Next Door at NYTW provides a home for companies and artists who are producing their own work. This initiative provides each project with subsidized resources and space for development and performance in the Fourth Street Theatre. As part of an ongoing effort to expand support for artists at every stage of their careers, this series served over 300 artists in the first two years alone.



Good Neighbor Program Directions Accessibility

By Migdalia Cruz
Directed by Elena Araoz
Produced by Boundless Theater Company


November 1, 2019—November 24, 2019

Good Neighbor Program Directions Accessibility
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In the midst of a post-apocalyptic sandstorm, Citrona, a young woman whose body is covered in fur, is purchased, caged and fetishized by a pet shop owner named Michael. When he hires beautiful Nena to hunt for Citrona’s food, an absurd and captivating love triangle ensnares all three characters. Intense, primal and delightfully bizarre, Migdalia Cruz's FUR exposes the beating heart of impulsive, unconventional desire.

Executive Artistic Director / Lighting Design María-Cristina Fusté
Associate Producer Amy Palen
Scenic Design Regina García
Costume Design Sarita Fellows
Original Music / Sound Design Nathan Leigh
Properties / Special Effects Gregorio Barreto


Migdalia Cruz / Playwright

MIGDALIA CRUZ is a Bronx-born, award-winning playwright, lyricist, translator, and librettist of more than 60 works including: El Grito Del Bronx, Salt, The Book of Miaou, & Frida, produced in venues such as BAM, Latino Chicago Theater, Mabou Mines, National Theater of Greece, Houston Grand Opera, Ateneo Puertorriqueño, & Teatro Vista. An alumna of New Dramatists, she received grants from the NEA, McKnight, NYFA and Pew/TCG Foundations, and was named the 2013 Helen Merrill Distinguished Playwright. Nurtured by Sundance, the Lark, & by Maria Irene Fornés at INTAR, Migdalia taught the Fornés Workshop/2016-2018, Princeton 2018, and LaMaMa/Umbria 2018. Recently: Macbeth @ Actors’ Shakespeare, Boston, 9/2018, and the African-American Shakespeare Company, San Francisco, 7/2019. Her Macbeth & Richard III translations will be presented by PlayOn! @ CSC, NY, 6/2019; Fur @ Teatro Dallas, 3/2019, and Boundless Theatre @ Next Door at NYTW, 10/2019. Never Moscow, about Chekhov, consumption & marriage is next.

Elena Araoz / Director

Upcoming, ELENA ARAOZ will direct the Off-Broadway world premiere Original Sound (Cherry Lane), the world premiere opera I Am A Dreamer Who No Longer Dreams (White Snake Productions at The Paramount, Boston), and Migrations by Mfoniso Udofia, Martyna Majok, Heather Raffo, Adam Gwon, Karen Zacarias (McCarter Theatre Center). Recent NYC productions: Mac Wellman’s A Chronicle of the Madness of Small Worlds (Next Door at NYTW), Kidnap Road (La MaMa), Alligator (New Georges/The Sol Project), Warren Leight’s Union Square Incident (24 Hour Plays on Broadway), Architecture of Becoming (WP Theater), Mechanics of Love (To-by-For). With Boundless Theatre Company: Fornês’ plays Conduct of Life and Mud and Octavio Solis’ Prospect. Regionally: In Between (Walnut Street Theatre), Sweat (People’s Light), Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare Festival St. Louis), Azaan (Oregon Symphony). Internationally: Two Arms and a Noise (Bucharest), The Power (Beijing), Midsummer Night’s Dream (Prague). Opera: La Traviata (New York City Opera/BAM), Lucia di Lammermoor (Opera North), Falstaff (Brooklyn Philharmonic/BAM), Latin Lovers (Glimmerglass). Faculty: Princeton University.

María-Cristina Fusté / Executive Artistic Director / Lighting Design

Theater: Sweat directed by Elena Araoz (People’s Light Theater, PA), Anna in the Tropics directed by Rebecca Martínez (Colorado Spring Performing Arts Center, CO), Mud and The Conduct of Life by María Irene Fornés, and Prospect by Octavio Solis, all directed by Elena Araoz (BOUNDLESS theatre company, NYC), Newsies (Aurora Theatre and Atlanta Lyric, GA), ABIGAIL/1702 (Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Lowell MA), In the Heights and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Aurora Theatre and Theatrical Outfit, Atlanta GA). Opera: Cecilia Valdés (Teatro Colón, Bogotá Colombia), Tosca, Bluebeard’s Castle, Madama Butterfly, Don Pasquale and L’Elisir d’Amore, all directed by Gilberto Valenzuela (Ópera de Puerto Rico, San Juan PR). Training: BA in theater University of Puerto Rico, MFA in Lighting Design from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Awards: Princess Grace Award recipient/ Pierre Cardin Award in Theater 2018, Suzi Bass Award in 2016 and 2017 for Outstanding Lighting Design on a Musical (Atlanta, GA). She is also the founder and Executive Artistic Director of Boundless Theatre Company.

