The One Festival | Performers 2017
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Written and Performed by Mariposa


 María Teresa “Mariposa” Fernández is an award-winning Puerto Rican poet and performance artist. Her work has appeared on HBO Latino’s critically acclaimed series “Habla Ya! Her theater credits include Eve Ensler’s V Day Harlem at The Apollo,  Ntozake Shange’s Lost in Language and Sound: A Choreoessay, Pedro Pietri’s El Livingroom and her own works. 


Exotica Erotica: I Chloe written and performed by Mariposa:  introduces the ambitious owner of a dominatrix start up that offers diverse women freelance fetish work, while catering to high profile clients who crave the exotic. 


 The new boss you love to hate, is challenged when she tries to break in the new girl. 


Written by Tere Martinez Performed by Edmi De Jesus


Born in Santurce ,P.R. Edmi has two BA’s from the University of Puerto

Rico one in Neoclassical Languages and another in arts. She’s fluent in

Spanish, English, Portuguese, Italian and has taken on the task of learning

Hindi. While in college she was part of the Traveling Theatre. She has

performed in more than 25 commercials as a principal, has appeared in soap

operas, TV shows and more than 10 movies in Puerto Rico. Edmi studied at

the Lee Strasberg Institute, in NYC for 3 years and participated in a acting

summer program at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) in London.

She has been part of the internet show “The B.S of A”, the film “La Mala”

which was filmed in Spain with the acclaimed Cuban actor Jorge Perugorria

and in the HBO short film “Smell the Coffee”. Her repertoire as an actress in

NYC covers from regional plays to independent movies and nation-wide

commercials. Edmi recently finished shooting in Puerto Rico the movie “Dos

Caminos”. She has her own production company, Producciones El Barrio,

With 2 projects already under its belt, “Santa Barbara es una Femme Fatal” is

its first theatre play and soon will be seen in a short film format.



Esta pieza es la historia de Yanira Montalvo, una mujer que trabaja limpiando pisos en el

World Trade Center. Para poder sobrevivir los problemas de su vida diaria, Yanira ha

creado una fantasía amorosa con su ídolo, el cantante Rubén Blades. Yanira escucha

constatemente la música de Rubén en su “walkman” para olvidar la relación abusiva de

su esposo. Un día en el medio del trabajo, Yanira tiene un encuentro que la hace

examinar su realidad. ¿Será Yanira capaz de tomar la riendas de su vida y romper el

patrón abusivo?

This piece tells the story of Yanira Montalvo, a woman who cleans floors in an office

building. In order to survive her daily problems, Yanira creates a fantasy: her own love

affair with singer Rubén Blades. Yanira listens constantly to Rubén’s music in her

walkman. That is her way to try to forget her abusive relationship with her husband.

One day, at work, Yanira has an unexpected encounter that makes her examine the reality

of her life. Can she take control and stop the abuse?


Written and Performed by Juliette Jeffers

Juliette Jeffers is a Caribbean-American actor, writer, director, producer and educator. She has appeared in 13 films, over 20 guest star TV roles and over 50 national commercials. This award-winning artist has written and performed in 4 highly acclaimed solo shows. Juliette also teaches solo show workshops.
What if God was held responsible for all of the injustices that African-Americans have endured? This powerful, thought-provoking piece questions faith, free will and culpability.


Written and Performed by Janis Astor Del Valle

Janis Astor del Valle is a Bronx-born Puerto Rican lesbian writer/performer/filmmaker who uses her plays and films to promote discourse and understanding of LGBTQ issues and cultural diversity. She is an Assistant Professor at SUNY Purchase, and resides in New Haven, CT, with her wife, their cat and dog.
Joaquin struggles to gain acceptance from his family – and himself – as he transitions from a lesbian to a transgender man.
A transman’s arduous journey to acceptance unexpectedly leads him closer to home.
Playwright:  Janis Astor del Valle
Director:  Carolyn Kirsch


Written by Chris Aronsten and performed by Skye Wansey


Skye has played key supporting roles in many Australian films and TV miniseries, including Blue Murder and Chopper. Recent stage work includes Fences for Urban Theatre Projects and the monologue What would Cathy do? In 2012, she featured in Academy Award winning director Jane Campion’s TV series Top of the Lake.


After being offered the role of a lifetime, an actress fully immerses herself in the life of her character – with tragic consequences.


