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


“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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Eduardo De Filippo


Chiaia, Italy





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Leyma López


San José de las Lajas, Cuba





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Zulema Clares

Filomena Marturano

La Havana, Cuba








Sandor Juan


La Havana, Cuba









Amneris Morales


Santurce, Puerto Rico





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Mario Mattei


Ponce, Puerto Rico





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Mario Peguero

Priest / Waiter / Lawyer / Couturier

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic





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Gilberto Gabriel Díaz Flores


Caguas, Puerto Rico





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Sandra Gummuzio


Madrid, España





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Krystal Pou


Santiago, Dominican Republic








César Augusto Cova Burguera


Caracas, Venezuela





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Bryan Cortés


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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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.



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





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.




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.




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.






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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It is with deep sorrow that Repertorio EspañoI announces the passing of one of its most memorable actors of its fifty years, Ricardo Barber.

It is with deep sorrow that Repertorio EspañoI announces the passing of one of its most memorable actors of its fifty years, Ricardo Barber.
It is with deep sorrow that Repertorio EspañoI announces the passing of one of its most memorable actors of its fifty years, Ricardo Barber.
It is with deep sorrow that Repertorio EspañoI announces the passing of one of its most memorable actors of its fifty years, Ricardo Barber.
It is with deep sorrow that Repertorio EspañoI announces the passing of one of its most memorable actors of its fifty years, Ricardo Barber.
It is with deep sorrow that Repertorio EspañoI announces the passing of one of its most memorable actors of its fifty years, Ricardo Barber.
It is with deep sorrow that Repertorio EspañoI announces the passing of one of its most memorable actors of its fifty years, Ricardo Barber.
It is with deep sorrow that Repertorio EspañoI announces the passing of one of its most memorable actors of its fifty years, Ricardo Barber.
It is with deep sorrow that Repertorio EspañoI announces the passing of one of its most memorable actors of its fifty years, Ricardo Barber.
It is with deep sorrow that Repertorio EspañoI announces the passing of one of its most memorable actors of its fifty years, Ricardo Barber.
It is with deep sorrow that Repertorio EspañoI announces the passing of one of its most memorable actors of its fifty years, Ricardo Barber.
It is with deep sorrow that Repertorio EspañoI announces the passing of one of its most memorable actors of its fifty years, Ricardo Barber.
It is with deep sorrow that Repertorio EspañoI announces the passing of one of its most memorable actors of its fifty years, Ricardo Barber.


Ricardo Barber, featured actor of Repertorio Español from 1981 until 2012, passed away suddenly in his home at New York’s Manhattan Plaza yesterday, Monday, December 17th 2018, in his 81st year.

Born in Placetas, Santa Clara, Cuba, Mr. Barber studied optometry and acting at Universidad de La Habana. After graduating in 1961, he formed part of the National Dramatic Group; then belonged to the theatre group La Rueda and later to Teatro Estudio (directed by legends, Raquel and Vicente Revuelta). In 1977, he began working in Madrid with Alonso Paso’s Compañía de Comedias; in 1981, he arrived in New York and immediately became a member of the repertory ensemble of Repertorio Español.

Repertorio’s Artistic Director, René Buch, praised Mr. Barber for his versatility, classic and contemporary, comic and dramatic: “He can do it all!” Mr. Buch directed the actor in some of his longest-running roles including in Gloria González’s “Café Con Leche,” Carmen Rivera’s “La Gringa,” as well as in Nilo Cruz’s “Anna in the Tropics.”  Colombian Jorge Ali Triana directed Mr. Barber in dramatic roles as diverse as Don Quijote in “El Quijote,” and the Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo in the “Feast of the Goat.”  Brazil’s renowned director, Antunes Filho, directed Mr. Barber in Nelson Rodrigues’ Carioca comedy, “All Nudity Will Be Punished.”

Additionally, at Repertorio Mr. Barber performed in the classics of Calderón, Lope and García Lorca, contemporary Latin American works by Emilio Carballido, Roberto Cossa, José Ignacio Cabrujas, Ricardo Talesnik, and Abelardo Estorino, as well as adaptations of works by García Márquez and Vargas Llosa.  In 1998, he, along with often-paired actress Ana Margarita Martínez-Casado, became the first actors in exile to return to Cuba to perform in Eduardo Machado’s “Broken Eggs,” the first time a play by a Cuban exile was presented in Cuba.

The actor retired in 2014, having garnered numerous awards throughout an illustrious career in Cuba, Spain and New York.  Mr. Barber is survived by his sisters Rosa Barber and Violeta Barber, his nephew Luis Mallo and his wife Ana Nery Fragoso and his grandnephew Sergio Mallo.

