Actors of the musical “La Cucarachita Martina” (Martina, the Little Roach)

Friday, November 8, 2013 (Bronx, NY) – After a long hiatus, The Hostos Center for the Arts and Culture (HCAC) resumes its artistic collaboration with the award-winning Teatro SEA (Society of the Educational Arts, Inc.). Based in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, SEA is the premiere Bilingual Arts-in-Education Organization and Latino Children’s Theatre in the United States.

The first performance will be the musical “La Cucarachita Martina” (Martina, the Little Roach)  which will be presented on Saturday, November 16, at 3 PM (doors open at 2:30 PM) in the Repertory Theater at the Hostos Center for the Arts and Culture at Hostos Community College, 450 Grand Concourse in the Bronx. 

General admission tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.  Tickets are available at the Center’s Box Office, opened Mon. – Fri. 12:30 PM to 6:30 PM, and two hours prior to performance.  Tickets are also available by calling (718) 518-4455 or on the web –

Based on Cuban and Puerto Rican folklore, “La Cucarachita Martina/Martina, the Little Roach” tells a comical tale of a little roach who, in her journey towards finding love, finds happiness and friendship. With the use of colorful bunrakú puppetry designed by Puerto Rican master puppeteer José López, children will be transported into a rich, dream-like world where they interact with the characters and understand the communication of animals through the use of playful sounds. Audiences of all ages are sure to enjoy the Rock and Latin sounds that create this enchanting musical tale, which will be offered in both Spanish and English simultaneously.

“We are thrilled to be back at Hostos presenting bilingual children’s theater in the South Bronx. We are very excited to collaborate with them again and look forward to this partnership," said Dr. Manuel A. Moran, Founder and Artistic Director of the Society of the Educational Arts (SEA).

“Family programming is an important priority for the Hostos Center for the Arts and Culture.  In the field of bilingual Latin theater, Teatro SEA has been highly acclaimed and we look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with the organization in serving the cultural needs of our community,” said John MacElwee, Director of the HCAC.

Established in 1985, SEA is the premiere Bilingual Arts-in-Education Organization and Latino Children’s Theatre in the United States.  SEA has created and produced a combination of educational theatre productions and art workshops/programs specifically designed to examine, challenge and create possible solutions for current educational, social and community issues. Its internationally celebrated programs include school, outdoor, community and Main stage performances, workshops and residencies, among others, reaching over 75,000 children and young adults every year.  In celebration of its 25th Anniversary, SEA opened a brand new state-of-the-art performance space at the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center on Manhattan’s Lower East Side

Following “La Cucarachita Martina”, Hostos and Teatro SAE will present “La Muela del Rey Farfán” (The Toothache of King Farfan) on Saturday, December 14, at 3 PM.

Funding for “La Cucarachita Martina” is provided by the Hostos Community College Foundation with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

What: Teatro SEA Family Series
“La Cucarachita Martina” (Martina, the Little Roach)
When: Saturday, November 16, 3:00 PM (Doors Open at 2:30 PM)
Where: Repertory Theater, The Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture
Hostos Community College, 450 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10451
Box Office: 718-518-4455
Subway/Bus: IRT Trains 2, 4, 5 and Buses Bx1, Bx2, Bx19 to 149th Street and Grand Concourse

About the Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture
The Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture consists of a museum-grade art gallery, a 367-seat Repertory Theater, and a 900-seat Main Theater, presenting artists of national and international renown. It is easily accessible from Manhattan, Queens and New Jersey and is a mere 15 minutes by subway from midtown Manhattan.

About Hostos Community College
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College is an educational agent for change that has been transforming and improving the quality of life in the South Bronx and neighboring communities since 1968. It serves as a gateway to intellectual growth and socioeconomic mobility, as well as a point of departure for lifelong learning, success in professional careers, and transfer to advanced higher education programs. The College’s unique "Student Success Coaching Unit" provides students with individualized guidance and exemplifies its emphasis on student support services.

Hostos offers 29 associate degree programs and five certificate programs that facilitate easy transfer to CUNY’s four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions. The College has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education & Workforce Development that offers professional development courses and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. Hostos is part of The City University of New York (CUNY), the nation’s leading urban public university, which serves more than 480,000 students at 24 colleges.