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REPERTORIO ESPAÑOL AND THE MIRANDA FAMILY ANNOUNCE THE MIRANDA FAMILY ‘VOCES LATINX’ NATIONAL PLAYWRITING COMPETITION

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Repertorio Español, the 2019 Drama Desk Award-winning theater company, in partnership with the Miranda Family, are proud to present the Miranda Family ‘Voces Latinx’ National Playwriting Competition, a new initiative that aims to develop and promote Latinx plays and playwrights. Beginning with Lin-Manuel Miranda’s time at Repertorio Español as a high school intern, and more recently with grants supporting the company, the Miranda Family has advanced Latinx voices and stories onstage. With this new project, the Miranda Family continues to honor its commitment to Repertorio Español.

“I swept the stage as an intern at Repertorio Español. We did a very early reading of In The Heights there, and now, our family is proud to support this important open playwriting competition,” says Lin-Manuel Miranda. “As a community, we need to find ways to uncover unheard voices and break barriers that keep Latinx artists from telling their story.”

Submissions are welcome from all ethnic and racial backgrounds but plays must resonate with and accurately depict the Latinx/Hispanic experience. All submissions should be new and unproduced works with a minimum running time of 75 minutes. They can be written in Spanish and/or English. Playwrights must be at least 18 years of age and be residents of the United States, including Puerto Rico. Submissions are due by Wednesday, April 15th, 2020. For more information about the competition and Repertorio Español please visit: repertorio.nyc/voceslatinx.

ABOUT THE MIRANDA FAMILY FUND
For over 40 years, the Miranda Family has championed community activism. They have created and supported institutions that have served underserved populations throughout New York City, across the country, and in Puerto Rico. They continue to foster the family’s commitment to advocacy for education, the arts, and social justice – along with a sustained focus on relief and rebuilding efforts in Puerto Rico post-Hurricane Maria.

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ABOUT REPERTORIO ESPAÑOL
Repertorio Español was founded in 1968 by Stage Director René Buch and the late Theatre Producer Gilberto Zaldívar, and has become one of the most successful Off-Broadway theatres. The Company was founded with the mission of producing the finest Spanish-language theatre from Latin America and Spain as well as plays written by Latinx artists.

The Company presents a rotating repertory of 13 different plays, musicals and dance concerts with over 300 performances every year. Its productions are seen by over 50,000 people annually at its home, the historic Gramercy Arts Theatre, and on tour. Every year, approximately 20,000 students are introduced to the heritage of Spanish language theatre through its education program, ¡DIGNIDAD!

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Luis Miranda, Shubert VP Julio Peterson and Lin-Manuel Miranda at Repertorio Español 46th Annivesary Celebration.

TICKETS AND GENERAL INFORMATION
By phone: 1-212.225.9999 | Online: repertorio.nyc
In-person: 138 East 27th Street, New York, NY 10016
(Between Lexington and Third Avenues. Subway: # 6 to 23rd Street, W or R to 28th Street)
Monday 8:00am-6pm | Tuesday – Friday 8am-8pm|Saturday 10am-8pm | Sunday 10am-7:00pm

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Meet the Cast and Playwright of La Paz Perpetua

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La paz perpetua begins previews on Friday, February 21st and premieres on Tuesday, February 25th, 2020 at Repertorio Español’s historic Gramercy Arts Theater located at 138 East 27th Street in Manhattan, New York.

Meet the accomplished playwright, Juan Mayorga, director, Leyma López, designer, Robert Federico and cast behind La paz perpetua, including Germán Jaramillo, Zulema Clares, Luis Carlos de La Lombana, Sandor Juan, and Pedro De León.

Tickets for “La paz perpetua” are available here.

About the play: The elite canine squad K9 is on the hunt for new member. Three dogs have made it to the final rounds of testing but only one can move ahead. Will it be the Rottweiler with a powerful nose? The tough crossbreed who follows orders without question? Or the intelligent and philosophical German Shepherd with a personal vendetta? A grizzled veteran Labrador issue the examinations that will ultimately decide which dog can wear the prestigious“white collar”of K9. How far will they go to reach their goal? And at what cost?

