Reverence guides actor’s portrayal, Tampa Tribune, 24 April 2009
By JOSE PATINO GIRONA
Since age 6, Chaz Mena has revered Jose Marti, the 19th century Cuban patriot, poet, journalist and thinker. His Cuban-born grandfather gave him a book of Marti’s writings for children and a picture book of the Cuban leader. He has kept the Cuban writer at a reachable distance from that first encounter. When he went to study theater in Russia, he took a book of Marti’s writings to have a familiar companion. Two years ago, the Florida Humanities Council asked Mena, a New York-based actor, to perform a one-act play connecting Marti’s work to Florida’s history. He will perform “Charla, a Chat with...