Children of Salt

Music by Jaime Lozano; Book and Lyrics by Lauren Epsenhart

Children of Salt

at The Pearl Theatre  [map]

  • Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 8:00 pm
  • Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 9:00 pm
  • Friday, July 22, 2016 at 1:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 5:00 pm
  • Sunday, July 24, 2016 at 9:00 pm
  • Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 5:00 pm

“Look back…but not for too long”

Children of Salt focuses on Raúl, an entrepreneur who infrequently returns home, avoiding people, and situations, which sent him packing twenty years prior. Upon learning of his estranged grandmother’s illness, Raúl again returns home to the beach, in hopes of leaving as quickly as possible. The day brings a series of unexpected meetings, unleashing an array memories. Raúl must learn from these memories, and people, in order to accept his present and move into his future. Children of Salt is the timeless tale of love, loss and hope.


Running time: 1 hour, 40 minutes. 

Jesus Altamira

Jesus Altamira (Arranger/Orchestrator)

A Mexican composer, arranger, orchestrator and pianist. He has a Bachelor in Composition for the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon. He was the music director of the international show “Diez Pianos en Concierto”, performing all around Mexico and Spain. He has been collaborating with Jaime Lozano since 2001 as a co-arranger, co-orchestrator and music director in Mexico in shows as Tlatelolco and מיתוסים . Mitos . Kamanalis (Myths). He is the co-arranger of Florencia Cuenca’s jazz álbum “The New Standards”. He has performed with some of the most important Mexican artists. Currently he is the pianist and arranger of the Big Band Orquesta de Música Popular in Monterrey, Mexico.

Jaime Lozano

Jaime Lozano (Composer/Arranger/Orchestrator/Vocal Arranger)

Born in Monterrey, Mexico. Jamie Lozano is an accomplished musician, vocal coach, composer, arranger, orchestrator, musical producer and musical director. Jaime's musical theatre works include Tlatelolco (composer, lyricist, librettist), Myths (composer), The Yehuatl (composer, lyricist), Lightning Strikes Twice (composer) Off-Broadway, The Yellow Brick Road (composer, lyricist) Off-Broadway and National Tour, Carmen La Cubana (additional orchestrations) Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, France, Children of Salt (composer) New York Musical Festival 2016. Albums: Tlatelolco (producer, composer, lyricist), Carols for a Cure 2010 (arranger, orchestrator), R.Evolución Latina’s Dare to Go Beyond (arranger, orchestrator, music director), Florencia Cuenca’s Aquí – Los Nuevos Standards (producer, arranger, music director), Doreen Montalvo's Alma Americana, Corazón Latino (producer, arranger, music director). As a director: The Last Five Years, Into the Woods, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Fantasticks, Jekyll & Hyde, Songs for a New World, Joseph and the Amazing Dreamcoat Technicolor, some of them Spanish World Premiere or Mexican Premiere; as well as his very own works Tlatelolco and Myths. He is a teacher and activist for the New York City based not-for-profit organization R.Evolución Latina. BFA: Music & Composition, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León; MFA: NYU/Tisch, Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. Proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America and BMI. "A mi hermosa familia, Florencia (Mi Henrucha hermosa), mi inspiración. Alonzo, bienvenido a este mundo, y mi princesa Ely Aimé. Los amo todo, siempre". Twitter/IG: @jaimelozano

Lauren Epsenhart

Lauren Epsenhart (Book and Lyrics)

Lauren graduated from the SUNY Plattsburgh, where she received a BFA in Writing. Lauren earned a MFA in Musical Theatre Writing from NYU. Lauren began a M.S.e.D. at CUNY Hunter and finished her studies at Indian River State College. Recent projects include Children of Salt and Pushing Daisy. Past productions have been featured at Lincoln Center, Julliard, NYU, The Secret Theatre, Goodspeed Opera House, Triad Theatre, Queens Botanical and The Theatre for the New City.

José Zayas

José Zayas (Director)

Previously at NYMF: Noemi de la Puente's and David Davila's Manuel Vs. The Statue of Liberty. Directed and developed work at New York Theatre Workshop, The Public Theatre, Cherry Lane Mentor Project, Gala Hispanic Theatre, Denver Center, Bristol Riverside Theater, Two River Theatre, PS122, HERE Arts Center, Mixed Blood and the American Repertory Theatre. He is the Resident Director at Repertorio Español and a member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre. BA: Harvard University MFA: Carnegie Mellon University.



