Colorful logo of Fandango with a Tamborine

Written by Andrea Thome
Directed by José Zayas
Music by Sinuhé Padilla

October 12* through October 17, 2021
St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church, Brooklyn, New York

FANDANGO FOR BUTTERFLIES (AND COYOTES) IS RETURNING TO New York for ONE WEEK ONLY!!

ABOUT THE SHOW

The show opened in New York in February, 2020 and was shut down in the midst of our five borough tour due to the pandemic.

Before arriving in Brooklyn, which was one of the boroughs where the performance couldn’t happen due to the lockdowns, the performance will go on tour, stopping at The Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State (09/30) and in The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at UMD (10/7 and 10/8).

*10/12 Fandango for Butterflies (and Coyotes) will open with a Benefit Performance at the En Garde Arts Gala.

Fandango for Butterflies (and Coyotes) written by Andrea Thome — 2021 Winner of The New York Community Trust’s Helen Merrill Award for Playwriting — was inspired by interviews with undocumented immigrants from Latin America living in New York. The piece takes the form of a fandango, a community celebration where stories are brought to life through live performance, music, and dance.

On the eve of city-wide ICE raids, a group of immigrants gather in an undisclosed community center in NYC for a fandango. As fear encroaches — fear for family left behind in their home countries, fear for loved ones in the middle of their dangerous journey to New York, fear of leaving the sanctuary of the community center simply just to get a bag of ice — a sense of camaraderie builds between the participants. Strangers become friends, friends become family, and the fandango plays on.

Creative Team

Scenic & Projection Design
Johnny Moreno
Lighting Design
Lucrecia Briceno
Costume Design
Fabian Fidel Aguilar
Sound Design
Marcelo Añez
Choreography
Alexandra Beller

Casting
Elsie Stark/ Stark Naked Productions
Translation
Mariana Carreño King
Production Stage Management
Alejandra Maldonado

CREATIVE TEAM BIOS

Andrea Thome

Andrea Thome (playwright) is a Chilean/Costa Rican-American playwright. Her play Pinkolandia, received the Lark Play Development Center’s Launching New Plays fellowship and a rolling world premiere at INTAR, Austin’s Salvage Vanguard Theater, Two River Theater (NJ), and 16th Street Theater (Chicago). For the Public Theater, Thome created Troy with Public Works’ ACTivate Ensemble. Her plays include Undone (Queens College, Victory Gardens, Lark), Worm Girl (Cherry Red Productions). Her play translations have been produced by the Public, CTG, La Jolla Playhouse and others. Thome co-directs FULANA, an all-Latina satire collective, and has directed the Lark’s Mexico-U.S. Playwright Exchange Program since 2006. She’s a 2017 resident with SPACE on Ryder Farm and Keen Company, and was a New Dramatists resident from 2009-2016.

José Zayas

José Zayas (director) has directed over 100 productions in NYC, as well as regionally and internationally. Credits include: The Magnetic Fields: 50 Song Memoir (BAM, Mass MoCa, US and European Tour), A Nonesuch Celebration (BAM), In The Name of Salome, Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter, The House of the Spirits (Repertorio Español). He has premiered work by Caridad Svich, Thomas Bradshaw, Duncan Sheik, Taylor Mac, Andrea Thome, Marco Antonio Rodriguez, Saviana Stanescu, Rob Urbinati, Catherine Filloux, Gerardo Cardenas, among others. Drama League Fellow, Lincoln Center’s Director’s Lab, SoHo Rep Writers/Director’s Lab, NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Directors, lifetime member of EST, Resident Director: Repertorio Español. Born in Puerto Rico, Zayas graduated from Harvard and Carnegie Mellon. www.josezayasdirector.com

Sinhué Padilla playing the jarana for En Garde Arts
Sinuhé Padilla

Sinuhé Padilla (composer & choreographer) is a Mexican musicologist, producer, composer, and artistic director. As Founder of Jarana Records, he has released productions for Sonia de los Santos, Adela y Lupita, Calpulli Mexican Dance Company, Mireya Ramos, Shae Fiol, Veronica Valerio, Sonando Sur, Bilingual Birdies, and Jarana Beat. He has directed Jarana Beat, winner of Best Folk Contemporary Band at the Mexican Music Awards 2015 and has received recognition from NYC for his contribution to Latin culture. He served as music writer and producer for National Geographic, Mundo (Firmes), Storyhunter TV, and The United Nations. Sinuhé leads fandangos across the country.

Cast

Jen Anaya, Danny Ray Caraballo, Silvia Dionicio, Efrén Olson-Sánchez, Frances Ines Rodriguez, and Roberto Tolentino.

Jen Anaya (Mariposa) (they/them) is a theater/music/art/ritual space maker, doula and energy healer from the desert of Yavapaiv Apache, Cocopah and O’odham land. They have performed in/created for rock bands, web series, art installations, plays, operas, dance theater, films, solo shows, healing rituals and musicals all over NYC, Turtle Island and beyond. A proud child of immigrants, Jen is honored to be part of this important and beautiful piece. Love and gratitude to the team and my soul family. More at jenanaya.com
Back to Cast.

Danny Ray Caraballo (Elvin) is proud and excited to join this beautiful fandango to tell these stories! He is a Latinx Cleveland, OH born performer now based out of Brooklyn, NY. He owes and thanks both of his parents for every one of his blessings in life. National/TV credits include: Figgy in Bettor Days (ESPN+), Ritchie Valens in Buddy! The Buddy Holly Musical (US Tour), Night Ninja in PJ Masks Save The Day! (US Tour). Regional credits include: In The Heights, Newsies, Huck and Holden, Chicago, Hello Dolly. Drop a follow on IG @DannyRCaraballo
Back to Cast.

Silvia Dionicio (Rafaela) is making her 2nd appearance on an Equity Off Broadway show and she’s beyond honored to bring to life Rafaela’s Story. In 2016 the Dominican government granted her a unique  scholarship to study acting in New York. Ever since she’s performed all around the city, including the Off-Broadway shows: The Last Jew of Boyle Heights (Actor’s Temple), and Black Panther Women (NYTW), among others. Additionally, Dionicio is quickly making a name for herself on Film/TV: Legacy (Sundance), New Amsterdam (NBC), Wu-Tang (HULU), Grave’s Mysteries (ID), & In Pursuit (TLC). 
Back to Cast.

Efrén Olson-Sánchez (Rogelio) is a Mexican Physical Actor who has brought his craft to different places like México, Cuba, Canada, Venezuela, United States, England, Colombia, Ecuador and Spain. He graduated from LACC Theatre Academy. He has trained in several physical/dance techniques such as Aerial Dance, Contact Improv, Tap, Pantomime, Contemporary Dance, Ballet, Jazz, Viewpoints, Suzuki, Biomechanics, Devising, Butoh Dance, Cyr Wheel, Trapeze, Vertical Dance -Wall Harness-, Fabric/Sling/Cocoon, Aereal Yoga, Clowning, Animal Flow, Lecoq among others.
Back to Cast.

Silvia Dionicio (Rafaela) is making her 2nd appearance on an Equity Off Broadway show and she’s beyond honored to bring to life Rafaela’s Story. In 2016 the Dominican government granted her a unique  scholarship to study acting in New York. Ever since she’s performed all around the city, including the Off-Broadway shows: The Last Jew of Boyle Heights (Actor’s Temple), and Black Panther Women (NYTW), among others. Additionally, Dionicio is quickly making a name for herself on Film/TV: Legacy (Sundance), New Amsterdam (NBC), Wu-Tang (HULU), Grave’s Mysteries (ID), & In Pursuit (TLC). 
Back to Cast.

Efrén Olson-Sánchez (Rogelio) is a Mexican Physical Actor who has brought his craft to different places like México, Cuba, Canada, Venezuela, United States, England, Colombia, Ecuador and Spain. He graduated from LACC Theatre Academy. He has trained in several physical/dance techniques such as Aerial Dance, Contact Improv, Tap, Pantomime, Contemporary Dance, Ballet, Jazz, Viewpoints, Suzuki, Biomechanics, Devising, Butoh Dance, Cyr Wheel, Trapeze, Vertical Dance -Wall Harness-, Fabric/Sling/Cocoon, Aereal Yoga, Clowning, Animal Flow, Lecoq among others.
Back to Cast.


Silvia Dionicio (Rafaela) is making her 2nd appearance on an Equity Off Broadway show and she’s beyond honored to bring to life Rafaela’s Story. In 2016 the Dominican government granted her a unique  scholarship to study acting in New York. Ever since she’s performed all around the city, including the Off-Broadway shows: The Last Jew of Boyle Heights (Actor’s Temple), and Black Panther Women (NYTW), among others. Additionally, Dionicio is quickly making a name for herself on Film/TV: Legacy (Sundance), New Amsterdam (NBC), Wu-Tang (HULU), Grave’s Mysteries (ID), & In Pursuit (TLC). 
Back to Cast.

Efrén Olson-Sánchez (Rogelio) is a Mexican Physical Actor who has brought his craft to different places like México, Cuba, Canada, Venezuela, United States, England, Colombia, Ecuador and Spain. He graduated from LACC Theatre Academy. He has trained in several physical/dance techniques such as Aerial Dance, Contact Improv, Tap, Pantomime, Contemporary Dance, Ballet, Jazz, Viewpoints, Suzuki, Biomechanics, Devising, Butoh Dance, Cyr Wheel, Trapeze, Vertical Dance -Wall Harness-, Fabric/Sling/Cocoon, Aereal Yoga, Clowning, Animal Flow, Lecoq among others.
Back to Cast.

Silvia Dionicio (Rafaela) is making her 2nd appearance on an Equity Off Broadway show and she’s beyond honored to bring to life Rafaela’s Story. In 2016 the Dominican government granted her a unique  scholarship to study acting in New York. Ever since she’s performed all around the city, including the Off-Broadway shows: The Last Jew of Boyle Heights (Actor’s Temple), and Black Panther Women (NYTW), among others. Additionally, Dionicio is quickly making a name for herself on Film/TV: Legacy (Sundance), New Amsterdam (NBC), Wu-Tang (HULU), Grave’s Mysteries (ID), & In Pursuit (TLC). 
Back to Cast.

Efrén Olson-Sánchez (Rogelio) is a Mexican Physical Actor who has brought his craft to different places like México, Cuba, Canada, Venezuela, United States, England, Colombia, Ecuador and Spain. He graduated from LACC Theatre Academy. He has trained in several physical/dance techniques such as Aerial Dance, Contact Improv, Tap, Pantomime, Contemporary Dance, Ballet, Jazz, Viewpoints, Suzuki, Biomechanics, Devising, Butoh Dance, Cyr Wheel, Trapeze, Vertical Dance -Wall Harness-, Fabric/Sling/Cocoon, Aereal Yoga, Clowning, Animal Flow, Lecoq among others.
Back to Cast.

Frances Ines Rodriguez (Pili) is a proud Latinx/Filipinx actor, musician, production stage manager, lights and sound engineer, performing in their debut role, after spending over 15 years behind the scenes. Frances Ines has stage managed at Williamstown Theatre Festival and Ars Nova, and frequently works at burlesque and drag venues all over Manhattan and Brooklyn. A graduate of Florida State University, Frances Ines grew up in a three language immigrant household and is proudly fluent in Spanglish-Bisayan, proficient in numerous instruments, and comfortable on stage thanks to years of calling the theatre home. They are a student of Meisner at the Matthew Corozine Studio. Look out for their debut album, Franky and the MoMos.
Back to Cast.

Roberto Tolentino (Johan) is an actor living in New York City. He continues to investigate how theater can be an instrument of positive change in both individuals and society and is so happy to be a part of a production that attempts to do just that. Roberto is a proud graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he completed a B.S. in Biology and. B.F.A in Acting. He recently graduated from Columbia University and is eager for what’s ahead.
Back to Cast.

Musicians

Sinuhé Padilla and Tania Mesa