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IT IS WITH PROFOUND SORROW THAT REPERTORIO ESPAÑOL ANNOUNCES THE PASSING OF ONE OF ITS MOST MEMORABLE ACTRESSES, OFELIA GONZÁLEZ

IT IS WITH PROFOUND SORROW THAT REPERTORIO ESPAÑOL ANNOUNCES THE PASSING OF ONE OF ITS MOST MEMORABLE ACTRESSES, OFELIA GONZÁLEZ
IT IS WITH PROFOUND SORROW THAT REPERTORIO ESPAÑOL ANNOUNCES THE PASSING OF ONE OF ITS MOST MEMORABLE ACTRESSES, OFELIA GONZÁLEZ
IT IS WITH PROFOUND SORROW THAT REPERTORIO ESPAÑOL ANNOUNCES THE PASSING OF ONE OF ITS MOST MEMORABLE ACTRESSES, OFELIA GONZÁLEZ
IT IS WITH PROFOUND SORROW THAT REPERTORIO ESPAÑOL ANNOUNCES THE PASSING OF ONE OF ITS MOST MEMORABLE ACTRESSES, OFELIA GONZÁLEZ
IT IS WITH PROFOUND SORROW THAT REPERTORIO ESPAÑOL ANNOUNCES THE PASSING OF ONE OF ITS MOST MEMORABLE ACTRESSES, OFELIA GONZÁLEZ
IT IS WITH PROFOUND SORROW THAT REPERTORIO ESPAÑOL ANNOUNCES THE PASSING OF ONE OF ITS MOST MEMORABLE ACTRESSES, OFELIA GONZÁLEZ
IT IS WITH PROFOUND SORROW THAT REPERTORIO ESPAÑOL ANNOUNCES THE PASSING OF ONE OF ITS MOST MEMORABLE ACTRESSES, OFELIA GONZÁLEZ
IT IS WITH PROFOUND SORROW THAT REPERTORIO ESPAÑOL ANNOUNCES THE PASSING OF ONE OF ITS MOST MEMORABLE ACTRESSES, OFELIA GONZÁLEZ
IT IS WITH PROFOUND SORROW THAT REPERTORIO ESPAÑOL ANNOUNCES THE PASSING OF ONE OF ITS MOST MEMORABLE ACTRESSES, OFELIA GONZÁLEZ

Repertorio Español is saddened to announce the passing of the actress Ofelia González at 103 years old on September 25th, in Cape Coral, Florida.  Ms. González, a resident ensemble member at Repertorio from 1973 until her retirement in 1998, is the only actress to have won an OBIE in 1992 without ever having performed in English.

Ofelia González, who won 6 Best Actress Awards in her native Cuba, rose to fame with her portrayals of Serafina Della Rosa in “The Rose Tattoo” and the Mother in “The Guns of Mother Carrar.”  In Cuban films, she appeared in “Memories of Underdevelopment” and “Tulipa.”  With her inability to live with the political situation, Ms. González left Cuba with her family in 1971, and made her New York debut in 1972 as the lead in “The House of Bernarda Alba” at INTAR.

In 1973, she joined the ensemble of Repertorio Español under the artistic direction of René Buch where she created some of her most notable roles.  Renowned for her portrayals of the Lorca matriarchs, she also excelled in long-running comedies, “Café con leche” and “Botánica.”  In 1974, she composed her most memorable role of Celestina receiving audience and critical raves throughout the United States and at the Cervantino Festival in Guanajuato, Mexico.

She created the Heartless Grandmother in Jorge Alí Triana’s premiere production of García Márquez’s “Innocent Eréndira,” and toured as the lead in “La Celestina” and Amanda in “The Glass Menagerie” during a USICA-sponsored tour of 12 Latin American capitals.

During her 25 years in the ensemble of Repertorio, she noted in a TCG 1993 article: “There is growth when you work with the same people.  You can try things and know there is a safety net.” She saw herself as a mentor for the Company’s younger members, teaching them not how to act, but to have appreciation for their craft.  “I feel that I have to teach them the responsibilities of the work, respect for the audience,” she said, “and that I must show them how that can be achieved.   In that sense, they can learn from my acting.”

