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Mambo Beans

by David Valdes Greenwood • Directed by R.J. Tolan

Cuban-American brothers Gonzo and Willie have lived in New England their whole lives. But when their mother dies, the two men set off on their first road trip together, carrying the news to their estranged father in Miami's Little Havana. On their journey, this duo of mixed-race "mambo beans" are joined by a ghostly backseat driver and an unexpected passenger. Thirty years of untrustworthy family history collide in playwright David Valdes Greenwood's comedy of clashing expectations.

David Valdes Greenwood is a Huntington Playwriting Fellow, Company One PlayLab Fellow, a Cimientos Fellow, and Brother Thomas Artist Fellow. His plays have been presented in public readings across the United States and UK, most recently with Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company, Actor's Theatre of Charlotte, National Showcase of New Plays, Pride Films and Plays, and IATI Theatre. In the 2017-2018 season, his play The Mermaid Hour will receive a rolling world premiere with productions at Actor's Theatre of Charlotte, Milagro Theatre, Borderlands Theater, and Mixed Blood Theatre. He has worked with Fresh Ink, Argos Productions, Stage Left Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, and The Theater Offensive, and his plays have appeared at the Humana Festival, New York International Fringe Festival, Portland Stage’s Little Festival of the Unexpected, and New York Theatre Workshop’s Thursday Studio. His plays have been published and anthologized by Samuel French. He is the author of four books, including the recently released Revengers, and he is a Huffington Post blogger.

(As of June 2017)

Breaking Ground is the Huntington Theatre Company's reading series, a vital part of our new play development program. This series brings attention to the work of local playwrights and presents national writers into partnership with the Huntington. Over the last seven years, Breaking Ground plays have gone on to appear at the Huntington as well as theatres in Boston, across the country, and internationally. Unless otherwise noted, admission to all Breaking Ground readings is FREE and open to the public.

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