Genre: Drama
Written by Jose Luis Ramos Escobar, Directed by Jorge B. Merced

The worlds of an aspiring actress and a career-thief who forcibly enters her apartment, collide in José Luis Ramos-Escobar’s internationally acclaimed play about human connectedness, and the multiple effects of urban crime upon daily life.

Fabiola, a 25 year old theater student, arrives home following rehearsals for a college production of “Othello”. Her sleep is interrupted by Georgie, who turns an ordinary night into an unforgettable battle of the wills that will challenge your notion of justice, and what it takes to survive in a fast-paced, highly impersonal world.

Armed only with her wit, Fabiola draws her attacker into a complex game of role-playing that blurs the boundaries between imagination and reality. As the two negotiate the terms of their unlikely encounter, they discover who they truly are, and where they stand.  Are they really that far apart?

Based on a real-life incident, The Smell of Popcorn, by one of Puerto Rico’s most renowned playwrights, is a heartfelt story that has captivated audiences in 8 countries and 21 cities worldwide. Its long-awaited NY premiere features an explosive brand-new production by one of the most cutting-edge Latino directors in the United States, starring two of New York’s most upcoming young Latino actors.

Featuring Luciana Faulhaber and Javier E. Gomez*

*Member AEA

Equity Showcase Approval Pending

About the Company: Teatro IATI

Teatro IATI (International Theater Arts Institute) is a New York-based, non-profit performing arts organization established in 1968, dedicated to serve all audiences in Spanish and English languages. We specialize in the performance and promotion of contemporary Latino heritage through staged readings, workshops, and full theatrical, music and dance productions, serving as a bridge between artists and underserved communities in our New York home in the Lower East Side, on national and international tours.

Teatro IATI brings art into the lives of those in poverty, ethnic and cultural isolation. Through dance, theatre and music, our artists address contemporary issues of broad human interest and frame them in an appropriate cultural context of powerful social impact to provoke introspection and social awareness.

Open:   09/09/10
Close:   09/19/10

Thurs-Sat 8:00pm, Sun 3:00pm.
Special performance Monday 9/13/2010 at 7:00pm
Theater:   Teatro IATI
Address:   64 East 4th Street
New York, NY
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 A native of Brazil, Luciana Faulhaber has been pursuing acting in New Your City where she just completed a two-year Meisner training with Bill Esper and the LAByrinth Theatre Master Class. Some of her theatre off and off-off Broadway credits include: Maria in Liberal White Female and Sarah in Don’t hold the Doors at the Bleecker Street Theatre, Tracy in Seascape with Sharks and Dancer at The Tank, Jill in One at Nic’s Spoon Theatre, Joleen in B.F.F. finalist at the From the Hip: Horror festival, Jenny in The Goose is Getting at the Richmond Shepard Theatre andTammy Hays and Friar in Romeo and Juliet Together and Alive at Last! at the Long Beach Playhouse, CA. Luciana is a member of the 13th Street Repertory Company, NewGround Theater Collective and founder of World Players, Inc. Luciana is a member of SAG and recently played a Van Hunt basketball player in the upcoming movie The Winning Season. Luciana has a currently running national AT&T commercial. Luciana is in the Upcoming production of  8X10 glossy Short at the Shell theatre FEB 10-14. She would like to thank her mother and sister for believing in her. 


Javier E. Gomez Georgie

A graduate of the two-year Meisner program with Bill Esper, Javier was seen Off Broadway as the young father in No Dogs Allowed, a new musical produced by the Atlantic Theatre Company, based on Sonia Manzano’s book. Previous credits include My Favorite Year (Village Light Opera, dir. Evan Papas), Rocky Horror Show (Centerstage Playhouse), Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure (dir. Glory Bowen), Apathy: The Gen X Musical (dir. Paula D’Alessandris), Sondheim’s Passion, Threepenny Opera, The Wiz, Man of La Mancha, Lorca Federico Lorca (dir. Luis Caballero, Teatro Círculo). IATI credits include Ruandi and Paper Boat: Hostos (dir. Yanko Bakulic). TV: Guiding Light, Padre David in Psychosis, a series directed by Sonia Valentín for Telemundo. Films: El Cantante, Carlito’s Way: Rise to Power.  Also an award-winning journalist, Javier often appears in multiple radio and television commercials.