An actress realises too late that fully becoming a character means losing her real self.


Written and Performed by Thomas Ellenson


Thomas Ellenson is a 19-year-old actor who has appeared in several Off-Off Broadway productions, a network TV episode, and many news segments. Aside from have talent and ambition, Thomas also has Cerebral Palsy. Due to his disability, Thomas uses a power wheelchair and speaks using an iPad.


“It Is What It Is” shares the experiences of a young man with cerebral palsy, who wants to let people know that disabilities can actually be interesting and funny.

People need to realize that a guy with a disability is, first of all, just a guy.


Written and Performed by Hamza Zaman

Hamza Zaman is an award winning filmmaker and critically acclaimed playwright and actor. Best known for his film “Vemana” which was an official selection to the New York Film Week and won the Lovecraft Arts Film Festival. He was also nominated for best director for “Blue Skies” by the Brightside Film Festival where it was selected for runner up for Best Short Short.

His theatrical debut was with his play “Fresh Meat” which premiered at the 20th Anniversary FringeNYC Festival.

In this harrowing and at times humorous play from Zaman we are confronted with our preconceived notions of right and wrong and the true nature of redemption. 
An outcast brings you into his dark world where friends are the ones who betray you and the only way out is six feet under.


Adaptation by Walter Ventocilla Performed by Emily Cabrera


Dominican-born Emely Grisanty has performed for audiences across the East Coast, Latin America and Europe in both English and Spanish. She has won multiple awards for her work from the Latin theater community in New York, including the ATI, ACE and HOLA awards for both leading and supporting actress.


An elemental re-telling of the dark myth of Oedipus Rex, all resting on the shoulders of one fearless actress.


The inescapable destiny of a king, and the self-blinding that echoed through the centuries.


Written and Performed by Tova Katz


Tova Katz is a playwright, musician, and performer. She premiered See You at the Funeral! at The Club

at La Mama in June 2016, directed/choreographed by the incredible Tricia Brouk. Tova has been

performing her original work across NYC since 2011. Imagination saves her life every day. AEA-SAG-AFTRA


See You At The Funeral!—A dark musical comedy about grappling with the seductive illusion of

control, taking the audience on a twisted, howling, unforgettable ride.


A live concert. A deadly crime…See you at the funeral!

Playwright: Tova Katz

Director: Tricia Brouk


Written and Performed by Nancy Ma


Nancy grew up in Chinatown New York on Hong Kong TVB soap operas. Since moving to Los Angeles, she has worked on several independent films, web series, commercials and the Investigation Discovery show Tabloid hosted by Jerry Springer. She’s excited to continue creating and collaborating on works that celebrate voices typically silenced.



An immigrant, Asian American hustle. Follow Nancy as she navigates her Toisan Chinese family and wrestles with the American struggle, in hopes of finding her way home.



A Chinese girl trying to find home in America


Written and Performed by Marilyn Torres



Marilyn Torres graced the stage in plays such as Water By The

Spoonful at The Old Globe, Breath Boom at Yale Rep, Agony

of the Agony at The Vineyard, Bike America at The Alliance

Theater and Ma-Yi Theater. Ms. Torres was part of The Tribeca

Theater Festival in Late Night, Early Morning, produced by

Robert De Niro. Film credits include Maid in Manhattan, Lady

in the Water, Bella, Bernard & Doris, The Arrangement,

Musical Chairs and Home. She’s had principle roles on Law &

Order, Law & Order SVU, The Unusuals, Flight of the Concord,

Third Watch and The Chris Rock Show. Her most recent role was Marvel’s Dare Devil.



Sometimes you have to take steps back in order to know what Love is.


Written and Performed by Ernie Desilva

Director Bio:

Oshea Luja is a producer, director, author, educator, holistic life-purpose coach, and award-winning poet. Oshea is also the co-founder of The Still Waters Experience and Vibrations Enrichment Network in Southern California.



Smoke is a result of fire. With the world ablaze these days. Nothing becomes more important than stoking the flames because when fire burns clarity returns.


Show synopsis:

This is story about the awake voices all of us have. Smoke is the ultimate result of fire when it’s done cleansing. What happens when we learn to use our voice? The show takes the turbulence around us and offers a look at the deep seeded meanings….albeit it outspoken..there are always eyes watching us…..are we aware?