East Side Story: A Bilingual Play Opens in Three Boroughs

bilingual play queensWhat: A Tri-Borough Bi-lingual Play

Where: Bronx and Queens (and Manhattan)

When: August 13-16th

Why: Think West Side Story, but with Sol beer, Cohiba cigars, and fist fights that are live right in front of your face. Oh, and this isn’t a romantic musical.

It’s called Decomposition, written by Mexican playwright Alfonso Carcamo involving a story of two Mexican men from separate social classes who make sacrifices in order to fulfill their dreams. The collective hope of the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center and The Internationalist producers is that the unique interactive bilingual production will create a cultural bridge for audiences in each of the three participating venues in Bronx, Queens, and Manhattan—folks are encouraged to take a step out of their comfort zone to see this performance.

“We’re bringing a play in its original language and giving people who live here in this viable artistic community a chance to experience their own culture,” said Tamilla Woodard, the English performance director who’ll work off translator Mariana Carreño King.

Cost: Free on all dates except August 14th, $20. Visit the website below for more details, and ticket info.

How to get there: To Queens: Take the E, G, V, R to Queens Plaza. Or take the 7 train to 33rd Street station, walk two blocks westbound to Thomson Avenue and Van Dam Street. (LaGuardia Performing Art Center, Long Island City 31-10 Thomson Ave. www.lagcc.cuny.edu/lpac/)

To Bronx: Take the 2 train uptown. Get off at 3rd Avenue—149th Street. Head East on E149th Street towards Bergen Ave. Turn right onto St Ann’s Ave to St Mary’s Park, nycgovparks.org/parks/stmaryspark

(For the Manhattan location: The LARK Play Development Center, 939 8t ave. Take the A,C,B,D,1 trains to 59th street.)