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Reinaldo Povod

Reinaldo Povod

Reinaldo Povod, known to his friends as Rei, grew up on the Lower East Side as the son of a Puerto Rican mother and a Cuban father of Russian descent. In 1977, his play Cries and Shouts played at the Nuyorican Poets Café, where Mr. Povod was a protege of Miguel Piñero. Bill Hart brought Mr. Povod to the attention of Joseph Papp, who invited him to become a resident playwright at the Public Theater. In 1986, Cuba and His Teddy Bear opened on Broadway, with Robert De Niro in the lead, for which Mr. Povod received the George Oppenheimer/Newsday Award (The Oppy). In 1987, Povod's La Puta Vida Trilogy premiered at The Public Theater; like Cuba..., the three one-act plays presented a grim picture of life on the Lower East Side. Povod died in 1994 at the age of 34 due to tuberculosis. At the time of his death, Mr. Povod was at work on a play, Super Fishbowl Sunday with a long time friend and collaborator, Richard Barbour. In 2001 the Krane Theater in Manhattan proesented the world premiere of Super Fishbowl Sunday, directed by Mr. Barbour. In 2009, Cuba and His Teddy Bear received its Chicago premiere by the Urban Theater Company and People's Theater of Chicago.


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