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HOLA Awards 2003

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For Immediate Release/July 10, 2003 Contact: Charles Rice-González/718-542-0267

HOLA - HISPANIC ORGANIZATION OF LATIN ACTORS
TO PRESENT HONORS AND AWARDS AT
4TH ANNUAL CEREMONY

ANTONIO BANDERAS, PULITZER PRIZE WINNING PLAYWRIGHT NILO CRUZ, STAGE AND SCREEN ACTRESSES ANTONIA REY AND OLGA MEREDIZ, AND JOURNALIST MARÍA CELESTE ARRARÁS ARE THE HONOREES AND AWARDS TO BE GIVEN TO THE BEST OF LATINO THEATRE

(New York, NY) -- The Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA) announced that it will present the 4th Annual HOLA Awards ceremony celebrating the best in Latino Theatre on Monday, September 22, 2003 at 6:30pm at The Players on Gramercy Park South. For further information call HOLA at 212-253-1015 or visit www.HelloHola.org. The screen and Tony-nominated actor Antonio Banderas, will receive the “HOLA Rita Moreno Award for Excellence” at its annual HOLA Awards. Previous recipients of this award have been actors Jimmy Smits, Benjamin Bratt and Priscilla López.

“Latinos are in a wonderful place of forward momentum in the theatre world and we are proud to be
highlighting just some of their many accomplishments at the HOLA AWARDS,” shared Manuel Alfaro,
executive director of HOLA, a Hispanic arts service and advocacy organization that provides a variety of programs designed to serve Hispanic actors and the entertainment/communications industries.

Along with Antonio Banderas, HOLA will give special awards to
Nilo Cruz, 2003 Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright will receive “The Raúl Juliá HOLA Founders
Award”
Olga Merediz, Broadway actress, currently in MAN OF LA MANCHA, will receive the new “HOLA
Tespis Award”
María Celeste Arrarás, Telemundo journalist, will receive the “HOLA Ilka Award”
Antonia Rey, celebrated stage and screen actress will receive the “HOLA Life Achievement Award”

In addition, HOLA will present over 25 awards in the categories of musical and drama production,
director, actress, actor, supporting actor and supporting actress to recognize outstanding productions and performances in Hispanic Theatre over the past year. Works were chosen from a variety of productions from Repertorio Español, INTAR, the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, and more.
Award Winners for 2002 and 2003 New York Spanish Theater Seasons

Musical Productions:
A 3 VOCES
Manuel Morán, producer
SEA (Society for Educational Arts)

ENCUENTRO DE PIES, TAMBORES
Y FALDAS
Paulette Beauchamp, producer
LATEA

HAVANA UNDER THE SEA
Max Ferrá, producer
INTAR

Drama Productions:
BERNARDA
Miriam Colón-Valle, producer
Puerto Rican Traveling Theater

EL TUERTO ES REY
Ángel Gil-Orrios, producer
Thalía Spanish Theatre

LA FIESTA DEL CHIVO
Gilberto Zaldívar, producer
Repertorio Español

Directors:
Beatriz Córdoba
LA EDAD DE LA CIRUELA
IATI (Instituto de Arte Teatral
Internacional)

Ángel Gil-Orrios
EL TUERTO ES REY
Thalía Spanish Theatre

Jorge Alí Triana
LA FIESTA DEL CHIVO
Repertorio Español


Actresses:
Soledad López
NOSOTRAS LO HACEMOS MEJOR
Thalía Spanish Theatre

Doreen Montalvo
HAVANA UNDER THE SEA
INTAR

Anilú Pardo
LA MALASANGRE
Repertorio Español

Actors:
Roy Arias
EXTREMOS
TEI (Teatro Estudio Internacional)

Waddys Jáquez
PARGO: LOS PECADOS
PERMITIDOS
Repertorio Español

Nelson Landrieu
LOCOS DE CONTENTO
Repertorio Español

Leo Vilar
EL TUERTO ES REY
Thalía Spanish Theatre

Featured Actresses:
Denia Brache
LA FIESTA DEL CHIVO
Repertorio Español

Silvia Brito
BERNARDA
Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre


Lourdes Ferré
LAS VIUDAS TAMBIEN SE CASAN
LATE (Latin American Theater
Ensemble)

