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Theater: El Coquí Espectacular and the Bottle of Doom

The incredible story of Alex, a comic book artist whose ideas might be "too Puerto Rican," has begun secretly dressing up as his creation: El Coquí Espectacular, defender of Nuyoricans in all five boroughs! For tickets to see this unusual superhero, click here.

El Coquí Espectacular and the Bottle of Doom began during playwright Matt Barbot’s first childhood trip to Puerto Rico, where, to his comic book addled brain, traditional vejigánte carnival masks looked like superheroes’ elaborate costumes. Over the years, these ideas became the story of Alex, an out-of-work comic artist who creates a hero called El Coquí Espectacular, an avatar of all he thinks it means to be Puerto Rican – everything Alex fears he is not. When Alex begins dressing up as El Coquí, he inadvertently drags his brother Joe – an advertising executive – and an aspiring photojournalist named Yesica into the mix.

Produced in collaboration with La Vega Management LLC, Duende Arts, Inc., The Hispanic Federation, the Kevin Spacey Foundation and directed by Nelson T. Eusebio III, El Coquí Espectacular and the Bottle of Doom explores a question faced by more and more Americans every day: what does my heritage mean to me?

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