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Jose Sueiro

Jose Sueiro

born in New York City of immigrant parents and settled here to study at George

Washington & American Universities. I am a Ward 1 resident and tenant at 1841 Columbia Road

since 1973. I was originally an ANC Commissioner in 1988 and later worked in the Office of

Mayor Anthony Williams. I’ve been a teacher, community activist, culture advocate, journalist,

businessman, and Mayoral appointee. I consult on issues of affordable housing and economic

development. My background includes:

Public Service

• Director, Latin American Youth Center,

• D.C. Recreation Dept. Roving Leader – delinquency and gang prevention,

• Teacher, Oyster Bilingual Elementary School; Soccer coach, Wilson & Bell H.S.,

• ANC Commissioner 1988-90.

• President; 1841 Columbia Road Tenant Assoc.,

• Member; AARP/DC Executive Committee,

• Neighborhood Services, Office of the Mayor, 2000-06.


• Publisher; El Latino Newspaper, Spanish language community newspaper 1976-89,

• Publisher; La Nación Newspaper, Spanish language weekly newspaper, 1990-99,

• Editor; “Noticias del Mundo”; Washington Times Spanish language daily, 2000,

• Panelist, Reporters Roundtable, Channel 16


• Creator; “Escuela de Rumba” school of music,

• Co-Founder; GALA Hispanic Theatre

• Radio Host; ‘Duende & Caché’ Latin music show

• President; Hispanic Festival of Washington D.C.

Small Business & Affordable Housing

• Consultant; Development Corporation of Columbia Heights,

• Partner; LCHIP Development Group, LLC - affordable housing in D.C.,

• Director; Coalition of Park Road Businesses, Inc.

• Director; D.C. Hispanic Contractors Association, Inc.

Vote Jose Sueiro for ANC1C03 on November

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Dancing in My Cockroach Killers

GALA Hispanic Theatre proudly concludes its 42nd season with the DC premiere of Dancing In My Cockroach Killers, a bilingual musical with texts by award-winning Magdalena Gómez, music by Desmar Guevara and conceived and directed by Rosalba Rolón. A co-production by GALA Theatre and Pregones Theater/PRTT of New York, Dancing In My Cockroach Killers will run June 7 through July 1, 2018 at GALA Theatre, 3333 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20010. Parking is available at a discounted rate in the Giant garage on Park Road, NW.

            Dancing In My Cockroach Killers is an explosive mix of texts and music that delivers the full range of Gómez’s rhythmic realism, boundless hope, and rollicking humor. Facing real life challenges with courage and flair, her characters are inspired by family, friends, and Latino icons as varied as Lolita Lebrón, Joe Cuba, and Iris Chacón. From its no-nonsense Why I Lost the Popularity Contest, to the heart stopping Fuego en la cocina, to the funny and rousing Madre de bomba, Dancing In My Cockroach Killers will have you dancing and finger-snapping in self-recognition.

            Dancing In My Cockroach Killers will be performed in English and Spanish, Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 pm, and Sundays at 2 pm. The Noche de GALA and Press Night is Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 8 pm, This production is made possible in part with generous support from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

            Magdalena Gómez is a playwright, poet, essayist, and co-founder and Artistic Director of Teatro V!da in Springfield, MA. Her most recent play, ERASED: a poetic imagining of the life of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg, is a finalist (as of this writing) in the national Latinx Theater Commons competition, and Perfectamente Loca/Perfectly Insane was a winner in 2015. Ms. Gómez’s poetry collection, Shameless Woman, was published in 2014 by Red Sugarcane Press, NYC, and is included in Latin@ studies syllabi throughout the U.S. Her poems, essays and plays have also been published by the Massachusetts Review; University of Illinois Press; Callaloo; Los Angeles Times; Ollantay Theater Journal; and Skyhorse Publishing, among many others. She received a 2018 New England Public Radio’s Arts and Humanity Award, and in 2010 was named a National Endowment for the Arts Master Artist by Pregones/PRTT, where she has been a collaborator ever since.

            Rosalba Rolón (Director) is Artistic Director of Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, with venues in The Bronx and in Manhattan’s Broadway District. She is an actor, director and dramaturg specializing in adaptations through ensemble work for musical theater and plays. Some of her work includes Dancing In My Cockroach Killers and Harlem Hellfigthers On A Latin Beat. Collaborations include Betsy! with Appalshop’s Roadside Theater/KY and Brides-with theaters in Belgium and the Slovak Republic. She is an appointed member to the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Citizens Committee for NYC Cultural Plan; a United States Artists Fellow; and is a faculty member of the Leadership Institutes of the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) and the Association of Performing Arts Professionals. She serves on the boards of directors of NALAC and United States Artists.

Featured in the stellar ensemble are Christin Eve Cato, Yaremis Félix, Caridad De La Luz, Jesus E. Martínez, Omar Pérez, and Krystal Pou, and musicians Nicky Laboy on percussion and David Lowe on bass.