FotoPacoNavarro2Playwright, Juan Mayorga – born in Madrid in 1965 is a Spanish playwright and dramatist. He is one of the co-founders of Teatro de Allistero, as well as the company La Loca de la Casa. His other works include, The Tongue in Pieces, Geneva’s Dream, The Scorched Garden, Love Letters to Stalin, and More Ashes. He is the recipient of the 2007 Spanish National Theatre Award, the 2009 Valle Inclán award, as well as the 2013 National Dramatic Literature Award among others. His plays including Way To Heaven have been produced at Repertorio Español and around the world and have been translated into 30+ languages.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leyma Lopez HeadshotDirector, Leyma López – Born in San José de las Lajas in La Habana, Cuba. In 2009 received her degree in Acting and The Arts from The Superior Institute of La Habana. López was the founder and director of Rompecalles in 2007, a theatrical project focused on investigating classic text. López is presently Resident Director of Repertorio Español. She was the recipient of the Van Lier Award for Young Directors in 2012. At Repertorio Español she directed: Por Gusto (For Pleasure), El Loco por Fuerza (Insane by Force), Hierba mala nunca muere (Weeds Won’t Die), Aire Frío (Cool Air), and many others. She has received various nominations and awards for ATI, ACE and HOLA.

 

Production Designer and Executive Producer, Robert Weber Federico Robert Weber Federico earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History at Columbia College and an MFA in Design for the theatre at New York University’s School of the Art.  In 1971, Mr. Federico designed his first production at Repertorio Español and joined the company full-time in 1972, when the Company relocated to the Gramercy Arts Theatre.  Since then, he has created sets, lighting and costumes for over 100 productions for the theatre. He is most proud of bringing theatre to over 800,000 students in the course of his tenure spearheading the Company’s outreach efforts to schools. In 2005, Repertorio’s Board of Directors appointed Mr. Federico as the Executive Producer.

 

 

 

 

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Germán Jaramillo (Casius) Germán Jaramillo was born in Manizales, Caldas, Colombia. He is known for Our Lady of the Assassins (2000), Paraiso Travel (2008) and Narcos (2015). His trajectory as an actor has won him awards including Colombia’s Actor of the Year on various occasions. He starred in the film La virgen de los sicarios (2000) for which he was nominated and won many international awards. Jaramillo is the co-founder of ID Studio Theater in New York, of which he is the Artistic Director. He is also the co-founder of the Teatro Libre de Bogotá (The Free Theatre of Bogotá), where he worked for more than 30 years. Some of his credits with Repertorio include: Doña Flor and Her Two Husbands, Weeds Just Won’t Die, and No One Ever Writes to the Colonel.

 

 

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Zulema Clares (The Human)– Born in Cuba and holds a degree in Theater Techniques and Choral Direction from Cuba’s National Arts School.  In 1996 she co-founded Argos Theater of Cuba and soon after she became one of the most acclaimed actresses of Cuban stage for her work in classics like Strindberg, Brecht, Calderon de la Barca, among others.  She won the Best Actress Award at the 2001 Camaguey Theater Festival in Cuba and received multiples HOLA and ACE awards for her work at Repertorio Español. Zulema currently resides in New York.  

 

 

 

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Luis Carlos de la Lombana (Ódin) – is an actor, singer, composer, director and producer hailing from Santander, España. He hold two university degrees, one in acting from the National School of Dramatic Arts in Spain and one in law from the Autonomous University in Madrid. Recently, he co-produced La Strada (The Road), and he is part of the company of actors at Repertorio Español. As a singer and composer he has worked with the musical group QVINQUE and La Strada. He has received multiple awards including the ACE, ATI and HOLA awards.

