Illustration by Julián Velásquez Osorio


Written and directed by Diana Chery-Ramírez

April 5-21, 2024

At Teatro Círculo

Illustration by Julián Velásquez Osorio


José Cheo Oliveras,
Founding Artistic Director

Virginia Louloudes,
Development Director

Edna Lee Figueroa,
Marketing Director / Social Media Manager

James Figueroa,
Financial Manager

Eva Vásquez,
Co-Founder & Educational Program Director

Verónica Caicedo,
Facilities Manager

Rubén Darío Cruz,
Director of Audience Development
& ‘Abuelito, dime tú’ Program Coordinator

Camila Caicedo,
Box Office Manager

Cinzia Meneghello,
Web Designer / Web Master

Mariano de Paco Serrano,
Associate Artistic Director

Dean M. Zayas,
Associate Artistic Director, Emeritus

Pablo Zinger,
Musical Director

Israel Franco-Müller,
Resident Production Designer

Omayra Garriga Casiano,
Technical Production Director


Eric Rivera, Chair
Special Assistant to the Commissioner/Chief Diversity Officer, NYC Department of Aging

Rocky Lizardi, Treasurer
Sony Music Entertainment

Paul Marín, Secretary
Director of Communications, Hispanic Federation

José Cheo Oliveras
Founding Artistic Director, Teatro Círculo

Eva Vásquez
York College

Fernando Travesí
International Center for Transitional Justice

Laura Aguinaga
Actress, Producer, Writer

Barbara Matos
Founder & CEO – Socorro Strategies


National Endowment for the Arts

New York State Governor Kathy Hochul

New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council
Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment

New York City Council Members Carlina Rivera – District 2, Shaun Abreu – District 7, Diana Ayala – District 8, Amanda Farías – District 18, Francisco Moya – District 21, Sandy Nurse – District 37

U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

Daniel S. Goldman, U.S. House of Representatives

Small Business Administration

The Tow Foundation

The Howard Gilman Foundation

New York Community Trust

The National Latinx Theater Initiative

The Shubert Foundation

The Emma A. Sheafer Charitable Trust

Miranda Family Fund

The Hispanic Federation

Jeffrey & Paula Gural

The Mid-Atlantic Arts, through USArtists International

Lily Auchincloss Foundation

The Kaplen Brothers Fund

The Cory & Bob Donnalley Charitable Foundation

The Michael Tuch Foundation

The Lucille Lortel Foundation

Blanche & Irving Laurie Foundation

Con Edison

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Written and directed by Diana Chery-Ramírez

April 5-21, 2024

A bilingual play for the entire family. Small travelers with big hearts meet on a difficult journey to visit The Moon.
She will grant them a wish only if they make it on time and decipher a secret message.

Running time: Approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes. No intermission.



Jessica Florí (Mina, the iguana) Ecuador

New York based actress. She has performed with Repertorio Español in ‘Doña Rosita la soltera’, ‘Pantaleón y las visitadoras’, ‘El burlador de Sevilla’.  She has worked in theater for children plays with IATI and Jurukán Productions. Jessica has received Premios sin límite and HOLA awards for her Poncia in ‘Lorca, Federico Lorca’ (Teatro Círculo) and an ATI Award for her lead role in ‘La orgía’ (Vanguardia). Performed in ‘Ecuador de mis amores’ (Fábrica de estrellas), with Teatro Círculo: ‘Los titingós de Juan Bobo’, ‘La celestina’, ‘La casa de Bernarda Alba’, ‘Entremeses de Cervantes’, and she is happy to be part of ‘Los garabatos de la luna’.

Johary Ramos* (Amadeo, the cat) Puerto Rico

University of Puerto Rico and The Actors Center graduate. Credits with Teatro Círculo: ‘La caída de Rafael Trujillo’ (2014 & 2015), ‘Los titingós de Juan Bobo’ (ACE Best Actor Award), Puerto Rico ¡Fua!; with The Puerto Rican Traveling Theater: ‘Women in Piquant Farse’ (ACE Best New Actor); with Pregones Theatre and IATI Theatre: ‘Blanco’ (HOLA Best Ensemble Award), ‘The Blackout’, and ‘Medea’s Last Rosary’ (ACE Best Ensemble); with Wings Theatre: ‘Tango masculino’ (OOBR Award for Excellence). Dance credits with Ballet Concierto, Ballets de San Juan, Fosse, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, and New York City Opera. Recently debuted at The Tribeca Film Festival as Ramón in “Bucky F*cking Dent” directed by David Duchovny. SAG-AFTRA, AEA 

“Dedico estas funciones a Hilda Seguinot Fuentes, mi alma gemela, confidente, apoyadora #1; y el más dulce y valiente ser humano que he conocido.”