            Desmar Guevara is composer, musical director, and will be on keyboard. Lighting design is by resident designer Christopher Annas-Lee, who designed En el tiempo de las mariposas and Don Juan Tenorio, received a 2016 and 2018 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lighting Design for Yerma and In The Heights en Español, and is a 2017-2018 Princess Grace Award winner. Costumes are by Harry Nadal, who designed for GALA’s DC-7: The Roberto Clemente Story and Choreography is by Paulete Beauchamp. Ártemis López is Stage Manager. Production Manager is Lena Salins, and Devin Mahoney is Technical Director. Hugo Medrano is Producer.

            Regular tickets are $45 on Thursdays through Sundays. Tickets for students, military, seniors (65+), and 30 and Under are $30. Additional discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. To purchase tickets, call 202-234-7174 or visit www.galatheatre.org.

FOR TICKETS: Call (202) 234-7174, or visit www.galatheatre.org

The Truth Is Like a Piece of Paper in the Wind

GALA Theatre is presenting its most overtly political play in a very long time. Political in as much as it deals with the real life events of three martyrs of modern Dominican Republic history and their battle against the tyrant Rafael Trujillo. The play 'In the Time of the Butterflies' is based on the novel by Julia Alvarez adapted for the theatre by Caridad Svich. It is the story of the three most famous Dominican women in modern history, the Mirabal sisters, brutally assassinated in November of 1960 on the way back from a visit to their jailed husbands. Months later, after more than 30 years in power, the Trujillo dictatorship would fall as the 'caudillo' was murdered in an ambush.


            Caridad Svich has made a most faithful adaptation of this very famous material. Not only did Julia Alvarez write the novel in 1994 upon which the play is based, but later it was adapted as a movie with Salma Hayek in the starring role as the mercurial Minerva. In his famous novel, "The Feast of the Goat", Mario Vargas Llosa dedicated a chapter to the events surrounding the Mirabal sisters assassination and Dominicans of all ages know the story as a turning point in the history of their country's struggle against the dictatorship.

            The Svich adaptation attempts to capture and synthesize four different perspectives into this one play making it a bit complicated, albeit fascinating, to follow. A Dominican 'DJ' opens the show as if speaking for the 'pueblo' and the popular beliefs of the time. He pops in every so often during the show as if a rollicking Greek chorus to this Dominican tragedy.

            Scenes of the 3 sisters as young girls highlight the activism of middle sister Minerva (stunningly played by Alina Robert in her first turn on the GALA stage), known for her fiery activism and how these three women of privileged background ended up martyrs to the cause.

            At some point in the play a young female author appears questioning an older Dedé (the 4th sister who did not die in the assassination plot) decades later about all that happened. This portion of the play seems to suggest Julia Alvarez herself researching for her book, making these scenes somewhat of a play within the play.  

            The people, the young sisters, the older sister recounting her past and then a cameo, if you will, of the evil dictator himself (exquisitely performed by the multifaceted Delbis Cardona) complete a whirlwind drama that moves in and out of time and portrays various characters over long periods.

            What most remained for this viewer was the charming, determined and intense portrayal of Minerva by Alina Robert that emphasized the pain and tragedy of the Mirabal sisters. It is Minerva who provokes the radicalization of her two sisters and marries a leader of the resistance. It is Minerva who's relationship to Trujillo is most conflicted (she refuses to bed him) and who suffers the inability to practice law due to Trujillo's prohibition.

            The work is featured at GALA until May 13th Thursdays through Sundays. If you have any interest in this subject go see this remarkable piece of historical drama ably personified and portrayed in GALA's version of the story. Once again GALA has performed an important production with verve and excellence. Check out the details at www.GALA.org and go see this absorbing and excellent theatre piece.  


Small Construction Businesses & Opportunities in the DC Market

    The Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GWHCC) and Metro DC Hispanic Contractors Association (MDCHCA) just completed the first phase of a process created to increase the share of construction business that accrues to small, locally based sub-contractors in the Washington DC region.

    The process began in a February 15th breakfast with a frank discussion among construction project owners, large general contractors and representatives of small businesses and construction workers. These parties gathered for a 2 hour roundtable debate on best practices, inefficiencies in the process, lack of CBE capacity and the deficiencies and scarcity of highly qualified firms along with a dearth of skilled workers.

Argentine Festival 2018

The Argentine Festival is celebrated this year on Saturday, May 12, 2018 from 3:45 - 10:30 PM at Kenmore Middle School Theater (200 S Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington, Virginia 22204)

    Celebrate 'Festival Argentino' with music, food, tango classes and more fun activities. Sample the best from the North and South of Argentina at our 31st annual Argentine Festival. The Festival, the Embassy of Argentina and Arlington County invite you to taste and experience our popular community festival, this year at Kenmore Middle School. The Festival features the work of international and local performers and craft artists. Don't miss the chance to win a round-trip ticket to Buenos Aires, courtesy of COPA Airlines! Admission include one raffle ticket. Tickets available now at www.festivalargentino.org. For more information, please contact (703) 212-5850 or visit www.festivalargentino.org/artistas-2018. There is free parking and you can take the bus from the Ballston Metro.


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