 

 

 

 

 

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REPERTORIO ESPAÑOL ANNOUNCES THE NEW YORK CITY PREMIERE OF JUAN MAYORGA’S LA PAZ PERPETUA

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La paz perpetua begins previews on Friday, February 21st and premieres on Tuesday, February 25th, 2020 at Repertorio Español’s historic Gramercy Arts Theater located at 138 East 27th Street in Manhattan, New York.

The acclaimed play by Juan Mayorga is directed by Leyma López. The cast includes Germán Jaramillo, Zulema Clares as well as Luis Carlos de la Lombana, Sandor Juan and Pedro de León.

JANUARY, 2020 – NEW YORK, NY – Repertorio Español is proud to announce the New York City premiere of La paz perpetua by renowned Spanish playwright and dramatist Juan Mayorga and directed by Leyma López. The show was received as a critical success in Spain and is the recipient of the 2009 Valle Inclán Award. Inspired by the 1795 German philosopher Immanuel Kant, La paz perpetua reimagines the text of the same name in a modern context. It investigates the concepts of power, personal ideologies, and political agendas through the eyes of dogs. La paz perpetua holds a mirror to modern society, asking what is humanity willing to sacrifice for peace?

ABOUT THE PLAY 

The elite canine squad K7 is on the hunt for new member. Three dogs have made it to the final rounds of testing but only one can move ahead. Will it be the Rottweiler with a powerful nose? The tough crossbreed who follows orders without question? Or the intelligent and philosophical German Shepherd with a personal vendetta? A grizzled veteran Labrador issues the examinations that will ultimately decide which dog can wear the prestigious “white collar” of K7. How far will they go to reach their goal? And at what cost?

PREVIEWS
Friday, February 21, 2020 8:00 PM
Saturday, February 22, 2020 8:00 PM
Sunday, February 23, 2020 3:00 PM

OPENING NIGHT: Tuesday, February 25, 2020 7:00 PM

PERFORMANCES:
Friday, February 28, 2020 8:00 PM
Sunday, March 1, 2020 3:00 PM
Thursday, March 5, 2020 7:00 PM
Saturday, March 7, 2020 8:00 PM
Sunday, March 22, 2020 3:00 PM
Friday, April 3, 2020 8:00 PM
Thursday, April 16, 2020 7:00 PM
Friday, May 1, 2020 8:00 PM
Friday, May 15, 2020 8:00 AM
Friday, June 19, 2020 8:00 PM
More performances to be announced through 2020. Performed in Spanish with English Supertitles

JUAN MAYORGA- AUTHOR

Juan Mayorga, born in Madrid in 1965 is a Spanish playwright and dramatist. Mayorga received a PhD in Philosophy from the Universidad Nacional in 1997 and has worked as a professor of mathematics, philosophy, and dramaturgy since 1994. He is one of the co-founders of Teatro de Allistero, as well as the company La Loca de la Casa. His other works include, The Tongue in Pieces, Geneva’s Dream, The Scorched Garden, Love Letters to Stalin, and More Ashes. He is the recipient of the 2007 Spanish National Theatre Award, the 2009 Valle Inclán award, as well as the 2013 National Dramatic Literature Award among others. His plays including Way To Heaven in Repertorio Español have been produced around the world and translated into 30+ languages.

 

LEYMA LÓPEZ- DIRECTOR

Born in San José de las Lajas in La Habana, Cuba. In 2009 received her degree in Acting and The Arts from The Superior Institute of La Habana. López was the founder and director of Rompecalles in 2007, a theatrical project focused on investigating classic text. In this project, she created adaptation of Fedra and Asamblea de mujeres (The Assembly of Women), two big stories in Greek mythology, which won the award of Festival Olga Alonso and the Municipal of San José de las Lajas award for Best Play.

López is presently Resident Director of Repertorio Español. She was the recipient of the Van Lier Award for Young Directors in 2012. At Repertorio Español she directed: Por Gusto (For Pleasure), El Loco por Fuerza (Insane by Force), Hierba mala nunca muere (Weeds Won’t Die), Aire Frío (Cool Air), La Fiaca, Valor, agravio y mujer (Courage, Betrayal, and a Woman Scorned), La Celestina, Filomena Marturano: Marriage Caribbean Style and a series of readings highlighting the works of 17th Century women playwrights. She has received various nominations and awards for ATI, ACE and HOLA.

