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The ONE FESTIVAL Winners Showcase

April 26 – 30, 2017, 8:00pm, LATEA Theater

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Caicedo Production presents :

12th annual The ONE Festival Winners Showcase






11th Annual ONE Winner Written and Performed by Marlene Villafane, Directed by Byron C. Saunders, Dramaturge by: Jeff C. Oppenheim


Peppered with her impressions of original characters, her favorite TV & film characters & celebrities, such as Eartha Kitt, Julie Andrews & even Fran Drescher, and through her storytelling and songs, Marlene Villafane takes you through a ride of the events that led her to find her personal power and voice again while growing up gawky, and painfully shy in the Upper West Side. “Hello Everyone, this is Eartha Kitt and I want to thank all of you and this fabulous city. Rrrrrrrrrrrr”!


Marlene Villafane takes us on a journey of her life growing up a gawky and shy Puerto Rican in NYC.

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8th Annual ONE Winner Written and Performed by A.R. Garcia


In April of 2013 A.R. Garcia wrote and performed his first one-man show entitled “I LOVE THEM ALL,” directed by Leslie Daniels. “I LOVE THEM ALL” was entered into the ONE Festival at LATEA Theatre and won his first Off-Broadway Award. A.R. Garcia entered the ONE Festival in 2014 with a play he wrote entitled “MY TIME” also directed by Leslie Daniels, performed by Teresa Anne Volgeneu. In 2015 he entered again with his one-man show entitled “THE BROKEN BACHELOR” which he wrote and performed and was directed by Marilyn Torres.

A.R. has written advertising campaigns for Robert DeNiro’s new product VODKA 6100. In addition he has written and co-stars in SAINT NICHOLAS; his first screenplay an adaptation of “I Love Them All,” which has been produced as an independent feature film and currently in distribution by Summer Hill Films. A.R. Garcia is currently in pre-production with a couple pilots for TV.

A.R.’s love and passion for writing has grown into all avenues as a playwright, screen writer, actor, poet, and blogger as well as an author of his upcoming short story/novel/poetry book set to be released in 2018 entitled; The Broken Bachelor.


Nicholas De La Cruz a high-powered defense attorney, Who also is a functioning addict. While preparing to defend his childhood friend Juan Suarez, who is a noted criminal. The stress of the case drives Nicholas into a tailspin of self abuse. This leads to him confiding in a therapist, who can hold her own against the dominating Nicholas. What Nicholas discloses about his past, present, and future, will change his life forever.


A drug and sex addicted criminal attorney tries to regain control of his life through therapy he believes he has no use for.

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2008 ONE Winner Written and Performed by Susan Damante

Here’s what TIME OUT said:

**** (four stars) Susan Damante is a woman unafraid to tell her story, and her one-woman show pulls no punches. She arrives onstage healthy, vibrant and unafraid, but it has not always been that way—as Damante makes clear in describing her bouts with bulimia and Crohn’s disease, her on-and-off relationship with her heavy-drinking parents and drug-using brother, the ups and downs of her life in Southern California in the ’60s and ’70s, and her self-reinvention as a manager, mother and actor. Interspersed original songs—…embellish her inspiring tale, which proves that while life may not start at 50, it sure doesn’t end there.—Andrew Frisicano, Freelance Copy Editor ‘Time Out’



“One woman’s journey of rising up out of the sh*t to victory…”

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5th Annual ONE Winner Written and Performed by Ernie Silva


Ernie Silva can be found these days teaching theater to incarcerated youth as well as to children around the inner city of Los Angeles. He is a product of Bushwick projects in Brooklyn New York where he grew up the youngest of 13 siblings; he’s hardly typical in any sense of the word. His creative career started at the age of 12 when one day while break dancing in the streets he and his crew Love Disco Style were discovered by radio station 98.7 KISS FM where Eddie Rivera chose them to be the station’s resident dancers. It was there Ernie got his first tastes of life in front of  live audiences as they immediately began performing all across the city in shows with some of street music’s hottest acts. As Ernie grew so did his taste for performing, but now with a more eclectic edge.

