“Raices,” a new series featuring work by Latino playwrights, will debut at 6 p.m. Sunday in the Road Less Traveled Theatre (639 Main St.) with a reading of Carmen Rivera’s “La Gringa.” The series is the brainchild of Buffalo actress and Road Less Traveled ensemble member Victoria Pérez, whose short-lived theater company in the early 2000s was also called Raices.
“Some plays will be in English, some will be in Spanish, and most of them will be in Spanglish,” Peréz said in a statement. “Spanglish is the way we think, therefore it has to be the way we see ourselves on the stage.”
“La Gringa,” which stars Peréz, Sarielys Matos, Rolando Gomez, José Rivera, Smirna Mercedes Pérez, Dewel Pérez and Rosa Fernandez, tells the story of a Nuyorican woman struggling to connect to her roots.
The rest of the series will feature readings of “El Insolito Caso De Miss Piña Colada” or “The Preposterous Case of Miss Piña Colada” by Carlos Ferrari, “The Beauty of the Father” by Nilo Cruz, and “La Luz De Un Cigarillo” or “The Light of a Cigarette” by Marco Antonio Rodriguez. The dates of the remaining three plays in the series are yet to be announced.
Admission is $5, with more information at 629-3069 or www.roadless- traveledproductions.org.
– Colin Dabkowski