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Flaco Navaja (USA)


LuEsther Hall

Wednesday, January 9 - Sunday, January 13

Running Time: 80 Minutes 

Members and Partners: $25
Full: $30 + fees

Please note: Performance is in English with some moments of Spanish. 

There will be no late seating. 

Photo by: Mario Ruben Carrion

The first full-length show by acclaimed poet, singer, and actor Flaco Navaja, original member of the Universes and Def Poetry Jam cast. With unabashed love for The Bronx, a gift for crafting memorable characters, and genuine good humor, Navaja and five top-notch musicians —aka The Razor Blades— bring on the charm, the rhythm, and the soul essential to a Bronx Sonero. Paying homage to many great musical icons —from Janis Joplin to Menudo, from The Doors to Héctor Lavoe, from Jimi Hendrix to Rubén Blades— the play is as much about Navaja’s creative evolution as it is about the wild mix that gives life to a rhyme, a people, and a culture.

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EVOLUTION OF A SONERO was developed in part with support from Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater and its Step Up Artist in Residence initiative, in 2017-18. For more information please visit

Support for the DEVISED THEATER WORKING GROUP (DTWG) provided by Jerome Foundation. Support for UNDER THE RADAR provided by Select Equity FoundationVirginia & Timothy Millhiser, and The W Trust.Season support provided by the Blavatnik Family Foundation.

The LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust provides leadership support for The Public Theater’s year-round activities.

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Written and performed by Flaco Navaja
Directed by Jorge B. Merced
Live Music: The Razor Blades: Carlos Cuevas (piano), Waldo Chávez (bass), Gabo Lugo (percussion), Victor Pablo (percussion), Hommy Ramos (Trombone)
Lighting Designer: Lucrecia Briceño