Performances on Oct. 17 and 18
As part of its celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Embark Peekskill will present the Hudson Valley premiere of The HisPANICk Zone, a series of sketch comedies about U.S. Latino life written by Guillermo Reyes and directed by Luis Alonso Guzmán. Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17 and 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 18. The play is performed in English.
General admission tickets are $20 at the door ($15 for seniors, students and members) or front-rows seating can be purchased in advance at brownpapertickets.com. Embark is located on the first floor at 925 South St. For more information, call 917-692-2372.
Reyes, who has been a playwriting professor since 1996 at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University, has said he hopes his vignettes reveal there are no “Hispanic” people but only mestizos, or people created from the “fervent reproduction of the Indian, the European, and the African,” who are “populating the entire continent and having plenty of fun doing so.”
He added, “Mestizos are no more likely to screw up this country than the purebreds who created slavery and class and racial divisions. Humanity will continue in its own flawed path, hopefully showing a sign of mercy and compassion along the way — and the real heroes will be the people who have a sense of humor.”
Guzmán, the director, is a native of El Salvador who trained as an actor and dancer at the Bellas Artes School of Arts. He has been a member of Actors’ Equity since 1970 and, for the past 26 years, co-owner of LA Monroe Hair Salon in Peekskill.