Thalía Spanish Theatre
41-17 Greenpoint Ave. Sunnyside, NY 11104
The borough’s only bilingual Latino venue, Thalía Spanish Theatre is dedicated to promoting and preserving the heritage of Hispanic drama. Founded in 1977 by Cuban actress/director Silvia Brito, Thalía specializes in the zarzuela, an art form that combines operatic singing with dialogue, and other kinds of Spanish-language drama genres. But the 100-seat theater also promotes Spanish-language playwrights, dancers, and folklorists.
Inside scoop: Lance Corporal Thomas P. Noonan Playground is a few blocks from Thalía on Greenpoint Avenue and 43rd Street. The public space is named after a native son who was awarded a posthumous Congressional Medal of Honor, a Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, and a Vietnam Service Medal with bronze stars for his heroics in the Vietnam War. On February 5, 1969, Noonan was fatally shot by North Vietnamese soldiers while carrying a seriously wounded United States soldier to safety.
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