In. This. Decision.
Lolita finds herself in the Wall Street office of the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Board. Like a Boricua Lolita before her, she is here in the name of La Revolución! She’s got glamour, glitter, and a gun, but is she really ready?
Notes on Killing Seven Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Board Members is a drag show about decolonizing places and people.
Please note that the show includes loud noise, strobe effects, and theatrical haze.
“Asked to Adapt a Classic Play, This Writer Rethought Her Life!”
New York Times feature on Mara Vélez Meléndez
by Jose Solís
Raven Snook, Time Out New York ★★★★
“engaging, enraging and enlightening…eviscerates norms of genre and gender with a piece that morphs, in the flick of a false eyelash, from agitprop to drag revue to horror show to moving portrait of self-acceptance…ambitious, discomfitingly insightful and—in its dissection of the vicious loops of oppression, be they personal or political—as pointed as a stiletto heel”
Christine Carmela (she/her) is a trans actor/writer based in Los Angeles. She graduated from TCU with a BFA in acting. She has starred in regional productions of The Legend of Georgia McBride and Men on Boats. As a writer, she had her play Miss Molly produced at her alma mater, TCU. She is currently working towards receiving an MFA in Writing for Screen and Television at USC.
Samora la Perdida
Samora La Perdida (they/she) is a trilingual performer, poet, and creator. Their works range from musicals to spoken word pieces that utilize combinations of Spanish, English, and Portuguese to give voice to the beautifully complex realities of genderqueer Afro-Latines. They recently gave a TEDx Talk entitled “Do Latines Need To Speak Spanish? Finding My Lost Mother Tongue.” Their Spanglish rap opera, pato, pato, maricón, premiered at Ars Nova’s ANT Fest in 2018. Their music video “PAPI RUNS” was an official selection of the 2019 National Film Festival for Talented Youth.
Theater Credits: Shakespeare in the Park’s The Winter’s Tale (Florizel) and The Tempest, Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Romeo & Juliet: Outside the Box (Lord/Lady Capulet). Film: CRSHD now streaming on Hulu, and Dinner With Jeffrey now streaming on Revry. Samora graduated from LaGuardia HS as a YoungArts Presidential Scholar in the Arts and studied dance at the schools of Alvin Ailey and Debbie Allen. Carnegie Mellon Drama Alumna. Gracias Mara por darme las palabras para descolonizar mi propio género. Instagram/TikTok: @samoraperdida
Mara Vélez Meléndez
Mara Vélez Meléndez (she/her) is a playwright born and raised in Puerto Rico. Her Off-Broadway debut will take place in 2022 with Notes on Killing Seven Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Board Members, produced by Soho Rep. She also adapted the upcoming Spotify/Gimlet podcast, Case 63. Mara was a 2020-2021 Playwrights Realm Writing Fellow and is currently a member of Ars Nova’s PlayGroup.
Director & Costume Design
David Mendizábal (he/they) is a director, designer, one of the Producing Artistic Leaders of the OBIE Award-winning The Movement Theatre Company, and Associate Artistic Director of The Sol Project. David is a 2021 Princess Grace Award Honoraria Recipient in Theater. They were part of the inaugural Soho Rep Project Number One Residency, where they created and directed the short film, eat me!. Select directing credits include: This Bitter Earth (TheatreWorks Hartford) Don’t Eat the Mangos (Magic Theatre/Sundance), On The Grounds of Belonging (Long Wharf), the bandaged place (NYSAF), Then They Forgot About The Rest (INTAR), And She Would Stand Like This (w/ choreographer Kia LaBeija) and Look Upon Our Lowliness (The Movement), and Tell Hector I Miss Him (Atlantic). Alumnus of Ars Nova Vision Residency and Maker’s Lab, Drama League Directors Project, Labyrinth Intensive Ensemble, artEquity, NALAC, and LCT Directors Lab. David was a participant in the TCG Leadership U: One-on-One program, where they were the Artistic Associate at Atlantic Theater Company. BFA – NYU/Tisch
Gerardo Díaz Sánchez
