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Review by Frances Madeson, editor Live/ Out Loud
video trailer by Paola Martini: YouTube
Teatro Paraguas presents Welcome to Arroyo's by Kristoffer Diaz, a play about family, community, grief, redemption, Graffiti and Hip Hop. DJs Trip Goldstein (Jonathan Harrell) and Nelson Cardenal (Matthew Montoya) put a fresh spin on Greek chorus narration. Mixing hot jams and comic relief, they transport us to New York City's Lower East Side in 2004....
Alejandro Arroyo (Rick Vargas) and his angry little sister Molly (Alix Hudson) are struggling to keep their lives together in the wake of their mother's death. Without the glue that held them together, the siblings fight to redefine their own relationship. Alejandro has converted his mother's bodega into a lounge calledArroyo's, but can't seem to get any customers.
Molly is busted by handsome Officer Derek (Daric Gutierrez) while tagging the Police Station wall. Love at first sight, or 90 days detention?
Alejandro and Molly knew their mother as a hard-working woman, running a no-frills bodega and taking care of her family. But young wannabe hip-hop historian Lelly Santiago (Cristina Vigil) has returned to the neighborhood with a theory about their mother's past that could change everything.
Alejandro must deal with the mystery of his mother, his under-performing lounge, his sister Molly's rebellion, Lelly's distracting cuteness, and his DJs' desire to perform in his bar. Can he successfully fill his mother's place in the community and transform Arroyo's into the “hottest watering hole south of Houston Street”?