El Coquí Espectacular and the Bottle of Doom

“I made him. So. I dunno. I wanted to see him. And since he didn’t exist…I had to be him.”

Written by Matt Barbot

Directed by Jose Esquea

Image Art by STUDIO EDGARDO LLC, Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, Phil Jimenez, and José A. Gutiérrez Rivera


  • Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 7:30pm

Language: English

Location: ART/NY (520 8th Avenue, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10018)


Alex, a comic book artist recently out of work because his ideas might be “too Puerto Rican,” has taken on the trappings of one of his creations: El Coquí Espectacular, a hero that gets his powers from an enchanted carnival mask. When his brother Joe is fired from a project for not being Puerto Rican enough, the two – with the help of a young photographer – hatch a plan to debut El Coquí at the Puerto Rican Day parade and redeem themselves.

About the Playwright:

Matt Barbot is a writer and actor from Brooklyn, NY who received dual BAs in Theater and Creative writing from Franklin & Marshall College. He is the author of Infallibility, El Coquí Espectácular and the Bottle of Doom, End Times, Drown my Book, and Boldly Go; his plays have been performed in New York, Miami, LA and Pennsylvania. He is currently a member of The Flea Theater's resident acting company, The Bats, with whom he performed in Jeffrey M. Jones' A Letter from Omdurman, as well as the Drama Desk Award nominated and New York Times Critics' pick These Seven Sicknesses. He is also a contributing writer to and former City Editor of online Latino culture and events guide Remezcla.


John Cencío Burgos
Jeannie Sol
Omar Pérez
Rocío López
Jesús Martínez

Access to the Reading:

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