Theatrical Performance

"What Killed Marcelo Lucero?”

Teatro Experimental Yerbabruja

Discussion after the performance led by the actor-vists

"What Killed Marcelo Lucero?" is an original play by Teatro Experimental Yerbabruja about the 2008 murder of an Ecuadoran immigrant in Patchogue, Long Island. It explores the community tensions and anti-immigrant political rhetoric that fed the atmosphere in which a group of white teenagers made a sport of jumping Latinos, including Lucero. But it leaves the question of what to do about it, and how to stop it from happening again, to the audience.

Teatro Experimental Yerbabruja’s mission is to advance cultural understanding within the diverse Long Island communities that it serves by using the theatrical and other performing and visual arts as tools to promote constructive social change; and to provide opportunities for emerging artists. Its innovative workshops, programs and productions have won it wide acclaim, recognition and awards from the Latin American Chamber of Commerce, the Town of Islip and Suffolk County Legislator Ricardo Montano. Teatro Experimental Yerbabruja uses the arts as vehicles for building bridges among Long Island’s increasingly diversified residents, and to address the glaring lack of parks, libraries and other public space within communities so necessary for affirming communities’ future and well-being.