The Arthur Laurents Theater
at The New Brunswick Performing Arts CenterDirections
Jacobo Morales burst onto the entertainment industry at the age of fourteen and soon after, developed his writing skills in television and with La criada malcriada (1965). The first film he directed, ...And God Created Them (1979), is recognized as the marking point where Puerto Rico's film industry evolved. His third film, Lo que le pasó a Santiago (1989), reached an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film in 1990, being the only Academy Award recognition a Puerto Rican film has yet to reach. Morales is considered by many to be the most influential filmmaker in Puerto Rico.
Actor, choreographer and director, Broadway performing credits include Jerome Robbin’s Broadway, Gloria and Emilio Estefan’s On Your Feet, Lincoln Center’s Twelfth Night, Man of La Mancha, Fosse, Victor/Victoria, and Paul Simon’s The Capeman.
Performances at New York’s Public Theater include Hamlet, Pericles, Much Ado About Nothing, Henry VIII, and Antony and Cleopatra, starring and directed by Vanessa Redgrave.
Choreography credits include West Side Story, The Somewhere Project, celebrating Carnegie Hall’s 125th anniversary; Tony Kushner’s translation of Mother Courage and her Children starring Meryl Streep and the musical Radiant Baby, both directed by George C. Wolfe. Also, The Three Penny Opera at Williamstown Theater Festival starring Betty Buckley; Jose Rivera’s premiere of References to Salvador Dali make me hot starring Rosie Pérez, and the revival of Pablo Cabrera’s La Verdadera Historia de Pedro Navaja in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Directing works include Putting Out by Australian writer Laura E Bray and Hedwig and the angry Inch (also producer and translation) at the Gay and Lesbian Theater Festival in Puerto Rico (Best Production Award 2010). For the 2018-19 season he will be resetting Jerome Robbins’ original West Side Story choreography at Houston Grand Opera, Pittsburgh Ballet, Glimmerglass Festival, Kansas City Lyric Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera and Atlanta Opera. He is currently a collaborator on the new film version of West Side Story, directed by Stephen Spielberg
Julio attended the University of Puerto Rico, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and graduated from CUNY’s Brooklyn College. He now lives in New York City.
We are honored to welcome the extremely talented, award-winning Director/ Choreographer Julio Monge who brings us the American English language premiere of the iconic Puerto Rican Academy Award nominee Jacobo Morales. “Baipás” (a byway detour from the main road) presents a magical world in which two very diverse, strong individuals are thrown into a strange place together and using the legendary sensuous Bolero, come to choose life and love. As this man and woman dance through the byways of love between clarity and confusion with a healthy dose of sarcastic humor, they arrive in an unexpected place. A romantic pas de deux!