Mondongo was a musical presented outdoors in a co-production with the Public’s Mobile Theatre Unit. This play evolved 2 years later into the Public Theatre’s musical production, Santico.

The production earned Deborah Allen a 1976 AUDELCO Award for Choreography.

From New York Times Going Out Guide June 6, 1976:


Actually, there is something new under the New York sun — the Nuyoricans — the name given a new literary movement of self‐affirmation by second‐generation and third‐generation Puerto Rican.

These young men and women are turning out poetry, fiction and drama that relates usually to their lives in New York. One Nuyorican is Ray Ramirez, a playwright who has written “Mondongo,” a musical that can be seen tonight thought Sunday at the New Federal Theater, 240 East 3d Street, between Avenues B and C.

Dean Irby directed “Mondongo,” Deborah Allen, of “Raisin,” was the choreographer and Willie Colon, the band leader, wrote the music. Admission is free.

Presented as part of the 1975-76 Season

Play opened June 3, 1976 at the Henry DeJur Playhouse

Artist Credits

Credit Artist Photo
Playwright Ray Ramirez
Director Dean Irby
Musical Director Willie Colón
Choreographer Debbie Allen
Actor Christine Campbell

All 1975-76 Season productions: