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 included poetry, monologues, and dramas written by Nancy Méndez Booth, Deivis Garcia, Isabel Pask, Gloria E. Pérez, Dania Ramos, Walter Rodriguez, and J. F. Seary. This podcast is currently on hiatus.



 

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Episode Credits

EPISODE 1: HOT DRINKS
Take a sip. Listen to life.

PRODUCTION
Creator / Writer / Director - Dania Ramos
Producer / Audio Engineer - Michael Aquino
Additional audio effects (creative commons) - reesounds.org & soundeffectsplus.com

MUSIC
Theme Song, "Cape May Warbler" & "Calenture" written and performed by Michael Aquino
"Do Things" written and performed by Laree Cisco
"Why I Stay" written and performed by Declan Remus
"Sounds" written and performed by Ken Kusama
"In Dreams We Do" & "The Only Thing That Separates Us" written and performed by Deena Shoshkes

CAST
LIA: Dania Ramos
CONNER: Michael Aquino
JACKIE: Christine Mariani
EDINA: Monifa Brown
KAI: Salvador Navarro
SOUND GUY (MLJ): Ernio Hernandez
ARACELI: Leilany Figueroa
MOLINA: Rachel Faison
AMIR: Gus Ibranyi

EPISODE 2: THE LAST CALL
This cannot be the end.

PRODUCTION
Creator / Writer - Ernio Hernandez
Producer / Audio Engineer - Michael Aquino
Production Manager / Director - Dania Ramos
Additional audio effects (creative commons) - reesounds.org & soundeffectsplus.com

MUSIC
"Blood Heart" lyrics by Ernio Hernandez;
music and performance by Michael Aquino
"Only Human" written by Tim Conway; performed by Deena Shoshkes

CAST
AHOTE: Michael Aquino
MAYORCA: Marilyn Muñoz Ricco
SKY: Gus Ibranyi
VY: Dania Ramos
NEMA: Christine Mariani
TATE: Lou Ricco
MICAH TAYMOR:  Mike Traynor
SOUND GUY (MLJ): Ernio Hernandez
Additional roles: 
Michael Aquino, Gus Ibranyi, Salvador Navarro, Dania Ramos

EPISODE 3: THE 2017 COCOTAZO AUDIO THEATRE FESTIVAL
A short play festival for your ears.

PRODUCTION
Writers
Tanya Pérez (Rincón)
Edward Terhune (Unforeseen Circumstance)
Summer Dawn Reyes (Something Inside That Head of Yours)

Producer / Audio Engineer - Michael Aquino
Production Manager / Director - Dania Ramos
Additional audio effects (creative commons) - reesounds.org & soundeffectsplus.com

MUSIC
Theme song and original music written and performed by Michael Aquino

CAST
Rincón
PUCHA: Alicia Rivas
ELIZABETH: Christine Mariani
MEDI: Jennica Carmona
TITA: Jessica Carmona
HECTOR: Michael Aquino
JORGE: Bayron Rivas

Unforeseen Circumstance
LINDA: Joanne Maurno
ALEX: Allen Hope Sermonia

Something Inside That Head of Yours
WOMAN: Alicia Rivas
MAN: Michael Aquino
Additional roles: 
Joanne Maurno,
Dania Ramos,
Allen Hope Sermonia

EPISODE 4: END-OF-YEAR UPDATE...WITH COQUITO!

PRODUCTION
Production Manager / Voice-over - Dania Ramos
Producer / Audio Engineer - Michael Aquino

MUSIC
Theme music and "You Can't Take My Coquito Away" written and performed by Michael Aquino


EPISODE 5: OPEN MIC: PUERTO RICO
Four poems on a theme.

PRODUCTION
Producer / Audio Engineer - Michael Aquino
Production Manager / Director - Dania Ramos
Additional audio effects (creative commons) - reesounds.org & soundeffectsplus.com

MUSIC
Theme song and original music written and performed by Michael Aquino

WRITING AND PERFORMANCE
"te amo, me amas" - Written and read by Isabel Pask
"Blackout" - Written and read by J. F. Seary
"1898" - Written and read by Deivis Garcia
"Puerto Rico" - Written by Gloria E. Pérez and read by Jennica Carmona

EPISODE 6: MARTINA AND THE MUSICIAN
Won't you play for me?

