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Objects time, Astoria was flooded with actors.
“Immediately I was drawn to Astoria,”
Almazan remembered. “I felt like I was at
Now, she is on a journey to create a play
cycle of 33 works – one for every Latin American
country. “It’s the largest play cycle ever
attempted by a North American playwright,”
Her goal is for Latinx people to garner
more representation on stage and in film.
As a creative and spiritual person, Almazan
surrounds herself with tokens that represent
her theater work and honor her Spanish
“I really wanted it to look like and feel like
my life – like what I have lived, what I value,”
Her two-bedroom home has an immediate
calming presence. She keeps the lights
dimmed, and the energy of the objects in
the living room is palpable.
Almazan’s “alter” sits in a far corner of the
living room. It’s a slanted ladder shelf covered
in mementos from family and friends.
On it sit sugar skulls, a crocheted cross
necklace, photographs of her grandparents’
graves, Cuban maracas, a tiny boat used in
one of her productions, dried flowers, a col