TAXILANDIA Extends for Four Weeks - Now Through May 30
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 06:24 pm EDT 04/28/21








(April 28, 2021 – New York, NY) Oye Group (Modesto Flako Jimenez, Founder/Artistic Director; Kevin Torres, Managing Director), New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) (James C. Nicola, Artistic Director; Jeremy Blocker, Managing Director) & The Bushwick Starr (Noel Allain, Co-Founder/Artistic Director; Sue Kessler, Co-Founder/Creative Director), in association with The Tank (Meghan Finn, Artistic Director; Johnny G. Lloyd, Director of Artistic Development) announced today a four-week extension for Taxilandia by NYTW Artistic Instigator & Bushwick Starr Season Artist Modesto Flako Jimenez, including the Taxilandia Gallery & ticket lottery for the Taxilandia taxi rides. Originally set to conclude on May 3, Taxilandia will now run through Sunday May 30, 2021.

Taxilandia, created and written by Oye Group's Modesto Flako Jimenez, is a site-specific play-within-a-ride of a city. The piece immerses its audience in the flavors, sounds, sights and dynamic history of a neighborhood confronting social stigmas and the realities of gentrification. Weaving a dramatic, performative 'tapestry' that interconnects generations, social classes, races and cultures, Taxilandia complicates our notion of what it means to be a local, an immigrant or a resident of a place, challenging us to answer: "What is my personal roadmap of home?"

Originally developed in Jimenez's own neighborhood of Bushwick, Brooklyn, the piece was inspired and drawn from his nine years driving a taxicab and his documentation of conversations with passengers, residents, locals, and immigrants to the neighborhood. The Oye Group now works with companies all over the country to develop local versions of the piece specific to each city.

Taxilandia offers four experiences for the New York City run:

VIRTUAL SALONS: From March 8-20, 2021, Flako hosted four salons with local artists from each borough whose work intersects with gentrification.

TAXILANDIA GALLERY: An opportunity to experience the past and present of Bushwick. While walking the neighborhood, guests will take in the sights, sounds and history of the barrio—the part Vogue wasn't talking about. Each installation features original poetry, video and sound design work, and is based at a local business that is an important patch in the fabric of an ever-changing neighborhood. The Taxilandia Gallery is free to visit through May 30, 2021. For more information, visit www.taxilandia.com/gallery.

TEXTILANDIA: Come walk the streets of Bushwick with Flako! Co-created by Modesto Flako Jimenez and Andrew Kircher, Textilandia is a new text message experience that invites you to traverse these blocks haunted with a deep history of conflict, perseverance and joy. And to recognize how you inscribe yourself wherever you go. All you need is your phone, your body and a comfortable pair of shoes. Flako will be your guide, teaching you to peep the traces of gentrification. Textilandia is available through May 30, 2021. Tickets to Textilandia are $3 and are available at www.taxilandia.com/textilandia.

TAXI RIDES WITH FLAKO: Become passengers in Flako's cab for a personal experience of Bushwick, Brooklyn! Taxilandia taxi rides will be available to the general public via a ticket lottery; winners may purchase up to three $25 tickets. Taxilandia taxi rides run through May 30, 2021.

The schedule for the taxi rides is as follows:

Through May 2: Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday—12pm, 2pm & 4pm; Thursday—4pm, 6pm & 8pm; Saturday & Sunday—12pm, 2pm, 4pm & 6pm.
May 3—May 9: Wednesday & Friday—12pm, 2pm & 4pm; Thursday—4pm, 6pm & 8pm; Saturday & Sunday—12pm, 2pm, 4pm & 6pm.
May 10—May 30: Wednesday, Thursday & Friday—12pm, 2pm & 4pm; Saturday & Sunday—12pm, 2pm, 4pm & 6pm.

To enter the lottery, visit www.taxilandia.com/taxi-lottery.


Oye Group is a Brooklyn-based Production Company that serves as an incubator for artists both local and immigrant to New York City. They present an eclectic mix of theater, dance, poetry, music, video installations and film, through festivals and productions. They curate work that sparks a dialogue over political and social issues critical to our community's growth. They work with emerging artists to create, play, and grow in an environment that challenges and supports them. They also provide quality arts education programming that gives our Brooklyn Community the tools to generate forward-thinking art. www.oyegroup.org


