PUERTO RICO… ¡WEPA! Hecho en Puelto Rico Macho Menos

Washington, D.C.- GALA Hispanic Theatre continues its season with Puerto Rico… ¡WEPA!, a weekend of
presentations written and performed by Ángel Vázquez, one of Puerto Rico’s most popular comedians and
social commentators. Mr. Vázquez returns to GALA with two shows: A restaging of last year’s hilarious hit
Hecho en Puelto Rico, on March 16 at 8 pm, and a new piece, Macho Menos on March 17 at 8 pm. Hecho en
Puelto Rico has been updated to address the impact of Hurricane María on the island. Macho Menos
explores with caustic humor issues of domestic violence. Performed only in Spanish, the two shows will be
presented at GALA Theatre, 3333 14th Street, NW. A post-performance discussion with the artist will follow
each evening’s presentation.

In Hecho en Puelto Rico, a student prepares to graduate and leave Puerto Rico to escape the economic and
human crisis faced by Puerto Ricans. As he arranges to leave, the young man unearths his cultural roots
through the lives of such noted men and women in the island’s history as José de Diego, Julia de Burgos,
Eugenio María de Hostos, and Roberto Clemente. With great comic flair, Vázquez reveals both the promise
and pain of migration to the mainland from the island and the painful losses incurred by hurricane María.
Macho Menos looks at the societal issue of domestic violence from the perspective of a child, a mother, and
an abusive father. In this satiric piece, Vázquez speaks to a critical national problem today and its
consequences for a family.

Ángel Vázquez, a former member of Los Juanes del Pueblo, is one of Puerto Rico’s leading writers and
television and film performers. He co-created and performed in GALA’s hit show Puerto Rico En…Cantado in
2003, and last year performed his solo piece, Hecho en Puelto Rico, to sold out houses at GALA. Vázquez has
toured to Chicago, Orlando, New York, and Texas. His other theater credits include The Sound of Music,
Cofresí, Macho Menos, Puerto Rico Fuá, A View from the Bridge, and Quién Mató a Héctor Lavoe? He has
appeared in several telenovelas, including General Hospital and Señora Tentación, and has performed in such television comedies
as Politiqueando and Mi familia. Mr. Vázquez also has appeared in the films Assassins, Princess Protection
Program, Vasos de Papel, and El Beso y Luisa Capetillo, among others.


General admission tickets to Hecho en Puelto Rico and Macho Menos are $30 for each presentation. Tickets
for groups of 10 or more are $25 each. FOR TICKETS, CALL (202) 234-7174 or visit www.galatheatre.org.
Parking is available at a discount price of $4 in the Giant Food garage behind the theater on Park Road, NW
with validation in GALA lobby. GALA Theatre is one block north of the Columbia Heights metro station on the
Green and Yellow lines.


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