 

TICKETS AND GENERAL INFORMATION

By phone: 1-212.225.9999 | Online: repertorio.nyc

In person: 138 East 27th Street, New York, NY 10016

(Between Lexington and Third Avenues. Subway: # 6 to 23rd Street, W or R to 28th Street)

Monday 8:00am-6pm | Tuesday – Friday 8am-8pm|Saturday 10am-8pm | Sunday 10am-7:00pm

Discounts available for seniors, military and students with valid identification.

 

ABOUT REPERTORIO ESPAÑOL

Founded in 1968 by stage director René Buch and the late producer Gilberto Zaldívar, and joined by Robert Weber Federico in 1971, who now serves as Executive Producer, REPERTORIO has presented an unparalleled body of theater that promotes and divulges the rich heritage of Hispanic theater. Spanish masters like Calderón, Lope de Vega and García Lorca, renowned playwrights from Latin America and the growing body of American writers who capture the Latino experience in the U.S.—from Portland, LA, NYC, Washington DC, Texas, Washington Heights, Denver and Chicago– are all at home in REPERTORIO’s programming. As well, the company has presented acclaimed translations of plays by Edward Albee, Shakespeare, Tennessee Williams, Gian Carlo Menotti and Noel Coward.

The Company presents a rotating repertory of 13 different plays, musicals and dance concerts in over 300 performances every year. Its productions are seen by over 50,000 people annually at its home, the historic Gramercy Arts Theatre and on tour. Every year, approximately 20,000 students are introduced to the heritage of Spanish language theatre through its education program, ¡DIGNIDAD!

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Meet the Cast and Playwright of “La breve y maravillosa vida de Oscar Wao” based on Junot Díaz’s novel.

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Meet the Playwright and cast of Junot Díaz’s “La breve y maravillosa vida de Oscar Wao”, the protagonists of Repertorio’s first production of the 2019-2020 Season. The play follows the story of Oscar a naive “nerd” from New Jersey who has finally left the grips of his imposing Dominican mother and is attending his first semester of college at Rutgers with his rebellious sister. He dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien and, most of all, finding love. But Oscar may never get what he wants. Blame the “fukú”—a curse that has haunted Oscar’s family for generations, following them on their epic journey from Santo Domingo to the USA. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao explores the endless human capacity to persevere—and risk it all—in the name of love.

“The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” will begin performances October 12 ahead of an October 15 opening. The show will be performed in Spanish with English supertitles.

For tickets and more information, visit www.repertorio.nyc/wao or call (212) 225-9999

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Junot Díaz – Author

 

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Marco Antonio Rodríguez – Playwright & Director

 

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Altagracia ‘ANOVA’ Nova – Lola

 

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Mario Peguero – Junior

 

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Maite Bonilla – Beli

 

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Arisleyda Lombert – La Inca

 

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Belange Rodríguez – Jenni / Ybón Pimentel

 

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Alfonso Rey – Dionisio / Capitán

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Get to know the Playwright & Cast of “Filomena Marturano – Un matrimonio a la caribeña”

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“Filomena Marturano – Un matrimonio a la caribeña” debuts on July 20, 2019 8:00 PM at Repertorio Español, located at 138 East 27th St. in Manhattan, New York.

Meet the talented Playwright, Eduardo De Filippo, behind this great Italian masterpiece for the theatre. Repertorio Español Director, Leyma López is proud to introduce De Filippos work and turn it into Carribean style with beautiful talent from many Spanish speaking countries including Cuba, Spain, Dominican Republic, Venezuela and Puerto Rico.