Adriana Sananes
BERNARDA
Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre

Teresa Yenque
LA MALASANGRE
Repertorio Españo

Featured Actors:
Hemky Madera
LA POSADERA
Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre

Héctor Luis Rivera
LAS MALAS PASIONES
LATE (Latin American Theater
Ensemble)

Carlos Rodríguez
LAS VIUDAS TAMBIEN SE CASAN
LATE (Latin American Theater
Ensemble)

René Sánchez
LA FIESTA DEL CHIVO
Repertorio Español

Emyliano Santa Cruz
EL ENFERMO IMAGINARIO
Teatro Tocando Puertas

Special Recognition:
Merel Poloway Juliá
NOSOTRAS LO HACEMOS MEJOR (WE WOMEN DO IT BETTER)
Thalía Spanish Theatre

 

Clockwise from upper left: Antonia Rey receives the HOLA Lifetime Achievement Award from Manolo García Oliva; García Oliva and Rey; Featured Actress winner Denia Brache (photo by Wayman L. Widgins); HOLA Award honorees (and Evita costars) Olga Merediz (HOLA Tespis) and Antonio Banderas (HOLA Rita Moreno Award for Excellence).



Clockwise from top left (left to right): Gredivel Vásquez, Manuel Herrera, Featured Actor winner René Sánchez, Daisy Cabrera, Eduardo Navas and (in front) HOLA Boardmember Manolo García Oliva; HOLA Award Winner Merel Poloway Juliá receiving her award from Noemí De La Puente; the HOLA Award winning company of Thalía Spanish Theatre's We Women Do It Better/Nosotras lo hacemos mejor (including second through fourth from left, Soledad López, Merel Poloway Juliá and director Ángel Gil Orrios); Featured Actress winner Teresa Yenque and her son, actor (The Blue Diner, Traffic) and presenter José Yenque (photo by A.B. Lugo).

Clockwise from top left (left to right): Noemí De La Puente, HOLA Chair Gonzalo Armendáriz, HOLA Vice-Chair Rebecca Vázquez, HOLA Executive Director Manny Alfaro, Olga Merediz, Antonio Banderas, Antonia Rey and HOLA Boardmember Manolo García Oliva; Tsu Tsu Stanton and Bea Cuan, Featured Actor winner René Sánchez and Rey; Sandy Dorr (with tickets) and Vivienne Jurado (with sign). (The latter three photos by Wayman L. Widgins.)




Above: Presenters José Yenque and Tere Martínez. At right, HOLA Boardmember Elaine Brodey and Executive Director Manny Alfaro
(photo by Wayman L. Widgins)
.

Above: Featured Actor winner Hemky Madera
(photo by Wayman L. Widgins).
Right: Pulitzer Prize winner Oscar Hijuelos. Far right: Pulitzer Prize winner and HOLA Raúl Juliá HOLA Founders Award honoree Nilo Cruz. Below left: Clara Mosquera, Manuel Herrera and HOLA Tespis Award honoree Olga Merediz. Below right: The crowd at The Players.


Clockwise from top left (left to right): Noemí De La Puente, Sabrina Ávila, Tere Martínez (photo by A.B. Lugo); Antonio Banderas and SAG New York's Jean Gerson Greer, HOLA Tespis Award honoree Olga Merediz and Oscar Hijuelos (photo by Wayman L. Widgins); (first row) Banderas and Manny Alfaro (second row) HOLA Award winners Waddys Jáquez, Hemky Madera, unidentified and Lourdes Ferré (photo by Wayman L. Widgins).



Clockwise from left: Antonio Banderas and Inma Heredia; Miriam Cruz receives a buss from A.B. Lugo as Merel Poloway Juliá looks on (both photos by Wayman L. Widgins); presenters HOLA Boardmember Willie C. Boston and Lucía Armendáriz; HOLA honorees Antonio Banderas and Antonia Rey.


Above: (Left to right) HOLA Boardmember Manolo García Oliva, Antonio Banderas, Executive Director Manny Alfaro, Manuel Herrera, HOLA Vice-Chair Rebecca Vázquez, Carlos Navedo. Right: HOLA honorees Antonio Banderas and Antonia Rey.

Photo credits: All photos are by Benjamin Briu. Additional photos taken by Wayman L. Widgins and A.B. Lugo (as indicated in blue).

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