Besides the OBIE and numerous ACE and other Latino awards, in 1994, she received a New York State Governor’s Arts Award.

Ofelia González is survived by her daughter, Jenny, and her granddaughters, Vivian and Betty.
The Funeral will be held at the San José Funeral Home, 250 East Fourth Avenue, Hialeah, Florida, on Tuesday, October 4th, 2022, at 11 am.

Ms. González’s papers are at the University of Miami Cuban Heritage Collection.


From The New York Times

Thomas Task, May 31, 1979: More than even these was the playing of Ofelia González as the Nurse in ‘Romeo & Juliet,’ who made every gesture meaningful and enriched every scene in which she appeared.

Richard F. Shepard, November 23, 1979: Ofelia González is a powerful, perfect Bernarda Alba projecting authority and cruelty borne of pride, yet revealingly human within the limits of her society and personality.

Richard F. Shepard, March 3, 1980: Ofelia González is La Celestina and she plays it beautifully, a woman who wheedles, laughs, fawns, rages and conspires with such skill that one never tires of watching her gestures or hearing her voice. Should Miss González ever work in English, she would be a smash for the general public, but she is no less so in Spanish.

Richard F. Shepard, July 31, 1980: Ofelia González, in the role of the mother in ‘The Glass Menagerie,’ is a powerful performer, who dominates firmly but lovingly.

Richard F. Shepard, 9/23/1984: The crusty, outspoken grandmother…is played by the company’s wonderful Ofelia González, an actress who always commands the stage in whatever she is appearing, classical or contemporary.  Miss González evinces a regal presence and runs through a range of strong emotions in one telephone call that would be a challenge for another to deal with in an entire scene.

D.J.R. Bruckner, October 6, 1988: Ofelia González can speak volumes in silence with an eye or a brow and her voice always suggests there is no such thing as an innocent remark.

D.J.R. Bruckner, May 14, 1989: Ofelia González, as Bernarda Alba, makes you believe absolutely that her character is absurd, terrifying, irresistible and pitiable all at once.

D.J.R. Bruckner, September 1,1989: Ofelia González, as the title character in ‘La Nonna,’ is the key to the comedy.  Every time the play seems to be coming too close to dangerous emotions like sorrow, compassion or indignation, she rolls on stage just a bit more imperious, and hungry, than before.

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REPERTORIO ESPAÑOL ANNOUNCES THE WINNERS OF THE 2022 MIRANDA FAMILY VOCES LATINX NATIONAL PLAYWRITING COMPETITION

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LAS VIDAS ROTAS by Yessi Hernández won first place in the third edition of the competition. The playwright will receive a cash award of $3,000.

September 2022 – New York, NY – Repertorio Español announces the winners of The 2022 Miranda Family Voces Latinx Playwriting Competition, an initiative to develop and promote Latinx/Latine plays that resonate with and accurately depict the Latinx/Latine experience. The competition is inclusive of all playwrights who are at least 18 years of age and residents of the United States or Puerto Rico.

“As artists, we have the huge responsibility of telling our stories. As we share them, we also learn, we connect with others, and we heal. We realize that by expressing what deeply moves us, we have the chance to make a difference. We can inspire, we can create awareness, and we can have justice. I’m profoundly honored and humbled by this life-changing opportunity that Repertorio Español and The Miranda Family are giving to our community. Thank you for building a platform to showcase the valuable and necessary Latinx voices on American stages, and for opening a door to have these conversations that, many times, we can only hold in the extraordinary catharsis of theater.” – Yessi Hernández

The 2023 Competition begins now! Submissions are due by Thursday, December 15, 2022. A reading series will be held in Spring 2023. For info, please visit repertorio.nyc/voceslatinx or email aav@repertorio.org.

WINNERS OF THE 2022 MIRANDA FAMILY VOCES LATINX NATIONAL PLAYWRITING COMPETITION

1ST PLACE: (AWARD: $3,000)
LAS VIDAS ROTAS by Yessi Hernández from New York, NY
Playwright Bio: Venezuelan actress, writer, producer, and journalist of Cuban and Spanish descent. TV host of the prime-time show Soy Un Boom and voice of the radio stations Hot94.1FM and 88.1FM. Co-founder and Executive Director of Corezon and editor-in-chief of La Guía Cultural in New York. She is the recipient of HOLA, Latin ACE, ATI, Arte, Talía and Latin Alternative Theater Awards as an actress and playwright.

