Davila’s ABUELAS, OR THE POVERTY CYCLE to be workshopped at PlayGround Experiment

screen-shot-2016-09-26-at-12-39-52-amDavid Davila will workshop scenes from his new play, ABUELAS, OR THE POVERTY CYCLE, beginning September 26th at the PlayGround Experiment in Manhattan. ABUELAS, OR THE POVERTY CYCLE is a new play that examines the causes and effects of the extremely high teen pregnancy rates among Latina women in South Texas. The play focuses on one household made up of six generations of single mothers all living under one roof at the same time. Can the cycle of young motherhood be broken or is this family doomed to repeat their mistakes?

The readings/workshops will be directed by Davila and will star Julia Botero, Alexandra Castro, Lizzette Cruz, and Selina Fonseca as the single mothers at the center of the story.

The PlayGround Experiment is a theatre company dedicated to giving writers and actors short work sessions and public readings to generate new works and new collaborations in a safe, fun environment that have a life beyond The PlayGround. The readings begin on Sept 26th at 7:00pm at Think Coffee at 248 Mercer Street in Manhattan. For more information visit theplaygroundexperiment.com.

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Davila to direct Nilsa Reyna’s LEGENDS OF TEXAS

Screen Shot 2016-08-15 at 10.38.43 AMDavid Davila is set to direct the upcoming reading of Nilsa Reyna’s LEGENDS OF TEXAS for Lone Star Theatre. The new play is part of the on-going Texas Reads series at Lone Star Theatre Co that helps to develop new plays by Texas writers.

Nancy, is a gun-reform activist in New York who has just inherited her father’s gun shop in South Texas. When she returns to “El Valle” to put his affairs in order and turn the gun shop into a cafe, she is met with opposition at every turn from her father’s new wife, her gun-toting sister, and her ex-boyfriend who now manages it. What could possibly go wrong?

Leading the cast as Nancy is playwright Nilsa Reyna. Joining her are Lillian Andrea de Leon, Alexandra Castro, Bryn Packard, Paul Pakler, and Jacqui Rêgo.

The reading is September 19th at Jack Dempsey’s 33rd St at 7pm with a reception to follow. For tickets click here: Legends of Texas Reading.

This play was developed through the Robert Askins Playwright Fellowship at Lone Star Theatre Co.

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Davila will be artist in residence for Barn Arts’ 2016 Hamilton Project

barn poster 2016David Davila will continue work on his play ANIMAL HUSBANDRY this summer when he heads to Maine as an artist in residence at Barn Arts’ 2016 Hamilton Project. ANIMAL HUSBANDRY is a new play that examines and deconstructs the construction and destruction of a gay couple’s relationship from courting to final breakup, with all of the temper tantrums, shattered wine glasses, mini-break-ups, and hot sex in-between. The play is told out of order, through a series of bedroom vignettes that hope to penetrate something deeper. The play has been developed this year through The PlayGround Experiment in Manhattan.

The Hamilton Project strives to designed to build creative opportunities between passionate people in a beautiful place. Artists from all over the country come to develop new works of performance in a pastoral and supportive environment. Teams of artists live, work, eat and plan together, creating a temporary creative community and supporting one another in their individual and collective goals.

Davila will be joined by Mia Anderson, Stephanie Beattie, Sergei Burbank, Cat Crowley, Sean Daniels, Taylor Edelhart, Lizzie Fox, Oliver Jane, Claire Keichel, Alex Randup, Kyra Sims, and Sarah Todes

The Barn Arts Collective (formerly the Mohawk Arts Collective) is a group of artists that create and encourage community through the practice and presentation of live arts events. Based out of The Barn, a performance and rehearsal space in Bass Harbor, Maine, the organization creates new works of  performance (theater, music, dance, film), provides residencies for artists making new work, hosts and performs at community events, partners with local non-profit organizations to offer arts and educational programs, and develops and leads workshops for young people in the community. Continue reading

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David Davila takes on Fidel Castro in reading

FlyerPrintSide1David Davila will play Fidel Castro in an upcoming reading of CELIA BUYS A DRESS, a new play by Yani Perez. The play, directed by Joan Kane, stars Tami Dahbura as the famous Cuban crooner Celia Cruz, and Davila as the dictator with whom she goes head to head. The play is presented as part of the In Her Name festival: a weekend of women’s stories at 13th Street Repertory Theatre.

The In Her Name Festival is a weekend of celebration to benefit 13th Street Repertory Theatre in the name of founder Edith O’Hara, who is 100 this year, and to give more exposure to historical women through the 365 Women a Year: A Playwriting Project plays. 365 Women started via the internet asking women playwrights to write short plays – 10 minutes – for each day of the year. It is in the third year of presenting plays by and about women in history. It is about making sure women who were left out of the history books are recognized.

The festival is produced by Susan Merson (Producing Artistic Director of 13th Street Rep) and Shellen Lubin (for 365 Women a Year), and associate producer, Natalie Osborne (of NO Plays). CELIA BUYS A DRESS will be presented as a reading on April 16th at 2:00pm at the 13th Street Repertory Theatre.

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MANUEL VS THE STATUE OF LIBERTY gets workshop at Princeton University

Screen Shot 2015-07-29 at 10.57.08 PM De la Puente and Davila’s MANUEL VERSUS THE STATUE OF LIBERTY, will get a “rematch” on February 20th at Princeton University! The New York Musical Theatre Festival’s award-winning musical comedy about illegal immigration, will receive a workshop featuring student performers, along with members of the original New York cast. Reprising their roles are Gil Perez-Abraham as the undocumented underdog, Manuel, Shakina Nayfack as the Statue of Liberty (NYMF Outstanding Performance award), and Tami Dahbura as Mami. The cast is rounded out by Jackson Perrin, Levin Valayil, Brendan Daugherty, and Princeton University students; Victoria Gruenberg, and Deirdre Ricaurte, as well as students from Rider University; Sophia Introna, and Ashton Schaffer.

This knockout musical comedy about illegal immigration is inspired by the true story of Dan-el Padilla Peralta, a brilliant Princeton undergrad who received a scholarship to study classical Greek and Latin literature at Oxford, and could not leave this country because he had no way of returning due to his immigration status. It’s a story that crosses cultural barriers, and combines Latin rhythms, Rock-n-roll, and hip-hop music to tell a complete American story that is not often found on stage.

The musical was first seen at the 2015 New York Musical Theatre Festival where it played a sold-out, extended run and was nominated for Best Musical and won awards for Social Relevance and Impact and for leading lady Shakina Nayfack, as well as a Mikey award for the song “Contender.” In 2014 it won the NYMF Developmental Reading Series award.

MANUEL VERSUS THE STATUE OF LIBERTY features book, music, and lyrics by Noemi de la Puente and David Davila with orchestrations by Karl Hedrick. This workshop is produced by Briana Christophers and features music direction by Vince diMura, and direction by Enzo Toral.  Continue reading

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David Davila & the Magic Time Machine plays the Laurie Beachman 1/25

David-insta-400x400David Davila returns to the Laurie Beechman Theatre in Times Square with an all-star Broadway cast to present: DAVID DAVILA & THE MAGIC TIME MACHINE, a time travel song extravaganza that reflects on revisiting mistakes you shouldn’t have repeated. The concert will feature original songs from Davila’s latest work plus audience favorites from MANUEL VERSUS THE STATUE OF LIBERTY, #52SONGS, and VOX POP.

Bringing Davila’s songs to life is a cast of talented Broadway and NY Cabaret vets like Ruby Rakos, Desi Oakley, Daniel Quadrino, Michael McCorry Rose, Charles Barksdale, Jose Sepulveda, Brendan Daugherty, Liz Lark Brown, Darryl Jovan Williams, Steph Nash, Lillian Andrea DeLeon, Emilie Mirvis, Gil Perez-Abraham, Tami Dahbura, Michelle Caniglia, Joshua Gonzales, and Jackson Perrin.

DAVID DAVILA & THE MAGIC TIME MACHINE is directed by Jose Sepulveda, with musical direction by Karl Hedrick. This concert is produced by Emily Comisar and presented as part of Lone Star Theatre Company’s TX MUSIC/NY STAGES concert series. It will be presented on Monday January 25th at 7pm at the Laurie Beechman theatre. Tickets are $20.00 and are available here: David Davila & The Magic Time Machine.

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HAMILTON Star Javier Munoz to sing de la Puente & Davila’s “Contender” at Starry NYMF Gala

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Hamilton’s Javier Munoz

Javier Munoz, the star of the hottest show on Broadway in years (HAMILTON), will sing de la Puente & Davila’s award-winning song “Contender” from MANUEL VS THE STATUE OF LIBERTY at the 2015 NYMF Gala on Sunday. The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) honors Tony Award-winning director and choreographer Casey Nicholaw, theatre executive and producer Darren P. DeVerna, and former NYMF board chair Martin Grant at its 2015 Gala to be held on Sunday, November 15th at the Edison Ballroom in Midtown Manhattan (240 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036)

Just announced, the starry lineup of guests expected at the gala includes Bob SagetVictoria ClarkBeth LeavelMichael ParkJavier MunozDavid HibbardAdam HellerKevin McCollumShakina NayfackMichael James Scott, Lucia Spina, Noemi de la Peunte and David Davila (Manuel vs. The Statue of Liberty), Vynnie Meli, Ronve O’Daniel and Jevares Myrick (Illa: A Hip Hop Musical), Beth & Allan Williams, Barry & Fran Weissler, and more.

Each November, NYMF holds a gala celebrating the year’s artistic triumphs and honoring select individuals whose work has contributed to the continued vitality of musical theatre. Held at the beautiful Edison Ballroom, an historic Times Square landmark, this one of a kind event is attended by an exclusive group of musical theatre enthusiasts, Broadway artists, and leading members of the theatre industry.

The New York Musical Theatre Festival nurtures the creation, production, and public presentation of stylistically, thematically, and culturally diverse new musicals to ensure the future vitality of musical theatre. Continue reading

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David Davila’s ANIMAL HUSBANDRY to be workshopped at PlayGround Experiment

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Daniel Anthony Hidalgo & Brendan Daugherty

David Davila will workshop scenes from his new play, ANIMAL HUSBANDRY, beginning Oct 26th at the PlayGround Experiment in Manhattan. ANIMAL HUSBANDRY is a new play that examines and deconstructs the construction and destruction of a gay couple’s relationship from courting to final breakup, with many smaller breakups in-between. The play is told out of order, through a series of bedroom vignettes that hope to penetrate something deeper.

Davila says about the play; “There is something so personal about sex between two people. You can learn so much about life, love, art, and even death during those passionate all-night sessions. I wanted to capture that for all time. I wanted to record it, not the dicks and ass holes, but the honesty and revelation of one’s self. The money shots are captured on film all the time, I’m writing this play to somehow capture and recreate for all time what happens inside one’s heart and mind after you cum.”

The reading stars Brendan Daugherty and Daniel Anthony Hidalgo as the young gay couple whose four year mating ritual is the focus of the play. Continue reading

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Davila leads Alan Charnock’s ALIEN SEX COMEDY in reading

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David Davila has been cast in the leading role of Ethan, a customer service rep for Planet XXX, home of sex, sex, sex in a reading of Alan Charnock’s ALIEN SEX COMEDY for Lone Star Theatre Co. The reading, directed by Bryan Hunt will take place on October 19th at the reading room at Hourglass Tavern. Rounding out the cast is Cliff Miller as the captain of the Alien vessel, Zachary Gamble and Elaine Stenson as crew members of that ship, Erin Frisbie as a scientist close to discovering non-sexual reproduction, Drew Barksdale as her lab assistant, and Andy Ingalls as the omniscient narrator.

ALIEN SEX COMEDY is billed as a wacky, irreverent, and poignant look at the status of sex in our galaxy. With their planet on the brink of extinction, three aliens go searching for the secret to sex in the most confusing place in the universe: Earth. There they meet a UFO enthusiast, a reproductive biologist, her assistant, and an omniscient narrator – hijinks ensue.

ALIEN SEX COMEDY will be presented on Monday October 19th at 8pm at the Hourglass Tavern located at 373 W 46th street, New York, NY 10036. Admission is free.


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Alicia Tomasko, Blake Massad, Charles Barksdale, & Rafi Fuentes will storm the PYRAMID Aug 29 at Lincoln Center

Alicia Taylor Tomasko David Davila PYRAMIDCasting has been announced for the upcoming performance of David Davila & Ed Levy’s PYRAMID at Lincoln Center on Aug 29th.

Leading the cast as the young heroine, Raina, is Alicia Taylor Tomasko (Manuel Vs Statue, In The Heights, If/Then). She’ll be joined on stage by Charles Barksdale (Sister Act) as the evil queen, Blake Massad as a Pyramid Builder, Rafi Fuentes as the Pharaoh, Brendan Daugherty as a Pyramid Guard, with David Davila & Anthony Chan as Egyptian Slaves.

PYRAMID takes place in Egypt during ancient antiquity and has music by Davila with lyrics by Ed Levy, and a book by Davila & Levy. When the Pharaoh dies, everyone who knows the secrets of the Pharaoh’s pyramid must be buried with him forever. But when a young Egyptian girl discovers that her brother will be buried alive, she goes on a quest to destroy the pyramid and save her brother before sunset when he will be sealed inside forever. Continue reading

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