David Margolin Lawson (Sound Design)

David Margolin Lawson is a New York based sound designer and recording engineer. Previously for NYMF: A Letter to Harvey Milk, Swing State, My History of Marriage, Hurricane (voted Outstanding Overall Design 2009), Tut, Villa Diodati, To Paint The Earth, Warrior, Behind the Limelight. Recent NY credits include: The Queen Bees (Queens Theatre in the Park), A Happy End (Abingdon Theatre Co.),The Seagull (dir. Max Stafford-Clark, Culture Project), Barcelo Con Hielo (Repertorio Espanol), The Last Will (dir. Austin Pendleton, Abingdon Theatre Co.), Bronte: A Portrait Of Charlotte (Ars Nova), The Sphinx Winx (Beckett), La Barberia (New World Stages), The First Breeze Of Summer (dir. Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Signature Theatre Co.). David teaches Sound Design at Pace University, NYC.

Jorge de la Garza-Cadena

Jorge de la Garza-Cadena (Producer)

Mr. Jorge de la Garza-Cadena obtained his law degree in 1989 from Facultad Libre de Derecho in Monterrey, Mexico and a Master at Laws from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Also a law professor, he currently is Senior Partner/part-owner of Monterrey based ARTILEX. Prior he served as Managing Partner in Monterrey of Texas-based Thompson & Knight and New York-based White & Case. An amateur actor he has participated in local productions of musicals and plays of all genres, with experience in theatrical direction and has produced a number of plays primarily aside Hernán Galindo.

Germán Cavazos-Treviño

Germán Cavazos-Treviño (Producer)

German Cavazos-Treviño has an extensive and relevant experience in the public and private sectors as: (i) In-house counsel at a Mexican Industrial Group (1986-1991); (ii) Mexican Negotiator for Free Trade Agreements, including NAFTA (1993-2001); (iii) Senior Legal Officer at the World Intellectual Property Organization (2001-2007); (iv) Legal Counsel for Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A), Corporate and Intellectual Property Matters at Thompson & Knight and White & Case (2007-2014) ), and; (v) Partner at Artilex, S.C. (2014-2016). He has undergraduate and graduate degrees in the fields of business and law from Mexican, American and Swiss universities.

Hernán Galindo

Hernán Galindo (Original Playwright)

Hernán is a playwright and director with more than 35 years of experience in theatre. He was born in Monterrey, Mexico. He earned a Bachelors degree in Theatre from the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León and a Bachelors degree in Communication from the Universidad Regiomontana. In addition, he has studied English and Theatre at UCLA (Los Angeles, California). He was a member in Mexico of the National System of Artistic Creators from 2009 to 2012. He has been a recipient of the most prominent playwriting awards in Mexico, including the National Award of Playwriting of the National Institute of Fine Arts, in two different editions, and the National Award of Playwriting UANL, three times. He was also a finalist in the International Playwriting Contest Jubilee of Roma in Italy. He has directed more than a hundred plays, including straight theatre, opera, musicals and multidisciplinary pieces. He has written almost a hundred plays to date. His work has been produced around the world, from New York, San Diego, Rome, Argentina and Mexico.

Lisa Dozier King (General Manager)

Lisa Dozier King has general managed more than seventy professional productions in New York City. Recent/Current NYC Off Broadway: Leonard Nimoy's Vincent, Promising, Bedbugs the Musical (NY Times Critics’ Pick), The Erlkings, Breakfast with Mugabe (NY Times Critics’ Pick), Final Analysis, Sistas the Musical, F#%king Up Everything (NY Times Critics’ Pick), Ten Chimneys, Bronte: A Portrait of Charlotte. Lisa has been on staff at Symphony Space, Manhattan Theatre Club, and the New 42nd Street. She is the resident general manager for the National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s Festival of New Musicals and is on faculty at the University of Miami as the BFA theatre management program director.

