Events + Readings

A Staged Reading of
COME RAIN, COME HURRICANE
– as part of The NJ Stages Festival –

Please join us for a developmental staged reading of Come Rain, Come Hurricane, a new play by Edwin Rivera-Arias, directed by Victor Almanzar.
This play is a 2022 NJPL Residency play selection.


“I survive Hurricane Flora, Batista, the zafra, el calabozo, y el paredon. I survive anything.” So says feisty old Cubano, Don Berto Remedios, who awakes one rainy morning to discover that he’s been robbed of the $9,000 he was hoping to take back with him to his homeland paradise. And the thief, a young Boricua with dreams of his own, is closer to him than he ever could have imagined.

Laced with sparkling humor and resonant emotional drama, Come Rain, Come Hurricane explores the bonds (and bounds) of friendship; working-class Latino families; and the agony of forced migration. Who can stand tall when the storms ring down and lives are blasted to pieces?


April 9th @ 7pm
The HUUB
35 & 47 Cleveland St, Orange, NJ

The reading is free and open to all.
To RSVP, please email your name and number of guests to info@njplaylab.org

The New Jersey Play Lab has proudly taken the Opening Night, Opening Right pledge alongside all 40 fellow members of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.

Vaccination Policy
The NJ Play Lab will require all audience members attending this reading to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

You will be asked to show proof that you have received at least two vaccination doses with a vaccine approved by the World Health Organization and a matching photo ID. Proof of vaccination may include a valid paper vaccination record, a photo of a valid vaccination record, or the NJ Docket App.

Please note that masks are required for all patrons regardless of vaccination status.



The Cast

DJ X-TRAVAGANCIA: Irene Rivera
DON ALBERTO REMEDIOS: Gilbert Cruz*
RICO MURIENTE: Marc Reign
RAY PEREÑA: Rudy Galvan *
SANTOS REMEDIOS: Mel Nieves *
NIDIA OTERO MURIENTE: Irene Rivera
DOÑA SASA: Wilemina Olivia-García *
FINA: Angelica Ubiera
JUAN ZORILLO/FISHERMAN: Carlo Alban*
Stage Directions: Janeena Piñero
*A member of Actors Equity Association


About the Artists

Edwin Rivera-Arias‘ first play, In the Palace of the Planet King, was produced in 2019 at the Wild Project in NYC as part of the Downtown Urban Arts Festival, where it won second prize for Audience Favorite. He was a Norman Mailer Fiction Fellow and a recipient of the Willapa Bay AiR residency.

Victor Almanzar is a New York-based actor who came from the Dominican Republic at an early age. His theater credits include: Oswaldo in Between Riverside and Crazy, Joey Fresco in Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven, Oscar in Grand Concourse, Luis in Man in the Ring, and Herbert in Medea. Some of his TV and Film credits include: 11:55, Homeland, Power, Empire, Blue Bloods, Chicago PD, High Maintenance. Before turning his attention to acting, Victor was a United States Marine. He was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award and for an Irne award. Victor received his MFA from the Actors Studio Drama School and is now a proud lifetime member of the Actors Studio and the Labyrinth Theater Company.

Carlo Albán (JUAN ZORILLO/FISHERMAN) has been acting in theater, film and television for over thirty years. He has appeared on television shows ranging from Sesame Street to Prison Break, and in films such as Margaret, Whip It and 21 Grams. He most recently starred opposite Mark Wahlberg and Ronda Rousey in Peter Berg’s Mile 22. As a writer, he developed his solo show Intríngulis, dealing with his experiences growing up as an undocumented immigrant, with Labyrinth Theater Company. He originated the role of Oscar in Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize winning SWEAT, for which he received a 2017 Theatre World Award for an outstanding Broadway debut. Carlo is a member of Labyrinth Theater Company and a 2010 recipient of New Dramatists’ Charles Bowden Award.

Gilbert Cruz (DON ALBERTO) Most recently seen at Barrington stage in Boca, other theaters around the country, Hangar theatre, Shakespeare theater DC, Seattle rep, GeVa. Old Globe, McCarter, Portland stage, In NYC, Roundabout, Classical theater of Harlem, Intar, Women’s project, HERE space, Ensemble Studio theater (member) TV- Walking Dead:world Beyond as Dr. Ebersole.

Rudy Galvan (RAY) is an NYC based actor formerly from Chicago. Theatre credits include Sweat (Asolo Rep), Lord of the Flies (Steppenwolf Theatre), The Gentleman Caller (Raven Theatre), A Life Extra Ordinary (The Gift Theatre Company) and Our Lady of 121st Street (Eclipse Theatre). TV/Film credits include Chicago PD and Chicago Fire (NBC), Shameless (Showtime), Slice (A24) and the infamous Megan is Missing (Trio Pictures).

Mel Nieves (SANTOS) New York City native. A graduate of The William Esper Studio and a member of the LAByrinth Theater Company and The Actors Studio Playwright-Director Unit. He is a two time semi-finalist for the New Dramatist Princess Grace Playwright Fellowship. His plays, PROSPECT AVENUE and THE SPIRIT, THE BODY & THE BLOOD are published by Next Stage Press.

Wilemina Olivia-García (DOÑA SASA) Member of LAByrinth Theater Co., Halfway Birches Go Straight To Heaven, Sonia, by Stephen Adly Guirgis; Currently directing, The Traci Syndrome, by Mel Nieves for LAB’S 2022 annual Barn Series.” It’s about the work and the Love!”

Janeena Piñero (Stage Directions) is an Actor, Director, Poet, and Theatre Practitioner from New Jersey. She is a recent graduate of Montclair State University where she received her Master’s in Theatre. Her most recent credits in acting include the Vaccine Confidence musical Don’t Throw Away Your Shot (Swing), a short thriller film Lengua Blanca (Nuni), and the staged reading DROUGHT (Jada). Janeena has directed several pieces but her most recent is Yemaya’s Belly, written by Quiara Alegria Hudes, and is now currently available on Youtube and Vimeo.

Marc Reign (RICO) is a Puerto Rican full time Artist from Spanish Harlem, NYC. Former Mechanical Engineer (AAS in Mechanical Engineering Technology) turned Actor in 2012 after gaining a BA in Theatre from CCNY. At the same time he found and fell in love with the Art of Photography & Filmmaking. After 10 years of doing it all, from Acting, Directing, Editing, Producing, Marc has become a force in the Art of Storytelling.

Irene Rivera (DJ X-TRAVAGANCIA, NIDIA) is a native New Yorker, born and raised between the lower east side and the Bronx. She is a LaGuardia High School alum and studied Meisner at the Maggie Flanigan Studio. This past summer she had the pleasure of participating in the Intensive Ensemble with the LAByrinth Theater Company and she recently made her TV debut on ‘Law & Order: SVU.’

Angelica Ubiera (FINA) was recently in a Miller Lite commercial featuring J. Balvin. She also co-starred in the CBS series FBI. Angelica graduated from Montclair State University as a BFA Acting Major in 2018. Some of her recent works include Josie in the time travel fiction podcast TimeStorm.


This event is part of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance 2022 Stages Festival, made possible by support from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; Bank of America; The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey; OceanFirst Foundation; New Jersey Historical Commission. www.njtheatrealliance.org/stages

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