Forget about the Witches of Bushwick. The true emblem of the neighborhood, as we all know from being haunted by her ghost on a regular basis, is Maria Hernandez. To show love for this Bushwick icon (and possibly exorcise her from the area by paying tribute to the old bag of bones), the Bushwick Starr is puting on an over the top musical about her life.
The Burning Bush got a chance to sit down with the playwright and director of the show, slated for an opening night in February 2015. Ugo La Huega, the writer, explained his process for getting into the mind of a woman who didn’t like drugs. “You know, it was really hard for me, but I went three whole days without smoking crack, and now I think I have a good sense of wha Maria was ’bout.” The director, Jose Coaina, added, “I had a lot of people in my family who wanted to kill Maria, and who knows, maybe one of them did, but I got mad respect for the bitch.”
Taking a page from auteurs like Baz Luhrmann and Pedro Almodóvar, La Huega and Cocaina will be incorporating their own renditions of songs like Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy,” Lana Del Rey’s “Brooklyn Baby” and Selena’s “El Chico Del Apartamento 512” (in reference to a plot involving a drug dealer’s apartment). The role of Maria Hernandez has already been filled by a white blonde girl, but other roles for “henchman” are still being cast on open calls. Tickets will be available in late December for $150 each–or $200 if you want your accompanying “goody bag” to include some poppers.
Written by Genna Rivieccio