“Contender” from MANUEL VERSUS THE STATUE OF LIBERTY wins Mikey Award

Screen Shot 2015-07-29 at 10.57.08 PMThe song “Contender” from Noemi de la Puente and David Davila’s MANUEL VERSUS THE STATUE OF LIBERTY has been awarded a Mikey Award as the song that is most likely to become an audition standard.

Manuel, the hero, is the best student at the Prep School he attends, but he’s also an undocumented immigrant living in hiding. When his mentor asks him why he can’t apply to college, Manuel laments and confesses his dream to live a full life where he doesn’t have to hide from “la migra” (The United States Customs and Immigration Services). The song has music by David Davila and lyrics by David Davila and Noemi de la Puente (who also authored the book).

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MANUEL VERSUS THE STATUE OF LIBERTY nominated for BEST MUSICAL at NYMF 2015

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David Davila and Noemi de la Puente’s new musical MANUEL VERSUS THE STATUE OF LIBERTY closed out it’s extended, sold-out run at the New York Musical Theatre with a coveted Best Musical nomination. Only five shows out of the 54 NYMF events are chosen as nominees. The show also won the Social Relevance and Impact award and an award for leading lady Shakina Nayfack for her performance as the Statue of Liberty.

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de la Puente & Davila’s MANUEL VERSUS THE STATUE OF LIBERTY extended at NYMF

Manuel Vs Statue - logo extended Mannyville LLC, Dramatic Question Theatre and the New York Musical Theatre Festival are proud to announce the extension of de la Puente and Davila’s MANUEL VERSUS THE STATUE OF LIBERTY which will begin performances this Tuesday, July 21. The additional performance will be added on Friday, July 24 at 1PM at The Alice Griffin Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street). Tickets are $27.50 and are available by visiting nymf.org or by calling 212-352-3101.

Winner of the 2014 NYMF Developmental Reading Series, this Latin infused American musical is inspired by the true story of a Princeton Undergrad who was an undocumented child immigrant from the Dominican Republic. When Manuel gets a scholarship to study at Oxford, he’s faced with the realization that he can’t leave the USA. He takes on The Statue of Liberty in the fight of a lifetime; the high-stakes boxing match that is immigration today. Is Manuel worthy? No one is spared in this political comedy that pulls no punches about immigration reform and the American Dream. Continue reading

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David Davila presents a night of songs at Musical Theatre Factory July 11

MTF Salon-A-ThonDavid Davila will present a night of his original songs at the Musical Theatre Factory on July 11th as part of the Musical Theatre Factory’s “NYMF Salon-A-Thon.” The salon-a-thon is a three week long marathon of nightly musical salons hosted by Musical Theatre Factory members in celebration of the New York Musical Theatre Festival. Every night starting at 11pm from July 8th through 26th, a different composer from the Musical Theatre Factory will present an intimate concert of their music with special guest artists and performers. The salon-a-thon is the official after-party of NYMF 2015.

Davila’s salon will feature the cast of his up-coming musical MANUEL VERSUS THE STATUE OF LIBERTY, plus performances by Jessica Kahkoska, Michelle Caniglia, Charles Barksdale, & Daniel Anthony Hidalgo. Karl Hedrick music directs.

Get your tickets for fun night of new musical theatre here: MTF Salon-A-Thon

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Shakina Nayfack & Gil Perez-Abraham will square off in MANUEL VERSUS THE STATUE OF LIBERTY

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The casting is now complete for the world premiere of de la Puente & Davila’s new musical MANUEL VERSUS THE STATUE OF LIBERTY at the New York Musical Theatre Festival. Winner of the 2014 NYMF Developmental Reading Series, this Latin infused American musical is inspired by the true story of a Princeton Undergrad who was an undocumented child immigrant. When Manuel gets a scholarship to study at Oxford, he’s faced with the brutal realization that he can’t leave the USA. His only choice is to take on The Statue of Liberty in the fight of a lifetime; the high-stakes boxing match that is immigration today. Is he worthy of America? No one is spared in this zany political comedy that pulls no punches (pun intended) about immigration reform and the American Dream.

