In association with PREGONES/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater





Readings: June 13 - 27, 2022 -- Streaming: September, 2022


Roundabout Theatre Company presents the second season of The Refocus Project, a multi-year project to elevate and restore marginalized plays to the American canon. This year’s series of readings, for which Roundabout is partnering with Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater (PRTT), will feature Latinx playwrights: René Marqués, Fausto Avendaño, María Irene Fornés, Rosalba Rolón and Desmar Guevara.


The plays have been selected in partnership with Pregones/PRTT and will be workshopped and performed in a reading series this summer in Roundabout and Pregones/PRTT spaces, featuring on stage and behind-the-scenes artists from both theaters.  This September, a streamed version of three readings will be available to the public for free, featuring both English and Spanish. All donations will directly support Pregones/PRTT and their ongoing work championing the rich Latinx cultural legacy of theatre.

SARITA (1984)

  • June 13, 2022 (Laura Pels Theatre)

By María Irene Fornés

Directed by Rebecca Aparicio

THE OXCAR (1953) 

  • June 16, 2022 (Puerto Rican Traveling Theater)

By René Marqués

Translated by Charles Pilditch

Directed by Cristina Angeles

HARLEM HELLFIGHTERS ON A LATIN BEAT (2010; texts ranging 1917-1940) 

  • June 23, 2022 (Puerto Rican Traveling Theater)

Book and Lyrics by Rosalba Rolón

Music by Desmar Guevara

Additional Music by James Reese Europe, Rafael Hernández, and the Harlem Hellfighters 369th Infantry Band

Directed by Rosalba Rolón


  • June 27, 2022 (Laura Pels Theatre)

By Fausto Avendaño

Directed by Galia Backal


The Refocus Project also features a robust selection of materials, available to industry professionals and the public, including an online resource library and community and education events.


Audiences can access The Refocus Project here. 


Leadership support for The Refocus Project is generously provided by the Ford Foundation. Additional funding provided by Bank of America and R. Martin Chavez. This marks the Ford Foundation and Bank of America’s second year of support for The Refocus Project.