Archive :: production:T0118400598, play:S0840398099, venue:V806511856
Broadway's acclaimed enfant terrible, Daphne Rubin-Vega (Rent, Anna in the Tropics, The Rocky Horror Show, A Streetcar Named Desire), makes her London debut in a special staged reading presentation of Aaron Mark's one-woman thriller, Empanada Loca. Loosely inspired by the legend of Sweeney Todd, Empanada Loca is "contemporary Grand Guignol horror in the style of Spalding Gray". Presented Off-Broadway by Labyrinth Theater Company in 2015, Empanada Loca earned Rubin-Vega nominations for both the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics' Circle Awards. Now living deep under Manhattan in an abandoned subway tunnel with the Mole People, a very hungry Dolores (Rubin-Vega) recounts her early years selling weed with her boyfriend, her return to New York's Washington Heights after thirteen years in prison, her fortuitous reunion with an old stoner friend who gives her room and board and lets her give massages for cash in the basement under his empanada shop, and the bloodbath that ultimately sends her fleeing underground.