Ybor City

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So excited. This month Lorca Peress will direct a staged reading of a musical that has been evolving in form and structure over the past decade and a half. The story began with my interest in knowing more about  my grandfather. There’s a photograph that my Dad used to keep on his desk of three men sitting together.

Grandpa Pedro Paulo was a cigar roller in Tampa Florida who died in the influenza epidemic of 1918.

The musical Ybor City is a collaboration with Dan Furman, a talented jazz musician, composer and pianist. We met at a Dramatist Guild mixer about five years ago. Since then we have flirted with the idea of musicalizing a story about Cuban cigar rollers and unionism.

August 21 we present our first rendition of this project at the Strasberg Institute in New York City. I can wait to see where it goes from here.

Ybor City

Book by Anita Gonzalez, Music and Lyric by Dan Furman

Friday, August 21, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Strasberg Institute, 115 East 15th Street, NY, NY

Directed by Lorca Peress

“When romantic Rafael arrives to read at the Fuente cigar factory, trouble is brewing.  As workers prepare to confront their greedy boss, violence erupts, and no one knows who can unite Ybor City.”

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