ABOUT THE CONTENT

Cocotazo Audio Theatre

Cocotazo Audio Theatre features full-cast audio drama and audio fiction productions for all ears. This podcast is a cross between an audio drama anthology show and a traditional stage season. We present the work of writers and performers from all backgrounds with a focus on highlighting artists in the Latiné and Puerto Rican communities.

Our 2017 season featured short audio dramas by Ernio Hernandez (The Last Call), Tanya Pérez (Rincón), Dania Ramos (Hot Drinks),Summer Dawn Reyes (Something Inside That Head of Yours), and Edward Terhune (Unforeseen Circumstance). The 2018 season line up includes poetry, monologues, and dramas written by Nancy Méndez Booth, Deivis Garcia, Isabel Pask, Gloria E. Pérez, Dania Ramos, Walter Rodriguez, and J. F. Seary. We’ll be ending the 2018 season with a holiday special.


Cocotazo Music

Cocotazo Music showcases independent musicians and songwriters. Cocotazo Music produced Aquino's debut solo album Giants Will Fall (2015) as well as his follow-up EP City Stars (2017). Cocotazo Music also produced the digital benefit EP Puerto Rico del Alma (2017) by Aquino and Deivito.


Timestorm (COMING LATE 2018)

Timestorm is a children's audio drama podcast series created and written by Dania Ramos. Twelve-year-old twins Alexa and Beni are ordinary kids from Elizabeth, New Jersey…until their cousin steers them through an inter-dimensional portal and presents them with a mission: travel through time to preserve Puerto Rico’s lost history. For ages 8 and up.


ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM

Michael Aquino 

Cocotazo Music - Producer / Musician
Cocotazo Audio Theatre - Audio Engineer / Composer / Musician / Actor
Timestorm - Audio Engineer / Composer / Musician

Michael Aquino is a Cuban-Puerto Rican musician and performer born in urbanlands of northern New Jersey. His debut solo album, Giants Will Fall, was released in October 2015. His follow-up EP, City Stars, was released by Cocotazo Music in October 2017. He has performed for Artists United for Puerto Rico, the Cape May Singer-Songwriter Festival, Shack Radio Hour, BlowUp Radio’s Guitar Pull, Hillside Cafe, the Boro 6 Music Festival, the Madison Holiday Arts Festival, and Café Improv. Michael is also a professional actor, and has performed with regional and New York City theatre companies including Luna Stage, The American Globe, the NY International Fringe Festival, Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, and Writers Theatre of New Jersey. His voice can be heard on the Cocotazo Audio Theatre podcast. He is also a co-creator of Mi Casa Tu Casa, a bilingual stage production for families. Aquino is a member of SESAC and Actors Equity Association. www.MichaelAquino.com

Dania Ramos

Cocotazo Audio Theatre - Writer / Production Manager / Director / Actor
Timestorm - Creator / Writer / Director

Dania Ramos is a writer and teaching artist. Her stage plays have been produced or developed by Luna Stage, Writers Theatre of New Jersey, Speranza Theatre Company, Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, and Repertorio Español. She was a finalist in the MetLife Nuestras Voces National Playwriting Competition and the recipient of a New Jersey State Council on the Arts Playwriting Fellowship. Dania's middle grade novel Who’s Ju? (Overdue Books) won the 2015 International Latino Book Award for Best YA eBook, and was a finalist for the ILBA Mariposa Award and a Sakura Medal. She has been a teaching artist for fifteen years, leading drama and creative writing residencies for arts organizations in New Jersey. Dania is the creator and writer of Timestorm. She also wrote Hot Drinks, featured on Cocotazo Audio Theatre. She's a member of the Dramatists Guild of America and Actors Equity Association. www.DaniaRamos.com


LISTEN

Cocotazo Audio Theatre

Available on Apple Podcasts, GooglePlay, LibSynOvercastPlayerFMSoundCloud
 

Cocotazo Music Albums and EPs

City Stars (Aquino) - Amazon • CD Baby • iTunes
Giants Will Fall (Aquino) - Amazon • CD Baby • Google Play • iTunes
Puerto Rico del Alma (Deivito y Aquino) - Bandcamp



IMAGES

 

Giants Will Fall (2015)
Aquino

Photo: Mike Peters
Design: Yaney Design

 

City Stars (2017)
Aquino

Artwork: Gene-Manuel
Design: Michael Aquino

 

Puerto Rico del Alma (2017)
Aquino y Deivito

Artwork: Deivis Garcia
Design: Michael Aquino

 
 

Cocotazo Audio Theatre Logo

Design: Michael Aquino

Timestorm Logo

Design: Hispanic Legacy Printmaking Studio

 

Michael Aquino
Producer / Audio Engineer / Composer / Musician

Photo: Mike Peters

Dania Ramos

Writer / Production Manager / Director / Series Creator

Photo: Michael Aquino

 
 

RECOGNITION

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"Blood Heart" (from The Last Call)
Best Music for a Self-contained Dramatic Production, 2017 Audio Verse Awards.
Lyrics: Ernio Hernandez; music: Michael Aquino.
 

 

Something Inside That Head of Yours
Best Audio Engineering for a Self-contained Comedic Production, 2017 Audio Verse Awards.
Audio Engineer: Michael Aquino.


PRAISE FOR COCOTAZO MEDIA PROJECTS

City Stars in full is a vivid and diverse journey through a deeply creative mind. Aquino knows exactly how to connect with the multitude of feelings that the human condition experiences - where you can almost reach out and touch each variable emotion that is intricately woven into his music.
— Karla Harris, When the Horns Blows
Listening to some beautifully-produced music and this adapted tale of classic folkloric character, Martina the Cockroach, it all felt like coming home. It’s a feel-good, smile-big kind of story; just what I needed.
— Elena Fernández-Collins, Audio Dramatic
This is Aquino’s debut album…and it’s a keeper.
— LMNOP aka dONW7, babysue.com
 
Cocotazo Audio Theatre’s newest episode, “Open Mic: Puerto Rico,” is a collection of beautifully performed and designed poems dedicated to Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Even if you aren’t Boricua, this will resonate with you.
— Elena Fernández-Collins, The Bello Collective
Giants Will Fall sports a wide range of sounds, textures and a relentless creative streak...
— Bob Cannon, The Montclair Times
There is a connectivity running through the songs that is held together by excellent musicianship and Aquino’s emotional and honest delivery.
— Ed Magdziak, You Don't Know Jersey