Joshua Quinn (Stage Manager)

NYMF: The Travels, The Tenth Floor, POPart. Off-Broadway: Sistas, A Loss of Roses, Buyer & Cellar, F#%ing Up Everything. Tour: The Lightning Thief, Fly Guy. New York: The Farm, Requiem for Sherlock, Thicker than Water, Helicopters, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Yorktown, Sister Myotis's Bible Camp, Engaging Shaw, Dreyfus in Rehearsal. Proud member of AEA.

Zach Blane (Lighting Designer)

Selected Off-Broadway: Too Much, Too Much, Too Many, Suicide Incorporated (Roundabout Theatre Company); Would You Still Love Me If (New World Stages, dir. Kathleen Turner); Charles Busch’s Cleopatra (TFANC); Wringer (City Center); The Eternal Space (Theatre Row); Soul Doctor (Actors Temple); The Good Girl (59E59); Sommerfugl (4th Street Theatre); Regional: Barrington Stage Company, Olney Theatre, Bucks County Playhouse, Fiddlehead Theatre Company, Shubert Theatre, Adirondack Theatre Company, City Theatre, Engeman Theater, Will Rogers Center. Norwegian Cruise Lines (Fleet-wide Lighting Designer). Named "Designer to Watch" by Live Design Magazine 2011. Adjunct Professor: PACE UNIVERSITY.

Stark Naked Productions/Elsie Stark Casting (Casting Director)

SNP and its casting directors Elsie Stark and Elizabeth Gans combined have over 30 years of experience in casting in all areas of the industry. They have been committed to diversity and non-traditional casting throughout their careers. Their casting projects are diversified as well working in film, television, theater, commercials, real people, industrials and voiceovers. Working with the creative team on “Manuel verses The Statue of Liberty” and NYMF has been a joy and honor. Visit the “Naked” gang at or contact us at

Arnulfo Maldonado (Scenic Design)

Arnulfo Maldonado is a New York City-based set and costume designer. His recent credits includeMacbeth (The Old Globe); Lucas Hnath’s Hillary and Clinton (Philadelphia Theatre Company); As You Like It (Center Stage); and the world premieres of Anne Washburn’s transadapted Iphigenia In Aulis (Classic Stage Company), Max Posner’s Judy (Page 73 Productions), and Jenny Schwartz/Todd Almond’s Iowa (Playwrights Horizons). His New York credits include Baryshnikov Arts Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Classic Stage Company, EST, HERE Arts Center, The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, and Soho Rep. His further regional credits include Anchorage Opera, Barrington Stage Company, Central City Opera, Cleveland Play House, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Peak Performances, Perseverance Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, Studio Arena Theater, Two River Theater, and Westport Country Playhouse. Mr. Maldonado is a Clubbed Thumb Affiliated Artist, a recipient of a Princess Grace Fabergé Theater Award, and the resident scenic designer at the National Playwrights Conference. MFA: NYU Tisch.



Cheyanne Christopher (Assistant Stage Manager)

Cheyanne Christopher is a recent graduate of Christopher Newport University where she majored in technical theater and directing. She is excited to be working on her second NYMF show in her brand new home of NYC. Select Stage Management credits include Napoleon (NYMF, ASM), Pageant (Richmond Triangle players, PSM, Richmond VA), Legally Blonde (PSM, CNU), and Pericles Prince of Tyre (PSM, CNU).

Florencia Cuenca

Florencia Cuenca (Sabina)

Mexico City Theatre: Si Nos Dejan, Shrek the musical, Selena the musical, Mujeres en el Aire. TV: "De que te quiero te quiero", "Muchachitas como tú", "De Pocas, Pocas Pulgas", "Te Sigo Amando", "La Rosa de Guadalupe", "Como Dice el Dicho" (Televisa), "A que no te atreves" (Univision). Solo jazz álbum Aquí - Los Nuevos Standards available on iTunes. Endless thanks and love to God, my beautiful family, my lovely husband Jaime and baby Alonzo. Twitter/IG: @FlowCuenca.

