Monthly Archives: April 2008

Actor transforms into José Martí for one-man show


OCALA – Chaz Mena cannot conceal his excitement. Even if he wanted to, the joy in his words would be enough to give him away. He speaks of Cuba and its heroes with nostalgic pride. The same one his father, an exiled Cuban, instilled in him as a child.But among all the men and women Mena grew up listening to stories about, the name of José Martí evokes special memories.”Martí, to me, is like a family member,” Mena said in a telephone conversation. “It’s hard to be Cuban and talk about him objectively because it’s like talking about an uncle or a cousin.”Today, the childhood stories take on a bigger meaning as Mena prepares to embody the renowned Cuban...

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