SUNY Sullivan Theater Program Presents IN the Heights, December 2 – 4

A New Theatrical Production for the 2022-2023 Season

The SUNY Sullivan Theater Arts Program is proud to present In the Heights, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda and book by Quiara Alegría Hudes. Directed by SUNY Sullivan Theater Program professors Jessica López-Barkl and Nick López, the Tony-award winning play is the Theater Arts Program’s musical offering for its 2022-2023 Sueñito/Little Dream Season.

In the Heights will be performed December 2-4, Friday and Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 2 pm, in the Seelig Theatre on the SUNY Sullivan campus. All campus visitors who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 are required to wear masks indoors at all times. Tickets are a suggested donation of $10 to the SUNY Sullivan Theater Program/Performing Arts Club. For further information, contact Jessica López-Barkl at jbarkl@sunysullivan.edu. For advance tickets, visit sunysullivanintheheights.bpt.me.

The pandemic proved that what is important in our lives is our families and our community, said López-Barkl. To celebrate this lesson, the Theater Program is producing shows that focus on our sueñitos or our “little dreams.” “The season name was inspired by the students we serve at SUNY Sullivan and the strong community we have created in our theater program that helps nurture dreams,” said López-Barkl. This little community banded together during the pandemic to keep us busy and inspired. Without our little dreams, our sueñitos, we would not have survived the pandemic. We are honoring our community and our dreams this season.”

In the Heights Synopsis

In the vibrant New York City neighborhood of Washington Heights, bodega owner Usnavi and his friends dream, hope and work for a bright future. The production includes some mature content and themes.

Other productions for the SUNY Sullivan Theater Program 2022–23 season include Casa Valentina by Harvey Fierstein and Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare.

For more information, contact Jessica López-Barkl at jbarkl@sunysullivan.edu.

About the Artists:

Lin-Manuel Miranda – music/lyrics

(From Concord Theatricals website) Lin-Manuel Miranda is a Pulitzer Prize, Grammy, Emmy and Tony award-winning songwriter, actor, and director. He is the creator and original star of Broadway’s Tony-winning Hamilton and In the Heights. His additional Broadway credits include Freestyle Love Supreme (2020 Special Tony Award recipient, co-founder, guest star), Bring It On: The Musical (co-composer/co-lyricist, Tony nomination for Best Musical), and West Side Story (2009 revival, Spanish translations).

Miranda is the recipient of the 2015 MacArthur Foundation Award, the 2018 Kennedy Center Honors and the 2019 Portrait of a Nation Prize. He received an Emmy Award with Tom Kitt for their song “Bigger” from the 67th Annual Tony Awards.

Mr. Miranda and The Miranda Family actively support initiatives that increase the representation of people of color throughout the arts and government, ensure access to women’s reproductive health, and promote resilience in Puerto Rico. Miranda received his B.A. from Wesleyan University in 2002. He lives with his family in New York.

Quiara Alegrí­a Hudes – book

Quiara Alegrí­a Huedes is a playwright, professor of writing and theater at Wesleyan University, and native of West Philly, U.S.A. Hailed for her work’s exuberance, intellectual rigor, and rich imagination, her plays and musicals have been performed around the world. They are: Water By the Spoonful, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama; In the Heights, winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and Pulitzer finalist; Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue, another Pulitzer finalist; Daphne’s Dive; The Good Peaches; Miss You Like Hell; and The Happiest Song Plays Last. Hudes is a playwright in residence at New York’s Signature Theater and a proud alum of Philadelphia Young Playwrights.

About SUNY Sullivan

SUNY Sullivan is the leader of innovative higher education and a catalyst for workforce development throughout the Sullivan Catskills and beyond. Our diverse community cultivates personal growth and professional advancement, preparing students for success in a sustainable and interconnected world. A forward-looking, top-tier community college in New York, SUNY Sullivan offers over 40 degree programs, certificates, and micro-credentials for learners at all levels of their educational goals. We value critical inquiry and creativity while supporting our students in a culture of inclusion and respect.

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November 10, 2022.

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