ABOUT THE SUITCASE PROJECT
Through original music and theatrical storytelling, both in English and in Spanish, The Suitcase Project investigates the experience of being of two worlds and the complexity of the Latin immigrant experience in the U.S. Like a tree with long, tangled roots ripped from the ground and transplanted in a new land, the show is about growing in a new environment, claiming a new home, and the struggles of what it means to “begin again.” How does translating ones identity into a world of new language and values challenge and deepen a person’s sense of self? And how are we collectively evolving as a culture when we allow these complexities to exist within our definition of “American”? Combining the Magic Realism of Latin literature with the pulse of a contemporary beat, Migguel Anggelo and his virtuosic band The Immigrants give witness to the tightrope existence of being a person of two worlds.
MIGGUEL ANGGELO: Performer/Songwriter/Writer
Migguel Anggelo is breaking barriers on the American stage, creating unique works that are reflective of the multicultural, multi-lingual, changing demographics of our country and times. The Brooklyn based, Venezuelan born artist began his career at 13 as Pinocchio in a South American touring production of the Broadway musical. He studied voice at the Conservatory of Music in Cologne, Germany, has written music throughout all of his journeys as an immigrant in several countries, and has released two albums, the most recent being, LA CASA AZUL (co-written/produced by musical director, Mau Quiros and mixed by Grammy Award-winner Felipe Tichauer). Performing regularly at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater, he has most recently been seen in ANOTHER SON OF VENEZUELA, which he developed with Quiros and Obie winner David Drake. Previous shows created for Joe’s Pub were I, INMIGRANTE and BETWEEN DREAMS. Anggelo, Drake, and Quiros were recently awarded a theater residency at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia where they developed ANOTHER SON OF VENEZUELA. This past summer, Migguel Anggelo and the Immigrants performed a ten city concert tour of Russia as a cultural attaché under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State.
DAVID DRAKE: Director/Writer
David Drake is most widely known as the Obie Award-winning playwright/performer of THE NIGHT LARRY KRAMER KISSED ME NY directing credits (new works): Theatre for the New City, Joe’s Pub, HERE, Dixon Place, multiple shows (and awards) at the NYC International Fringe Festival and Under the Radar at The Public Theater. Artist residencies: Dance Theater Workshop, New School, Maryland Institute College of Art, Out North Art House, the Kimmel Center. David has twice been a Directing Fellow at the Sundance Theatre Lab. Prior to Broadway, David helped develop and dramaturge Sherie Rene Scott’s Tony-nominated EVERYDAY RAPTURE, as well as Kathy Najimy’s work-in-progress LIFT UP YOUR SKIRT. His production of The BE(A)ST OF TAYLOR MAC won a Herald “Angel” Award upon its debut at the 2007 Edinburgh Fringe. David’s production of Taylor Mac’s THE LILY’S REVENGE at HERE landed on many publication’s “Best of the Year” lists and won a 2010 Obie Award. Most recently, David has written and directed Migguel Anggelo’s I, INMIGRANTE and ANOTHER SON OF VENEZUELA at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater. David is working on a new off Broadway show called THE JAMB.
MAU QUIROS: Musical Director/Arranger/Songwriter
Costa Rican born, Brooklyn based Mau Quiros won a contest at age 17, writing a symphonic work for the Costa Rica National Symphony. As a musician, Mau performed with the Big Band of Costa Rica before receiving a full scholarship to the FIU School of Music in Miami. Mau has composed for, performed with, and produced recordings for a diverse range of artists and organizations from the Contemporary Youth Orchestra of Cleveland to Ben Folds and Graham Nash. He has played the most prestigious jazz festivals worldwide including the Monterrey, Costa Rica, and Montreal festivals.
As Migguel Anggelo’s long-time collaborator, Mau produced the album LA CASA AZUL, while performing in such venues as the New World Center, Joe’s Pub, and the Detroit Institute of the Arts. The two have created four theater works together, most recently ANOTHER SON OF VENEZUELA, developed with David Drake at a residency at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. This past summer, as Musical Director and keyboardist of Migguel Anggelo and the Immigrants, Mau was part of a 10 city concert tour of Russia as a cultural attaché under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State.