New York Theatre Workshop empowers visionary theatre-makers and brings their work to adventurous audiences through productions, artist workshops and educational programs. We nurture pioneering new writers alongside powerhouse playwrights, engage inimitable genre-shaping directors, and support emerging artists in the earliest days of their careers. We've mounted over 150 productions from artists whose work has shaped our very idea of what theatre can be, including Jonathan Larson's Rent; Tony Kushner's Slavs! and Homebody/Kabul; Doug Wright's Quills; Claudia Shear's Blown Sideways Through Life and Dirty Blonde; Paul Rudnick's The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told and Valhalla; Martha Clarke's Vienna: Lusthaus; Will Power's The Seven and Fetch Clay, Make Man; Caryl Churchill's Mad Forest, Far Away, A Number and Love and Information; Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen's Aftermath; Rick Elice's Peter and the Starcatcher; Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová and Enda Walsh's Once; David Bowie and Enda Walsh's Lazarus; Dael Orlandersmith's The Gimmick and Forever; and eight acclaimed productions directed by Ivo van Hove. NYTW's productions have received a Pulitzer Prize, 25 Tony Awards and assorted Obie, Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Awards. NYTW is represented on Broadway with Anaïs Mitchell's Hadestown developed with and directed by Rachel Chavkin and the upcoming Sing Street, based on the motion picture written and directed by John Carney, with a book by Enda Walsh, music and lyrics by Gary Clark & John Carney, directed by Rebecca Taichman. www.nytw.org


The Bushwick Starr is an Obie Award winning non-profit theater that presents an annual Season of new performance work. We are an organization defined by both our artists and our community, and since 2007, we have grown into a thriving theatrical venue, a vital neighborhood arts center, and a destination for exciting and engaging performance. We provide a springboard for emerging professional artists to make career-defining leaps, and we are a sanctuary where established performance companies come to experiment and innovate. We are also a neighborhood playhouse, serving our Bushwick, Brooklyn community's diverse artistic needs and impulses. Our past Seasons have included new work from groundbreaking artists such as Jeremy O. Harris, Heather Christian, Diana Oh, The Mad Ones, Clare Barron, Phillip Howze, Dave Malloy, Daniel Fish, Haruna Lee, and the TEAM. www.thebushwickstarr.org


Founded in 2003, The Tank is an Obie Award-winning, multi-disciplinary non-profit arts presenter and producer, which provides a home to emerging artists working across all disciplines, including theater, comedy, dance, film, music, puppetry, and storytelling. Led by Artistic Director Meghan Finn, Managing Producer Danielle Monica Long King and Director of Artistic Development Johnny G. Lloyd, The Tank champions emerging artists engaged in the pursuit of new ideas and forms of expression. In doing so the company removes the economic barriers from the creation of new work for artists launching their careers and experimenting within their art form. From the company's home with two theaters on 36th Street, The Tank serves over 2,500 artists every year, presents over 1,000 performances, and welcomes 36,000 audience members annually. The company fully produces a curated season of 13-18 theatrical World or New York premieres each season. During the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis, The Tank has launched CyberTank, a virtual gathering space and programming platform for artists to share work. With weekly themed variety shows, ongoing series and evening-length shows made for the virtual frame, CyberTank has already presented the work of over 2,590 artists in over 392 performances to over 15,000 audience members across the country and the world.

Recent Tank-produced work includes The New York Times Critics' Picks OPEN by Crystal Skillman, directed by Jessi D. Hill (2019); Red Emma & The Mad Monk by Alexis Roblan, directed by Katie Lindsay (2018); and The Offending Gesture by Mac Wellman, directed by Meghan Finn (2016), as well as Drama Desk Award-nominated productions The Hunger Artist (2018), The Paper Hat Game (2017), the ephemera trilogy (2017), Ada/Ava (2016) and youarenowhere (2016). www.thetanknyc.org

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MODESTO FLAKO JIMENEZ is a Dominican-born, Bushwick-raised theater maker, producer and educator. HOLA Best Ensemble Award Winner for 2015. ATI Best Actor Award Winner for 2016. HOLA Outstanding Solo Performer for 2017, New York Times and Wall Street Journal profiled. Flako is best known for original productions and three signature festivals – Ghetto Hors D'Oeuvres, One Catches Light, and Oye! Avant Garde Night! – produced with his company Oye Group. Flako has appeared on TEDxBushwick, Early Shaker Spirituals (Wooster Group), Last Night at The Palladium (Bushwick Starr/3LD), Yoleros (Bushwick Starr/IATI theater), Conversations Pt.1: How To Make It Black In America (JACK). Take Me Home (3LD/ Incubator Arts Project), Richard Maxwell's Samara (Soho Rep.), Kaneza Schaal's Jack &. (BAM/On The Boards). Modesto received the 2016 Princess Grace Award Honorarium in Theater. In 2018 he became the first Dominican-American Lead Artist in The Public Theater Under the Radar Festival with his show Oye For My Dear Brooklyn.
Link http://nytw.org

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