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Manuel versus the Statue of Liberty

Book and Lyrics by Noemi de la Puente; Music by Howard Post

Manuel versus the Statue of Liberty

at The Studio Theatre at Theatre Row  [map]

  • Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 4:00 pm
  • Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 8:00 pm
  • Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 3:00 pm

A musical comedy about illegal immigration.

Inspired by the true story of a Princeton Undergrad who was an illegal immigrant, and got a Rhodes scholarship to study Ancient Literature. The Statue of Liberty is revamping her image. Manuel wants to be a teacher. Thrown into the ring, they fight it out – who is more American? What is American anyway? Latin music and American pop, rock, and gospel infuse the score. No one is spared in this zany political comedy that pulls no punches (pun intended) about immigration.

Please note: Platinum or Diamond Members and Patrons may book tickets online after June 2. Tickets will be released to the general public 48 hours prior to curtain on an as-available basis.

Running Time: 1 hour and 40 minutes

Noemi de la Puente

Noemi de la Puente (Book/Lyrics)

Generic Hispanic, MANUEL VERSUS THE STATUE OF LIBERTY, The Revenge of Suicide Jack, Lightning Strikes Twice (10 min. musical), Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre. Solo show Fountain of Youth at Theatre 3. A founding member of the Dramatic Question Theater ( MFA in Theatre Arts - University of Iowa (Patricia Roberts Harris Scholarship), MSE Princeton University, member of the Dramatists Guild. Blog "¡Pura vida!" to her husband Ron!

Howard Post

Howard Post (Music)

A Graduate of Hartt College of Music as a classical guitar major, Mr. Post taught improvising, jazz guitar and music theory in the jazz studies department of Hartt College for five years,under the direction of Jackie McLean. Mr. Post currently performs regularly throughout the tristate area as a musician with his jazz ensembles. Mr. Post has composed music for commercials, documentaries, films, corporate videos, and TV pilots.

Carlo Albán

Carlo Albán (Manuel)

Regional: A Parallelogram (CTG), Lydia (Denver, Yale, CTG), All About Us (Westport), Dreamlandia (Dallas), Night of the Iguana (Guthrie). New York: Intríngulis (writer/performer), A Small Melodramatic Story, References to Salvador Dalí Make Me Hot, A Summer Day, Living Dead in Denmark, Flipzoids. TV: Law & Order, Oz, Thicker Than Blood, Prison Break, Sesame Street, Girls. Film: Hurricane Streets, Strangers With Candy, Life Support, 21 Grams, Whip It, Margaret. Proud member of Labyrinth Theater Company.

Danny Boman

Danny Boman (Jihad/Ref/Ensemble)

Danny is ecstatic to make his debut with NYMF in MANUEL VERSUS THE STATUE OF LIBERTY. National/International tours: My Fair Lady, Fiddler on the Roof, and A Christmas Carol. Other favorite credits include Hello Dolly! (Barnaby Tucker), The 25th… Spelling Bee (Chip Tolentino), Guys and Dolls (Benny Southstreet), and Oklahoma! (Ali Hakim). Danny would like to thank Noemi, Jose, and Howard for this great opportunity! Also, thanks to Mom, Dad, his family, and friends.

Blanca Camacho

Blanca Camacho (Mother/Café Owner/Ensemble)

is a native New Yorker, NYU graduate, and original Broadway cast member of In the Heights. She was Doña Elena in the NYMF production of Zapata and lucky enough to have worked with the late Marvin Hamlisch in a workshop of Ballroom. TV: Law & Order, Unforgettable, Blue Bloods, Royal Pains. She can be heard on TV and radio commercials, films, TV series, animation, audiobooks, and was even the voice of Chiquita Banana!

Jessica Crilley

Jessica Crilley (Honey Girl/Teacher/Ensemble)

is excited to be making her NYMF debut! Jessica has performed regionally with Westchester Broadway Theatre (Ragtime, Oliver), White Plains Performing Arts Center (Tommy, Hair), and Yorktown Stage (Big, Spamalot). Her favorite recent role was playing Doralee in 9 to 5 at the Broward Stage Door Theatre in Florida. Jessica is also currently playing Stephanie in New Dawn the Musical in the Midtown International Theatre Festival this summer. BA University of Nevada.