Instagram: @joharyramosseguinot

Twitter: @joharyramos & Facebook Page: @joharyramos

*Appears through the courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association

Fernando Gazzaniga (Purahei, the parrot) Argentina

Actor who has developed his career in many countries of Latin America beyond his own. He has participated in several theater productions, and more than 10 well-known TV series in Argentina, Colombia, and Peru, where he has also performed as a TV Host. Fernando studied Dramatic Arts in Argentina and continued his training at HB Studio in New York City. He has performed in more than 30 television advertisements and as a model has been the face of several important commercial and fashion brands. His most recent theater performances in the US, include ‘La monja alférez’, ‘Fuente Ovejuna’, ‘La dama boba’, ‘Life is a Dream’, ‘Entremeses de Cervantes’, ‘The Playboy of Seville’ and ‘Don´t Leave Me Behind’ for which he received two ATI Awards. He has also starred in the movies ‘Las tetas caídas’ and his recent film ‘Lo entenderá’.
Instagram: @fergazzaniga

Sandra Gumuzzio* (Kai, the beetle) España / Spain

She is excited to be part of ‘Los garabatos de la luna’, her second play with Teatro Círculo. Originally from Madrid, and after a theater career in Spain, Sandra arrived in New York in 2015 and since then she has worked in film, theater and TV. Her latest theater credits include: ‘La valentía’, (Gala Hispanic Theatre), “La dama boba”, “Filomena Marturano” (Repertorio Español), ‘Los niños perdidos’ (ID Studio). She has won ATI and LATA Awards. Training: Réplika Teatro (Madrid), Susan Batson (NYC) and possesses a BA in Audiovisual Communication (UCM).

*Appears through the courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association

Fernando Contreras* (Ginger, the toad) Dominican Republic

Fernando is mostly a life enthusiast, but also an actor, dancer, singer, whistler, and sleeper. Dominican Republic born, Jersey raised, and now living in Queens. He is a founding ensemble member of Pipeline Theatre Company and recently starred as Bruise in Pipeline’s NYT Critic’s Pick, ‘BRUISE & THORN’. He is a company member of Shiz: Broadway Meets Sketch Comedy and The Dance Cartel. Other Credits: ‘La caída de Rafael Trujillo’ and ‘Love to Love You Baby’ (Teatro Círculo), ‘Los Nutcrackers’ (BAAD!), ‘Playing Hot’ (Pipeline, Off-Bway), ‘Ghost, the Musical (1st US National & Asia Tours). 

Love to FBI, family and friends. 

Instagram: @omgitzfern & Twitter: @omgitzfern

*Appears through the courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association

Eva Cristina Vásquez (Rana, the frog, & Delma, the ciguapa) Puerto Rico

She is a Spanish professor at York College, CUNY. She is the author of: ‘Pregones Theatre: A Theater for Social Change in The South Bronx’ (2003) and the plays ‘Amor perdido’ (2003), ‘Lágrimas negras’ (2007), ‘Carmen Loisaida’ (2011), ‘Torniquete’ (2018) and ‘Intermedio en el fin del mundo’ (2021). Eva edited ‘Círculo de plata:  Antología de estrenos mundiales de Teatro Círculo’ (2021) and is part of the editorial board of EntreTmas magazine (2023). She’s a Co-Founding member of Teatro Círculo.

Adriana Sananes* (Sasha, the mermaid) Uruguay

She is a past recipient of the Princess Grace Foundation Theatre Fellowship Award and the Best Actress Award, Golden Age of Spain Festival in El Chamizal, Texas.

Theatre credits: ‘Entremeses de Cervantes’ and La caída de Rafael Trujillo with Teatro Círculo (ATI, HOLA awards); ‘Bump’ with Ensemble Studio Theatre; ‘Sueño’ with Teatro SEA (ATI, HOLA awards).

A multiple winner of AudioFile Magazine’s Earphones Award, Adriana has recorded over 250 audiobooks, including the Spanish versions of Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ and Sonia Nazario’s Pulitzer Prize winner ‘Enrique’s Journey’, (AUDIE Award).

Her voice has been heard on TV, news programs, commercials, podcasts, and museum exhibits, including Apple News, MoMA, The Guggenheim and The Art Institute of Chicago. Currently she’s recording the roles of Queen and Malica for ‘The Bravest Knight’-Season Two on Hulu.

