As the tenth anniversary of September 11th approaches, Apple Core Theater Company presents
By The Dawn's Early Light, two new one-acts by Mel Nieves illustrating the impact of that fateful day on three Latino families in New York City. Directed by Walter J. Hoffman, performances will begin on August 11th at the Studio Theatre on Theatre Row, located at 410 West 42nd Street.
In Los Embrujados (The Haunted Ones), a nervous waiter at the Windows on the World restaurant studies with his gregarious older brother for his impending U.S. Citizenship test. As his girlfriend waits to tell him something very special, it's a time of possibilities on this bright, clear September morning, and as he prepares for his new life, Los Embrujados illuminates what it means to be an American.
Midnight Mass follows a group of New Yorkers connected by September 11th: a war veteran whose trauma may cost him his family; his brother, who must leave his pregnant fiancée to go on his first tour of duty; a nurse whose husband perished in the Towers; and a veteran firefighter desperate to reclaim the courage he knew as a First Responder. In the wake of tragedy, Midnight Mass reveals the profound struggle to regain hope and faith.
The cast of By The Dawn's Early Light features Camilo Almonacid, Arturo Castro, Alicia Fitzgerald, Wynn Hall*, Mike Havok, Gustavo Heredia, Jorge Humberto Hoyos, Flor De Liz Perez*, Kevin Prowse*, Gordon Silva*, Karen Sours and Damian Thompson.* By The Dawn's Early Light is produced by Apple Core Theater Company (Allison Taylor, Producing Artistic Director). Associate Producer: Barbara Harrison. Stage Manager: Farin Rebecca Loeb. Set Design: Adam Kaynan. Sound Design: Joemca. Costume Design: David L. Zwiers. Artwork/Photographer: Katherine Miles Jones. The production is an Equity-Approved Showcase.
A long-time member of the award winning LAByrinth Theatre Company, Mel Nieves's works have been presented by the Downtown Urban Theatre Festival, Repertorio Espanol, Cherry
Lane Theatre, the LAByrinth Barn Series festival at The Public Theater, and LAByrinth Theatre Company's Summer Intensive Workshops at The Saratoga Performing Arts Center and Bennington College. Walter J. Hoffman (Associate Artistic Director of Apple Core Theater Company) most recently directed ACTC's critically acclaimed, 25th anniversary revival of As Is by William M. Hoffman at Theatre Row.
Apple Core Theater Company produces emotional and entertaining plays by American writers. Valuing the immediacy and intimacy of theater, they strive to present plays that cut down to the core and go straight to the heart. Believing that theater should be accessible to all people, they are committed to providing affordable theater to New York City.
Running August 11th-August 28th, By The Dawn's Early Light will be performed at Studio Theatre on Theatre Row, located at 410 West 42nd Street (between 9th & 10th Avenues). Show times are Thursday & Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm and Sunday at 3pm, with an additional performance on Wednesday, August 24 at 8pm. Running time is approximately 100 minutes with no intermission. Tickets: $15.00. Reservations: 212-239-6200 or www.telecharge.com. Information: www.applecoretheatercompany.org.