6th International Monodrama Festival THESPIS
07.-14.11.2008 Kiel GERMANY


Thursday, 13.11. | 18:00 | Schauspielhaus | studio stage

NE 2ND AVENUE [Puerto Rico/USA]
written and performed by Teo Castellanos

After taking a jitney (small Caribbean bus) ride through the bumpy streets of Miami, the audience will arrive at Second Avenue, a melting pot in a busy section of the city. In a series of nine character sketches, Castellanos conveys, with poignancy and humour, the profoundly rich and textured mix of Miami with its distinct Cuban, Haitian, Jamaican, Puerto Rican, Jewish, Gay/Lesbian and African American influences. His body language and exceptional physical expressiveness enable him to instantly transform (by donning a hat, changing shoes or accessories) into different characters. The show lends voice to Miami’s marginalized urban population, exploring underlying issues of racism and social injustice, acknowledging the differences and ultimately discovering the common threads that bind people together.
This critically acclaimed show about identity and the conflict between distrust towards outsiders and the need to connect with them won the Fringe First Award at the 2003 Edinburgh Fringe Festival (past winners include Emma Thompson and Rowan Atkinson). It was nominated for a South Florida Carbonell Award and was voted Best Solo Performance by Miami New Times and Best Original Play by Miami Beach Sun Post in 2001.

directed by Michael John Garcés

In co-operation with Universal Arts, Edinburgh

With the kind support of the U.S. Consulate General Hamburg

language: English | length: 90 minutes | German premiere