NEW YORK PREMIERE
Álvaro is certain that an episode of The X-Files he saw while growing up in Puerto Rico has been mysteriously altered since its broadcast, but no one believes him. A darkly compelling tale about the dread of having no one to trust — and how families, and nations, keep circling the places that haunt them.
World Premiere in the 2017 Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville.
Recent Alien Abductions was commissioned by Playwrights Horizons with funds provided by The New York State Council on the Arts. The script received development from Fulcrum Theater, efforts that were supported in part by the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture, the Ford Foundation and the Surdna Foundation. Special thanks also to New Dramatists, NYTW and The Corporation of Yaddo.
Idea Lab pre-show events: Saturday, 3/3; Saturday, 3/9, Sunday, 3/10; Saturday, 3/16, Saturday, 3/23
Playback after-show discussions: Friday, 3/8; Tuesday, 3/12; Sunday, 3/17
These events are free and open to the public. Ticket purchase to the performance is not required. Seating will be on a first come, first served basis according to availability.
Poster photography: Signal (1999) by Ignacio González-Lang
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FEBRUARY 21 – MARCH 24
Written & Directed by:
Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas
Fabian Fidel Aguilar
46 Walker Street
(Between Broadway and Church St.)
New York, NY 10013
JORGE IGNACIO CORTIÑAS
is a theater-maker based in New York. His most recent plays include Bird in the Hand (Fulcrum, New York Times Critics Pick) and Blind Mouth Singing (NAATCO, New York Times Critics Pick). His many awards include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts (three years), and the Helen Merrill Award, among others. He is an alumnus of New Dramatists and a NYTW Usual Suspect.
MARIA CELLARIO (Olga) has appeared on Broadway in The Royal Family with Rosemary Harris and in Hedda Gabler with Kate Burton. She has performed in many Off Broadway companies, including Lincoln Center, The Public Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, Playwrights Horizons, The Rattlestick Theatre, The Flea, La Mama, CSC, INTAR, Puerto Rican Traveling. For many years Maria was a member of The Lion Theatre Co. Her films include: My Father’s Will; Chasing Butterflies; Fools Rush In; Children of A Lesser God; and Without A Trace. TV appearances include: Cold Case; NYPD Blue; Law & Order; Silk Stalkings; Kojak; and many soaps. Maria was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
DANIEL DUQUE-ESTRADA (Néstor) is thrilled to be making his New York debut. He has been a resident actor at the Dallas Theater Center and at Trinity Repertory Company, where he currently works, as well as two seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He holds an MFA from Brown University/Trinity Rep. Para mi familia, como siempre…
VIVIA FONT (Ana) PlayCo: villa; Wild Project. Other NYC: underneathmybed Rattlestick, Fernando The New Ohio, Romeo & Juliet NY Classical Theatre. Regional includes: Bad Dates Cincinnati Playhouse, Native Gardens Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival(2 seasons) The Old Globe, Denver Center, NJ Rep. Other work with Ensemble Studio Theatre, PlayOn!, Playwrights Realm, Primary Stages, The Public, Clubbed Thumb, New Dramatists, The Lark & others. Film and TV: One Life to Live, Sarbanes Oxley, Love;Repeat. www.viviafont.com
YETTA GOTTESMAN (Beba) LA Theater: The Power of Duff (Geffen Playhouse), El Nogalar (Fountain Theater). Select N.Y. Theater: Underneath My Bed (Rattlestick Theater) The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (World Premiere, The Public Theater written by Stephen Adly Guirgis/ dir. Philip Seymour Hoffman) Touch (Women’s Project), Where’s My Money? (World Premiere, written & directed by John Patrick Shanley). Regional: Mariela in the Desert (Denver Center Theater, Ovation Award Nomination), The Cook (Seattle Rep) Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (Hartford Stage). Film and TV credits include: The Last Thing He Wanted; Driven; Sex, Death and Bowling; Rabbit Hole; 27 Dresses, The Oath, Startup, Nurse Jackie, Sex and the City, Law and Order: Criminal Intent. Member of Labyrinth Theater Company and The Actors Studio.
RONETE LEVENSON (Patria) Television/Film: Law & Order: SVU; Possible Side Effects (dir. Tim Robbins); Taking Woodstock; and recurring on House of Lies (Showtime). Off-Broadway: Our Town (w/David Cromer); What Once We Felt (LCT3); Origin Story (Public Theater); Blood Play (Bushwick Starr); Stunning (NYTW). Regional: Humana Festival (2 seasons); Our Town (w/Helen Hunt); Bus Stop (IRNE Award Winner); August: Osage County (dir. Sam Gold). Directed and scored the documentary Life Through a Lens (LA Reel Film Festival Award Winner).
RAFAEL SARDINA (Álvaro) is excited to be making his debut with the Play Company. Favorite credits include: Sea of Tranquility (Atlantic Theater Company); Of Mice and Men (Westport Country Playhouse); and Jorge Cortiñas’ Sleepwalkers (Alliance Theatre Company). He received his MFA in Theater from the University of Missouri-Kansas City; Rafael has also trained with Terry Schreiber, Ron Van Lieu, and Marci Phillips. Favorite film and TV credits include: The Brave One with Jodie Foster; Law and Order (SVU and CI!); and War of the Worlds directed by childhood hero Steven Spielberg. Rafael lives in New York City with his wife and daughter.
has presented solo-projects at Art in General in New York and the Espai 13 of Fundació Joan Miró in Barcelona. His work has been included in numerous group exhibitions in New York City, including Neighbors at the Bronx Museum, Greater New York (2016) at MoMA/PS1, La Bienal (2013) at El Museo del Barrio, Fremde Überall/Foreigners Everywhere (2013) at the Jewish Museum, Vienna, Autopsia de lo invisible(2008) at MALBA in Buenos Aires, Import/Export (2005) at RISD Museum in Providence and Only Skin Deep: Changing Visions of the American Self (2003) at the International Center of Photography. He was a grant recipient of an Art Matters grant, and earned a BFA from the California Institute of the Arts and an MFA from Columbia University. He teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York.
Poster photography: Signal (1999) by Ignacio González-Lang
The Ali Forney Center
Our mission is to protect LGBTQ youths from the harms of homelessness and empower them with the tools needed to live independently.
Our organization’s namesake, Ali Forney, was a gender-nonconforming teen who fled his home at 13. He entered the foster care system where he was bounced around to several homes, and was beaten and abused. Ali ended up living on the streets at the age of 15. Ali was dedicated to helping other young people and publicly advocated for the safety of homeless LGBT youth. Tragically, in December of 1997, Ali was murdered in Harlem—shot in the head and left for dead.
Committed to saving the lives of LGBTQ young people, in 2002 Carl Siciliano founded the Ali Forney Center (AFC) in memory of Ali. Since AFC’s launch with just six beds in a church basement, the organization has grown to become the largest agency dedicated to LGBTQ homeless youths in the country—assisting nearly 1,400 youths per year through a 24-hour Drop-In Center which provides over 70,000 meals annually, medical and mental health services through an on-site clinic, and a scattered site housing program.
Our mission is to provide LGBTQ young people housing and a continuum of supportive services to help them thrive and prepare them for independent living.
AFC has been heralded for our full continuum of care approach to services for LGBTQ homeless youth. AFC’s founder, Carl Siciliano, was named a White House Champion of Change by President Obama citing the wide recognition AFC’s programs have received for their quality and innovation.