Mix the raw honesty of Richard Pryor’s storytelling, The childlike characters
of Lily Tomlin and the effervescent energy of Rita Moreno and you have
Lydia Nicole’s one woman show “A Rose Grows In Spanish Harlem.”
- Sherri Shepherd, Comedian


A Rose Grows In Spanish Harlem is a coming of age story

about  a half Black, half Puerto Rican girl

who’s father is a pimp, who’s mother is a prostitute,

and who’s caretaker and confidant is a drag queen.

The setting takes place on the mean streets of

El Barrio’s Spanish Harlem in

New York City during the 1960’s and 70’s.


Funny, entertaining, and challenging, A Rose Grows In Spanish Harlem 

addresses “the Higher Purpose” question of who am I and what am 

I going to do with my life. Although universal in nature, the show

places an important, yet seldom seen emphasis on Latino culture and community.

This is a comedy that weaves laughter and tenacity throughout each act

with a silken thread. Magically incorporated into the play’s theme is Helen Keller’s

message; the best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or

even touched. They must be felt with the heart.