Stuff This in Yer Face!...A benefit compilation

 

Cover artwork by Ernio Hernandez

 

On November 17, 2018, Cocotazo Media (cocotazomedia.com) and You Don’t Know Jersey (youdontknowjersey.com) will host a performance for the release of Stuff This in Yer Face!,  a benefit compilation supporting the Human Needs Pantry in Montclair. This benefit show will feature Aquino, Larée Cisco, Deivito, Sonofdov, Dave Kleiner & Liz Pagan (of the Folk Project), Kevin & Oliver Liebkemann, David Rieth, Deena & Jon (of the band The Cucumbers). The album is a culmination of several years of songwriting challenges. In 2015, New Jersey musicians were given one month to write and record a Thanksgiving song based on a theme. The creations were released on the website You Don’t Know Jersey in time for Thanksgiving and has become an annual event. The benefit compilation will feature reworked versions of a selection of the songs from the challenges. Proceeds from the album and performance will benefit the Human Needs Food Pantry of Montclair. Since 1982 their mission is to offer, “…food, clothing, and other services to people in need who live in Montclair and neighboring communities in Essex County.”

 

The benefit performance will be held on November 17 at Stosh’s located at 18-15 Maple Ave. in Fair Lawn, New Jersey. The show will be free but monetary donations will be accepted. A limited run of CDs will be available for sale, and all proceeds will go to the Human Needs Pantry of Montclair. The show will begin at 7 pm. Stuff This in Yer Face! will be released on November 16 by Cocotazo Media, and You Don’t Know Jersey and will be available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and on other music purchasing or streaming sites.

 

Cocotazo Media produces creative audio, highlighting music and audio fiction by independent artists of all backgrounds. You Don’t Know Jersey explores New Jersey, covering the arts, entertainment, food, sports, and travel - dispelling rumors and misconceptions - showing what the Garden State is all about. For more information on the Stuff This in Yer Face! compilation or benefit performance, please visit cocotazomedia.com or youdontknowjersey.com.

Review - Continuing the Conversation

Continuing the Conversation is a worthwhile addition to drama’s canon. The six thought-provoking plays should provide much fodder for serious thought and talk. With humor and sensitivity, they tackle thorny problems in such a manner as would make the ancient Greeks proud.
— Ruth Ross, NJ Arts Maven

We've received a wonderful review from Ruth Ross at NJ Arts Maven for Continuing the Conversation at Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre. The last three shows run Friday, May 11 at 8pm, Saturday, May 12 at 8pm, and Sunday, May 13 at 2pm.

Here's  the review: http://www.njartsmaven.com/2018/04/review-sparkling-thoughtful.html

For tickets and more information, go here: http://www.dreamcatcherrep.org/continuing-the-conversation-2018

Continuing the Conversation - Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre

 
 

I've been cast in Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre's production of Continuing the Conversation. I've been on a long hiatus from acting. It feels wonderful getting these characters into my bones. I hope you can join me and an amazing ensemble of theatre folks as we tell these important stories. Here's some more info:

Sexual harassment. Media fatigue. 

Hurricane Maria's devastation of Puerto Rico. 

Confederate icons. Charlottesville violence. 

Deciding to run for elected office.

These are the "ripped from the headlines" topics that will be explored.

A follow-up to Dreamcatcher's Evening of Short Plays in Response to the Election, Continuing the Conversation is an opportunity to check in with the community on what's important to us in real time. Written on themes chosen by the writers in the months prior to the production, Continuing the Conversation will be focused on the interaction between the stories we tell in the theatre and the lives we are living. It's a chance to connect artists to audience in an immediate way, with several discussions following the performances throughout the run.

Participating playwrights include Suzanne Bradbeer (Shakespeare in Vegas), Richard Dresser (Rounding Third), Steve Harper (American Crime), Dania Ramos (Mi Casa Tu Casa), Lia Romeo (Connected ) and David Lee White (Blood: A Comedy). A cast of seven actors will perform the plays to create a full and varied night of theatre that will inspire reflection and stimulate discussion.

Go here for more info and for tickets: www.dreamcatcherrep.org/continuing-the-conversation-2018

Mi Casa is Back!

 
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Mi Casa Tu Casa is back for the 2018 New Jersey Theatre Alliance Stages Festival in March! This touring version will be presented in association with Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre. The cast features storytellers Alicia Rivas and Louis J. Vetter and me playing music. Mi Casa Tu Casa was co-created by Deivis Garcia, Jane Mandel, Dania Ramos, and me. Jane Mandel is also directing the production.

Performances are 3/9 at 6:30p at Dreamcatcher Rep (Oakes Center) in Summit; 3/15 at 6:30pm at South St School in Newark ($2); 3/17 at 2pm at the Institute of Music for Children in Elizabeth & 3/21 at 4pm at the Newark Public Library (North End Branch) in Newark. For more info and a complete list of shows in the Stages Festival visit: stagesfestival.org.

Audio Verse Awards

 
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I am super proud to announce that I've received two Audio Verse Awards for Best Music, Self-Contained Dramatic Production ("Blood Heart" with Ernio Hernandez) and Best Audio Engineering, Self-Contained Comedic Production (Something Inside That Head of Yours). You can check out the links to them below. Congrats to everyone that won and were nominated. And thanks to the Audio Verse Awards for all the work they put into the awards.

BLOOD HEART

Something Inside That Head of Yours

Cocotazo Music, Deivito, and Aquino - Puerto Rico del Alma - EP

 
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 Click here to purchase

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A #GivingTuesday suprise! Here's a top secret project Cocotazo Music, Deivito, and I have been working on. It's an EP called Puerto Rico del Alma. Four remastered Aquino and Deivito songs about Puerto Rico - its history, its culture, and even some of its tasty foods (warning - don't listen while hungry). All proceeds from the sale of this album will go to ConPRmetidos, where 100% of donations will be used exclusively to provide long-term relief to the victims of Hurricane María in Puerto Rico.

If you have $4 and the ability to share this, please do. It would mean a lot to us, our families, friends, and our island.

Click the Bandcamp logo above or HERE to purchase.

Gracias. 🇵🇷 ❤ 🇵🇷

Aquino and Cocotazo Audio Theatre - Finalists for the Audio Verse Awards!

 
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I am so proud that our Cocotazo Audio Theatre audio drama productions are nominated as finalists for the Audio Verse Awards! Check out the categories below and please vote by going here.

The Last Call

Best Original Composition for a Self-Contained Dramatic Production
Best Audio Engineering for a
Self-Contained Dramatic Production
Best Production for a Self-Contained Dramatic Production

Rincón

Best Writing for a Self-Contained Dramatic Production
Best Production for a Self-Contained Dramatic Production


Something Inside That Head of Yours

Best Audio Engineering for a Self-Contained Comedic Production