Friends may attend a memorial service at Repertorio Español at 138 East 27th Street, between Lexington and 3rd Avenues on Thursday, December 20th, from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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Photo by Matt Pilsner

“Exquisite Agony” begins previews on Friday, May 25th and premieres on Wednesday, May 30th, 2018 at Repertorio Español’s historic Gramercy Arts Theater located at 138 East 27th Street in Manhattan, New York.

 The play will be directed by José Zayas. The cast includes Luz Nicolas, Germán Jaramillo, Gilberto Díaz, Pedro de León, Soraya Padrao, and Gonzalo Trigueros.

Repertorio Español announces the World Premiere in Spanish of Nilo Cruz’s “Exquisita agonía” (Exquisite Agony). This is Repertorio’s fourth premiere of a play by Nilo Cruz. The Company has proudly produced the World Premiere in Spanish of his Pulitzer Prize winning play “Anna in The Tropics” in 2004, and the World Premieres in Spanish of “Lorca in a Green Dress” in 2006 and “The Color of Desire” in 2011.

The New York Times raved about Repertorio’s production of “Anna in the Tropics” stating that “[the play] has found its natural language in Repertorio Español’s new production… It sounds and feels like a very different play in Spanish from the ‘Anna in the Tropics’ in English…its lyrical, poetic flights seem much more at home.”


Friday, May 25, 2018 8:00 PM

Saturday, May 26, 2018 8:00 PM

Sunday, May 27, 2018 3:00 PM

Monday, May 28, 2018 3:00 PM

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 7:00 PM



Wednesday, May 30, 2018 7:00 PM



Thursday, May 31, 2018 7:00 PM

Saturday, June 2, 2018 8:00 PM

Sunday, June 3, 2018 3:00 PM

Saturday, June 9, 2018 8:00 PM

Sunday, June 10, 2018 3:00 PM

Friday, June 15, 2018 8:00 PM

Sunday, June 24, 2018 3:00 PM

Saturday, June 30, 2018 8:00 PM

Friday, July 6, 2018 8:00 PM

Sunday, July 15, 2018 3:00 PM

Saturday, July 21, 2018 8:00 PM

Friday, July 27, 2018 8:00 PM

Friday, August 3, 2018 8:00 PM

Sunday, August 12, 2018 3:00 PM

Thursday, August 16, 2018 7:00 PM

Saturday, August 25, 2018 8:00 PM


More performances to be announced through 2018 & 2019

Performed in Spanish with English Subtitles. 


Exquisite Agony is a delicate but relentless story, which explores a middle-aged woman’s obsessive quest to find fragments of love in a young man who has received the gift of life when he receives a new heart. A moving play of great warmth about the survival of a modern family who must confront the past in order to move forward.


Nilo Cruz is a Cuban-American playwright whose work has been produced widely around the United States and Europe. His plays have been seen at McCarter Theatre, New York’s Shakespeare Festival’s Public Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, Arena Stage, Victory Gardens, Repertorio Español, South Coast Rep., Arena Stage, Mark Taper Forum, Victory Gardens, New York Theatre Workshop, Magic Theatre, Minneapolis Children’s Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Florida Stage and many others.  Internationally, his plays have been produced in Canada, England, France, Australia, Germany, Belarus, Costa Rica, Colombia, Panama, Japan, Russia, and in many cities throughout Spain.  In 2003 he won the Pulitzer Prize and the Steinberg Award for Drama for his play “Anna in the Tropics” and was nominated for a Tony award.  In 2009 he won The Helen Merrill and The Laura Pels Mid-Career Playwriting Award as well as the Fontanals-Cisneros USA Fellowship in literature. Cruz is a frequent collaborator with noted composer Gabriela Lena Frank.  He recently wrote a set of orchestral songs, “La Centinela y la paloma” (The Keeper and the Dove), for Dawn Upshaw and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, which was conducted by Joana Carneiro.  His monologue Farhad and the Secret of Being, composed by Jim Bauer, was performed as part of the New Voices Musical Festival.  He taught playwriting at University of Iowa, Brown University, NYU Gallatin School and Yale University.


Resident Director Zayas began working with Repertorio in 2004 when he was selected as a fellow of the Van Lier Young Directors Project. Ever since, he has directed seven productions for the company and was named Resident Director in 2013. His production of Caridad Svich’s “The House of the Spirits”, based on Isabel Allende’s novel, at Repertorio Español, won multiple ACE and HOLA awards, including best production and director. Other credits with Repertorio include “Madre, el drama padre”; “Letters to a Mother”; “Nowhere on the Border”; “No Better Friend”, “No Worse Enemy”; “In the Time of the Butterflies”; “Love in the Time of Cholera”, “Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter”, “Burudanga”, “In the name of Salomé” and “Blind Spot”. Outside of Repertorio Español Zayas has participated as director and assistant for a number of productions.

This project was made possible with the support from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund as part of Repertorio’s 50th Anniversary.