Gerardo Díaz Sánchez (he/they) is a NYC-based scenic designer from Guayama, Puerto Rico. Recent theater credits include: La casa de la laguna (GALA Hispanic Theatre), Romeo and Juliet (Two River Theater), El Huracán by Charise Castro Smith (Yale Repertory Theater), Pride and Prejudice (Long Wharf Theatre), Twelfth Night (Two River Theater), TJ loves Sally (JACK), For Carmen in San Sebastián (Merry-Go-Round Theatre), Alex & Emma (P.R.Theatre Lab). Other credits include: Tent Revival and Romeo and Juliet (Yale School of Drama), Novios Part 1, Yale Dragball, It’s not about my mother, Mud, This American Wife, Re:Union, Yale School of Drag 2017 (Yale Cabaret); and The Trojan Women (Yale Summer Cabaret). MFA- Yale School of Drama. BA- School of Architecture at the University of Puerto Rico. Website: gerardodiazsanchez.com
Kate McGee (she/they) is a trans* lighting and scenic designer. At Soho Rep while you were partying. Other New York Work Includes: My Lingerie Play (Rattlestick Playwright’s Theater), Infinite Love Party (Bushwick Starr), A Hunger Artist (The Tank), Gillian Walsh’s FAME NOTIONS (Performance Space New York), 50/50 old school animation (Under the Radar, The Public, Volks Theater, Munich), Early Plays (New York City Players/Wooster Group, Henry Hewes Award Nomination, with Aaron Deyo), Masculinity Max (The Public Theater), Sound House (New Georges), Kidnap Road (La Mama), International Concert Tours: Emily’s D+ Evolution World Tour for Esperanza Spalding. Regional Work: Life of Galileo (Playmaker’s Rep), An Iliad (Long Wharf), Esai’s Table (JAG Productions), A Tale of Two Cities (Trinity Rep), These Seven Sicknesses, An Acorn, and Neva (Brown, Trinity) kateisalightingdesigner.com
Sadah Espii Proctor
Sadah Espii Proctor (she/her/Espii) is a composer, sound artist, and designer working in theatre, dance, installations, and immersive experiences. Broadway: Trouble In Mind (assistant sound designer). Off Broadway: sandblasted (Vineyard/WP Theater), Is There Still Sex In the City? (Daryl Roth). Regional: The Gradient (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis). Installation: Soul Tree Forest (Yerba Buena Center for the Arts), public/private (New Museum), and I Have a Door Up There (Harvard TDM). She is an alumna of Virginia Tech and a proud graduate of Virginia Tech. Website: www.sadahespiiproctor.com
Wig and Makeup Design
(she/her) Broadway: Macbeth (associate hair designer); Chicken and Biscuits (associate wig and makeup designer); Sweat (associate makeup designer). Other design: Fat Ham, Cullad Wattah, Mojada (The Public Theater); Little Girl Blue (Goodspeed, New World Stages); Meet Vera Stark, Matilda (CSFAC at Colorado College); On Sugarlad (NYTW); Nina Simone: Four Women (Berkshire Theatre Group); Once on This Island (Pioneer Theatre Company); Little Women (Dallas Theater Center); Oklahoma!, Patsy Cline (Weston Playhouse); Memphis, Dream Girls (Cape Fear Regional Theater); Cadillac Crew, Twelfth Night (Yale Rep).
Teniece Divya Johnson
Fight and Intimacy Director
Teniece Divya Johnson (they/them) is an Intimacy Director, Fight Director, Stunt Performer, and Movement Storyteller working across television, film and stage. The first Black and first non-binary intimacy director on Broadway with Slave Play, Teniece serves as a resolute advocate for a decolonized collaborative approach to art, Black intimacy, Kink and Queer representation.
Some additional credits include Succession, POSE, Lovecraft Country, American Saga Wu-Tang on Hulu, Barry Jenkins’ The Underground Railroad, RAMY, Life & Beth, and West Side Story with Steven Spielberg. Off-stage sharing boundaries and empathy masterclasses with colleges, universities and corporations.
Patricia Marjorie (she/her) is a Brazilian Multidisciplinary Theatre artist based in New York, with focus on set design, props and directing. Upcoming designer works: The Seagull and Ulisses by Elevator Repair Service; Eva Luna by Repertório Espanhol; Recent theatre credits Song of Songs (Bushwick Starr, dir. Machel Ross), 7 Minutes (Waterwell, dir. Mei Ann Teo); Wolf Play (Soho Rep, Ma-Yi Theater Company), Black Exhibition (Bushwick Starr with Jeremy O. Harris dir. Machel Ross), Preparedness by Hillary Miller (Bushwick Starr), SKiNFoLK (Bushwick Starr & National Black Theatre), Addressless (Rattlestick Theatre), In the Southern Breeze (Rattlestick Theatre) and Lost & Found (The Tank + En Garde Arts & Downtown Alliance). Recent interactive live performance credits include The Sunset PICNIC (The Tank) and Carnavalize the Matter (TheatreLab). Patricia has also recently directed What Will Become of Kaaron? (The Tank) and her own work as a playwright A Song to Keep the Wolves Awake (The Tank).
Javier Antonio González
Javier Antonio González (he/him) is a director, playwright, filmmaker and the artistic director of Caborca. Some of his work includes: Lying Lydia; Distant Star (adapted from Roberto Bolaño’s novel); Zoetrope; Open up, Hadrian; and, currently under development, Rubalee. His feature film The Entitlement received the Best Screenplay Award at the Manhattan Film Festival 2018, and received a nomination for the Tarkovsky Best Director Award at the BLOW-UP Arthouse International Filmfest 2019. His work has been published in the anthologies, Plays and Playwrights 2011 (New York Theatre Experience), Encuentro: Latinx Performance for the New American Theater (Northwestern University Press) and the journals The Puerto Rico Review, 80 grados, Los bárbaros and Conjunto from Casa de las Américas. He was a Van Lier Directing Fellow, a member of the Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group and a recipient of the Global Connections–In the Lab grant from TCG. He has taught at DreamYard Preparatory High School in the Bronx, LaGuardia Community College, and most recently, he directed Electra at Barnard College and The Lower Depths at NYU Tisch. Javier holds a BA from the University of Puerto Rico and an MFA from Columbia University School of the Arts. He grew up in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico.
Production Stage Manager
(she/her) Off-Broadway: 7 Minutes (Waterwell); What to Send Up When It Goes Down (Playwrights Horizons, BAM, Woolly Mammoth, A.R.T, Under the Radar at The Public Theater, The Movement Theatre Company); Hercules, Pretty Hunger (The Public); Lockdown (Rattlestick Theater); Recent Alien Abductions (The Play Company); The Revolving Cycles Truly and Steadily Roll’d (The Playwrights Realm); Is God Is (Soho Rep.); Seven Spots on the Sun (Rattlestick/Sol Project); Alligator (New Georges/Sol Project); The Block (The Working Theater); The Sun Shines East (The Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater); The Golden Year (The Workshop Theater Company); Oleanna starring Austin Pendleton (The Players Club); Ghost Dancer (Mint Theater). Regional: The Christians (Baltimore Center Stage), A Nation Grooves (Mass MoCA), The Winter’s Tale (Actors Shakespeare Company at NJCU).
María Victoria Martínez
(she/her) Actor and Theater Artist. Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, María completed her BFA in the Department of Theater at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras campus. She then became a member of the ART Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University, class of 2017, where she spent a semester training at the Moscow Art Theater in Russia. She infuses her work with a deep love for her Island and Culture. María is excited to be collaborating with this group of artists she’s long admired.
Assistant Costume Designer
Tyler Alexander Arnold hails from the South, as a Georgia-born and Texas raised artist. They are a graduate of The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University, c/o 2017, with a BFA in Costume Design. Shortly after moving to NYC, they were the Playwrights Horizons ‘Van Lier’ Costume Fellow for the 2018-2019 season. They have recently been a costume assistant on Broadway’s A Strange Loop designed by Montana Levi Blanco . They’ve also assisted Dede Ayite on The Last of the Love Letters at Atlantic Theatre, other production credits include Broadway’s Slave Play, American Buffalo, and Law & Order SVU as a costume PA.
Assistant Lighting Designer
Wyatt Moniz (he/him) is a theater designer and visual artist using lighting, projection, and sculpture to create unconventional storytelling devices. He will be making his installation debut as part of Lincoln Center’s Collider series under Mimi Lien in 2023. Recent credits include What Happens to Brown Girls… by Shenny de Los Angeles, The Baptism film by Carrie Mae Weems & Carl Hancock Rux, DesignWing Mentor for the Great Plains Theater Conference, and projection design for the most recent show at Mabou Mines Theater, The Vicksburg Project.
Assistant Hair & Makeup
Sammy Gleason (he/they) is an actor, writer, producer, and wig/costume technician hailing from Colorado Springs. This is his first production in NYC and he couldn’t be happier. He had the recent opportunity to work under the tutelage of wig designer Earon Nealey and is excited to assist her on this show. In his spare hours he devotes time to his drag persona Belzin Whistlez, slinging the mic as an emcee for his local burlesque scene. He is also one third of WYNOT Productions – a Pueblo Colorado based production company that specializes in custom costumes, props, and puppets for film, television, and cosplay. Enjoy the show.
