On Saturday, March 25, 2017 Café Con Leche is hosting two performances of José Can Speak, a play by award-winning writer Linda Nieves-Powell.
Linda Nieves-Powell conceived of the idea of Latina women performing as their male counterparts while touring the country with her plays, Yo Soy Latina! and Soul Latina. She says, "Male audience members would always ask me when I was going to write a male version of the Latino experience and I would always answer, I’m not a man, so why don’t you try it." But after numerous requests she decided to take on the challenge.
The monologues in José Can Speak range from comical to serious and explore a variety of topics. From the war in Iraq, to the guy at the Copa looking for love, or the gay Latino who marries a woman to get his father off his back, these stories all have one thing in common, they are inspired by real people. Performed as a series of colorful monologues, this show will entertain, educate, and provoke insightful thought about what truly resides in the heart of Latino men as told by the Latinas.
JOSE CAN SPEAK
A play by Linda Nieves-Powell
Linda Nieves-Powell and Lina Sarrello
Michelle Concha, Antonia Marrero, Lina Sarrello
WHEN & WHERE
Saturday, March 25, 3pm & 7pm
Alloy Studios | 5530 Penn Avenue | Pittsburgh, PA 15206
$20 in advance, $25 at the door
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Linda Nieves-Powell is a professional writer and director and a member of the Writers Guild East. Her fiction and non-fiction work has been published by Atria/Simon & Schuster, Akashic Books, Latina, and Estylo Magazines. In 2014 Linda was commissioned to write the Nueva Latina monologues, a stage play for Orgullosa, a Procter and Gamble social media brand that creates empowering content for the Latina community. The Nueva Latina monologues were a featured performance at LULAC and Hispanicize. Her award-winning play Yo Soy Latina! has been performed at over 400 colleges in the U.S., off Broadway, and at the Tony-award winning theater company Crossroads. Her full-length screenplay Six of Me, was a semi-finalist at the 2013 Sundance Screenwriting Lab, and her short script "Forget me Not" was a finalist in the 2012 HBO NYILFF script competition. Linda is also a photographer who created the Latina Icons photo tribute project and a filmmaker with several notable festival credits.
HISTORY OF THIS PRODUCTION
Café Con Leche’s Tara Sherry-Torres first encountered writer and director Linda Nieves-Powell 10 years ago when she saw a performance of her play Yo Soy Latina! at the famous Nuyorican Poets Café in NYC. The play made an incredible impact on her life and she hoped to bring it to Pittsburgh one day. In 2015, this became a reality when Café Con Leche hosted a production of Yo Soy Latina! as part of Women of Color HERstory month in partnership with New Voices Pittsburgh. After an incredibly successful show in 2015, Café Con Leche is proud to welcome Linda Nieves-Powell back to Pittsburgh for this production of José Can Speak!
Linda brings with her the original cast of Yo Soy Latina! and José Can Speak: Michelle Concha, Antonia Marrero, and Lina Sarrello, three talented actors and dynamic leaders in the performing arts. Read more about the cast here.