The New York City Council Cultural Immigrant Initiative and Arts Brookfield present
a NY Classical Diversifying the Classics staged reading

Force of Habit
by Guillén de Castro y Bellvís

Translated by the UCLA Working Group on the Comedia in Translation and Performance

Paul Cella, Nitzaira Delgado-García, Barbara Fuchs, Mar Gómez Glez, Laura Muñoz, Juan Jesús Payán, Payton Phillips Quintanilla, Kathryn Renton, Veronica Wilson

and read by a Latinx cast.


Can gender be learned and unlearned? Félix and Hipólita, two siblings separated at birth, are brought up in the habits of the opposite gender. Kept close by his mother’s side, Félix is sensitive. Hipólita, trained by her father on the battlefield, is fierce. When the family is reunited, the father insists on making the siblings conform to traditional gender roles. Helped along the way by their respective love interests, the two gradually assume traditional positions, but their journeys expose the limitations of the gender system.


7-9pm English-language reading on two consecutive evenings
FREE and Open to the Public
Seating is limited, click below to make your FREE reservation!

Monday, November 4th
at Brookfield Properties’ Tata Innovation Center
11 East Loop Road, Roosevelt Island

Tuesday, November 5th
Hudson Eats at Brookfield Place
230 Vesey Street, Lower Manhattan


Sponsored by Council Member Ben Kallos & the New York City Council Cultural Immigrant Initiative

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Special Thanks to Actors' Equity Association and Barbara Fuchs & the UCLA Diversifying the Classics project!