I love everything that involves using words in a creative waybooks, plays, movies, TV shows, songs. I want to do work in all genres.
From my childrens musical to a literary, non-fiction bookthe projects range from already-produced to works-in-progress.
Los Cantantes Callejeros (The Street Musicians)
My children's musical in Spanish and English, "Los Cantantes Callejeros" (The Street Musicians), is about Hortensia Hippopotamus who's in Spain studying to become an opera singer. Her adventures begin when she comes to New York to audition and meets Bernardo, the street musician. The music includes opera, Latin rhythms and original songs.
My composer, Nilko Andreas Guarin, is a talented young Colombian.
The cast is a great group of bilingual performers from Colombia, Cuba, Peru, Puerto Rico and Venezuela.
In collaboration with SEA, Latino childrens theater, it was produced in New York in 2005 with grants from MCAF/New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the Puffin Foundation, through the sponsorship of The Field.
With this show, we wanted to: a) Reach out to an underserved community of Latino children and b) Share the joy of another language and culture with American school kids, studying Spanish.
Now, we want to: 1) Produce the show on a national level, 2) Turn it into an animated film, 3) Create a children's TV series based on the concept.
Track 1: Hortensias Song
Track 2; Bernardos Song
Track 3: Jacquelina's Song
Track 4; Hortensias Song-finale
Central Park Childhood [Memoir - Work-in-Progress]
This is a literary non-fiction work about growing up across the street from Central Park. Its told from an adults point of view but with the wonderment of a child. Each "vignette" stands alone yet fits into place like a puzzle piece creating a larger, overall image. My aim, via these "verbal snapshots," is to take the reader back with me to this magical time and place.
"I got off the bus from school on the corner of 59th Street and Fifth Avenue in front of Grand Army Plaza with the big statue of General Sherman and the winged Victory bathed in gold. It's where all the horse-drawn carriages wait for tourists or lovebirds who want to take a ride through the park..."