Puedes pasar horas en los vericuetos de esta puta urbe; a cientos de metros bajo tierra como un maldito escarabajo.

Written by Cristian Cortez

Directed by Memo


  • Monday, June 18, 2012 at 7:30pm

Language: Spanish

Location: Gershwin Hotel: 7 East 27th Street | New York, NY 10016


Walter, Billy and John are three illegal and undocumented Ecuadorian immigrants. They share a dirty, roach infested basement in Corona, Queens, NYC. They live shut-in while the most severe winter in past decades rages on. Walter and John are brothers, the other is a close friend. The three of them attempt to eradicate the roaches in the basement, but they have no idea that the real roaches about to be eradicated by the circumstances are them.

Cortez depicts the plight of hundreds of Hispanic immigrants by dramatizing three of them. The script becomes a scathing depiction of the tragedy of the phenomenon of immigration, human smuggling, raids and xenophobia.

About the Playwright:

Cristian Cortez is a playwright, screenwriter, journalist and professor, native of Ecuador. He was the winner of the First National Playwriting Prize of “La Casa de la Cultura” in the years 2000 and 2010. Since 1994 he has written successful Ecuadorian television shows like the series, De la vida real (Of Real Life) and the soap opera El Cholito. As screenwriter for the big screen, he wrote the short film Ultima funcion (Last Showing) and the feature film La Huerta Perdida (The Lost Orchard). He worked as theater critic for El Universo, El Apuntador, El Telegrafo and Diario Hoy. He has collaborated with the seminar, Ecuador News de Nueva York and the magazines Conjunto (Cuba), and PODIUM (Espírtu Santo University). As magister of college education, he has taught script, playwriting and communication classes as faculty in the department of Philosophy, Humanity and the Arts at the Santiago Catholic University of Guayaquil and in the Communication department at UEES. His works have been translated into three different languages and included in anthologies of contemporary Ecuadorian theater. His plays have been performed by international casts and in Off-Broadway theaters.


Juan Villarreal
Julian Juaquin
Billy Martin Mejia
Sandie Luna

Access to the Reading:

Pay $5 at the door and get a glass of "vino"