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Le Moyne College Presents “Empanada for a Dream”

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … Le Moyne College will present “Empanada for a Dream” by alum Juan Francisco Villa ’99 on Friday, Jan. 25, at 8 p.m. in the W. Carroll Coyne Center for the Performing Arts.

Downtown on Allen Street everybody’s blasting music – bachata, merengue and salsa. Everybody’s cooking – plantains, paella and empanadas. Boys play baseball and football on the street while the most beautiful girl watches from a window. In his living memoir, Juan Francisco Villa ’99 uncovers the treasures of his family’s dark legacy in the streets of New York.

After an award winning sold-out run with Ballybeg at the Barrow Group Theatre, “Empanada for a Dream” performed in Chicago in 2012 as part of the Yo Solo Theatre Festival and Los Angeles Theatre Center. A haunting love song to the Lower East Side, Villa’s return to his childhood neighborhood is a dangerous and hilarious tale about growing up by getting out and coming back home.

Juan Francisco Villa has worked as a teaching artist with Manhattan Theater Club, and in Chicago, Pegasus Players, Salsation, Teatro Vista. Through the People’s Theater Project, he currently teaches English skills through Acting Shakespeare to Harbor Heights 8th graders in Washington Heights. He has been an ensemble member of Salsation, Chicago’s first Latino Sketch/Improv Group and is a current ensemble member of InViolet Theater Company in New York City and Teatro Vista in Chicago (this country’s largest, non–profit–equity, Latino theater company producing full scale, Latino oriented, theatrical productions in English). Villa is a member of AEA/SAG/AFTRA.

Tickets are $10 general admission; $5 for students. The event is sponsored by the Center for Peace and Global Studies and gender and women’s studies program. For more information or to reserve a seat, visit www.lemoyne.edu/vpa or call the W. Carroll Coyne Center for the Performing Arts at (315) 445-4200.

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posted on: 1/3/2013