Bodega Cat

Bodega Cat centers around the unconventional, Gina, a Black Puerto Rican pastor with a passion for social justice. Gina confronts a racist, gentrifying cafe owner dead set on mocking the community's culture, while privately facing the difficult realities of her crumbling marriage. Bodega Cat is the first installment of Ura Yoana Sanchez' On The Block one-act play anthology series.

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    30 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    April 15, 2021
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Director Biography

Ura Yoana Sanchez is an actress and filmmaker currently residing in NYC. She is a graduate of Atlantic Acting School and previously obtained a BFA in Acting and a BA in Film Production from Brooklyn College.

As a playwright, she co-wrote the comedy, The Jedi Papi Chulo and The Power Pansa, which was first seen at The La Tea Theater and later at The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, as well as Sacred Spaces which premiered at Elohim Christian Church in Queens, NY.  Most recently she has started writing the one-act play anthology series, On The Block, of which it's first installment, Bodega Cat will be seen at The Pro Black Theater Festival in February 2021.

As a filmmaker, she produced, wrote and directed the film "Finding Home”, which is a tribute to victims of child abuse. This was the freshman project under her own production company Cuentos De Ada Productions. Her second short film "SOMNIO" is currently in post production. Her third film, "As The Ashes Settle, The Fire Stirs" wrapped production in March, 2021 and is currently in post.

Cuentos De Ada Productions was founded by Ura Yoana with the purpose of creating universally relevant film and theater productions. Cuentos De Ada (is a play on words meaning fairy tale, in Spanish, as well as the literal translation, “Tales of Ada”. Ada being Ms. Sanchez’ mother, whose legacy lives on through the work of this company. 

The mission of Cuentos De Ada Productions is to intentionally present authentic images of Afro-Latinas, BIPOC communities, immigrants and other disenfranchised communities. As well as to contribute to the recreation of the paradigm for our representation in film and media. The goal is to encourage dialogue and action among audiences from all walks of life.

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