Daphne Rubin-Vega in Empanada Loca at the Bank Street Theater.
Daphne Rubin-Vega in Empanada Loca at the Bank Street Theater.
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Tony nominee Daphne Rubin-Vega (Rent) and playwright-director Aaron Mark have released an audio edition of Mark's 2016 solo show Empanada Loca. On the recording, which is available now via Audible and iTunes, Rubin-Vega reprises the performance for which she received Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Award nominations.

Inspired by the legend of Sweeney Todd, Empanada Loca tells the story of Dolores, a drug dealer, ex-con, and masseuse who lives under Manhattan in an abandoned subway tunnel. Now, a very hungry Dolores recounts her years selling weed with her boyfriend, her return to Washington Heights after 13 years in prison, her fortuitous reunion with an old stoner friend who lets her give massages for cash in the basement under his empanada shop, and the bloodbath that sent her fleeing underground.

The audio play, produced by Rubin-Vega and Mark (who also directs), was recorded by Andrew Hollander at Sugarbox Studios and edited by Aaron Gittleman. The sound design is by Ryan Rumery.

The release coincides with the world premiere of Mark's third solo psychological horror play, Squeamish, starring Alison Fraser, at Theatre Row.