He left breaking and became fascinated with performers like Flip Wilson, Freddie Prinze, and Richard Pryor. These raw and brutally honest performers seemed to fuel the mischievous juvenile delinquent in Ernie! His new found inspiration for comedy began resulting in obscene amounts of hookie-playing; causing the train passes he should’ve been implementing to get to school to become tools he instead used to travel around the city with, while dodging truant officers, as he scoured the city looking for comedy clubs he’d seen listed in the newspapers. Consequently, the desire to make people laugh drew him back to the stage at places like the upper west side’s Stand Up New York, The Comic Strip in the Upper East Side, and the Comedy Cellar in Greenwich Village. At age 17 standup became his new voice. However, while he enjoyed the exhilarating feeling that came with being a stand up, his fascinations with performance still had wider places to spread. Eventually his musical side came calling to be recognized.

It was then that the voices of people like Andres Segovia, John McLaughlin, Paco De Lucia, Son House, and Jimi Hendrix began to join all the other voices he loved. These also began intriguing Ernie to mimic them as much as he could.  While embarking on his tutelage in guitar styles which ranged from classical to blues (most of which he taught himself while sleeping on odd couches, spending random nights at youth hostels and homeless shelters, and even a few nights riding freight trains around the country.) All these exploits and years of traveling, playing guitar, his innate abilities for both dramatic acting and doing comedy in stand up and sketch comedy forms first earned him a Bachelor’s Degree from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville in Acting, and eventually the amazing honor of being bestowed a full scholarship to the newest Graduate Acting Program at the University of Southern California. In fact, after a worldwide search conducted by the school of over 360 applicants, he was given the only full scholarship awarded that year to a class only housing ten students. Ultimately stand up comedy’s voice eventually began to feel too limiting an art form. It was then that the world of one man shows moved into his sights. It was in this realm that Ernie would find the creative room for all of his individual abilities to coincide in harmony in whatever capacities he chose. There is where he has been ever since. Heavy Like the Weight of a Flame has enjoyed a n myriad of successes both in the states and internationally.


Heavy Like the Weight of a Flame is a sea-green version of the blues! It’s a one-man show that is like watching a bar fight go on between our lead character’s demons, influences, and aspirations. It’s a sometimes serious, sometimes hilarious journey filled with echoes of Shakespeare, Lightning Hopkins, Jack Kerouac, and your local Brooklyn New York archetypes and philosophers. It’s raw, it’s funny, it is universally human and it is above all intelligent!

The story surrounds Ernie our main character who finds himself to be a square peg (albeit a cool one) trapped in an octagon! He proceeds to engage us with 17 severely distinctive and unforgettable characters we will laugh at, cry with and ultimately lie down and dream alongside. It is a real life, autobiographical, to the core American story that at best reinvents even the established folklores of our society and at worst reintroduces them with a fresh new twist! Heavy Like the Weight of a Flame challenges our soul in the way we like!!!

This show walks the spiritual alleyways previously stomped through by people like John Leguizamo in “Freak” and Danny Hoch in “Jails, Hospitals and Hip-Hop” but with an extra element not even found in those two pieces, the enthralling ingredient added by Savannah our main character’s beloved guitar! Accompanying Silva’s verbal eloquence, from her mouth come voices ranging from the likes of Jimi Hendrix to Andres Segovia, not to mention his own very distinct music. The show is unquestionably not your average thing, it is a New York street kid’s walking, talking proof that high concept tales are also found in broken yet crystal clear street poetry! That same type of heart-filled imagery that can be found enrapturing minds within the writings of Donald Goines just as easily as it can be seen gripping souls when found screaming in a subway, or anywhere you happen to be lucky enough to catch this one of a kind artwork! 

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