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Daphne Rubin-Vega to Star in New Sweeney Todd-Inspired Solo Drama Empanada Loca

Aaron Mark writes and directs the work for Labyrinth Theater Company.

Daphne Rubin-Vega will star in Empanada Loca, a new play inspired by the legend of Sweeney Todd.
(© David Gordon)

Two-time Tony nominee Daphne Rubin-Vega (Rent) will star in the new solo drama Empanada Loca, the season opener of Labyrinth Theater Company. The show will run September 30-November 8 at the Bank Street Theatre, with opening night scheduled for October 21.

Written and directed by Aaron Mark, the piece tells the story of Dolores, a drug dealer, ex-con, and masseuse who lives under Manhattan in an abandoned subway tunnel. Inspired by the legend of bloodthirsty Fleet Street barber Sweeney Todd, the work is described as a "thrilling new play about an indomitable woman who knows that in this dog-eat-dog world only one rule matters: eat or be eaten."

Labyrinth's season will also include Mona Mansour's new play, The Way West, starring Deirdre O'Connell (By the Water). The work follows a mother and her two daughters trying to "scrape a life together despite mounting bills and mounting evidence that the American dream might just have gone bust." Directed by Labyrinth Artistic Director Mimi O'Donnell, The Way West will run in the winter of 2016.

A third title for Labyrinth's season will be announced in the coming months.