Meet Christin Eve Cato & El Coqui Espectacular and The Bottle of Doom

Name: Christin Eve Cato

What is your current project?

El Coqui Espectacular and The Bottle of Doom

Where are you performing it and why is it the right fit for your piece?

The Julia de Burgos Center for Culture & Performing Arts in El Barrio. This neighborhood is so fitting for the play since it is composed of a large Latino demographic and is right now the center of the gentrifying buzz. The play highlights Latino identity in America, gentrification in NYC, and how the media contributes to these factors.

What’s next for you?

I am working on a couple of web-series: “Meet” & “Slayer”. I will also be developing a children’s book series, “Callaloo”, to have it’s theatrical production debut, “Callaloo Live”, in NYC!

Who is your biggest inspiration right at this moment and why?

My biggest inspiration are my peers right now. I am so lucky to belong to a community of artists that are constantly challenging me, creating with me, and developing work with me. Together, we are inspiring each other to do more and make a difference. Having and belonging to a community is so integral for our souls, our creativity, and most importantly, our Art.

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Website:
Twitter: @ccato87
Instagram: @Lady_Cato87

Christin Eve Cato is an award-winning actor from New York City with a background in performing arts, playwriting, and production. She is a graduate of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for Music and Art and the Performing Arts, and of Fordham University. You can usually catch her at INTAR Theatre, as a member of Unit52. Christin is also a member of the Hip-Hop Theatre Company, Rhymes Over Beats. Heavily active in the Theatre community, she is also Co-Chair of Diversity of the YPAC-board of Theater Resources Unlimited, and is one of the Co-Founders of La Coop (La Cooperativa of New York Latinx Artists) a collective of theatre artists created to bridge the gaps existing in the Latino Theatre Community. She is also a member of New York Women in Film & Television. Born and raised in the Bronx, with a Puerto Rican and Jamaican heritage, Christin has a very unique approach to her artistic style. A mix of caribbean culture, inner-city life, and socio-economic influences. Both an artist and academic, she brings an urban vibe and higher existential understanding to the work which she creates. She is the founder of Cambreleng Productions, LLC., an award-winning production company dedicated to creating films and documentaries based on these principles.


Show information (venue, dates, ticket info)

EL COQUÍ ESPECTACULAR AND THE BOTTLE OF DOOM tells the story of Alex, a comic book artist whose ideas might be “too Puerto Rican,” has begun secretly dressing up as his creation: El Coquí Espectacular, defender of Nuyoricans in all five boroughs! When his brother Joe risks being fired from a project for not being Puerto Rican enough, the two, with the help of a young photographer named Yesica, hatch a plan: to debut El Coquí at the Puerto Rican Day Parade and prove themselves to the world. El Coquí Espectacular and the Bottle of Doom examines the ways in which we define our heritage and ourselves.

Written by Matt Barbot
Directed by Nelson T. Eusebio III
FEATURING Michael John Improta Christin Cato Omar Perez Andrew Rincón Annie Henk
Thursday, November 3th, 8PM
Friday, November 4th, 8PM
Saturday, November 5th, 8PM
Sunday, November 6th, 3:00PM
Thursday, November 10th, 8PM
Friday, November 11th, 8PM
Saturday, November 12th, 8PM
Sunday, November 13th, 3PM

Meet Matt Barbot & El Coquí Espectacular and the Bottle of Doom

Name: Matt Barbot

What is your current project?

A production of my play, El Coquí Espectacular and the Bottle of Doom

Where are you performing it and why is it the right fit for your piece?

It’s an honor to bring this play, which is so much about cultural identity and struggling to find a place, to the Julia de Burgos Art Center. The center is named for the Puerto Rican poet, and is located in East Harlem, a historic center of Nuyorican culture.

What’s next for you?

Working on my thesis for Columbia School of the Arts with my mentor, Kristoffer Diaz.

Who is your biggest inspiration right at this moment and why?

My biggest inspiration right in this moment is the cast and crew of this show. As a playwright, it’s always humbling to see a whole team of great artists come together to bring my story to life. Aside from that, I’ve been catching up on reading Maria Irene Fornés.

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Twitter: @BarbotRobot

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1787094418202844/

Matt Barbot is a writer and actor from Brooklyn, NY. He began telling stories before he could write, drawing pictures of new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle adventures. His plays have been performed in New York, Miami, LA, and Pennsylvania. El Coquí Espectácular and the Bottle of Doom was a finalist in the 2014 Repertorio Español Nuestras Voces competition, was workshopped at The Brick’s 2014 Comic Book Theater Festival, and read as part of the 2016 Crossing Borders Festival at Two River Theater; it will soon be performed at the Julia De Burgos Performing Arts Center, funded in part by the 2016 Kevin Spacey Foundation Artist of Choice Award in US Theater. Infallibility was produced as part of the 2013 New York International Fringe Festival, and has been published online at Indie Theater Now in the Best of Fringe NYC 2013 collection. His short play A List of Some Shit I’ve Killed will soon be published by Stage Rights as part of Red Bull Theater Shorts Volume III. During his time at Latino cultural website Remezcla, Matt created the web series Bodega Chat, and wrote the the branded short The Perfect Play, starring Victor Cruz of the New York Giants. Matt is currently pursuing his MFA in playwriting at Columbia University, where he writes stories about stories. His upcoming thesis play will be mentored by Kristoffer Diaz (The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity).


Show information (venue, dates, ticket info)
El Coquí Espectacular and the Bottle of Doom
by Matt Barbot
Directed by Nelson T. Eusebio III

The Julia de Burgos Art Center
680 Lexington Ave
(6 train to 103rd)

Thursday, November 3th, 8PM
Friday, November 4th, 8PM
Saturday, November 5th, 8PM
Sunday, November 6th, 3:00PM
Thursday, November 10th, 8PM
Friday, November 11th, 8PM
Saturday, November 12th, 8PM
Sunday, November 13th, 3PM

EL COQUÍ ESPECTACULAR AND THE BOTTLE OF DOOM tells the story of Alex, a comic book artist whose ideas might be “too Puerto Rican,” has begun secretly dressing up as his creation: El Coquí Espectacular, defender of Nuyoricans in all five boroughs! When his brother Joe risks being fired from a project for not being Puerto Rican enough, the two, with the help of a young photographer named Yesica, hatch a plan: to debut El Coquí at the Puerto Rican Day Parade and prove themselves to the world. El Coquí Espectacular and the Bottle of Doom examines the ways in which we define our heritage and ourselves.

Presented by
Hispanic Federation
Kevin Spacey Foundation
La Vega Management, LLC
Duende Arts, Inc.

Tickets FREE. Reserve at
http://www.lavegamanagement.com/productions