An American comedy with Latin proportions. Bursting with laughter, music and escándalo (scandal), Latina Christmas Special makes her New York debut at the SoHo Playhouse after five years of sold-out performances in Los Angeles. Did you think your family vacation was dramatic? Try these three hilarious, touching, and surprisingly personal Christmas stories of the holidays brilliantly told by acclaimed Latin actresses Diana Yanez, Maria Russell and Sandra Valls.
When these three sassy best friends get together, they drink lots of tequila and cook everything from moms and cucarachas (cockroaches) to Farrah Fawcett. They share their funny and intimate stories of childhood Christmas “dramas” that make them uniquely American, definitely Latino, and most of all, friends.
“These stories touch every audience member on so many levels, no matter where they come from,” said director Geoffrey Rivas. “They are also a window into some great traditions that we have within the Latinx community.” with during the holidays, but there were absolutely no Latinos (or maybe just Jose Feliciano), ”said series creator Diana Yanez (AtomicTuna Productions).The show is also produced by Matthew Quinn (Combined Artform) with Darren Lee Cole (SoHo Playhouse), Michael Blaha and Geoffrey Rivas. Actor / comedian / writer Maria Russell is a regular series of TruTV’s # 1 comedy from the creators of Super Troopers, Tacoma FD as the fiery Lieutenant Salazar. She is currently filming season 2 with the legendary cult comedy troupe Broken Lizard. You can also see Maria this fall on CBS’s Why Women Kill as Sandy, the rich, boozy, and fresh out of rehab diva. You may also remember some of his other memorable characters from hit shows like Teen Wolf, Southland, Criminal Minds, Major Crimes, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, CSI, The Bold and the Beautiful and the horror hit. at the Lights Out box office. Whether it’s a comedy or a drama, you always know that Maria Russell is in the house … she is very loud. This self-proclaimed “Mexican” (Mexican and Lithuanian) is a proud native Californian. She has danced her entire life and is trained in classical ballet, jazz, hip-hop and salsa.Actress / comedian / designer Diana Yanez is a first generation Cuban-American. Her legendary videos have reached viral proportions (over 15 million views on YouTube) with hits like Spanish For Your Nanny, Let Me Borrow That Top and My Puss (co-written and performed with Margaret Cho). A national TV advertising diva (State Farm, Verizon, Home Depot, etc.), she is still portrayed as the friendly Latina mom or the stern nurse (basically the same thing). Viva La Evolución, Diana’s one-woman show about her Cuban-American childhood in Miami, won the “Overall Excellence Award” at the New York Fringe Festival. She toured the country on Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Tour and also toured with Margaret Cho performing original comedic songs, skits and comedies. TV credits include Criminal Minds, Boston Legal, Crossing Jordan, and Without A Trace among others. The Pip & Pen Show, her web series with co-star / writer / creator Marjorie Duffield, is available on YouTube. As a passionate storyteller and performer, she created Latina Christmas Special with the intention of shedding light on the universal truths of past vacations, childhood and family, regardless of one’s heritage.Actress / comedian / writer Sandra Valls is best known for her hilarious performances on two hit Showtime comedy specials: The Latin Divas of Comedy and Pride: The Gay and Lesbian Comedy Slam. Her unique blend of physical comedy and brilliant storytelling makes it easy to see why the Los Angeles Times calls Sandra “talented and hilarious.” She was also included on Curve Magazine’s 2017 Power List as “One of the Most Influential Gay Women in the Country” and “One of the Top 10 Funniest Lesbian Comics.” Latina magazine voted Sandra “One of the 33 Best Bad Ass Comics with Latin Roots” and “The 10 Best Latin Comics to Solve SNL’s Diversity Problem.” His other TV credits include, but are not limited to, Outlaugh Festival, One Night Stand Up (LOGO), Comic’s Unleashed with Byron Allen (ABC), Habla! (HBO), Que Locos (Galavision), Funny is Funny, Latino 101 (Sitv), BET’s Comic View (BET) and NickMom Night Out (Nickelodeon). Director / Producer / Actor Geoffrey Rivas graduated from UCLA with a Master of Fine Arts degree with a focus on acting. He has received numerous nominations for his work on stage and is a founding member of the Latino Theater Company which, under the artistic direction of Jose Luis Valenzuela, has been producing nationally award-winning Latin theater for 30 years. Film credits include Under the Tuscan Sun, Dragonfly, Luminarias, La Bamba, Born In East LA, Pow Wow Highway, Bound By Honor, Above Suspicion and Foto Novelas for PBS, for which he won an ALMA award in 1998. A Highlight of Geoff’s prolific career in television was nine years as Detective Vega on the original CBS series CSI. Her directorial debut, Jozanne Marie’s solo show Beautiful, for which Jozanne won the NAACP Best Actress Award, garnered widespread acclaim from critics. Latina Christmas Special was developed under his direction and is widely regarded as the oldest and most successful show ever presented by the Latino Theater Company.For more information and to purchase tickets, call (212) 691-1555 or go to: