Hortillosa and Wolf reunite for ‘Before, After and Always’

Hello, all! My “Secrets; Love” assistant director and lead actress Liliane Wolf and I have reunited for my new project, “Before, After and Always.” I’m writing, directing and starring; Liliane is assisting with direction again.

“Before, After and Always” is a one-act play for two actors that is divided into three parts. This is 68 Productions’ current project and will premiere at STAGEfest at the Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre, a historic movie palace in Journal Square in Jersey City, NJ.

Summer Dawn Hortillosa and Sergio Caetano rehearsing a scene from 'Before, After and Always.' Photo by Amanda Levie

The romantic and comedic show explores three relationship stages (“Before,” “After,” and “Always”) in three short scenes, two of which were inspired by original short stories that I, Summer Dawn Hortillosa, wrote. “Be Longing,” the finale piece corresponding to “Always,” was written especially for the show.

Here are the scenes from the show. Click on the names to see the short story they were based on:

  • Good bye (Before): Two near-strangers loosely linked by four mutual friends share a magical moment as they bid each other good-bye, changing their lives forever.
  • Long Lost Love Song (After): A man’s dreams of his past lover leave him hot, cold and confused. Does love take work or does it just happen?
  • Be Longing (Always): A man and a woman can’t get over how good their burned-out relationship actually was. During a chance encounter, they must decide what to do with their love.

The show will star myself and Sergio Caetano, a talented young man currently studying drama at Montclair State University.

“Before, After and Always” will be performed at the Loew’s Jersey Theatre, 54 Journal Square, Jersey City, NJ on March 23 at 3 pm and 7:45 pm and March 24 at 2:45 pm. The entire festival runs from March 22 through 24. All-stage passes in advance are $10 except on Saturday, when they cost $15. All-weekend passes are available in advance for $25, $20 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased online here, where you can also see the full festival schedule. They are also available at the door for $5 more than the prices listed here.

Get updates on my personal blog, Summerization.


‘Secrets; Love’ members to be featured in ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream,’ ‘RENT’

Go see our amazing cast members Alexandra Poncelet Del Sole (Gisele/Mira Woldmichael) and Clarence Ilanan (Abraham/Marton) in some of their upcoming productions! If you enjoyed their performances in “Secrets; Love,” this will be a great chance to see them in different contexts.

The Frog and Peach Theatre Company’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by William Shakespeare
featuring Alexandra Poncelet Del Sole
Runs Apr. 26 through May 20
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m.
West End Theater, 263 West 86th St., NYC
Tickets $18

York College’s “Rent” by Jonathan Larson
featuring Clarence Ilanan
Runs May 4 through May 13

Evening shows at 7 p.m.
Friday, May 4
Saturday, May 5
Friday, May 11
Saturday, May 12

Sunday, May 6 at 3 p.m.
Saturday, May 12 at 2 p.m.
Sunday, May 13 at 3 p.m.

York College Performing Arts Center, 94-45 Guy R. Brewer Blvd., Jamaica
Tickets $15, $12 for seniors, $5 for students with ID

‘Kingdom Come’ named Best Play at Downtown Urban Theater Festival

The results for the Downtown Urban Theater Festival 2012 are in!

After reviewing audience post-performance surveys, DUTF named “Kingdom Come,” a musical by playwright and composer Matthew Osceola Webster, as Best Play, according to BroadwayWorld.

According to the Kingdom Come website, the musical is about “stories, memories and connections.”

Here is a complete description:

It features 14 stories all centered around the events of Sept. 11, 2001. Led by interview-style vignettes, “Kingdom Come” strives to take you back to “where you were” and challenges you to move into the future. Told through singing and dancing, monologues and scenes, the stories transport the Voice and the audience to a seventh grade classroom, the streets of New York City, a grocery store, a college party and ultimately, a cliffside.

The show was originally produced at West Virginia University, where Webster recently graduated with a degree in Theatre.

“Co-op” by Barbara Kahn and “Asylum” by Cheril N. Clarke won the “Best Short Play” and “Audience” awards, respectively.

