Amas Musical Theatre To Present Virtual Presentation of "Found in Translation" Written and Performed by Luis Santeiro
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 05:31 pm EDT 04/07/21




New York, NY (4/7/21) - Amas Musical Theatre (Donna Trinkoff, Artistic Producer) will present a virtual presentation of Found in Translation, a solo musical journey written and performed by Luis Santeiro. It will launch online beginning April 28, 2021 at 7:00pm (followed by a Q&A) and will be available on demand through May 5, 2021. Tickets are free, but reservations are required at www.amasmusical.org. All proceeds will benefit Amas Musical Theatre's education and theatre programs.

The rhythms of your youth are indelibly stamped on your soul. Luis Santeiro left Cuba when he was twelve. After that traumatic transition, he was determined to become all-American and leave his Latin past behind. He found that it was not so simple. Through song and story, Found in Translation explores the loss of home, and the discovery of the added richness in being a blend of two cultures.

Found in Translation is co-directed by Christopher Scott and Donna Trinkoff, with Musical Director Paul Greewood on piano and Rex Benincasa on percussion. The show was filmed at Smash Studios and edited by Matt Gurren.

"Luis is an amazingly talented writer and has been in the Amas family since we developed his musical Barrio Babies," says Donna Trinkoff. "In recent years, he also began performing, and when I read his memoir 'Dancing with Dictators' and I learned the story of his family and their exile from Cuba, I knew it would make a terrific show."


Luis Santeiro (Writer/Performer) His plays include: The Lady from Havana, A Royal Affair, Our Lady of the Tortilla (which has enjoyed over 200 productions nationwide), Mixed Blessings (recipient of an AT&T Onstage grant), The Rooster & the Egg, The Spanish Version, Praying With the Enemy, and Land O'Fire (these last two plays each received the National Hispanic Playwriting Award). His musical, Barrio Babies, for which he wrote book and lyrics, received a Richard Rodgers Foundation of Musical Theatre Award, and the equally prestigious Edward Kleban Award for Musical Theatre. In television, Luis is a long-time writer of "Sesame Street", and his contribution for that show has earned him 20 Emmy Awards. He was also head-writer for the acclaimed PBS bilingual comedy series "Que Pasa, USA?" for which received another Emmy, as well as the animated series, "Bert & Ernie's Great Adventures". Feature film: A Change of Heart, with Jim Belushi. He has written for many children's programs, including: "Little Bill," "Between the Lions" (2 Emmy Awards), "Lomax," "The Upside Down Show," "The Brothers Garcia," & "3,2,1, Contact!", "Oh, Noah!," and BBC's Muppet series "The Furchester." Luis is a member of the Dramatists Guild, the WGA, and lives in New York.

Christopher Scott (Co-Director) Director/acting teacher and Artistic Associate, Amas Musical Theatre (over 20 productions). Artistic Director, Masterworks Theater Company. For Amas: Hip Hop Cinderella, Amas' Dare to Be Different Festival: Stealing Freedom & Missing Person RLMTA: Hello Dolly, Pippin, Jesus Christ Superstar and many others. Off-Broadway: The Glass Menagerie (Audelco Nom.), EDWIN: The Story Of Edwin Booth, A Class Act, Nancy Friday's My Secret Garden, Golf:The Musical (Drama Desk Nom.), For Lovers Only (Amas), Tails, The Big Bang, and Greed: A Musical For Our Times. Baruch PAC/Great Works: Miss Julie, Antigone, Hedda Gabler, Medea. Other NYC: The Morons (Best Director Nom. - First Irish Festival); Years Of Sky (59e59); Best Night Ever (fringeNYC); I Am, I Will I Do and Lorenz0 (NYMF & Amas); In Pursuit Of Peace and Picked Up (BBTF). Member of The Actors Studio's Playwright/Directors Workshop, also many shows for Theatreworks/USA. Faculty: Baruch/CUNY, CAP21-NYU/Tisch, The Michael Howard Studio. Graduate Boston Conservatory. As an actor: Broadway, Off- Broadway, Regional and Tours. Website: xscottnyc.com

