Written & directed by Aaron Mark
Featuring Daphne Rubin-Vega
“MESMERIZING” – The New York Times
“SPINE-TINGLING” -Time Out Critics’ Pick
Drug dealer. Masseuse. Ex-con. Survivor. Dolores has led a life like no other. Now living deep under Manhattan in an abandoned subway tunnel, she has a story you won’t believe – or ever forget. Inspired by the legend of Sweeney Todd, Empanada Loca is a thrilling new play about an indomitable woman who knows that in this dog-eat-dog world only one rule matters: eat or be eaten.
Artwork photo: Monique Carboni
The Conversation Series is a chance for audiences to hear the actors and artists involved with each production discuss their work. Each moderated discussion will be followed by a Q&A where audiences can ask their questions directly to the artists as well as share their own thoughts about the ideas and issues raised by the play. Post-show conversations will take place immediately after the following performances:
Sunday, October 4: ACTOR NIGHT with Daphne Rubin-Vega
Join us for a post-show conversation with Daphne Rubin-Vega as she talks about the unique challenges an actor faces approaching a one-woman play.
Tuesday, October 6: THE HISTORY OF SWEENEY TODD with special guest Tom Hewitt
Join us for a post-show conversation with Labyrinth’s Artistic Associate Kevin Snipes as he explores the fact and fiction behind the legend of Sweeney. He’ll be joined by Aaron Mark and special guest Tom Hewitt who will perform dramatic readings the earliest book about Sweeney Todd.
Tuesday, October 13: THE ART OF THE SOLO SHOW with special guest Craig ‘muMs’ Grant
Join us for a post-show conversation with Daphne Rubin-Vega and Craig ‘muMs’ Grant (A Sucker Emcee) as they discuss the art of the solo show.
Tuesday, October 27: HORROR ON STAGE with special guest John Pielmeier
Join us for a post-show conversation with playwright John Peilmeier as he talks with Aaron Mark about the unique challenges of creating thrills on stage.
About the Artists
Daphne Rubin-Vega is a two-time Tony and Drama Desk nominee (1996/2004) and the recipient of the Theater World, Obie (1996) and Blockbuster (1998) awards. She has been a member of the Labyrinth Theater Company since 1992. Ms. Rubin-Vega is perhaps best known for originating the roles of Mimi in RENT and Conchita in Anna in the Tropics; both were Pulitzer Prize winning Broadway shows for which she was nominated for Tony Awards. She originated the role of Rahmi in Karen Hartman’s Gum, Sofia in Nilo Cruz’s Two Sisters and a Piano, Canary Mary in Suzan-Lori Parks’ Fucking A (Lucille Lortel nomination) and Lucy in Bob Glaudini’s Jack Goes Boating at the Public Theater. She also starred in the Broadway revivals of The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Magenta) and Les Miserables (Fantine). Rubin-Vega’s credits include detective Gloria Perez in Wild Things, starring Kevin Bacon and Matt Dillon (Blockbuster Award for Best Supporting Actress); Tia in Flawless, opposite Robert De Niro; and, most recently, reprising the role of Lucy in the film version of Jack Goes Boating, which was Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s film directorial debut. Other films include Justice, Skeleton Woman (New York Independent Film Award), Virgin, Sex and the City, and I Like It Like That. Rubin-Vega is recognized for her singing as well as her acting. She was a member of the girl group Pajama Party, whose single Yo No Se reached the top of the Billboard dance charts. They made two albums on Atlantic Records before Daphne began writing and recording solo singles for the indie dance label Maxi. In 1997 Rubin-Vega released her first album of original music Souvenirs on the Mercury label, and in 2006 she produced, performed, and primarily wrote Redemption Songs (Sh-K- Boom). Rubin-Vega has contributed to various musical projects, including her notorious version of “Feliz Navidad”for Broadway Cares and her club smash cover of “Rocketman”. In 2005, she received an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Kean University. “Dr.” Rubin-Vega was born in Panama and raised in New York City, where she lives with her husband and son.
