Latina Christmas Special, the American comedy of Latina proportions, is back for one night only with Latina Christmas Special "Special". The live virtual event starring María Russell (TruTV's Tacoma FD,MTV's Teen Wolf), Diana Yanez (Margaret Cho's The Sensuous Woman) and Sandra Valls (Showtime's Latin Divas of Comedy) will be hosted by multi-Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actress Sharon Gless (Cagney & Lacey, Queer as Folk). It's all happening on Sunday, December 13th at 3:00 p.m. PST.
The Special will be streamed live on social media and is free of charge. Additionally, they will be raising funds for future productions of Latina Christmas Special and Toys for Tots, a charity program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve which distributes toys to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them gifts for Christmas.
Directed by Geoffrey Rivas, Latina Christmas Special is an Off-Broadway smash hit bursting with laughs, music and escándalo. The original play made its NYC debut at SoHo Playhouse.
You thought your holidays with the family were dramatic? Try these three hilarious, touching and surprisingly personal Christmas stories of holidays past told (in English with a sprinkling of español) by three first-generation Latina comedians: the Miami-born, Cuban-American Yanez; the half Mexican-half Lithuanian California native Russell; and the Mexican-American Valls, who hails from Laredo, Texas.
"These stories touch each and every audience member on so many levels no matter their background" Rivas said. "They are also a window into some of the beautiful traditions we have within the Latinx community."
According to Yanez, "The 'special' in the title is an homage to all the TV shows we watched growing up - all those 'Christmas Specials' that we so closely identified with during the holidays, but that had absolutely no Latinos in them (or maybe just Jose Feliciano)."
Discover the secrets that helped make this hybrid comedy such a success. Get to know the cast as they spill the beans on their show (and each other), share backstage memories, and answer your burning questions that you send and ask us online. This show will feature sneak peek backstage pictures and videos documenting their extraordinary 6-year run, most recently at the SoHo Playhouse in NYC. Plus special celebrity guests!
Join Diana Yanez, Sandra Valls, and Maria Russell in Latina Christmas Special "Special" on Sunday, December 13th at 3:00 p.m. PST. The show will stream live on YouTube and Facebook.
Sign up at www.latinachristmasspecial.com for free.
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