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Alex Torra & Team Sunshine Performance Corporation

World Premiere!


140 N. Columbus Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
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¡Bienvenidos! Welcome! What a pleasure! Please come in.  

 Slap some suntan lotion onto that pale white skin and press those little piggies into the soft white sand. Take in the Tropicana ladies with their sultry caderas (translation: “hips!”) and feel the exotic lure of that Afro-drumbeat bouncing off the tops of swaying palm trees. Our translators are ready, and the soldiers have been paid off. Don’t look over there, that’s just a long history of exploitation.

Can we offer you a top-up on that mojito?

Cuban and American history converge in this original play exploring cultural exploitation, race, embargoes, conquistadores, and the relationship between two countries that are really, really close together.

Led by Cuban-American director Alex Torra, and created by an International Cast including real Cubans from actual Cuba, imported legally via airplane. Performed in Spanish with English supertitles.

Y ahora — ¡en espanol!

¿Cómo te va? Eso era para los Americanos. Entre tú y yo, ellos no saben que están tomando mojitos aguados….Esta obra examina la manera en que las fuerzas extranjeras han formado la historia cubana. Desde el turista hasta el futuro empresario, muchos de estos extranjeros han sido de países “blancos,” seducidos por el delirio de una isla caribeña; es decir, seducidos por Cuba. Sus deseos y manos toquetonas han tenido un papel en la formación de la identidad cubana y de una cultura bella, pero a la misma vez, dolorosa. Realizado en español con supertítulos en ingles.

Director/Lead Artist Alex Torra Assistant Director Cheryl Zaldívar Jiménez Choreographer Makoto Hirano Performer/Creators Lori Felipe Barkin, Benjamin Camp, Jorge Enrique Caballero Elizarde, Jenna Horton, Idalmis Garcia Rodriguez Set Designer Efren Delgadillo, Jr. Costume Designer Fabian Aguilar Lighting Designer Oona Curley Sound Designer Anthony Martinez-Briggs Props Designer Alicia Crosby

AfroTaino Productions has gathered a powerhouse ensemble of Afro-Cuban Rumba performers to be the opening act of each performance of ¡BIENVENIDOS BLANCOS! or WELCOME WHITE PEOPLE! The ensemble is made up of performers who are all recognized and respected within the Rumba circuit spanning from NYC to Miami to Cuba. Rumba is an Afro-Cuban percussive style of music and dance with an emphasis on community participation.

*The shows on Apr 18 & Apr 19 are preview performances. 

$20 general / $14 members (preview performances)
$29 general / $20.30 members   
$15 student & 25-and-under

Major support for ¡BIENVENIDOS BLANCOS! OR WELCOME WHITE PEOPLE! has been provided to Alex Torra by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, with additional support from the Wyncote Foundation, the Network of Ensemble Theaters, and the Puffin Foundation, as well as the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation, Southwest Airlines, and the Surdna Foundation through a grant from the NALAC Fund for the Arts Grant Program.