Javier Ignacio

Javier Ignacio (Jonas)

Broadway: Side Show as Houdini/Dog Boy Regional: Side Show (La Jolla Playhouse/ Kennedy Center); Damn Yankees, White Christmas, Seussical, Aida (MTWichita); Forever Plaid (Alhambra Dinner Theatre); Les Miserables and 1776 (Carbonell Nom. - The Actors' Playhouse). BFA in Musical Theatre from Wichita State University. AEA member. Twitter: @act_jignacio

Barrie Linberg

Barrie Linberg (Coral)

Barrie is a Southern California native and a graduate of UC Irvine. She recently returned from Paris, performing in CARMEN LA CUBANA (with arrangements by Alex Lacamoire and Jaime Lozano) at the historic Châtelet Theater, and originated the role of Young Nora for Kooman and Dimond's CRAZY IN LOVE. She has performed regionally in CABARET, HAIR, and THE FULL MONTY, has visited over 85 countries performing on luxury cruise ships, and currently travels the country singing with the all-female vintage vocal group America's Sweethearts.

April Ortiz

April Ortiz (Marina)

Played Daniela on the 1st National Tour of In The Heights, after being standby for Abuela with the Broadway cast. Other National tours include Cats, and La Cage Aux Folles. April originated the role of Inez in the east coast premiere of Matthew Lopez’ Tio Pepe (SOMEWHERE) at PublicTheatre, and Luz in the World Premiere of Jose Cruz Gonzalez’ Sunsets And Margaritas at the Denver Center. Other Regional Theater credits include Medea, Macbeth, Cinderella at Yale Rep and Bright Ideas at The Laguna Playhouse. Notable Film and TV roles include Olivia in Father Of The Bride I & II, The Majestic, Everybody Loves Raymond, Golden Girls, ER, 8 Simple Rules, Law and Order Criminal Intent and Down and Out In Beverly Hills.

Mauricio Martinez

Mauricio Martinez (Raul)

Mauricio is an established & award winning recording artist & actor in Latin America. He has starrred in Mexican productions of the Broadway musicals "Beauty & The Beast”, “Saturday Night Fever”, "The Drowsy Chaperone", "Sweet Charity", Off Broadway's "The Last 5 Years", "Songs From An Unmade Bed" and in plays such as “A View From The Bridge” & "Toyer". In TV he is currently starring in NBC Universo's "El Vato" and was recently seen in Telemundo's "Señora Acero 2". His # 1 albums "Desde 1978" & "Desde 1978...Lado B" are available in iTunes worldwide and his film debut "Xibalbá" premieres this 2016. 
Twitter @martinezmau

Joshua Cruz

Joshua Cruz (Angel)

This is Joshua's NYMF debut and he's happy to be sharing it with other Latino artists. Past credits include drag queen-ing (RENT, Wig out!, Diva Diaries), an emotional Chef off-Bway (Yellow Brick Road),a singer in a boy band (Alter Boyz) and an Emcee at the Faena Hotel. He dedicates this performance in the memory of Brenda Lee Marquez. #WeareOrlando

Mario Cortés

Mario Cortés (Otoniel)

Graduated from Guildford School of Acting with a B.A. in Musical Theatre. Theatre: Jack and the Beanstalk, Best little whorehouse in Texas, Coca-Cola Lifehouse Berlin, The importance of being Earnest and On the shelf at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Selected by Richard Stilgoe to appear in Exit Allan the musical which opened in Cardiff, Wales at the First Musical Theatre Festival. In Mexico: Selena el musical, Emperadores de la Antártida, Queen Mother and Navidad Mágica. As a director: Personals, Cri-Cri, Fame, Cuánto te Amé, Celestia voces de navidad, Tesitura Morena Clara, RomCom, Two Wrongs and more recently Fat Pig.

Nicolas Baumgartner

Nicolas Baumgartner (Camaron)

A New Yorker since 2012, Nicolas recently appeared off-Broadway at The Pearl Theatre Company in The Dingdong, directed by Hal Brooks. Other US credits: Guys and Dolls National Tour (Big Jule u/s); Disney’s Mary Poppins (Bert) and Tarzan (Clayton) in White Plains, NY; Cabaret (Bobby), in Bennington, VT; America’s Sweetheart with Musicals Tonight!, at Theater Row, NYC; #GetAway, directed by Tony-nominee Marcia Milgrom Dodge; THUD, at Manhattan Rep (NY) which marked his directorial debut. Professional credits in Spain: Mamma Mia! (Eddie), in Barcelona and National Tour; Monthy Python’s Spamalot (Sir Robin); Rent (concert). TV: Amar en Tiempos Revueltos (Televisión Española). Proud AMDA NY graduate. Twitter: @nicobaumg /