By phone: 1-212.225.9999 | Online:

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

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

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

Tickets start at $17

Discounts available for people over 60 years of age and students with valid identification.



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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Director Leyma López talks to us about women playwrights of Spain’s Golden Age (In English & Spanish)


In August of this year as part of its 50th Anniversary celebration, Repertorio Español presented a series of staged readings of plays from Spain’s Golden Age.

What was the selection process for the plays read at Repertorio Español as part of the 50th Anniversary celebration?

Inspired by Robert Federico, Repertorio Español’s Executive Producer I began the search with what has been one of the most enriching experiences in my theatrical career.

We discovered, in the shadows of the past, eight female Spanish writers and Playwrights. Let me begin by mentioning a few; Ana Caro Mallén de Soto “the 10th Sevillian muse” from whom only two of her plays remain: “Count Partinuplés” y “Courage, Betrayal and, a Women”; due to her works being burned during the plague of the 17th century. Various plays of Caro Mallén were widely read by Sevillian nobility of the time, and also were produced in comedy houses…. Another great writer was María de Zayas y Sotomayor known for her work “Friendship Betrayed”. We also discovered Leonor de la Cueva y Silva through her play ” Strength in His Absence”. From the convent of the Barefoot Trinitarians and with the title of Poet appears Sor Marcela de San Félix, the daughter of Lope de Vega, known for six works known as “Coloquios espirituales” and eight “Loas” (A literary style of short play/one-act play of the period.)

These playwrights respected and complimented the structure of classical theatre.  Through their protagonists, these writers brought us a different point of view of the relevant themes of the time, which were “the treatment of women” and “the theme of honor”. These women showed the need for a change in the treatment of women. Their female characters demonstrate intelligence, cleverness and feminine strength.

Apart from this marathon of staged readings, we are preparing for the opening of “Courage, Betrayal and, a Woman” de Ana Caro Mallén de Soto. The Playwright presents us with Leonor, a lady of who has been wronged by one Don Juan, who found her courage to defend her honor by herself. The destiny of this great character is motivated by social mores; she dresses like a man to carry out her revenge. The most novel aspect of the play is that there is no divine force (deus et machina) to bring the play to an end. She herself determines her destiny with this transformation, looks for Don Juan, confronts him, challenges him and confuses him until she achieves her great goal of having the man defeated, conquered and madly in love with her.


En el mes de agosto del presente año, como parte de la Celebración por los cincuenta años de Repertorio Español, presentamos una serie de Lecturas Dramatizadas del Siglo de Oro Español.

¿Cómo fue el proceso de selección de las obras que se leyeron en Repertorio Español como parte de la celebración del 50 aniversario?

Inspirada por Robert Federico, Productor Ejecutivo de Repertorio Español inicié esta búsqueda que ha sido una de las experiencias más enriquecedoras que me ha tocado vivir en el mundo teatral.

Descubrimos en las sombras del pasado a ocho escritoras y dramaturgas españolas. Comenzaré por mencionar a algunas de ellas; Ana Caro Mallén de Soto “la décima musa sevillana” de la cual nos quedaron solo dos de sus textos: “El Conde Partinuplés” y “Valor, agravio y mujer”; debido a que todos los archivos fueron quemados a consecuencia de la peste del siglo XVII. Varias obras de Ana Caro Mallén, fueron leídas en grandes círculos de la nobleza sevillana de la época, participando también en los corrales de comedias. Otra gran escritora fue María de Zayas y Sotomayor de quien conocemos “La traición en la amistad”. También descubrimos a Leonor de la Cueva y Silva a través  de su obra “La firmeza en la ausencia”. Desde el convento de las Trinitarias Descalzas y con el título de poeta aparece Sor Marcela de San Félix, hija de Lope de Vega, de quien se conoce seis obras teatrales denominadas Coloquios espirituales y ocho Loas (estilo literario de obras cortas de la época).

La dramaturgia de estos textos respeta y cumple la estructura clásica. A través de sus protagonistas, estas escritoras nos brindan un punto de vista diferente sobre los temas relevantes de la época, entre los cuales resaltan “el trato a la mujer” y “el tema del honor”. Ellas muestran la necesidad de un cambio en el trato al género femenino.  Sus personajes demuestran la inteligencia, la astucia y la fuerza femenina.

Además de este maratón de lecturas dramatizadas, estamos preparando el estreno de “Valor, agravio y mujer” de Ana Caro de Mallén. Ella nos presenta a Leonor, una dama que ha sido agraviada por un Don Juan, la cual se llenará de valor para defender su “Honor de Mujer”. El destino de este gran personaje será motivado por los cánones sociales; quien se vestirá de hombre para llevar a cabo su venganza. Lo más novedoso de esta obra es que ninguna fuerza divina decidirá su final. Ella misma determinará su destino al transformarse, al buscar a Don Juan, al enfrentarlo, engañarlo, retarlo y confundirlo hasta conseguir su objetivo mayor: tener a un hombre muerto de amor por ella, rendido y reconquistado.


