Book by Anita Velez-Mitchell, Lorca Peress & Anika Paris; Music by Dean Landon & Anika Paris; Lyrics by Anita Velez-Mitchell & Anika Paris; Additional Lyrics by Dean Landon


at The Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row  [map]

  • Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 8:00 pm
  • Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 5:00 pm
  • Friday, July 21, 2017 at 1:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 9:00 pm
  • Sunday, July 23, 2017 at 5:00 pm

A tale of forbidden love where nightmares and dreams come true.

TEMPLE OF THE SOULS is an award-winning contemporary pop musical of secrets, lies, and forbidden love. Two worlds collide in this mythical tale when Amada, the beautiful daughter of a Conquistador, and Guario, a young Taíno, meet in the magical rain forest of Puerto Rico. To escape the intolerant world below, our young lovers run away to the Temple of the Souls where nightmares and dreams come true.

Anita Velez-Mitchell

Anita Velez-Mitchell (Book, Story, Lyrics)

Anita Velez-Mitchell (1916-2015) Poet, Writer, and Performer born in Vieques, Puerto Rico. Recipient of Proclamations from Governor of Puerto Rico, City of NY; 2013 ACE Extraordinary Award for Distinction and Merit (Association of Latin Entertainment Critics of NY); 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award from League of Puerto Rican Women; Julia de Burgos Poetry Award, etc. Subject of award-winning documentary “Anita Velez: Dancing Through Life” by her daughter and TV Journalist, Jane Velez-Mitchell); and upcoming “Light Years” by Claire Panke.

Anika Paris

Anika Paris (Book, Music, Lyrics)

Anika Paris released 3 solo CD’s; toured the U.S., Canada, and Asia; sang with Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, and John Legend. Author: Making Your Mark in Music; Five Star Music Makeover (Hal Leonard). Songs: feature films, TV, theatre. Faculty: UCLA Adjunct Professor, Musicians Institute, the Grammy. Awards: CRIA double Platinum, Gold award-winner, International Latin Book Award - Poetry, ASCAP’s Abe Oleman Scholarship, ASCAP Pop Plus Awards, Nashville Music City Songfest, HOLA Outstanding Music, NYIT Outstanding Original Music, Script Nominations.

Lorca Peress

Lorca Peress (Book, Director, Producer)

Lorca Peress specializes in multicultural and multidisciplinary new works, including dance, musicals, and opera. Founder/Artistic Director of MultiStages. Directing Credits: Public Theatre, HERE, Signature, Theatre for the New City, et al. Awards: HOLA Zaldivar Award (Outstanding Production), NYIT Nominations (Outstanding Script; Production), National Opera Competitions, Taino Areito Drama. Faculty: NYU Tisch, Strasberg Inst. Memberships: SDC, NTC, AEA, LPTW (Co-President 2011-14), Creative Network of Governor’s Office of Puerto Rico (PRFAA). Bennington College and NTI graduate. multistages.org

Dean Landon

Dean Landon (Music, Lyrics, Orchestrator)

Dean Landon is a Composer/Orchestrator for Warner Bros. Credits: American Idol, HBO's Sex in the City, Desperate Housewives, Saturday Night Live, Lifetime, MTV, CNN, Extra, Ellen DeGeneres, The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, TMZ, et al. Awards: HOLA Award for Outstanding Music, NYIT Nomination for Outstanding Original Music, CRIA double Platinum, Gold award-winner. Landon/Paris (LPMG) music catalog published by Warner Chappell, Universal Polygram, and Sony/BMG. New EP “Make the World More Beautiful” (Sonoton Music).

Bruce Baumer

Bruce Baumer (Musical Director)

Bruce Baumer - Credits: URINETOWN, KISS ME KATE, INTO THE WOODS, AN EPIC THEATRE WORKSHOP with Three Penny Opera, and MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG (Lee Strasberg Institute). THE JUDAS TREE, TEMPLE OF THE SOULS, and THE ISLAND OF NO TOMORROWS (MultiStages); cabaret shows, and Co-Lyricist on a recording project. Faculty: Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute. Bruce has sung with over 20 opera companies including NYC Opera, San Francisco, and Kennedy Center. He is a Yale University graduate.

Jason Fok

Jason Fok (Lighting Designer)

Jason Fok is an NYC-based theatre and dance Lighting Designer. Selected: HERE Arts Center, Portland Stage Co., Company One, Intar, TerraNova Collective, Strindberg Rep, Todd Henry Movement, Curet Performance Project Teatro SEA, Stella Adler, Cre·Art, Museum Of Jewish Heritage, Hudson Theatre Works, Dixon Place, Met Breuer, Ars Nova, Red Caravan, Theatre 167, Wild Project, Secret Theatre, Stella Adler, Access Theatre, Target Margin, Theatre Lab, Martha Graham Studio, Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, NYC Fringe Fest, and Universities.  

Enrique Brown

Enrique Brown (Choreographer)

Enrique Brown worked with Susan Stroman, Kathleen Marshall, David Leveaux, and Francesca Zambello. Credits: OKLAHOMA! (Asst. National Tour), IN THE HEIGHTS (NYU/TISCH), NICE WORK IF…, BROADWAY BARES 25 (Assistant), 7 BRIDES…, MERRILEE MANNERLY (STONC Workshop), PETUNIA (NY FRINGE), Associate/Theatreworks USA, SPIDERMUSICAL (Associate), BROADWAY BARES 20, FAT CAMP: THE MUSICAL (Associate), THE MUSIC MAN, FUNNY GIRL (Asst.), BATTERY’S DOWN (Asst.), 20 GYPSY OF THE YEAR, SONG AND DANCE, 22 EASTER BONNET (Asst.), HELLO, DOLLY! (Asst.).