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‘Promised Land’: Newcomer Rolando Chusan To Co-Star In ABC Drama Pilot

By Denise Petski

Denise Petski

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EXCLUSIVE: Newcomer Rolando Chusan is set as a lead opposite John Ortiz in ABC’s drama pilot Promised Land.

Written by Matt Lopez and directed by Michael Cuesta, Promised Land is an epic, generation-spanning drama about two Latinx families vying for wealth and power in California’s Sonoma Valley.

Chusan will play Billy, a worker on the Heritage House vineyard in the Sonoma Valley. Billy dreams of one day owning the vineyard and has an immediate spark with Juana (Katya Martín), launching an intense rivalry with Billy’s brother, Carlos (Andres Velez), who is also in love with her.

Chusan joins a cast that includes Ortiz as Joe Sandoval, patriarch of the Sandoval family, Cecilia Suárez as Lettie Sandoval, matriarch of the Sandoval family, Augusto Aguilera as Mateo Sandoval, the hardworking, highly capable general manager of the Heritage Vineyard and stepson to patriarch Joe Sandoval, Mariel Molino as Camila Sandoval, the youngest daughter of the Sandoval family, Christina Ochoa as Veronica Sandoval, the eldest daughter of the Sandovals, Martín as Juana, a young immigrant who flees El Salvador along with her sister Rosa and Velez as Carlos Rincón, a young immigrant who comes to the Heritage Vineyard in search of a better life.

Lopez executive produces with Cuesta and Adam Kolbrenner of Lit Entertainment Group. ABC Signature is the studio.

Chusan emigrated from Ecuador at the age of three and grew up in the South Bronx. He is an Alum of Fiorello H. Laguardia, Labyrinth theater company’s 2019 intensive ensemble, and most recently the ABC Discover’s 2020 showcase last summer. Chusan is repped by Wolf Talent Group and Davien Littlefield Management.

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Afrofemononomy Will Offer In-Person Presentations of Begin The Beguine in NYC and OaklandBY DAN MEYER

APR 23, 2021 The Black femme theatre artists collaboration will also premiere member Eisa Davis’ The Essentialisn’t.

Lileana Blain-Cruz, Eisa Davis, and Jackie Sibblies Drury

The Black femme theatre artists collaboration Afrofemononomy will offer a number of in-person presentations this May across New York City and in Oakland, California, through its Work the Roots project. Among the works are the previously announced exploration of Kathleen Collins’ Begin The Beguine and The Essentialisn’t by Eisa Davis.

Starting earlier this year, the group—which includes Davis, Lileana Blain-Cruz, Charlotte Brathwaite, Jackie Sibblies Drury, Ayesha Jordan, Joie Lee, April Matthis, Jennifer Harrison Newman, Okwui Okpokwasili, Stacey Karen Robinson, and Kaneza Schaal—has been meeting to explore the late Collins’ 1984 quartet of unproduced one-acts and Davis’ music-theatre project. Both works are questions of societal strains on Black women’s physical and mental health as well as concomitant expectations of performance—questions the group engages through their own model of care and liberation.

Amelia Workman

The one-acts begin May 15 with The Reading at Performance Space New York in a piece by Blain-Cruz, Newman, Amelia Workman, Kara Young, and Gabby Beans. That same day, on a Central Park bench in Harlem, Matthis and Robinson will perform Begin the Beguine, an offering created with Brathwaite.

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This Friday, April 23, three acclaimed Off-Broadway companies get the weekend off to a great start with an enticing variety of offerings – a podcast, a livestream celebration, and a live in-person séance experience.

Radio Nowhere – Making its world premiere in Keen Company’s Hear/Now season of audio-theater re-imaginings of the classic radio play is the newly commissioned work by Brooklyn- and Boston-based playwright Kate Cortesi, who returns to the company after her 2019 KeenTeens comedy Citizens United. Directed by Taylor Reynolds, Cortesi’s latest piece recounts, with her signature thought-provoking wit, the attempt of young DJ Anonymous to save his strange little radio show by selling off an even stranger set of valuables, as his scrappy telethon turns into an exploration of grief, art, popularity, and the myth of the white male genius.

The irreverent three-hander stars award winner and Keen alum George Salazar (Be More Chill; tick, tick . . . BOOM!), along with stage-and-screen actors Alfredo Narciso and Amelia Workman. The fully-produced podcast is stage managed by Avery Trunko and audio engineered by Garret Schultz, with sound design and original music by Fred Kennedy.

Beginning on Friday, April 23, at 7 pm, Radio Nowhere streams free on the Keen Company website and all popular podcasting platforms. Listeners who are able to support Keen Company can purchase a season membership (starting at $1/month), which includes early access to all episodes and other exclusive perks (talkbacks with playwrights and artists, panels with experts, behind the scenes interviews, digital programs, opening night premiere parties, and more). As with all of the audio plays in the Hear/Now series, a full transcript will also be available for deaf and hard-of-hearing patrons.