 

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Leyma López

Director

San José de las Lajas, Cuba

 

 

 

 

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La Havana, Cuba

 

 

 

 

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Amneris Morales

Rosalía

Santurce, Puerto Rico

 

 

 

 

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Ponce, Puerto Rico

 

 

 

 

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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

 

 

 

 

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Caguas, Puerto Rico

 

 

 

 

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Madrid, España

 

 

 

 

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Santiago, Dominican Republic

 

 

 

 

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Caracas, Venezuela

 

 

 

 

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Bayamón, Puerto Rico

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the Play

In Eduardo De Filippo’s classic Neapolitan tale, Filomena, a former prostitute, has been living with shopkeeper Domingo for 25 years. Domingo is set to marry the young Diana, but Filomena feigns mortal illness to convince Domingo to marry her. When he finds out he’s been trick, he has the marriage annulled. But Filomena will not give up.

 

Performed in Spanish with English Supertitles.

 

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Filomena Marturano becomes Marriage Caribbean Style at Repertorio Español!

REPERTORIO ESPAÑOL ANNOUNCES THE PREMIERE OF “FILOMENA MARTURANO – MARRIAGE CARIBBEAN STYLE”.

 “Filomena Marturano – Marriage Caribbean Style” begins previews on Saturday, July 20th and premieres on Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019 at Repertorio Español’s historic Gramercy Arts Theater located at 138 East 27th Street in Manhattan, New York.

The classic play by Eduardo de Filippo is directed by Leyma López. The cast includes Zulema Clares as Filomena, Sandor Juan as Domingo, with Amneris Morales, Mario Mattei, Mario Peguero, Gilberto Gabriel Díaz, Sandra Gummuzio as well as Krystal Pou, Brayan Cortés Figueroa, and Cesar Augusto Cova making their company debuts.

JULY 03, 2019 – NEW YORK, NY – Repertorio Español, Drama Desk Award winner 2019 is proud to announce the premiere of Eduardo De Filippo’s “Filomena Marturano – Marriage Caribbean Style”. This classic Neapolitan play has been translated by Rafael Sánchez and Leyma López. This comedy originally published in 1946, is one of the greatest theatre masterpieces known worldwide. Repertorio is proud to create the first Spanish showing of this classic in the United States.

ABOUT THE PLAY

In Eduardo De Filippo’s classic Neapolitan tale, Filomena, a former prostitute, has been living with shopkeeper Domingo for 25 years. Domingo is set to marry the young Diana, but Filomena feigns mortal illness to convince Domingo to marry her. When he finds out he’s been trick, he has the marriage annulled. But Filomena will not give up.

PREVIEWS:

Saturday, July 20, 2019 8:00 PM

Sunday, July 21, 2019 3:00 PM

OPENING NIGHT:

Tuesday, July 23, 2019 7:00 PM

PERFORMANCES:

Friday, July 26, 2019 8:00 PM

Saturday, July 27, 2019 8:00 PM

Sunday, July 28, 2019 3:00 PM

Friday, August 2, 2019 8:00 PM

Saturday, August 3, 2019 8:00 PM

Sunday, August 4, 2019 3:00 PM

Saturday, August 24, 2019 8:00 PM

More performances to be announced through 2019 & 2020. Performed in Spanish with English Supertitles. 

 

EDUARDO DE FILIPPO – PLAYWRIGHT

Eduardo De Filippo was born on 24 May 1900, the son of actor Eduardo Scarpetta and Luisa De Filippo. He died in Rome in 1984. He is also known simply as Eduardo was an Italian actor, playwright, screenwriter, author and poet, best known for his Neapolitan works Filumena Marturano and Napoli Milionaria. Considered as one of the most important Italian artists of 20th century was author of many theatrical dramas put on play and directed by himself first and later awarded and played outside Italy. For his artistic merits and contribution to the culture was nominee Senatore a Vita by Italian Presidente della Repubblica Sandro Pertini.

 

 LEYMA LÓPEZ – DIRECTOR

Born in San José de las Lajas in La Habana, Cuba. From 2001 to 2005 she went to school for direction and acting in the School of the Arts in San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba and in 2009 received her degree in Acting and The Arts from The Superior Institute of La Habana. López was the founder and director of Rompecalles in 2007, a theatrical project focused on investigating classic text. In this project, she created adaptation of “Fedra” and “Asamblea de mujeres” (The Assembly of Women), two big stories in Greek mythology, which won the award of Festival Olga Alonso and the Municipal of San José de las Lajas award for Best Play.

