20 colorful characters + 2 colorful Latinas= Dominizuelan Presents: "People in the City."
"These girls have a point of view that should absolutely be heard" says director Charna Halpern (of iO Chicago, formerly Improv Olympic, who mentored people such as Mike Meyers, Chris Farley, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and many others). "I'm so sick and tired of people asking me, 'Where are all the women in comedy?' They are right here and they are minorities at that- double whammy!"
Wendy Mateo is the short half of Dominizuelan and a proud Bronx native. Lorena Diaz, the tall half of Dominizuelan, was born in Venezuela and raised in Miami. Their goal was simple: write a show exploring that no matter what the label, experiences of drug addicts, mothers, old Dominican men, daughters, drunk Cubs girls and homeless people are not only relative, but relevant in creating the tossed salad that is America.
"People in the City" has been running at iO Chicago. Dominizuelan was an official selection of the 2009 Chicago Improv Festival. Mateo & Diaz performed in the TBS Just for Laughs Festival. The show is directed by the first lady of improv, Charna Halpern, and choreographed by Renata Sheppard.
"Think John Leguizamo in female bodies." -Time Out New York
"(Dominizuelan) turns such things as Wrigleyville drunken idiocy into a cultural touchstone. Both are terrifically sharp actors." -Chicago Tribune…
"Charna Halpern's direction focuses the characters and action and gives the scripted show a casual off-the-cuff feel." -NYC Stagebuzz.com
- "[Mateo & Diaz] are excellent actresses, and they have a real talent for creating fully realized characters." -Chicago Tribune