Juliana Costa Suaide Silva is a brazilian actress, producer and all-things-art-department based in NY. Juliana graduated in classical ballet by The Royal Academy of Dance and acting by The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. Besides the acting credits, Juliana’s art department credits have included the brazilian tv show Rainha da Cocada GNT – Season 2 and 3 (Prop Master & Set Dressing) , Diabolical – Discovery ID Series (Art Director), FOX Stick Figures – Pilot (Production Designer), Lies That Bind – Discovery ID Series (Art Director) , Out Of Water – Musical (Scenic Designer & Prop Master), and others. Juliana believes in creating intelligent, educational and inspiring work for both theatre and film.
Assistant Stage Manager
Narissa Agustin (she/her) Tour: Waitress (NETworks, Lulu Tour) Off-Broadway: Out of Time (The Public), The Crusade of Connor Stephens (The Jerry Orbach Theater). Regional: A Strange Loop (Woolly Mammoth), Soft Jade (Yale Summer Cabaret), Dutch Masters, It’s Fine, I’m Fine, Naked Librarian, On the Harmful Effects of Tobacco (Northern Stage). Endless gratitude to her family and friends who have supported her along the way! BFA: Stage Management, University of Miami. @narissa_agustin
Joseph Distl (He/Him, They/Them) is a queer latiné theater artist based in Queens, NY. They graduated from Queensborough Community College with an A.S. in Technical Theater. Credits include ¡Oso Fabuloso and the Bearbacks!(INTAR) as Grizz, Julio Aint Goin Down Like That(INTAR) as the stage manager/dramaturg, and The Taming!(QCC) as the assistant director. Using his background in research and theatre he pushes to create conversations about and for marginalized communities on and off the stage.
The Sol Project is a national theater initiative dedicated to producing the work of Latinx playwrights in New York City and beyond. Founded by Artistic Director Jacob G. Padrón and driven by an artistic collective, The Sol Project works in partnership with leading theaters around the country to amplify Latinx voices and build artistic homes for artists of color. Through the writers we champion, The Sol Project aspires to create a bold, powerful, and kaleidoscopic body of work for the new American theater. The Sol Project launched with the world premiere of Alligator by Hilary Bettis in collaboration with New Georges, followed by the New York premieres of Seven Spots on the Sun by Martín Zimmerman (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater) and Oedipus El Rey by Luis Alfaro (The Public Theater). In the fall of 2018, The Sol Project partnered with Yale Repertory Theatre to produce the world premiere of El Huracán by Charise Castro Smith and in early 2020 partnered with Baltimore Center Stage and The Playwrights Realm to produce the world premiere of Richard & Jane & Dick & Sally by Noah Diaz. The artistic collective includes: Adriana Gaviria, Rebecca Martinez, David Mendizábal, Julian Ramirez, and Laurie Woolery. Joey Reyes is the Associate Producer. Isabel Pask is the Producing Assistant. Brian Herrera is the Resident Scholar. Stephanie Ybarra is the Resident Dramaturg. Our partners include: Soho Rep, Atlantic Theater Company, Baltimore Center Stage, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Cara Mía Theatre Company, LAByrinth Theater Company, Magic Theatre, MCC Theater, New Georges, New York Theatre Workshop, Playwrights Horizons, Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, The Playwrights Realm, The Public Theater, WP Theater and Yale Repertory Theatre. www.solproject.org
Special thanks to Jody Falco & Jeffrey Steinman for supporting the 99¢ Sunday performance on June 5th.
At Soho Rep, we are grateful for the high vaccination rates across New York City as well as the recent and meaningful decreases to COVID-19 positivity rates and hospitalizations. However, given understandings that are currently in place with artists, production crews, our union partners, and ticket holders, we are currently requiring that theatergoers provide proof of vaccination and wear a mask in order to attend our public programs.
All audience members for these performances and presentations will be required to show proof of vaccination via the Excelsior Pass, the NYC Covid Safe Pass, or a copy or photo of your CDC vaccination card. Additionally, we will require that masks be worn over your nose and mouth at all times inside our theater. We will provide you with a free mask if you forget yours at home.
These policies are subject to change. We will be working together with our colleagues, and with our union partners, to update them as public health guidelines continue to evolve. Thank you for your patience and understanding.