Adriana was stage director for Early Music New York’s production of the XVIII Century musical ‘Malbrú’ at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and The Songs of Astor Piazzolla at the Sheen Center. SAG-AFTRA, AEA

*Appears through the courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association


Diana Chery- Ramírez (Playwright & Director) Colombia

Playwright, actor, director. Diana holds a Masters in performing arts from Academia Superior de Artes de Bogotá; and an MA in Theater from Hunter, CUNY. Her plays have been published and staged in Spain, Latin America, and the Unites States. She is interested in delving into the liminal areas of emigration, womanhood, and daily life as an extraordinary source of theater events. Some of her work can be found in the following publications:: “Partidas” -Cuadernillos de Arte ASAB. Edit. Alcaldía Mayor de Bogotá, Colombia 2000; “Aviones de papel” -Se vende, se alquila, o se regala- Antología de dramaturgia Latina en Nueva York, Edit. Campana, Nueva York 2008 y Colección Teatro Colombiano Vol XIII UDFJC 2008; “Cuarto de desahogo” Dramaturgia Colombiana Contemporánea Volumen II; Edit. Paso de Gato, México; y Ministerio de Cultura de Colombia 2013; “Gracia” Revista teatral Micra- Revista Micra WordPress Colombia 2011; “Dramaturgia de la Re-Invención y la Des- Escritura” (Essay) Literatura con Acento. Edit. Campana Nueva York 2014; “Fragmentos de Luz” Sillas en la Frontera. Mujer, Teatro y Migraciones. ( Editorial Universidad de Almería, Esp 2018) “Huidores” (Los Bárbaros #18-19 Punto de Vista Editores, España 2021) Parallel to her theater work, Diana is also a Spanish teacher, and collaborates with several educational and artistic organizations in New York. She has collaborated with Teatro Círculo for more than a decade in different capacities. “Los garabatos de la luna; a Tale of Wishes, Travelers, and Doodles” is Diana’s first bilingual play and it is dedicated to her 9 year-old daughter, and to the families formed by immigrants who travel with a dream in their backpack.

Nathanael Morales (Music Composer & Sound Producer) Puerto Rico

Composer, songwriter from Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico. He began his musical career in High School where he learned to play guitar and started to develop the art of music production. He has also worked as a composer and musical producer for plays in Puerto Rico and the United States.  

Instagram: @elrafamusic


Pablo Zinger (Musical Director & Voice Coach) Uruguay

Widely acclaimed as a conductor, pianist, composer, arranger, writer, lecturer and narrator, specializing on Astor Piazzolla, tango, Spanish zarzuela, and Latin American music. He has performed throughout the Americas an in Spain, Russia, Poland, Slovenia, Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, South Africa, Greece, Germany and Norway.

He has written the tango Latin-Jewish musical ‘Bela’ with Ilan Stavans, and ‘Las tentaciones de González’ (Tiene la muerte atada), premièred in 1999 to a NY Times rave. His show ‘Bésame mucho’ (Latinas sing Latinas) at Repertorio Español, NY, won the HOLA and ACE prizes (2012-2015). As Musical Director of NY’s Teatro Círculo since 2004, he has directed the music of ‘Tiempo de Tango’, ‘Los entremeses de Cervantes’, ‘Love to Love you, Baby’ and’ Los garabatos de la luna’.

His CD’s include Tango Apasionado with Astor Piazzolla, Chamber Music from the South and The Clarinetist, with Paquito D’Rivera, Las Puertas de la Mañana (songs of Carlos Guastavino) and two albums of music by Carlos Suriñach with Bronx Arts Ensemble. Mr. Zinger has a BM and MM from Manhattan School of Music.


Eliana Michelle Yost (Assistant Director, Stage Manager & Costume Designer) Argentina

Actress, model, Assistant Director, Stage Manager, Set & Costume Designer. BA in Performing Arts, UNC. Winner of the Creation Scholarship 2020 (National Art Fund, Argentina). With Teatro Círculo: ‘La caída de Rafael Trujillo’ (Costume Design, Assistant Director, Stage Manager) and ‘Fuente Ovejuna’ (Costume Design Assistant), ‘Perfecta invisible’ (Boundless Theatre Company), ‘Empeño de una casa’ (Repertorio Español), ‘LLONTOP’ (Anonymous Ensemble), ‘Magníficas’ (UNC), ‘Cama adentro’ (Intrus teatro), ‘Vamos al rescat’e (Magníficas Teatro), ‘La clínica de la doctora Lola’ (Magníficas Teatro), ‘Pluvium’ (UNC), ‘Transversión’ (UNC), ‘¿Y cómo no se pudrió Blancanieves?’ (Intrus teatro), ‘Humanidad expuesta’ (UNC), ‘¿Dónde está mi zapato?’ (Potrero Teatro), ‘El náufrago’ (Potrero Teatro).