The complete list of honored plays includes:


Winner – Kingdom Come by Matthew Osceola Webster
Second Place – Asylum by Cheril N. Clarke
Third Place – Kings by Anna Governali


Winner – Co-op by Barbara Kahn
Second Place – Standing At … by Chandra Thomas
Third Place – Undertow by Mel Nieves


Winner – Asylum by Cheril N. Clarke

The 10th anniversary season of the festival included 15 new works – including our play, “Secrets; Love” – and ran from March 14 through 31 at the HERE Arts Center in SoHo. The 15 were selected out of over 100 submissions to the festival, which is run by nonprofit Creative Ammo.

Assistant Director and lead actress Liliane Wolf and I had the honor of meeting Matthew at the opening of the festival and chatting about some cool sneakers he had on and of course, about our respective plays. He seems like a talented young man and while we didn’t get to see his show (“Secrets; Love” had a run in Hoboken the same night, unfortunately), we’d love to see a future production of “Kingdom Come.”

While “Secrets; Love” didn’t win any awards, we’re proud to even have been selected for the festival. We’re also proud of our talented cast and crew, which delivered an amazing, knockout show at the HERE Arts Center during our performance at the festival on the the 28th.

I agree with Lili, who said, “We did a great job and as long as we went out there doing everything we could to proudly do our best, it doesn’t matter if we won – The experience was amazing and we got so much out of it!”

“Secrets; Love” is an original play by me, Summer Dawn Hortillosa, loosely based on a true story of a New York case tried in 2010. In the story, a young woman (Liliane Wolf) and her next-door neighbor (Jean-Pierre Mestanza) try putting the pieces together when her mother (Siouxsie Suarez) disappears and her father (Stan Vidal) is suspected of murder. As they solve the puzzle, they discover the lengths some would go to for love.

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Downtown Urban Theater Festival awards to be announced, ‘Secrets; Love’ up for two prizes

The Downtown Urban Theater Festival will announce which plays were selected for its Best Play, Best Short and Best Audience awards – based on post-performance surveys conducted with audiences – next week!

“Secrets; Love” is eligible for the Best Play and Best Audience awards. Here’s hoping and praying that we bring home a prize!

Regardless of the results, we already feel like winners, not just because “Secrets; Love” beat out over 100 submissions from around the world for a place in the festival, but also because we put on an awe-inspiring show at our performance at the HERE Arts Center in SoHo, Manhatan, New York City.

‘Secrets; Love’ behind-the-scenes video

Check out this fun behind-the-scenes clip from our performance of “Secrets; Love” at the Downtown Urban Theater Festival, filmed and edited by Kevin Thompson of Surrender Media.

Kevin also videotaped our performances, so we’re hoping to see some awesome footage of the show soon!

‘Secrets; Love’ is a hit at Downtown Urban Theater Festival in NYC

On Wednesday, I made my New York directorial debut when my amazing cast and crew delivered a knockout performance of “Secrets; Love” at the HERE Arts Center in SoHo for the Downtown Urban Theater Festival.

The entire experience was breathtaking and it was one of the greatest nights of my life! I got rave reviews from the audience – one woman was in tears after the show, another said she was captivated by Luz and Diego’s ever-evolving relationship and really cared about them and one of the festival organizers said we sold them the story! She even thought we were wearing mics, which was a huge compliment!

We celebrated with an awesome karaoke party at Radiostar in Manhattan, which was a great way to end such a wonderful evening!

I will miss my talented actors and crew members and hope to work with all of them again!

Check out some production pictures, courtesy of cast member Stan Vidal:

We also have video of several performances taken by crew member Kevin Thompson and Surrender Media Group as well as still photos by Doug Bauman Photography, which we will use to document the production and will hopefully share on this website soon!

Amping up for Downtown Urban Theater Festival!

Tomorrow, “Secrets; Love” is going to make its Manhattan debut at the Downtown Urban Theater Festival in SoHo at the HERE Arts Center!

We’re super excited, especially after Saturday’s outstanding performance in Hoboken at the Monroe Center Theatre Space!

If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, you can get them at HERE.org.