Cola'o: A Bilingual Trova

A 10-minute Play with Music

Two lovers – each with contrary opinions about Puerto Rican national identity – uncover how to prepare “authentic” coffee.

2 Characters

Since the day I took my leave,
I wonder what could’ve been
if I was raised and born allí.


Cola'o: A Bilingual Trova has been presented at Nuyorican Poets Cafe (2018), WRCT 88.3FM Barrio Latino (2017), and Carnegie Mellon's School of Drama Playground Festival (2016). The piece was first created through Carnegie Mellon's SURF Fellowship (2016).

The play is a finalist for City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting (2020), and was published by Bridge: Bluffton University Literary Journal (2019).


Up next, "Cola'o" will be presented at Theatre Now's Sound Bites 7.0 festival of ten-minute musicals.

July 2018

Music Score : Pedro Emanuel Franco Fraticelli
Direction : Zoe Clayton
Production : Paloma Sierra
Co-Production : Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Paint Theatre. Puffin Foundation
Scenic Design : Domitille Angoulvant
Costume Design : Domitille Angoulvant
Media Design : Sophie Chen

Cast : Ara Celia, Carolina Arboleda Escobar

Photography : Kyle Breen

December 2016 

Co-Translation : Abigail Salmon
Direction : Owen Stone

Stage Management : Rebecca Meckler
Lighting Design : Emily Lawrence 

Cast : Emilia Suarez, L.H. Gonzalez, Ethan Jones Romero

Photography : Louis Stein

Special Thanks

Mentor / Advisor : Therese Tardio, Karina Cochran

© Paloma Sierra 2020

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