VALOR, AGRAVIO Y MUJER (Courage, Betrayal and, a Woman)

Premiere 10/27/2017

By Ana Caro Mallén de Soto | Directed by Leyma López







EL CONDE PARTINUPLÉS (Count Partinuplés)

By Ana Caro Mallén de Soto







BUEN AMANTE Y BUEN AMIGO (Good Lover And Good Friend)

By Isabel María Morón




LA FIRMEZA EN EL AUSENCIA (Strength In His Absence)

By Leonor de la Cueva y Silva




LA TRAICIÓN EN LA AMISTAD (Friendship Betrayed)

By María de Zayas y Sotomayor




Photo by Michael Palma Mir


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Springs brings “La fiaca” Starring Francisco Gattorno

A few months ago we shared some of the projects in store for 2017 which included the remake of the world-wide success comedy “La fiaca” starring Francisco Gattorno.  We are happy to share he official premiere date will be Saturday, May 27th at 8:00 PM!

But first a few facts you should know about this production:

  1. Get ready to laugh! If you’ve seen Francisco Gattorno in “Doña Flor y sus dos maridos” he does a great job at making everyone in the audience laugh (and blush) through the entire show. Well this show will not be the exception!
  2. “La fiaca” was already produced by Repertorio Español in 1976! Yup, this isn’t a new show to us but because of its incredible success we just had to bring it back.
  3. That doesn’t mean if you’ve seen it before you don’t need to see it now. This re-make offers a new cast, a new director and new vision on stage
  4. Tickets are already on sale! Click the link and get yours now:

Here is a sneak-peek what’s in store next month!

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Francisco Gattorno as Nestor and Tatiana Vecino as his mom

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Zulema Clares as Martha

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Francisco Gattorno, Tatiana Vecino and Zulema Clares


All photos by: Michael Palma Mir

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A Night with Julia Álvarez

On March 3rd, 2017 we had the pleasure of hosting an event with author of the novel “En el nombre de Salomé”, Julia Álvarez!

Guests arrived excited to meet Julia Álvarez and also to see the stage adaptation “En el nombre de Salomé” written by Marco Antonio Rodríguez and directed by José Zayas. The evening began with a cocktail where Julia spoke with all the attendees, took picture and heard many express their admiration for her work. Before the performance, Julia shared a few words with the audience about the relevance and importance of Salome Ureña and Marco Antonio Rodríguez’s adaptation.

Post-event Julia shared these words:

 “It’s so gratifying when an artist sees that her work has inspired yet another artist and through that artist little tendrils go out to more and more people who see the play, who might not have read the novel, or who have.  A way of spreading the stories that are important to our history and culture. 

Marco Antonio surprised me when he asked if he could turn In the Name of Salomé into a play, as it didn’t seem like the one of my novels that might most appeal to a young person.  But he managed to make it work effectively as a piece of theatre and to make the themes super relevant to our times:  activism during disappointing times, education (specifically women’s education), identity especially when it differs from the norm. The cast at Repertorio Español were excellent—each character totally in character.  What a thrill to see my characters leap off the page!  They did an excellent job!

 Touches I liked in Marco Antonio’s adaptation and RE production: the use of more “contemporary characters” to pull the play into the present: Sylvestre (the Haitian-Dominican taxi driver), Natalia (young daughter of Pedro Henríquez Ureña, Salome’s son); the use of the set to morph from mid 1800s to mid 1900s; the highlighting of Camila’s & Salome’s poetry and how Marco Antonio inserted key excerpts from the poems into the action of the play.  He brought a complex plot, a large cast of characters,  and series of issues together –not an easy thing to do–in his play.

 A big shout-out, too, to Repertorio Español, its talented cast, its tireless devoted staff and directors, its commitment to keep the culture and history and language of our origin cultures and countries alive and vibrant in this new country.  Its amazing outreach to students, both of Latino background and not.  Especially in times like these when many in the Latino community are feeling beset, unwelcomed, and undervalued, the work of this theatre is an important reminder of the richness and importance of our Hispanic/Latino presence in this country.”

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Maite Bonilla, Marco Antonio Rodríguez and Julia Alvarez. Photo by: Michael Palma Mir

Zulema Clares, Marco Antonio Rodríguez and Julia Alvarez. Photo by: Michael Palma Mir

Dalia Davi and Julia Alvarez. Photo by: Michael Palma Mir

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Julia Alvarez sharing a few words before performance. Photo by: Michael Palma Mir

Fermin Suarez, Zulema Clarez, Julia Alvarez, Marco Antonio Rodríguez, José Zayas, Dalia Davi and Maite Bonilla. Photo by: Michael Palma Mir