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Latin Alternative Theater Awards (LATA) 2019 Nominates Dominican Cultural Commission Theater Group

New York, January 9, 2019 – The Dominican Republic’s Ministry of Culture’s Theater Group in the United States, through the Dominican Cultural Commission in the U.S., was nominated in various categories in the LATA 2019 Awards for the play “Mansión Herminia.”

Héctor Luis Rivera, founder of the LATA Awards, explained that the awards will be presented on February 9, 2019, at 6:00 p.m., at the William V Musto Cultural Center in Union City, New Jersey.

The following members of the play have been nominated for the LATA Awards:

1) Karina Blancovi, as “Best Dramatic Artist”

2) Arisleyda Lombertt, as “Best Supporting Actress”

3) Raúl Rivera, as “Best Supporting Actor”

4) Luis Acevedo, as “Best New Actor”

5) Franklin Mateo and Raúl Rivera, for “Best Stage Design”

To see the complete list of the LATA nominees, please visit the following website:

The Dominican Commissioner of Culture, Carlos Sánchez, congratulated the members of the institution’s Theater Group, represented by Luis Felipe Rodríguez, for the tremendous quality exhibited in the various plays they have produced, and most especially the “Mansión Herminia” play, written by Dominican playwright César Sánchez Beras.

Both “Mansión Herminia,” as well as “Cuatro Disparos en la Noche,” (unofficial translation: Four Shots in the Night) are the two tragic plays written by Sánchez Beras and which were awarded the Annual Literature Award “Cristóbal de Llerena” (2017), issued in the Dominican Republic.

The two plays attempt to reproduce some of the situations and events that took place during the 12-year regime of former President Joaquín Balaguer.

The Commission’s Theater Group is the official theater company of the Dominican Cultural Commission in the United States, established to produce plays written by Dominican and international writers. Also, to provide interested audiences with theater workshops and to participate in the events carried out by the Commission’s Hispanic Theater Work Team. Professor Luis Felipe Rodríguez heads the Group.

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