The play is based on characters of Miami's famed N.E. 2nd Ave. The play was commissioned and produced by the Miami Light Project as part of their 2001-2002 'Contemporary Performance Series.'
It made its debut at the Coconut Grove Playhouse where it drew record crowds for its enormously successful 10-week run. N.E. Avenue first drew attention from fellow playwrights after winning the International Cultural Exchange Grant given by the Miami-Dade County Cultural Affairs Council.
Teo Castellanos was then invited in the spring of 2002 to present the play at the world-renowned Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where it was honored with the Fringe First Award- the most prestigious award at the festival. After its return from Scotland, the play gained critical acclaim in both South Florida and beyond.
It was honored in the fall of 2002 with the South Florida Carbonell Award for Best New Work. Also, by the Miami New Times for the Best Solo Performance Award in 2002. Finally, the Miami Beach Sun awarded Castellanos with its Best Original Play Award in 2002.