How Becoming Cuba Mines the Depths of Huntington History (aka Meet the Cast!)

by:  Thom Dunn at 03/17/2014


Christina Pumariega in Becoming Cuba

Becoming Cuba explores the history of Cuba onstage. But we've also got a talented lineup of actors and designers behind the production that digs deep into the history of the Huntington itself.

As most of you already know, that the play was written by Melinda Lopez, our Playwright-in-Residence, whose play Sonia Flew was the inaugural production at the Calderwood Pavilion. Then there's director M. Bevin O'Gara, who is also our Associate Producer. Bevin began her career here over a decade ago as a student at Boston University. In that time, she's worked dilligently to establish a reputation for herself as a director, and although she has directed several staged readings for us in the past, this marks her first full production at the Huntington. And it is certainly well-earned!

Bevin and Melinda also worked together on a play called Gary at Boston Playwrights Theatre in 2008, and of course, I was able to find this gem on YouTube:


Juan Javier Cardenas (R) with Monica Raymund in Boleros for the Disenchanted (2008). Photo: T. Charles Erickson

With a few exceptions, almost the entire cast of Becoming Cuba are Huntington veterans. Adela, the pharmacist at the center of the play, is played by Christina Pumariega, who previously appeared as Fluminia in The Miracle at Naples in 2009.  Juan Javier Cardenas plays her half-brother Manny, a Cuban rebel, and also appeared in Boleros for the Disenchanted in 2008. This family core is rounded out by Rebecca Soler playing Martina. Although Rebecca is a newcomer to to the Huntington, she did grow up in Jamaica Plain and West Roxbury, and her homecoming is enough an occasion that it basically still counts.

To top if off, not only do these three play siblings onstage, but all three of them are actually of Cuban descent as well (there are even several pharmacists in Christina's family history)!

Also returning are Christopher Tarjan (Davis, an embedded American journalist) and Marianna Bassham (Fancy, the wife of a Spanish general / Hautey's Wife), both of whom appeared in Our Town along with playwright Melinda Lopez. Christopher Burns, who played Hans in Captors, returns to play Isidore, another intimidating military figure (only Spanish this time and not Israeli). And last but not least, there are our young Chuchos and Mambis, played by Brandon Barbosa.

We're also excited to welcome our fresh but undeniably talented design team. Scenic Designer Cameron Anderson, Lighting Designer Yi Zhou, Costume Designer Andrea Hood, and Sound Designer / Composer Arshan Gailus are all Huntington first-timers, but we couldn't be happier to add them to our all-star roster.

Here are Artistic Director Peter DuBois, playwright Melinda Lopez, and director M. Bevin O'Gara speaking at the first rehearsal:

 

Comments

  1. Reported by industry experts, a breitling replica uk Particular date look at obtained your sapphire crystal clear, sleek call plus Bicchierini indices, which will mentioned plenty of time paintball guns remaining bounded by way of white colored yellow metal. Not surprisingly usually there are some cartier replica amongst all the some styles. With the twelve months 1977, a 3035 quality and reliability action appeared to be supplanted by replica watches uk to get elevated resilience. Its assumed the fact that unit included in a dvd Licence so that you can Obliterate appeared to be 16610 due to the fact appeared to be dior outlet that they are published while in the twelve months 1988. Not a whole lot includes evolved now as long as a 16610 is concerned. Exclusively a hublot replica uk is definitely marginally several as well as lugs do not currently have loopholes this go away up.
  2. Is this app eintended for uso inhflgit? Because it always shows bearings and distances that were shown on the original position and it does not updatie to actual position in flight to show acual bearings and distances please let me know if there is a way of speeding the app thanks does the memory on cell phone or memory cards affect the app performance?
  3. It's a plersuae to find someone who can think so clearly

Post a Comment

       
User verification Image for user verification  

About me

Thom Dunn is the Web & New Media Manager at the Huntington, meaning it's his job to play around on the Internet and make things cool. He handles all of the video content and social media as well, and has the biggest computer monitor in the office. Like, ginormous.

Outside of the Huntington, Thom is a writer, musician, and homebrewer. It's all pretty cool. You can find out more about it at thomdunn.net.

 
 

RSS Feed

Subscribe to RSS Feed

Archive

Tag cloud


Avenue of the Arts / BU Theatre: 264 Huntington Avenue, Boston MA 02115
South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA: 527 Tremont Street, Boston MA 02116
Main: 264 Huntington Avenue, Boston MA 02115 | 617 266 7900 | BOX OFFICE 617 266 0800

© 2013 Huntington Theatre Company. All rights reserved | Trouble viewing this site? Please download Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome.