Genre: Drama
Juan Shamsul Alam

La Pared explores a microscopic society behind prison walls where a tribunal of inmates brings child-murderers and rapists to trial "on the "inside". Carmelo "Cano" Rodriguez is falsely accused of robbing and beating up an elderly woman. Tony "Chino" Lopez, head of the prison gang the Unos, in a power play to defend his position as head of the Unos., brings charges against Cano to the hand ball court. "La Pared", "The Wall", is the story of Julius Caesar behind prison walls, drawn from a series of true events. Unlike fictional portrayals of prison on television and in movies, "La Pared" is an allegorical painting of prison life on the concrete of reality. Written by Award-winning playwright Juan Shamsul Alam and Angel L. Pena.

Juan Shamsul Alam is the recipient of the Pen American Award 1997-1998, The Bronx Brio Award 1991, The McDonald/Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre Award 1989, Five Villager Oobie awards, including Best American Play "Bullpen" (1980) and NYSCA Awards for "Midnight Blues", Sweet Stuff" and "Rose In Spanish Harlem." Mr.Alam is published with Penguin Books, ARTE Publico Press, OLLANTY Press, North Eastern Press and appears in Who's Who Hispanics 1994.

Directed by Juan Shamsul Alam with Phyllis Sanfiorenzo

The Cast : Angel Caban, Jose Sanchez, Lou Torres, Angel Ramirez Jr., Mike Gomez, Al Caro, Tony Morrero, Chiko Mendez, Robert Swann, Francine Mancini, Cindy Nazario, Arelis Reynoso, Jamil Mena, David Hernandez, Burton Vegas and Raymon Pesante.

Cast: Chiko Méndez, Robert Swann

Open:   03/18/05
Close:   03/27/05

March 18, 24, 25..........8:00 pm
March 19, 20, 26, 27........3:00 pm & 8:00 pm
Theater:   Common Basis Theatre
Address:   750 Eighth Avenue, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10036
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Cost:$15.00, $10.00 Students and Seniors or Call: RESERVATIONS at 1-718-381-6136
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