Instagram: @eluyost

Omayra Garriga Casiano (Lighting Designer & Shadow Puppets Design and Craft) Puerto Rico

NYC based theater maker. Born and raised in Juana Díaz, Puerto Rico. Production design of Teatro Círculo’s CALLBACKseries2023 and DANCEseries2023. Boundless Theatre Company Associate Artist. Lighting design: ‘La Carta-Danza’ (2021). Set Design: ‘Mercado libre’ (2022) El Barrio Raíces (2018- 2021). Credits in lighting design: Teatro Círculo’s ‘Lío’, ‘La caída de Rafael Trujillo’ (2023), CALLBACKseries (2016-2021), The One Festival (2017-2021), ‘La celestina’ (2019). Credits in set design: Teatro Círculo’s CALLBACKseries (2015 & 2022), ‘El barbero de Sevilla’ (2019), ‘The Lesson’ (2018), ‘The Waters of Friendship’ (2018), ‘Nanas’ (2018). Holds a BA in Theater Education from the University of Puerto Rico and an MFA in Theater Design from Brooklyn College. Omayra has taken classes with international groups like Theater of the Oppressed (Brazil), Malayerba (Ecuador) and Yuyachkani (Peru).

Israel Franco Müller (Set Designer) Puerto Rico

Production Manager and Set, Lighting & Costume Designer. International theatre designer whose works have been seen in: Alcalá and Almagro’s Classical Theater Festival in Spain 2022, Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival in Scotland, Cuba, Mexico, among other countries. Awards: Outstanding Costume Design- ‘Fuente Ovejuna’ (Teatro Círculo, ATI 2023), Outstanding Production Designer- ‘El caballero de Olmedo’ (Teatro Círculo, HOLA 2018), Best Set and Costume Design- ‘El burlador de Sevilla’ (Teatro Círculo, ATI 2019). Franco-Müller holds a Ph.D. in Theater Design and Technical Production from the Complutense University of Madrid.

Illustration & Postcard Graphic Design: Julián Velásquez Osorio

Choreographer: Fernando Contreras

Puppeteers: Yenny Sánchez, Tulio Tovar

Set Crew: Manuel Gómez Crespo, David Ocampo, Matías Ulibarry

Painted Set Pieces: Gilberto Díaz

Set Painting: Yenny Sánchez, Omayra Garriga Casiano, Manuel Gómez Crespo

Doodles: Sibelle Valentina Chery

Promotional Photos: Rubén Darío Cruz

Performances Photos: Edna Lee Figueroa

Notes and Acknowledgements from playwright and director Diana Chery-Ramírez

The inspiration for ‘Los garabatos de la luna’ is my daughter directly and the children’s world in general, I respect and admire their world, that way of seeing the world with emotional intelligence that we lose as we grow old. I created this play with the intention of it being bilingual, as is my daughter’s life, of her friends, of our New York’s families that are filled with these double and triple cultures and different languages, different ways of seeing the world and of understanding the humanity of the other from different perspectives. The big picture that is immigration and what happens on this great life journey is a road with no end. One is a different human being when has to live somewhere else and we see this clearly in ‘Los garabatos de la luna’.


Debo agradecer especialmente, a: Carlos Valencia, Felipe Ossa, Pablo García Gámez, por leer varias versiones tempranas de estos Garabatos y por su invaluable opinión. Pedro Serka y Catalina Lozano por las largas y nutritivas conversaciones sobre la dirección teatral, y sobre todo por acordarme de volver siempre a mí misma. Julián Velásquez Osorio por la tarjeta, por el cariño, el tiempo.

A todos los actores que pasaron por la historia de esta obra desde las primeras lecturas hasta el montaje.

A Cheo Oliveras, y al equipo técnico de Teatro Círculo por la amistad, la validación, el espacio, y el gusto de crear juntos.

My non-theater friends who took me out for a walk, texted, called, brought their students and their families, and flew across the country to see our play!

Roussel Chery for the support, and several fun rhymes in English.

Mi familia, por el amor y apoyo incondicional. Y por la alcahuetería.

Sibelle Valentina, por ser mi musa y mi editora, y mi más dulce compañía.

Teatro Círculo would like to thank the New York State Council on the Arts; and our audience, thank you for your continuous support throughout the years and for celebrating with us our 30th Anniversary.

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