Lisa Franklin

Lisa Franklin (Statue of Liberty)

NYMF Debut! NYC Credits: The Real Desperate Housewives of Columbia County (Laurie Beechman), Velma - Hairspray (FSF Theatre). Regional: Lady Thiang - The King and I (Mac-Haydn Theatre), Marmee - Little Women (Class Act); Fantine - Les Miserables (TAG); Arlene - Baby (The Glove); Guenevere - Camelot, Muzzy - Thoroughly Modern Millie (SLOC); Bloody Mary - South Pacific (Park Playhouse); Cinderella's Mother/Granny - Into the Woods (C-R Productions); Mrs. Phagan - Parade, Nancy - Oliver (Spotlight).

Rachel Green

Rachel Green (Neighbor/Jill/Ensemble)

Is an accomplished actress, singer, violinist and voiceover artist. She has performed in NY and regionally in plays and musicals, starred in cable shows Celebrity Ghost Stories, Redrum, and When Sharks Attack, and has been the voice for books on and companies like Jenny Craig. Rachel is excited to join MANUEL VERSUS THE STATUE OF LIBERTY. Love and gratitude to her family and friends for their unending support, especially Mom and Dad.

Byron Meyer

Byron Meyer (Roger/Construction Worker/Ensemble)

Grew up in Southern Missouri doing musical theatre. Upon graduating high school, he attended Circle in the Square Theatre School in 2006 to better hone his craft. Since, he has appeared in various readings for Dramatic Question Theatre and the like, and was seen in the play Makers Mark. He appeared in the feature film The Scoundrel, a Gray Area Film production and is currently working on a short film that begins production in September.

Diana Carolina Pou

Diana Carolina Pou (Yolanda/Ensemble)

Dominican singer, actress, AND dancer graduated from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy, William Esper Studio and currently attending Steps on Broadway. Theatre credits: Reyes y Reyes (adaptation of Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night') as Daniela de Masseline; The Scent of the Female as Medea Sanjurjo; and High School Musical on Stage as Gabriella Montez. TV/Film: CSI:NY and Windwill Town USA, the Fighter as Theresa Santiago. Thank you to the Santana Family and Daisy Collado.

Gabriel Sloyer

Gabriel Sloyer (Captain of Industry/Jack/Ensemble)

Broadway: The Assembled Parties (Manhattan Theatre Club, Dir: Lynne Meadow). Off-Broadway/Regional: Los Valientes (one-man show National Tour), Bubble Boy the Musical (American Theater Group), Romeo and Juliet (Yale Repertory Theatre), Pinkolandia! (Two River Theater, INTAR), Stories from the 99 Percent! (Working Theater), The Contemporary Shakesperience (Tusten Theatre), The Dreamer Examines His Pillow (Liberty Free Theater), Sex and the Holy Land (SoHo Playhouse), Playing Cricket (Kraine Theater).

Kevin Wood

Kevin Wood (Professor Walsh/Senator/Ensemble)

This Jeff Award nominated actor is thrilled to return to the NY stage! Kevin has performing credits in regional theater and opera, as well as appearing as a classical recitalist. Kevin is a parish music director, a high school instructor, and staff accompanist. His cabaret show has been performed at The Duplex (NYC), Davenport’s and Stage 773 (Chicago) and will be repeated at the Skokie Theater and Pritzger Auditorium (Chicago). Visit his website at

Jose Zayas (Director)

Jose Zayas has directed over 80 productions in New York, Regionally, and Internationally and is currently the Resident Director at Repertorio Espanol. Credits include: The House of the Spirits, Pinkolandia, Love in the Time of Cholera, In the Time of the Butterflies, La Nena Se Casa, Nowhere on the Border, Father of Lies, PS Jones and the Frozen City, Feeder: A Love Story, Mrs Jones and the Man From Dixeland. Awards: 2007's People of the Year, Drama League Fellow, Lincoln Center's Director's Lab, Soho Rep Writer/Director's, 2009-2011 NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Directors. BA: Harvard University MFA: Carnegie Mellon

Elliot Meyers (Stage Manager)

Most Recent: Encompass New Opera Theatre's Paradigm Shifts Festival. Elliot worked on the original Off-Broadway, Los Angeles Premiere and 10 Year Anniversary Productions of Rinde Ekert's And God Created Great Whales, and is part of the original team of the Broadway bound grrl-rock musical, Chix 6. Other shows include It Just Catches (Cherry Lane); Vampire Lesbians Of Sodom (Provincetown Playhouse); Coffee Once A Year (Harold Clurman); and the European Premiere of Little Shop Of Horrors.