Leading the cast are Gil Perez-Abraham as the undocumented underdog, Manuel, and Lilly Award winning cabaret icon Shakina Nayfack as the cold-hearted undefeated champ, the Statue of Liberty. Rounding out the cast in a smorgasbord of crazy characters that represent America are Alicia Taylor Tomasko, Anthony Chan, A.J. Meijer, Michael Morotta, Erika Gonzalez, and Tami Dahbura. Continue reading

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Davila’s BUSINESS LUNCH gets reading at The Playground Experiment

business lunchDavid Davila’s one-act play BUSINESS LUNCH, about the one-way sexual tension between two colleagues that goes terribly awry, will get a staged reading on June 8th at the Playground Experiment. Directed by Davila, the play features Daniel Anthony Hidalgo as a businessman who has long been in love with his business partner played by Anthony Chan. Their awkward meeting is made far worse by an elderly gay couple who seem to magnify the problems in life’s long conquest of love. Rounding out the cast are Ryan Ramirez as an elderly drag queen, and Nick Cocchetto as her geriatric husband.

The reading, produced by Mike Lesser, will also include new plays by Andy Halliday, Autumn Kioti Moonface, Daniel Ho, Nneoma Omimi Nkuku, and Wendy Herlich and will take place  at FIKA on 55th at 10th ave at 7:00pm on June 8th as part of the Playground Experiment’s on-going new play reading series.

The Playground Experiment strives to create a safe, fun environment for Playwrights, Actors, Directors, and Producers who are looking to build new relationships among likeminded artists. By using Actor/Playwright short work sessions and public readings their ultimate goal is to generate new works and new collaborations that have a life beyond The PlayGround.

For more information click here: The Playground Experiment.

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Brendan Daugherty, Alice Anne English, and Crystal Gulley set for Davila’s THE LAST VIRGIN IN SCHOOL

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The cast is complete for the premiere of David Davila’s THE LAST VIRGIN IN SCHOOL at Lone Star Theatre Co. The play, directed by Jeremy Karafin premieres as part of the BIG TEX SHORT FEST, a collection of plays inspired by the Big Tex statue on the Texas State Fair grounds that burned down on it’s sixtieth birthday in 2012.

Leading the cast are Brendan Daugherty as “Peaches,” Alice Anne English as “Seneca Jade,” and Crystal Gulley as “Mrs. Wells.” THE LAST VIRGIN IN SCHOOL is a blistering dark comedy that tells the story of a thirteen year old girl trying to find her sexual identity after witnessing several traumatic events.

BIG TEX SHORT FEST also features new plays by Texas playwrights Judith Leora, Virginia Grise, Kevin Kautzman, and Emily Comisar, directed by  Nilsa Reyna, Daniel Roberts, Benita DeWit, and Diego Chiri.

BIG TEX SHORT FEST is produced by Emily Comisar and will take place on Sunday May 24th at 7:30pm at the Kraine Theatre on East 4th St in Manhattan. A $15 dollar donation is suggested. Continue reading

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Dates & Creative Team announced for NYMF production of MANUEL VS THE STATUE OF LIBERTY

MANUEL VS STATUE - Official PosterThe creative team is now complete for the upcoming July production of MANUEL VERSUS THE STATUE OF LIBERTY at the New York Musical Theatre Festival.

Winner of the 2014 NYMF Developmental Reading series, this Latin infused American musical directed by Jose Zayas is inspired by the true story of a Princeton Undergrad who was an undocumented child immigrant. When Manuel gets a scholarship to study at Oxford, he’s faced with the brutal realization that he can’t leave the USA. His only choice is to take on The Statue of Liberty in the fight of a lifetime; the high-stakes boxing match that is immigration today. Is he worthy of America?

MANUEL VERSUS THE STATUE OF LIBERTY will have performances on:

Tuesday July 21 @ 8pm
Wednesday July 22 @ 5pm
Saturday July 25 @ 5pm
Sunday July 26 @ 8pm
Monday July 27 @ 12pm

MANUEL VERSUS THE STATUE OF LIBERTY has book, music, and lyrics by Noemi de la Puente and David Davila, musical direction and orchestrations by Karl Hedrick, choreography by Sidney Erik Wright, scenic design by Jason Simms, lighting design by Zach Blane, sound design by David Margolin Lawson, costume design by Lux Haac, and graphic designs by Tri Vo. Casting by Stark Naked Casting.

For tickets and information visit www.nymf.org.

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Davila premieres new play in BIG TEX SHORT FEST

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David Davila will premiere a brand new play in the upcoming BIG TEX SHORT FEST for Lone Star Theatre Co. The event will feature five new short plays by Texas playwrights Judith Leora, Virginia Grise, Kevin Kautzman, Emily Comisar, and David Davila directed by Nilsa Reyna, Daniel Roberts, Benita DeWit, Diego Chili, and Jeremy Karafin.

The BIG TEX SHORT FEST takes five Texas playwrights and connects them with a diverse group of actors to write new material for. The plays will feature a massive cast of talent including Brendan Daugherty, Mark Andrew Garner, Daniel Hidalgo, Jenny Anne Hochberg, Lloyd Mario Prion, Eternanda Fudge, Tracy Singer, Don Frame, Sara Noe, Bryn Packard, Aaron Morton, Tania Jeudy, Keelie Sheridan, Dakota Dutcher, Jorge Luna, David Gomez, Aamira Martinez, and Jasmin Bristow.

BIG TEX SHORT FEST is produced by Emily Comisar and will take place on Sunday May 24th at 7:30pm at the Kraine Theatre on East 4th St in Manhattan. A $15 dollar donation is suggested.

Now in it’s third season, Lone Star Theatre is dedicated to bringing Texas pages to New York stages. Whether a play is by Texas playwright, or features Texas talent and ingenuity, Lone Star Theatre aims to bring you entertaining theatrical events that will whisk you away from city life.

Visit lonestartheatre.com for more info and click here for tickets.

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MANUEL VERSUS THE STATUE OF LIBERTY chosen as an official selection of the 2015 New York Musical Theatre Festival

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The 2015 New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) announced the selections for the 2015 Next Link Project, including MANUEL VERSUS THE STATUE OF LIBERTY by Noemi de la Puente, and David Davila.

The 10 musicals, and three initial invited productions, were announced as part of the 12th edition of the festival, which will take place in July at locations around midtown Manhattan in New York City.

The Next Link Project is open to any writer, produced or unproduced, with or without agency representation. The program receives hundreds of submissions from all over the world each fall, and every script and demo recording is reviewed by numerous members of NYMF’s Reading Committee and then by a Grand Jury of musical theatre artists and producers.

This year’s Grand Jury included Tony Award-winning actor Michael Cerveris, Drama Desk Award-winning actress Donna Lynne Champlin, Tony Award-winning producer Jane Dubin, Tony Award and Drama Desk Award-nominated actor Hunter Foster, Isaac Robert Hurwitz (creative director, Fox Stage Productions), Joe Machota (CAA agent), Jonathan McCrory (director of theatre arts program at The National Black Theatre), Tony Award-winning actor Billy Porter, director and choreographer Josh Prince, Tony Award and Drama Desk Award-nominated actor and writer Tony Sheldon and Motown director Charles Randolph-Wright.

Dan Markley is NYMF’s executive director and producer, and Jen Bender is the director of programming and artist services. The selected Next Link Project show teams will gather for the first time Feb. 28-March 1 to begin preparing.

The Next Link Project selections follow:

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