Rumble in the Theater

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Rumble in the Theater



A  real conversation about racism, gender, opportunity and history about people that are not heard or seen on the "great white way" and in the world at large.

Rumble in the Theater is about a Puerto Rican actress named Mari, who takes her mother to see a Broadway show. When the lights go down, she is told to "shut up" by a theatergoer. Mari is used to this happening but because Hurricane Maria has hit the island of Puerto Rico, she decides to take her power back. In doing so, she breaks the rules of engagement in the theater and chaos ensues. The disturbance of a Broadway play in the American Theater gets written about in a national newspaper. Through the eyes of Mari, we begin to hear the voices of those who were at the theater and those who read about it in the newspaper. Rumble in the Theater examines the gap between the underserved and the institution of the American Theater.

Rumble is meant to be interactive and to create a rumbling in its audience.  

Written and Performed by Marilyn Torres
Director by Dudley Findlay Jr.

Rumble in the Theater is a live in-person theater event. Masks and proof of vaccination will be required. For more information on our COVID safety policies visit HartBeat's website HERE

HartBeat Ensemble will present Rumble in the Theater at Sea Tea Comedy Theater located at 15 Asylum St, Hartford, CT 06013. For information on getting to the theater please visit

Running Time: 75 minutes plus post-performance conversation.


Marilyn Torres (playwright & performer) hails from Harlem, New York. She's graced the stage in plays such as Water by The Spoonful at The Old Globe, Breath Boom at Yale Rep, Agony of the Agony at The Vineyard, Bike America at The Alliance Theater and Ma-Yi Theater. Ms. Torres was also part of The Tribeca Theater Festival in Late Night, Early Morning, produced by Robert De Niro. It went on to be produced at The HBO Comedy Festival where it won a Jury Award for Best Theater Piece. Film credits include Maid in Manhattan, Lady in the Water, Bella, Bernard & Doris, The Arrangement, Musical Chairs, and Home. She's had principal roles on Law & Order, Law & Order SVU, The Unusuals, Flight of the Concord, Third Watch and The Chris Rock Show. Her most recent roles were on Marvel’s DareDevil, Untitled Louie CK film and The Big Sick. Marilyn has written other solo shows called I Have Something to Say and Unzipped. Her monologues have been featured on ShowTime at the Apollo and HBO Latino. Ms. Torres is a teaching artist who works in public schools, juvenile centers, and Rikers Island. Additionally, she is a trained Radical Aliveness practitioner and facilitates groups, regarding cultural sensitivity, systems orientation, and self-awareness.

Dudley Findlay, Jr (director) is an accomplished director, actor, writer and producer who has been blessed to work in numerous theatrical productions as well as television, commercials and voiceovers. Directorial projects include; She Hates Coffee by A.R. Garcia performed at the Hamilton Stage @ UCPAC and The Kumble Theater; Hazelle Goodman’s one women show Hazelle, What’s Going On?! and Indio Melendez’s Manchild Dilemma and his critically acclaimed award winning work Someday A Father Be. On stage; ROY G BIV and the Every 28 Hours Plays at the McCarter Theater in Princeton University. Commercials: Snickers, Wendy’s, Ivory Soap, NY Lottery, Microsoft and Nike. He is also an advocate and mentor for People with Disabilities.

Rumble in the Theater is supported in part by the New England Foundation for the Arts through the New England Arts Resilience Fund, part of the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund, an initiative of the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with major funding from the federal CARES Act from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Sea Tea Comedy Theater 15 Asylum Street
Hartford, CT 06103
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