Donna Trinkoff (Co-Director) is currently the artistic producer of Amas Musical Theatre, now in its 52nd year of continuous operation. Amas is New York City's award-winning pioneer in equity and multi-ethnic casting in the performing arts since 1968. Since 1994, Donna has produced the original musicals Romeo & Bernadette: A Tale of Verona and Brooklyn, Broadway and the Bard, starring Len Cariou, Red Eye of Love, The Other Josh Cohen, Triassic Parq! Wanda's World, Shout! The Mod Musical, Lone Star Love, Magpie, Stormy Weather: The Lena Horne Story, Zanna, Don't!, Latin Heat, From My Hometown, Langston Hughes' Little Ham, 4 Guys Named José, Rollin' on the T.O.B.A., among others, and she has presented over 90 original musicals in the Amas Musical Theatre Lab. As Starry Night Productions, Donna produced the Off-Broadway premiere of SILENCE! The Musical (Christopher Gattelli, Hunter Bell, Jon & Al Kaplan), the unauthorized parody of the iconic film "The Silence of the Lambs" to critical acclaim, sold-out houses and a two-year run. SILENCE! won the Off Broadway Alliance Award and the Obie Award for Best Musical and was named as one of the 'Top 10 Plays of the Year' by TIME Magazine. Donna was an associate artistic director at the Cabaret and Performance Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Center in CT. She holds a BA in English and Theatre from SUNY Binghamton, is a graduate of the National Theatre Institute, and she received a Certificate of Merit from the Drama Studio in London.

Paul Greenwood (Musical Director/Keyboards ) MAC and Bistro Award honoree, Paul Greenwood is a firmly established figure on the New York Cabaret stage. After moving from Boston where he had begun appearing in piano bars, he began his New York career as resident pianist at the famed nightclub, The Improvisation, while also working in other clubs such as Catch A Rising Star, The Comic Strip, and Dangerfields. During these years, he accompanied numerous singers and comedians including Pat Benatar, Jane Olivor, Elly Stone, Donna Murphy, Andy Kauffman, Joe Piscopo, Sandra Bernhard, and numerous others. From there he returned to piano bars, such as The Duplex, Brandys, Don't Tell Mama, and Eighty-Eights, while continuing to play in cabaret shows. He eventually debuted his solo cabaret to critical success at Eighty-Eights. This led to other solo engagements, at Caesars, The Peninsula Hotel, and on cruise ships. This led to him co-starring in the New York production of Our Sinatra in an extended run; also performing it regionally. Other Off-Broadway appearances, include Tallulah Tonight with Helen Gallagher, 13 Things About Ed Carpolotti, with Penny Fuller, and a 1950's movie tribute, with Mary Cleere Haran. The long list of performers, he has accompanied includes Nancy LaMott, Loni Ackerman, Ann Hampton Calloway, Hilary Kole, Sylvia McNair, Art Garfunkel, George Burns and Marilyn Maye. He was a music director at the Eugene O'Neill Cabaret Conference for six seasons. While there, he developed shows with Anita Gillette, Penny Fuller, and others. Recent appearances include Anita Gillette's Irving Berlin Tribute, which he has music directed and performed in New York and London. Upcoming shows, include appearances with Austin Pendelton and Barbara Bleier, as well as a new show with Anita Gillette, planned for London.

Rex Benincasa (Drums) has been a freelancing drummer and world music percussionist in New York since 1978. Along with hundreds of television/radio soundtracks and commercial recordings, he has performed with Apollo's Fire, Ensemble Caprice, Alba Consort, Concordia Chamber Players, The Bishop's Band, Seraphic Fire, Flamenco Latino, Carlota Santana Spanish Dance, Andrea Delconte Danza Espana, Zorongo Flamenco Dance, Pilar Rioja, Amanecer Flamenco Progressivo, Washington Ballet, and Ba Ban Chinese Music Society. He has recorded CDs and/or movie soundtracks for Marty Balin, Karen Mason, Andrea Marcovicci, Jamie deRoy, Stephanie Pope, Foday Musa Suso, Douglas Cuomo, Philip Glass, Sesame Street, NFL Films, the Sons of Sepharad, and the Ivory Consort, to name but a few. Benincasa has played many show scores for all kinds of productions. A partial list of Broadway and special show appearances include Fosse, Elaine Stritch, The Full Monty, Flower Drum Song, Man Of LaMancha, Little Shop of Horrors, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Hairspray, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Color Purple, In The Heights, Billy Elliot, Peter and The Starcatcher, Motown The Musical and The Play Of Daniel. Rex likes all kinds of music. RexVB@aol.com

Amas Musical Theatre (Donna Trinkoff, Artistic Producer) is a non-profit, multi-ethnic theatrical organization founded in 1968 by Ms. Rosetta LeNoire. Amas ("you love" in Latin) is devoted to the creation, development and professional production of new American musicals, the celebration of cultural equity and minority perspectives, the emergence of new artistic talent, and the training and encouragement of inner-city young people. Amas celebrates its impact in pioneering multi-ethnic casting in the American Theatre and reiterates its commitment to this reflection of our diverse society.

Link http://www.amasmusical.org

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