PRODUCTION
Producer / Audio Engineer - Michael Aquino
Writer / Production Manager - Dania Ramos
Additional audio effects (creative commons) - reesounds.org & soundeffectsplus.com

MUSIC
"Cielito Lindo" - Written by Quirino Mendoza y Cortés
Engineered by Jim Killgore
Performed by Michael Aquino (Lead vocals, requinto)
Deivis Garcia (Backing vocals, classical guitar)
Jane Keitel (Backing vocals, accordion)
Cindi Merklee (Bass)
Christopher White III (Drums)
Additional music written and performed by Michael Aquino

CAST
TELENOVELA ANNOUNCER: Alicia Rivas
NARRATOR: Jennica Carmona
MARTINA: Paula Moscoso
SEÑOR GATO: Ernio Hernandez
SEÑOR GALLO: Chris Kent
SEÑOR CULEBRA: Louis Vetter
SEÑOR RATÓN: Ernio Hernandez
MASTER OF CEREMONIES: Michael Aquino

Martina and the Musician is an adaptation of the stage play based on traditional folktale La Cucaracha Martina. The stage play was written by Dania Ramos and premiered at Luna Stage in December 2011 in the theatre production Mi Casa Tu Casa (co-creators Michael Aquino, Deivis Garcia, Jane Mandel and Dania Ramos).


EPISODE 7: THE 2018 COCOTAZO AUDIO THEATRE FESTIVAL
A short play festival for your ears.

PRODUCTION
Writers
Walter F. Rodriguez (Dos Voces)
Dania Ramos (Crap)
Nancy Méndez-Booth (Boy Crazy)

Producer / Audio Engineer - Michael Aquino
Production Manager / Director - Dania Ramos
Additional audio effects (creative commons) - freesounds.org & soundeffectsplus.com

MUSIC
Theme song and original music
written and performed by Michael Aquino

CAST
Dos Voces
XAYMARA: Jessica Bracken
JOLANA: Alicia Rivas
MRS. GOODWIN: Jennica Carmona
PRINCPAL: Dania Ramos

Crap
COUPLE:  Michael Aquino & Dania Ramos
Crap was presented as a stage play as part of the 2015 New Jersey One Minute Play Festival hosted by Luna Stage. 

Boy Crazy
NANCY: Nancy Méndez-Booth
ADDITIONAL ROLES: Michael Aquino, Dania Ramos


EPISODE 8: THE 2018 COCOTAZO AUDIO THEATRE HOLIDAY SHOW

PRODUCTION
Producer / Director / Audio Engineer - Michael Aquino
Producer - Dania Ramos

TEXT
”A Visit from St. Nicholas” written by Clement Clarke Moore
Recited by Ernio Hernandez

MUSIC
”Up on the Housetop” written by Benjamin Hanby; Engineered by Michael Aquino
Performed by Michael Aquino, Deivis Garcia, Jane Keitel, and Christopher White III

Closing music (”Mi Casa Tu Casa” Instrumental) written by Michael Aquino & Deivis Garcia; Engineered by Jim Killgore
Performed by Michael Aquino, Deivis Garcia, Jane Keitel, Cindi Merklee, and Christopher White III

PERFORMERS
Text: Ernio Hernandez
Music & Foley: Michael Aquino, Deivis Garcia, Jane Keitel, and Christopher White III


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2018 Audio Verse Award Finalist for Audio Engineering: Martina and the Musician (Audio Engineer: Michael Aquino)
2018 Audio Verse Award Finalist for Writing: Martina and the Musician (Writer: Dania Ramos)
2017 Audio Verse Award for Music: "Blood Heart" from The Last Call (Lyrics: Ernio Hernandez; Music: Michael Aquino)
2017 Audio Verse Award for Audio Engineering: Something Inside That Head of Yours (Audio Engineer: Michael Aquino)
2017 Audio Verse Award Finalists for Writing: Hot Drinks (Writer: Dania Ramos) & Rincón (Writer: Tanya Pérez)
2017 Audio Verse Award Finalists for Music: “Cape May Warbler” from Hot Drinks & “C.A.T. Festival Theme” (Lyrics & music: Michael Aquino)
2017 Audio Verse Award Finalists for Self-contained Production: Hot Drinks, The Last Call & Rincón

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
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