"Paso Nuevo" Brings New Audiences To D.C. Theatres | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

"Paso Nuevo" Brings New Audiences To D.C. Theatres

Play associated audio
The young people of "Paso Nuevo," performing "La Catorce" this week at GALA Hispanic Theatre in DC's Columbia Heights neighborhood.
GALA Hispanic Theatre
The young people of "Paso Nuevo," performing "La Catorce" this week at GALA Hispanic Theatre in DC's Columbia Heights neighborhood.

By Stephanie Kaye

A group of teens in Columbia Heights is bringing their stories to the stage and attracting a new audience to D.C. theaters.

Their group is called Paso Nuevo, or "New Step." And although it's run by a couple of adults, the stories are written and performed by local teenagers, like 15-year-old Rosemary Solorzano. Her story deals with a girl whose family can't afford a "quinces" party, a rite of passage celebrated in Latino communities.

"She gets into prostitution to get it; but I won't do that," says Solorzano. "I wouldn't get into prostitution to get my quinces!"

Quique Aviles directs Paso Nuevo. He considers it a successm "when I see Salvadorean peasants that barely speak English and have never been to the theater come to see their cousins and their kids."

He likes shining a positive light on the young people in Columbia Heights.

"We tend to think of our young people as these violent beasts when, in reality, they have a tremendous sense of beauty and caring," he says.

The group's latest production, "La Catorce," highlights life on 14th street in Northwest D.C., with performances tonight and Sunday at Gala Hispanic Theater.

NPR

The 'Man Who Touched His Own Heart' Changed Medicine

Melissa Block talks to Rob Dunn about his new book, The Man Who Touched His Own Heart, a history of science and medicine's efforts to understand the working of the human heart.
NPR

Shake Shack Sizzles With IPO As McDonald's Fizzles

Shares of the burger chain shot up Friday, its first trading day. Shake Shack and other fast-casual joints are taking a bite out of McDonald's, which can't recast itself to fit the current trend.
WAMU 88.5

Krupicka Wants Landlords To Be More Transparent About Mold

The Northern Virginia delegate has introduced legislation to make sure renters have access to information about mold.
NPR

Media Outlets Partner With Snapchat To Appeal To Younger Users

As people disappear from the audiences of conventional news organizations, 11 media outlets have partnered with Snapchat in the U.S. to offer its younger users easily digested fare within the app.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.