Dascha And Selenis Are Trading In Their Brown Jumpsuits To Play Puerto Rican Vecinas And It’s Not For The Small Screen

Dascha Polanco and Selenis Leyva play jail mates on “Orange is the New Black”, but from January 11th to February 12th, they will be playing neighbors as part of the Atlantic Theater’s off-Broadway world premiere of “Tell Hector I Miss Him”, a play by Paola Lázaro.

The play is described like this:

You’re in Puerto Rico. Old San Juan. You’re a tourist, you walk down the stairs of this beautiful old fort built by the Spaniards. When you reach the bottom, you realize you’re in a hole. Welcome to the basement that lies under the tourism and behind the fort walls. You spend some days there, you don’t want to leave. Oh no, you’re addicted. “Tell Hector I Miss Him” unmasks a community built on the law of respect that keeps getting washed away but refuses to drown.

Aaah, Puerto Rico. ?

Polanco was cast as the character Malena and Leyva was cast as her neighbor, Samira. These lovely ladies are part of the 12-person cast that rounds out the show.

It’s all going down in New York City with previews starting on January 11th and opening night set for January 23rd.

Find out more about Tell Hector I Miss Him here.

Click the share button below to get the word out so that more plays written by and starring Latinos get produced.

Notice any corrections needed? Please email us at

With Broadway Plays Like ‘Mean Girls’ And ‘Frozen’ Doing Little To Represent People Of Color ‘Miss You Like Hell’ Is Vital


With Broadway Plays Like ‘Mean Girls’ And ‘Frozen’ Doing Little To Represent People Of Color ‘Miss You Like Hell’ Is Vital

It doesn’t take a theater geek to know that if Latino representation on screen is bad, on the theatrical stage it doesn’t get much better. Of course, there’s no doubting the impact Latino creators like Lin-Manuela Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes have had on New York’s Broadway and other theatrical stages, particularly in recent years. Together both producers created the Tony-winning musical “In The Heights,” and separately Miranda created the much beloved “Hamilton.” Both works granted Latinos and other people of color immense opportunities beneath the stage lights. Still, this year, the newest and biggest shows of the theatrical season (“Mean Girls,” “SpongeBob SquarePants” and “Frozen” among them) are noticeably very white, not just in their casting but in storylines and themes as well.

Fortunately, a play by Alegría is giving audiences an opportunity to see a raw Latina story right on stage.

‘Miss You Like Hell’ is the off-Broadway Latina-centric musical the theatrical world can’t stop singing about.

Long before DREAMers and chants to “build a wall” became part of the country’s daily political discussions, Hudes, the daughter of a Puerto Rican mother, was just coming off the success of her 2008 musical “In The Heights.” Building on her momentum, she completed the book for “Miss You Like Hell’ in 2012 and ultimately saw its premiere four years later at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego.

This spring, the production has kicked off once again and stars Broadway veteran Daphne Rubin-Vega and Gizel Jiménez and it’s hitting the stage with topics and matters that are even more relevant in today’s political climate. Both Rubin Vega and Jiménez play a mother and daughter pair. Rubin-Vega is Beatriz a mother who left her 16-year-old half-Latina daughter Olivia (Jiménez) four years ago and arrives on her doorstep to invite her on a weeklong road trip. Unbeknownst to Olivia, her mother has motives that stretch beyond their mother/daughter cross-country journey: Beatriz, an undocumented immigrant from Mexico, needs her daughter to testify at her immigration hearing in order to keep herself from being deported.

The New York Times said in a review of the play that “it offers two seriously rich roles for women.”

The play’s themes intimately touch on the DREAMer and undocumented immigrant experience.

While various parts of the undocumented immigrant’s story are explored, reviews around the play have largely touched on scenarios documented immigrants and U.S. citizen easily shrugged off as minor incidents. From minor traffic infractions to anxiety Latina youth “Miss You Like Hell” dives into these looming fears head first.

Read: 7 Afro-Latina Writers Whose Books You Should Be Reading

Recommend this story by clicking the share button below! 

Notice any corrections needed? Please email us at

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *