Fear Not Theatergoers: A New Superhero Play Has Arrived at Two River

Jan 19, 2018

Gabriel Hernandez plays the villain El Chupacabra in EL COQUI ESPECTACULAR and the BOTTLE OF DOOM
Credit Richard Termine for Two River Theater

The world premier of EL COQUI ESPECTACULAR AND THE BOTTLE OF DOOM runs through February 4th at Two River Theater in Red Bank.

The superhero in this play, written by Matt Barbot and directed by Jose Zayas, is actually an out-of-work comic book creator who keeps getting beat up in alleyways, wearing an homemade pajama costume. 

The villain in the show, El Chupacabra, is played by actor and Hoboken resident Gabriel Hernandez. 

Hernandez, who also plays the role of Junior in the fast-moving play, sat down recently with WBGO's News Director Doug Doyle to talk about his character, his career and why he wishes his new son was old enough to take it all in.

Gabriel Hernandez stars in a new superhero play at Two River Theater
Credit Cassie Galasetti for WBGO News

Hernandez is a voiceover artist, burlesque performer, and member of Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater’s acting and music ensemble. 

He holds two degrees from Yale University, where he met his wife Rachel, with whom he makes nostalgic ’90s hip hop,   Hernandez gives us a taste of his hip hop talent in this interview.

EL COQUI ESPECTACULAR takes place in Two River's Marion Huber Theater.

Click below to hear the entire interview with Gabriel Hernandez.