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(New York, N.Y.) – March 10, 2017– The nineteenth annual Otto René Castillo Awards for Political Theatre will be held on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 2:00 pm at the Castillo Theatre, 543 West 42nd Street, New York, NY. This year’s awardees have each made significant contributions and innovations to experimental, community-based and politically engaged theatre.

Catherine Filloux, an award-winning playwright whose work addresses human rights and social justice. She is a co-founder of Theatre Without Borders and has served as a speaker for playwriting and human rights organizations around the world;

The Robey Theatre Company was founded in 1994 to fill a void of opportunity for Black theatre artists. Their mission is to explore and develop relevant provocative and innovative new plays written about the Black experience, as well as to reinterpret established works;

Favianna Rodriguez is an interdisciplinary artist, cultural strategist and organizer based in Oakland, California. She collaborates with social movement groups around the country to co-create art that is resilient, empowering and transformative.

Past Otto Award honorees include: Laurie Anderson, Joseph Chaikin, Kathleen Chalfant, LAByrinth Theater Company, El Teatro Campesino, the San Francisco Mime Troupe, Emily Mann, Ntozake Shange, Ping Chong + Company, the Steppenwolf Theater, Melvin Van Peebles, Douglas Turner Ward, Robert Wilson and many others.

 

About the Otto Awards: The Otto Awards (Executive Producer: Diane Stiles) were founded in 1998 to recognize, support and connect theatre companies and artists engaged in creating political, experimental and community-based theatre. They have been awarded to over a hundred theatres and individual theatre artists from the United States, Austria, Canada, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Germany, Ireland, Jamaica, Japan, Pakistan, Serbia and the United Kingdom.

About the Castillo Theatre: The Castillo Theatre (Artistic Director: Dan Friedman) was established in 1984 by a collective of political activist/artists and has produced over 175 productions, from multicultural and avant-garde plays to musical theatre and performance art. In each of its diverse productions, Castillo provides a creative environment in which people of all ages can produce and experience theatre that deals with contemporary and historical social issues.  Castillo serves as a multi-racial home for Black theatre and since 2007 has enjoyed a producing partnership with Woodie King, Jr.’s New Federal Theatre.

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