Fantastic Experimental Latino Theater a.k.a THE FELT

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The Latino Expermental Fantastic Theater is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit bilingual company originally founded in 1994 to strengthen and develop artistic, social and cultural awareness of Latinos in New York City.

Acknowledging that the Latino issues are co-dependent of the larger interaccion of the different ethnic groups that make up the vast spectrum of the people living in this melting pot of a city, we organically morphed into a company of Latinos (not just "for" latinos), dedicated to producing and presenting artistic works of excellence and merit to an ethnically, culturally and multi-generational diverse audience from the five boroughs that is representative of the nation's cultural tapestry.

To remain loyal to our beginnings, we are committed to producing plays in which the central stories
and characters are Latino oriented, while making sure that the themes unfold around universal truths, that reveal, address and challenge social and economic issues and concerns affecting the health and well being of the whole population of New York City. Our approach, is the response to treating the illnesseses of society with an inclusive healing process which we called Holistic Theater.

Currently we continue to redifine our mission to expand on our holistic values.

We've decided that touring with our productions to areas where the majority of the people are economically disadvantaged, and expose them to art was not enough. That taking our plays to schools and colleges was not enough. And when we asked ourselves what was missing to our mission in relation to how we feel to be a part of the problem and solution, a few brainstorming sessions gave us the answers we were seeking for

With the global warming situation attempting to get worse, we decided that, if to promote our shows we needed to use paper and kill trees, then we would not promote our shows. That simple!
But then we realized that it was way too radical, so we opted to switch to recycling paper for both, our flyers and programs. Yet, we still felt we needed to go the extra mile and reduce garbage production in general.

So we came up with our Green Marketing Campaign; Paperless Promotion, Programless Productions. Meaning, that we'll conduct our promotion efforts online, printing as little flyers as posible. And, printing as little programs as needed by our actors and theater professionals to generate credentials for their participation in our productions. Our goal is to eliminate the use of paper completely for the year of 2009.
In addition, we to seek to become the best paying theater company in town, if not the country. Because we believe that the actor is the only element that cannot miss in a play, and because we strongly believe on the healing powers of theater, we are committed to paying our local actors a wage that can support the expensive life style of our city. After all, they do live here too.

The F.E.L.T vission is to become a channel for every voice that needs to be heard in order to create a more harmonious and peaceful interaccion between the residents of New Yokr City, to create a healthy conversation about our differences and similarities which would hopefully resonnate across the world. And, to become a sustainable theater company that supports the enviroment which supports all of us.


THE FELT (previously known as L .E.f.T) has produced many original full-length productions, including PositiveWomen; a play about Latina women and AIDS, Betty's Garage; focusing on Domestic Violence, At Risk concerning Teenage Pregnancy, AIDS, Drug Abuse and Special Education; Crystal, a play reflecting the turbulent life of four urban teenagers in need of guidance and love, Evelina's Heart; a multimedia show inspired by the life andaccomplishments of Dr. Evelina Lopez Antonetty, a Puerto Rican activist and community leader, and most recently; For the Love of Liz, dealing
with the empowerment of women and world peace.


Schedule of Upcoming Productions

No New Productions Scheduled

Production History

The Imaginary Invalid by Moliere  | Open: 06/10/08 Close: 06/14/08
A comedy for the entire family about a hypocondriac named Argan, whose fears of going broke are stronger then the phobias he feels towards his imaginary illnesses. To secure his old age days in abundance, and avoid doctors's visit fees, he wants his older daughter to marry Dr. Thomas Diafoirus. But Angelique's heart is set on an aspiring singer, the leader of a latin rock band boy named Cleante, whom she met after seeing the play of Romeo & Juliet in Shakespeare in the Park in Central Park a few days ago. With the help of her clever and loyal nannie, Toinette, and her spiritually enlighten uncle Berald, Angelique has the promise of seeing her love come true. Meanwhile, Angelique's stepmother, Beline, wants her sent to study abroad to china, so she can manipulate Argan to make her his only hieress. As the story unfolds the audience learns with the Imaginary Invalid about the pros and cons of both conventional and alternative medicine, and the beauty of real love.
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