker, and TV and radio talk show host with more than three decades of experience in the media.

She has published eight books on self- help and spirituality topics, an audio book and two guided meditations CDs.  She hosts monthly motivational segments in “Noticentro al amanecer” in Wapa TV Puerto Rico and Wapa América in continental US and is also a frequent guest on motivational topics in radio and TV in Puerto Rico.  On stage, Lily has been active performing in comedies for the past twenty years and more recently in the stand-up comedy genre.  She has been a part of the Puerto Rican theater collective “Corillo Eventos Inc.” for the past seven years both producing and performing in Puerto Rico and Florida.

JL Rey  (Director ) is an actor, singer, and director based in New York City and he is thrilled to direct THE LADY FROM HAVANA, the latest entry in the Stageworks Hispanic Initiative. After the year we’ve all experienced, it is a thrill to be working in a comedy.

Previously at Stageworks: CABARIETY (Featured Soloist), THE FANTASTIKS (Huckleby), THE LARAMIE PROJECT (Co director & various roles), WAITING FOR GODOT (Potzo), 5 LESBIANS EATING A QUICHE (Co director), IN THE TIME OF THE BUTTERFLIES/EN EL TIEMPO DE LAS MARIPOSAS (Co director).

NY directing credits: SHEPARD–an evening of scenes from Sam Shepard plays, MUSE, an original play about the 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: IN THE HEIGHTS, GODSPELL, 9 PARTS OF DESIRE, BOY GETS GIRL, THE MERRY WIDOW, WEST SIDE STORY, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST, 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 credits: YBOR CITY THE MUSICAL, THE DISAPPEARING MAN, THE BOY COMMETH TO THE MOUNTAIN, CORPUS, THE LIFE OFJUANITA CASTRO, KITCHENETTE, GHOSTDANCER, 167 TONGUES, DANIEL, ALICE – A NEW MUSICAL,TRANSUBSTANTIATION,THE SHADOW BOX. Regional acting credits include IN THE HEIGHTS, LEND ME A TENOR, THE FOXON 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 LABOUR’S LOST, LEND ME A TENOR and ROMEO AND JULIET.  Television: 30ROCK, BILLIONS, FBI, THE FIRST WIVES CLUB, THE BLACKLIST: REDEMPTION.

Karla Hartley (Lighting and Sound Designer) is currently the Producing Artistic Director here at Stageworks Theatre. She is the proud recipient of 3 Theatre Tampa Bay Best Director Awards, as well as 4 Best Director Awards from Creative Loafing and The Artist Most Likely to Have Been Born on Planet Krypton.

Heather Krueger (Stage Manager) is our current resident Stage Manager here at Stageworks. She has assisted with all our Resilience Season shows, and has previously appeared on the stage here. Recently, she has been performing fantastic tunes for Stageworks Cabaret’s all across the Tampa Bay. She has an addiction to Dunkin Donuts, is well known for being a fire hot redhead, and an incredible friend and mother of two.

Frank Chavez (Set Design) has worked as a costume and scenic designer for 20 years.  Previous Stageworks design include:  The Divine Sister, Sylvia, Of Mice and Men and Raisin in the Sun and Ain’t Misbehavin. Frank’s designs have also been seen at American Stage (The Piano Lesson, Seven Guitars, Hair) and Tampa Rep (Cat on the Hot Tin Roof and Heroes). This year he received his Third Best of the Bay award, two for Scenic Design and one for Costume Design.  Along with local work, Frank has designed numerous productions Off-Broadway and regionally.  He is currently the resident Costume Designer at the University of Tampa.