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Two River Theater Announces 2018 Crossing Borders Festival

The lineup will include new plays by Hilary Bettis, Tony Meneses, and Noah Diaz, among other works by Latinx artists.

Hilary Bettis's 72 Miles to Go will be presented as part of the 8th annual Crossing Borders festival.
(photo provided by Two River Theater)

Two River Theater has announced the lineup for its 8th annual Crossing Borders (Cruzando Fronteras) festival of Latinx play readings and celebration of work by Latinx theater artists. The festival will take place August 2-5 and will include free readings of new plays, live music, and conversations with artists.

This year, the festival will include 72 Miles to Go by Hilary Bettis, directed by David Mendizábal; Richard and Jane and Dick and Sally by Noah Diaz, directed by Laurie Woolery; and The Hombres by Tony Meneses, directed by Melissa Crespo.

Two River is also expanding the festival to include more live music, including a reading of Star-Crossed (Los Desdichados), love songs and readings from Pablo Neruda's Spanish translation of Romeo and Juliet, with music by Sofia Rei, directed by Jerry Ruiz. There will also be an evening of original work by Latinx singer-songwriters, featuring Jaime Lozano and Michelle J. Rodriguez; and music by Marel Hidalgo and his Quartet.

Crossing Borders is curated by Stephanie Ybarra, who currently serves as the director of special artistic projects at the Public Theater in New York, where she leads the Mobile Shakespeare Unit and produces the Public Forum series.