This is a live recording of El Extreme — Part of New Edge Theater. Luis Chaluisan - Maria Hernandez - Brian Tully
New Edge Theater, New York City, Bronx 10467
NEW EDGE THEATER EL EXTREMES ELECTRIC CABARET: AN OVERVIEW
Bronx, NYC based New Edge Theater presents contemporary comedic musical theater performances drawn from the many creative influences of pop culture in the United States.
It is the direct result of the off center multicultural experiences of the companies dozen core performers led by Nuyorican Playwright/Poet/Creative Anarchist Luis Chaluisan (aka El Extreme) - a former CBS/Telemundo/PBS news reporter/producer turned Theater Director with thirty years experience under his belt. (This includes featuring videos from group members) http://www.newedgecabaret.com/
"The cabaret form is a natural solution to include the creative resources of blending music, poetry, dramatic monologues, comedic stand up, and ensemble acting
While other NYC Latino and subculture theater companies emphasize traditional performance forms, New Edge is intent on breaking boundaries. The company takes it cue from the surrealistic paintings and writings of painter Salvador Dali and Nuyorican playwright Pedro Pietri, the street sense of outlaw artist Miguel Pinero, grittiness of film director Sam Pekinpah, and humor of comedians Rick Aviles and Richard Pryor -- all of whom New Edge founder El Extreme either worked with or studied for inspiration.
New Edge has three major units: Legal Alienz, its musical component led by bassist Brian Tully, spoken word performance led by El Extreme and Dramatic Live/Film Players headed by Actress Maria Hernandez. http://www.newedgecabaret.com/
The companies music: Traditionalist and Renegade; its Comedy: Romanatic and Fatalist; Spoken word: for every Betrayal an act of Redemption.
"People think when they read our press releases that were just throwing a concert but its much more than that. It’s the human experience with all its flaws and beauty - packaged in a 90 minute dose. All these things we do, the music, the word, the comedy, the drama – well, its a lunch counter art. But art is so vague and lunch is so real.
"(Luis) Chaluisan's unique and pioneering show combines the music and theater worlds into one energetic performance; Influenced by the honest emotions of the blues and the pulse and rhythm of street salsa ... no one will go home disappointed."
Noah Fowle Bronx Times
"In an era when spoken-word poetry has carved out a niche in "slam" competitions and even on HBO's Def Poetry, Chaluisan's work is old-school - often as literate as it is lyrical, stuffed with images drawn from New York City life."
Clem Richarson NY Daily News
THANKS FOR THE USE OF THE HALL!"
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Visit our websites http://www.newedgecabaret.com/ and enjoy audio streaming and download recordings of our show material through links on website portal. Bookings and promotions outside NYC welcome.
Since launching the play S.panish P.eople I.n C.ontrol at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in August 2001, New Edge Theater has not looked back once knotching successes with the plays Spic Chic, Lola Magdalena, the off beat WEPA!news, the Pietri Learning Dish Program (mentoring students in the NYC area and successfully putting one of its students on track in admission to Manhattanville College) and work on completing the official El Extreme boxed CD/DVD set covering thirty years of creative work by New Edge Artistic Director/founder Luis Chaluisan.
Visit the website for samples and news about New Edge Theater and our gang of "cultural teroristas" stars of the Biennalle Bonn International Theater Festival, NY International http://www.newedgecabaret.com/