Genre: Drama
By Marco Antonio Rodriguez & Directed by Timothy J. Amrhein


One week only of the hit play, La Luz De Un Cigarrillo at the York College Theatre (CUNY) in Queens!  The world primiere of the play in English, Oct. 26 at 4pm, Oct. 27 at 2pm and Oct. 30 at 12noon.  In Spanish, Oct. 27 at 8pm, Oct. 28 at 3pm and Nov. 1 at 12noon.  After the play on Oct. 26 at 4pm and Oct. 27 at 8pm, we have a talkback with the playwright, Marco Antonio Rodriguez.

Many believe the bulk of the Dominican American experience in New York City lies in Washington Heights, but in the unexpected corners of now gentrified upper mid-town are remnants of what once was: Lucecita Ortensia Cruz is one of only a handful of Dominican immigrants that stubbornly remains in this neighborhood.

A sudden death in the family forces her son, Julio César, to return to the City after a five year self-imposed absence.  In the course of two nights they attempt to rekindle the love and appreciation for each other and their Dominican roots.  But hidden secrets are unexpectedly revealed and threaten to destroy an already thin bond.


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About the Company: York College (The City University of New York)

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This Mission attaches importance to  Excellence, Integrity, and Respect as institutional values and to Accountability, Collaboration, and Continuous Improvement as key operating principles for students, faculty, and staff. Further, this Mission is pursued in the context of the Vision and Mission of York College and The City University of New York,  and is conscious of the need to be responsive to the changing realities of our Borough, City, State, Nation, and Global Society.

Open:   10/26/12
Close:   11/01/12

In English: Oct. 26 at 4pm, Oct. 27 at 2pm & Oct. 30 at 12noon
In Spanish: Oct. 27 at 8pm, Oct, 28 at 3pm & Nov. 1 at 12noon
Theater:   York College Theater
Address:   94 - 20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd,
Jamaica, NY 11451
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Cost:General Admission $10.00 and CUNY Students with ID: $7.00.
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Francis Madi Lucecita Ortensia Cruz, "Luz"

is graduating in Anthropology and Theatre-Drama from CUNY-Queens Colege. Originally from Venezuela, some of her previous credits include: Istwa! (also performed during the 2011 NY Fringe Festival), Yo Soy Latina as Lisette Davila Rivera, Last Days of Judas IscariotAnna in the Tropicsas Conchita (all at York College) and Bonafide Women (Off-off Broadway). Her improv and acting education was under Sarah Schilling, Timothy Amrhein and Tom Marion from York College. La Luz de un Cigarrillo would be her first production in Spanish.

Daniel Anthony Hidalgo Julio Cesar Nino Cruz

raised in Puerto Rico, Daniel and moved to New York to pursue acting.  Past theatre credits include: Angel Dumott Schunard  in RENT, Nick in Dark Play or Stories For Boys and Ernst in Spring Awakening

Fior Peralta Divina Margarita Cruz

was born and raised in the Dominican Republic. She has been living in the United States for the past nine years.  This is her second year at York College and her major is Spanish because she wants to become a bilingual teacher.  She is a very friendly, dedicated person and is the current secretary of the Latin Caucus Club at York.  This is her first time being in a play like this one, but for her this is just the beginning of many great things to come. She is very excited to begin this new project.

is currently in her fourth semester at York College. She has a major in Anthropology and a minor music. She was born and raised for ten years in the Dominican Republic. Katherine is a member of the Latin Caucus club and this is her first time on the York College stage.  She is very excited and cannot wait to get started working on this production.