Amy Palen / Associate Producer

AMY PALEN is an arts administrator based in Brooklyn. She joined Boundless Theatre Company in May 2017, and recently served as Associate Producer of the company’s productions of The Conduct of Life and Mud. Other credits include Associate Producer for Mac Wellman’s A Chronicle of the Madness of Small Worlds (Next Door at NYTW), and contributions to the administrative teams at Dance/NYC, WP Theater and INVISIBLE RIVER (Philadelphia). Amy holds a B.A. from Fordham University.

Regina Garcia / Scenic Design

REGINA GARCÍA has a long standing relationship with the Latinx Theatre Commons and has designed for its renowned Teatros including Repertorio Español, the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, Teatro Vista, and Pregones Theater. Recently completed projects include: Merrimack Repertory Theatre; Steppenwolf; Goodman Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival; and The Denver Center for the Performing Arts in co-production with The Old Globe. She is a Fellow of the NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Designers and the Princess Grace Awards, USA; and a Regional Associate member of the League of Professional Theatre Women. Regina is an ensemble member with Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, Chicago. She teaches at The Theatre School @ DePaul University.

Sarita Fellows / Costume Design

New York: Hatef**k (WP Theater); Macbeth, The Winter’s Tale, Measure for Measure (Classical Theatre); A Chronicle of the Madness of Small Worlds(Next Door at NYTW); Loving and Loving (Stella Adler Studio); Mud, Prospect, Fabuloso! (The Boundless Theater Co.); Forbidden City, A Bright Room Called Day, Golden Boy, Top Girls, Hoodoo Love (Juilliard); An Ordinary Muslim (Associate Designer, NYTW); Familiar (Associate Designer, Playwrights Horizon); Turn Me Loose (Associate Designer, Westside Theater). Regional: Her Portmaneau (ACT), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Signature Theatre), Alvin and the Chipmunks Live (2SBN), Haunted Life (MRT), Two Trains Running (Weston Playhouse), Berta Berta, A Late Morning with Reagan (CATF); Having Our Say (Philadelphia Theater Co); Robin Hood, Twelve Dancing Princesses, Singing in the Rain (Summer Theater of New Canaan). Film/TV: “Sight Pictures,” “Everybody Dies,” “Afronauts,” (by Frances Bodomo, premier SWSX2016); “Dirt” (by Darius Clark Monroe, premier Sundance 2016). Lecturer Princeton University. Associate Professor NYU @ Playwrights. MFA NYU/Tisch.

Nathan Leigh / Original Music / Sound Design

NATHAN LEIGH is a composer, sound designer, and writer. He has collaborated with Boundless Theatre on Prospect, Mud and Conduct of Life, and over 300 plays at theatres including New York Theatre Workshop, American Repertory Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, Peoples Light and Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Group, The Debate Society (Gothamist: Best Sound Design 2007 for The Eaten Heart), Stoneham Theatre (IRNE Best Sound Design 2009 for Strangers on a Train) and Central Square Theatre (IRNE Best Sound Design 2010 for The Hound of the Baskervilles). With Kyle Jarrow, Nathan co-created the musicals Big Money (WTF Boris Segall Fellowship 2008) and The Consequences (World Premiere 2012 at WHAT). With the Liars and Believers ensemble, Nathan composed scores for adaptations of Song of Songs, Icarus and A Story Beyond. With Megan Sass, he is the composer and lyricist for The Mad Scientist’s Guide (NYC Fringe 2015). In collaboration with The Bats, Nathan created the serialized musicals Sealand! and William Henry Harrison: Time Detective. Since 2009, Nathan has been the staff music columnist for AFROPUNK. His latest solo album is Ordinary Eternal Machinery.

Gregorio Barreto / Properties / Special Effects

GREGORIO BARRETO is a renowned Puerto Rican prop master, set dresser, and scenic designer. He has worked with the most important theatre companies in PR, including Boundless Theatre Company, Casa Productora, Corporación Teatro Latino, Nueva Alternativa, Producciones Girasol, Producciones Tamima, Re-Evolución and Teatro Caribeño. Gregorio’s work has been featured in plays such as Bug and Killer Joe by Tracy Letts, The Good Body by Eve Ensler, and Noises Off by Michael Fraym, as well as musicals like Godspell, Beauty and the Beast, and Mamma Mia. His feature films credits include Fistful of Dirt, Imprisoned, Prótesis, ¿Quién eres tú?, La sagrada familia, and Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have it Too. Gregorio currently teaches Production Design and Media Management at the University of Sagrado Corazón in Puerto Rico.