GableStage







Presents a Regional Premiere

 

LAUGHS IN SPANISH

By Alexis Scheer | Directed by Victoria Collado
May 18 - June 23, 2024
Preview performance: Friday, May 17, 2024
Streaming Available
Play in English! Laugh in Spanish!


With Leading Support From:

Knight Foundation
Kaufman Rossin
 
With Additional Support by:

Publix Charities
Evensky & Katz/Foldes Wealth Management

Art Basel is about to begin and Mariana, director of a swanky modern gallery, has a big problem on her hands. Her showroom is an active crime scene. When Mariana’s movie star mother tries to save the show, everything gets hilariously complicado. Performed in English con un poquito de español, this fast-paced, cafecito-infused comedy about art and success—and mothers and daughters—is a joyous snapshot of Cuban and Colombian-American culture set in the heart of Miami’s Wynwood Arts District.

Mariana Mondragon, Marcela Paguaga, William Guevara, Gaby Tortoledo, Magali Trench, Ernesto Gonzalez give triumphant performances. Directed by Victoria Collado.

Cast

Mariana Mondragon

Mariana

Mariana Mondragón is very excited to make her GableStage debut. She is a Colombian actor and creative based in Miami. Previous Credits: Rubenology, The Amparo Experience (Abre Camino Collective); Winter People (World Premiere, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre), In the Time of the Butterflies, Jane Eyre, Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again (Boston University). She holds a BFA in Theatre Arts from Boston University.

Photo: Susana Ramírez

Marcela Paguaga

Carolina

Marcela Paguaga is 33 year old Cuban American Miami native Actress & Singer. Known for her role as Margarita Maria Mendoza in Miami’s Hit Show, The Amparo Experience, Marcela has been performing since she was 10 years old. She graduated with a BFA in theater from New World School of the Arts and has been working in the industry since. She is excited to be making her debut on the GableStage and is grateful to have the opportunity to work with Victoria Collado and the rest of the talented actors and crew!

Follow Marcela!
@marcelapaguaga

Photo: Viviimage Photography

William Guevara

Juan

William Guevara, a California native, former Sailor of the United States Navy, and BFA graduate of FIU Theatre, is thrilled to make his debut with GableStage! He recently appeared in JCAT’s production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, as the silent but ever present Chief Bromden. Other credits include Commercial work, short films, as well as Netflix and Fever’s production of Money Heist: The Immersive Experience. William would like to thank the continued support of his family and friends throughout his journey in the Performing Arts.

Photo: Eric Campbell

Gaby Tortoledo

Estella

Gaby Tortoledo (she/her) is a Venezuelan stage and screen actor based in South Florida. Regional credits include Honeymoon in Vegas (Slow Burn Theatre Co./Regional Premiere), Elián (Miami New Drama/World Premiere), Refuge (Theatre Lab/World Premiere), Songs for a New World (Gulf Coast Symphony), Rock Odyssey (Adrienne Arsht Center), Compensation and Which Way To The Stage (Island City Stage). International credits include And The World Goes Round, Opening Doors, and A Dream Is A Wish (Song Cycle Intensive, London, UK). Screen credits include Susie in Just My Type and a feature in Amazon Studios’ The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Gaby holds an M.F.A in Acting from Florida Atlantic University. 

Follow Gaby!
@gabytortoledo
gabytortoledo.com

Photo: Eric Campbel

Magali Trench

Jenny

Magali Trench (Jenny) is thrilled to be making her debut with GableStage. She received her BFA in Acting from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. After performing at the Shakespeare’s Globe in London, UK, she acted in Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, and a new play entitled Kids Club/Club Kids. Her latest film credits include Rose & Leo and Boardwalk Winter. From the bottom of her heart, she’d like to thank her family for their unwavering support (Vale, you already know).

Follow Magali!
@magalitrench
magalitrench.com

Photo: Magali Trench (Yes, she took her own headshot)

Ernesto Gonzalez

DJ

Ernesto K. Gonzalez is a performer and sound designer based in South Florida, and a Puerto Rico native. Recent design works include Summer Shorts ‘23 and La Gringa with City Theatre and Little Montgomery with New City Players. He is currently the Sound Engineer for the Maltz Jupiter Theatre, having worked on shows that include Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Beautiful, 42nd Street and more. As the Resident Sound Designer for New City Players in Fort Lauderdale, he’s designed many shows from 2019 – Present. Performing credits include The Amparo Experience, Miami Motel Stories, Next to Normal, Twelfth Night; among many others. As an avid artist, he thrives to connect with his community and help them come together through the transformative nature of theatre. He’s honored to be working with GableStage for the first time. He wouldn’t be where he is without the support of his family and his closest friends. 

Photo: Adriana Tomeu 

Photo: Silvio Padilla

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Victoria Collado

Victoria Collado is a Cuban-American director creating adventurous storytelling experiences on-stage and on-screen. She is also the co-founder of Abre Camino Collective with Vanessa Garcia.

Named Best Director of 2020 by the Miami New Times, Collado is well-known for her direction of the hit immersive theatre piece, The Amparo Experience, which was named “Miami’s Hottest Ticket” by People en Español. She also directed the Inaugural Anthem Award-winning digital piece Black Feminist Video Game written by Darrel Alejandro Holnes. She was the assistant Director to Tony Taccone on Broadway’s Latin History for Morons by John Leguizamo.

Most recently in film, Victoria directed the Social Media version of Amparo (@theamparoexperience) and is working on multiple documentaries; one of which is based on the life of legendary actor, Ruben Rabasa and a short film called Miami Magic by comedienne and actor, Natalie Birriel.