Past Events

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Monologue Mondays & Spotlight Saturdays @ Karma Lounge. 


Mondays are for Actors! A safe space where actors at any level of their career come to perform in a live audience. Happens every 3rd Monday of the month in the Karma Lounge in the Lower East Side.


A variety showcase event where performers display their talent in front of a live audience. Happens every 4th Saturday of the month in the Karma Lounge in the Lower East Side.

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Dirt is Where Flowers Grow (December 2017)

By Ashley L. Calderon

Starring: Sabrina Zara, Brandon Thomas Martin, Keira Wesley, Chris Van Kirk, Manu Pasqualini, Nick Luis, and Melissa Denize

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Water by the Spoonful (May 2017)

By Quiara Alegria Hudes

Directed by Sabrina Zara

Starring: Nick Luis, Ashley L. Calderon, Tomo Lovric, Anne Keane, Suzanna Lee, Maurice McPherson, and Irving Paradise.


The play depicts the aftermath of the death of Ginny, Elliot's adoptive mother. As Elliot and his cousin Yaz attempt to process their loss, Ginny's sister Odessa, Elliot's biological mother, bonds with other recovering addicts on the Narcotics Anonymous support chat room she moderates.

Collaboration  Events

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City is Ours 

Hip hop event featuring artists from NYC. Collaboration with Epic.

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Art Gallery

Gallery displaying art from artists in NYC. Collaboration with Aura aka All the Little Details.

Night of Vibes

Night of Vibes was created by Nick Luis and Sabrina Zara to end 2020 on some good vibes and make way for a powerful new year, etc 

Rough Magic by Roberto Aguirre Sacasa (Feb 2021)

Curated by The Nuyorican Poets Cafe & Blended City

Directed by Ashley L. Calderon

Starring: Sabrina Zara, Jaime Pineiro, Nick Luis, Melissa Denize, Maritza Hernandez, and JB Chen

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Happy Tuesday (March 2021)

"Happy Tuesday" written by Juan E. Guerrero Directed by Juan E. Guerrero & Ashley L. Calderon

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2021 Online Theater Festival (March 2021)

The Festival will highlight innovative new works from emerging and established dramatists; featured plays and monologues will address themes of immigration, sexual orientation and identity, cultural identity and freedom of expression. Audiences will choose the festival's top three plays, which will each receive encore performances in Fall 2021, permitting reopening takes place.


The Nuyorican Poets Cafe’s 2021 Online Theater Festival will feature world premieres of the following monologues and short plays:


“Tokens” by reg.e.gaines

“Blue” by Caridad Svich

“Papi” by Ashley L. Calderón

“Make La Diaspora Great Again: An Homage To Our Bodies” by Jossie Ortiz

“Dinner Date 2020” by Helene Galek

“American Slavery” by Nia Akilah Robinson

“Pronounced” by Khalif J. Gillett

“ProTips” by Eunice "LuLu" Alicea

“Spell It” by Michelle de la Rosa

“Adulting” by Amira Mustapha

“By Chance” by Vincent Marano

“Nosotras” by Isa Guzman

“Fair Play” by Shaquille Edwards


Produced by Nick Luis & Jason Quinones

Zoom Stage Manager: Mariah Sanchez

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Wild Culture

The Wild Project, The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, and Pipeline Theatre Company are teaming up to create a cultural collaboration in the Lower East Side via NYC’s Open Culture program. Join us for an artistic exchange of performances, spoken word, theatre, drag, and more! The event will be MC’d by Pipeline’s Artistic Associate, Janice Amaya, and Community Director, Cristina Pitter.