López is presently Resident Director of Repertorio Español. She was the recipient of the Van Lier Award for Young Directors in 2012. At Repertorio Español she directed: “Por Gusto” (For Pleasure), “El Loco por Fuerza” (Insane by Force), “Hierba mala nunca muere” (Weeds Won’t Die), “Aire Frío” (Cool Air), “La Fiaca”, “Valor, agravio y mujer” (Courage, Betrayal, and a Woman Scorned), ‘La Celestina” and a series of readings highlighting the works of 17th Century women playwrights. She has received various nominations and awards for ATI, ACE and HOLA.

 

TICKETS AND GENERAL INFORMATION

By phone: 1-212.225.9999 | Online: repertorio.nyc

In person: 138 East 27th Street, New York, NY 10016

(Between Lexington and Third Avenues. Subway: # 6 to 23rd Street, W or R to 28th Street)

Monday 8:00am-6pm | Tuesday – Friday 8am-8pm|Saturday 10am-8pm | Sunday 10am-7:00pm

 

Discounts available for seniors, military and students with valid identification.

 

ABOUT REPERTORIO ESPAÑOL

Founded in 1968 by stage director René Buch and the late producer Gilberto Zaldívar, and joined by Robert Weber Federico in 1971, who now serves as Executive Producer, REPERTORIO has presented an unparalleled body of theater that promotes and divulges the rich heritage of Hispanic theater. Spanish masters like Calderón, Lope de Vega and García Lorca, renowned playwrights from Latin America and the growing body of American writers who capture the Latino experience in the U.S.—from Portland, LA, NYC, Washington DC, Texas, Washington Heights, Denver and Chicago– are all at home in REPERTORIO’s programming. As well, the company has presented acclaimed translations of plays by Edward Albee, Shakespeare, Tennessee Williams, Gian Carlo Menotti and Noel Coward.

 

The Company presents a rotating repertory of 13 different plays, musicals and dance concerts in over 300 performances every year. Its productions are seen by over 50,000 people annually at its home, the historic Gramercy Arts Theatre and on tour. Every year, approximately 20,000 students are introduced to the heritage of Spanish language theatre through its education program, ¡DIGNIDAD!

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Get to know the Playwright & Cast of “Smiley”!

Get to know the Playwright & Cast of “Smiley”!
Get to know the Playwright & Cast of “Smiley”!
Get to know the Playwright & Cast of “Smiley”!
Get to know the Playwright & Cast of “Smiley”!
Get to know the Playwright & Cast of “Smiley”!

“Smiley” Debuts on Friday, June 14, 2019 8:00 PM at Repertorio Español, located at 138 East 27th St. in Manhattan, New York.

Meet the talented Playwright, Guillem Clua, Director, Ismanuel Rodríguez and Cast behind “Smiley” that includes Rafa Sánchez, Omar Nieves, and Edmi de Jesús.

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GUILLEM CLUA – PLAYWRIGHT

Graduated in journalism from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), he began his writing training at the London Guildhall University (London, Great Britain) in 1994. He is currently considered one of the most innovative and versatile voices of the current national theater. The critic has defined the work of this author as multidisciplinary, eclectic and with a priority concern for the narrative structure and the argument. Its objective is always to tell stories and make them close to the viewer, using mechanisms of intrigue, comedy or melodrama, a fast paced, and even elements of other media, such as television, Internet and film

 

 

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ISMANUEL RODRÍGUEZ – DIRECTOR 