Playwright & Director
Aaron Mark was the writer and director of Another Medea with Tom Hewitt (AFO/Wild Project and Cherry Lane). Other directing credits include The Mystery of Irma Vep, Deathtrap (Berkshire Theatre Festival), Hedwigand the Angry Inch (BC/EFA at New World Stages), Ben Rimalower’s Patti Issues andBad With Money, and numerous readings and cabaret acts. His writing has been developed by New York Theatre Workshop, Labyrinth Theater Company, the Cherry Lane Theatre, American Theater Group, the Blank Theatre, and Theater for the New City. He is the writer-director of four independent feature films and is a NYTW Usual Suspect. aaronmark.info
A New York native, David spends time in Los Angeles working in Film and Television. His most recent Labyrinth Theater project was Empanada Loca.Other LAB shows include Nice Girl, A Sucker Emcee, A Family for All Occasions, Radiance and Ninth and Joanie. David is fortunate to collaborate with amazing and talented production designers, cinematographers, and directors. He just Production Designed an independent feature that was filmed in NYC early this year called Permission. With a degree in architecture and theater from Syracuse University, he found his way into film after pursuing an MFA in Production Design at NYU/Tisch. David is looking to work with creative people on interesting projects.
Previously with Labyrinth: Empanada Loca, A Sucker Emcee, Ninth and Joanie. His recent New York work includes Preludes (LCT3), Elijah Green (The Kitchen), Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 (Hewes, Lortel Award Nominations), The Little Prince (Hang a Tale), The Winter’s Tale (The Pearl), Jacuzzi (Ars Nova), And I and Silence (Signature Theater), And Baby Makes 7 (New Ohio), Women or Nothing (The Atlantic), Be a Good Little Widow (Wild Project), Lawnpeople (Cherry Lane), Dukus (Target Margin). Regional: ART,Berkeley Repertory Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, the McCarter, Penobscot Theater, South Coast Rep, Virginia Stage Company, Yale Rep, Williamstown. Opera: Bard Summerscape, Boston Early Music Festival, Kentucky Opera, NYCO, Opera Omaha, Vancouver Opera, and Virginia Opera.
RUMERY is a musician, composer, music producer, and sound designer. His music has been featured in Josh Fox’s upcoming film, How to Let Go of the World (Sundance 2016), City of Gold (Sundance & SXSW 2015, and theatrical release March 11), Gatewood, SynchroNYCity, FlowerMan, The Purple House (web series pilot.) Scores for theater include the 2015 Pulitzer Prize winning Between Riverside and Crazy (Atlantic/Second Stage), Nice Girl (Labyrinth), Placebo (Playwrights Horizons), Verite (LCT3) and Fool For Love (Manhattan Theater Club, Williamstown). He performs with The Painted Bird (KioSK Festival, BAC, La MaMa, PS122, Legion Arts, Wexner). Ryan served as Sound Consultant for Nonesuch at 50 Festival at BAM on performances featuring Dawn Upshaw, Gilbert Kalish, and Alarm Will Sound, and for Sufjan Stevens’ Round Up at the Edinburgh International Festival and the Barbican, with Yarn/Wire. He recently released two albums he produced for Jeremy Bass: Winter Bare and New York in Spring. Additional albums include the self-titled The Joy of Harm, The Whale Tales’ Methods, and his own 4000 Miles, Ivanov, andFlowerMan. Upcoming albums include projects with Arlo Hannigan, Jeremy Bass, and the Walker Project.
Labyrinth: Empanada Loca, Nice Girl, A Family for All Occasions, Thinner Than Water. Other NYC credits: The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey (Westside Theatre), Billy & Ray, Gloria (Vineyard), Washeteria, born bad (Soho Rep), Buyer & Cellar (Barrow Street), The Box (Foundry), The Apple Family Plays, Richard III, The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, Measure for Measure, Hair and so many workshops (The Public), Blood Knot, My Children! My Africa!, Medieval Play, Golden Child (Signature), Meredith Monk’s Songs of Ascension and On Behalf of Nature (BAM), Paris Commune, Be the Death of Me (Civilians), Playwrights Realm, 24 Hour Musicals, Broadway Bares, Unsung Musicals Co., NYMF, FringeNYC.