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, he studied a Bachelor of Arts in Drama (Theater Direction) from University of Kent at Canterbury. He also studied a Masters in Performing Arts from the University Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid. At the age of 7, he works at Sunshine s Café (WAPA TV). He was part of several movies since he was a child, such as Los Cuentos de Abelardo by Luis Molina. His first play was On Golden Pond, directed by Gilberto Valenzuela for Tablado Puertorriqueño. In Spain, he worked as Assistant Director in Divinas Palabras,directed by José Piris. He also assisted in the direction of Chekhov in the Garden, by the official company M. Chekhov for the Círculo de Bellas Artes de Madrid. He is a founding member of Tantai Teatro PR, company with more than 11 years of trajectory, with which he directs some of his biggest hits: Agua a Cucharadas by Quiara Alegría Hudes (Puerto Rico and Festival ENCUENTRO in Los Angeles), Ingenio (Wit) by Margaret Edson, the immersive experience Construyendo a Verónica, 8 mujeres sospechosas, Pegados: un musical diferente, Elvira and Jouvet, Paris años 40, among others. He also directs La Cueva de Salamanca, winner of the Young New Creators contest in Madrid, and several shows and concerts in Puerto Rico for artists like Lissette, Yolandita and Silverio Pérez.

 

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RAFA SÁNCHEZ (BRUNO)

An actor and an Assistant Producer at Repertorio Español (Spanish Repertory Theatre). He is a performing artist based in New York, having acted in and/or produced over 50 works in Spain and USA. Born and raised in Madrid, Spain, Rafael possesses a BA in Drama from the University of Kent at Canterbury (ESAD), a Master in Performing Arts from the University Rey Juan Carlos, and also studied graduated courses in Comparative Literature at the University of Puerto Rico. He is currently finishing his PhD in Hispanic Studies and Literature at the UPR. He has taught at that institution and at ICPR Junior College since 2012. Actually, he is also Adjunct Lecturer at the Hispanic Languages and Literature Department at Queens College (CUNY). His work with non-profits has been proved for more than ten years in Puerto Rico (where he has lived until 2017) and USA, with companies such as Tantai Teatro (Founder) and Boundless Theatre Company.

 

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OMAR NIEVES (ALEX)

Actor, ballet dancer and choreographer. He’s been seen in the cast of musicals and plays such as “Bird cage”, “Godspell”, “Contratiempo”. “Esto sí es un show”, “De Johnny Rey” and “Smiley”. He’s worked with the leading dance companies of Puerto Rico; Ballets de San Juan, Ballet Concierto, and CoDa21. As a ballet dancer he has been invited to perform in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, the United States, Cuba and Europe. His ballet repertoire ranges from the great classics such as Don Quijote and Giselle, to international choreographies by Septime Weber and Nacho Duato.

 

 

 

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EDMI DE JESÚS (YUAN – HILO ROJO DEL DESTINO)

Born in Santurce, P.R. Edmi has two BA’s from the University of Puerto Rico one in Neoclassical Languages and another in arts. She’s fluent in Spanish, English, Portuguese, Italian and has taken on the task of learning Hindi. While in college she was part of the Traveling Theatre. She has performed in more than 25 commercials as a principal, has appeared in soap operas, TV shows and more than 10 movies in Puerto Rico. Edmi studied at the Lee Strasberg Institute, in NYC for 3 years and participated in a acting summer program at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) in London. She has been part of the internet show “The B.S of A”, the film “La Mala” which was filmed in Spain with the acclaimed Cuban actor Jorge Perugorria and in the HBO short film “Smell the Coffee”. Her repertoire as an actress in NYC covers from regional plays to independent movies and nation-wide commercials. Edmi recently finished shooting in Puerto Rico the movie “Dos Caminos”. She has her own production company, Producciones El Barrio, With 2 projects already under its belt, “Santa Barbara es una Femme Fatal” is its first theatre play and soon will be seen in a short film format.

About the Play

A Japanese legend says that when two people are destined to be together, an invisible red thread tied to the little finger of the hand binds them from the day they are born. Alex and Bruno, make a strange couple, whose only commonality is that they are men, and that they have fallen in love. Their differences seem insurmountable, and their antagonistic personalities, whether they like it or not, are united by that red thread, however often they are bound to break it.

Performed in Spanish with English Supertitles.

 

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