About Las vidas rotas: A Venezuelan immigrant makes her way in the United States in search of a better future and a dream: to bring her mother amid one of the most controversial governments in history.

2ND PLACE: (AWARD: $2,000)
BLACK MEXICAN by Rachel Lynett from Minneapolis, MN
Playwright Bio: Rachel Lynett (she/they) is a queer Afro-Latine playwright, producer, and teaching artist. Their play, White People by the Lake was a 2022 Blue Ink Award finalist. Lynett is also the 2021 recipient of the Yale Drama Prize for their play, Apologies to Lorraine Hansberry (You Too August Wilson), and the 2021 recipient of the National Latinx Playwriting award for their play, Black Mexican.

About Black Mexican: Who gets to be a part of Latinidad? While Valery fights to prove Ximena isn’t Cuban, Alia has given up trying to prove that she is Latine. As the women in this play discover the truth about themselves and each other, they also must face the internal bias that allowed a white woman to be Cuban but don’t allow a Belizean to call herself Latine.

3RD PLACE: (AWARD: $1,000)
AGUA POR TODAS PARTES by Karina Curet from New York, NY
Playwright Bio: Born and raised in Caguas, Puerto Rico. Curet holds a BFA in Acting from SUNY Purchase and is a graduate student at the NYU Grad Acting Program. Has worked as an actor, Shakespeare and audition coach for teenagers and college students, casting assistant and playwright. NYU credits include: Three Sisters, The Tempest, and Learned Ladies of Park Avenue. SUNY Purchase credits include Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Tales from the Vienna Woods, Museum, Inspector General, and Blood Wedding.

About Agua por todas partes: Three siblings meet at their late mother’s house to pack up and clean before handing it over to the new owners. In doing so, they discuss a big part of their inheritance. Everyone has different ambitions: Mario wants to develop restaurants, Marcos wants to grow his own food, and Marina doesn’t even know if she’s staying in Puerto Rico anymore. While unboxing a childhood that unites them, they also unearth their resentments towards each other and end up with a truth that’s making them drown; they are grieving their mother’s death and don’t know how to deal with it.

RUNNERS UP (AWARD: $500)

THE CHRYSALIS by Miguel Enrique Fiol-Elias from Edina, MN
Playwright Bio: Miguel Enrique Fiol-Elias is a Puerto Rican Neurologist at the University of Minnesota, has lived in the Twin Cities for 25 years, done research, published in journals and five books- three novels and, two poems; The Chrysalis is his first play. He is interested in Puerto Rican diaspora issues, is a grandfather of five, and has an active lifestyle with community work, writing and is the founder of a cultural organization – Fidecomiso de la Familia Fiol- in his native hometown of Ponce.

About The Chrysalis: The Chrysalis brings to life the dreams of a Puerto Rican family struggling to survive identities pulling them apart. In 1980s Puerto Rico, the AIDS epidemic has struck fear throughout the southern city of Ponce and the island. Raul, as he comes out to his family, discovers the secret gay love affair of his deceased grandfather, whose spirit then comes to his help.

VISTIENDO SANTOS by Andrés Correa Guatarasma from New York, NY
Playwright Bio: Venezuelan-born journalist and playwright, has covered news from more than 25 countries. Graduated Cum Laude in Social Communications, with a MA in Foreign Affairs. Has written for El Universal, AP/Associated Press, Agencia EFE, and El Diario NY. He belongs to the NY Foreign Press Center, HFPA, International Federation of Journalists, Dramatists Guild of America, and the North American Academy of the Spanish Language, branch of “Real Academia Española” (RAE). A bilingual writer, five times finalist in Repertorio Español’s contests, he is a Collaborator of Sundance Institute (Theater Lab Selection Reader) and NY State Council on the Arts (NYSCA).

About Vistiendo santos: After an incident with her husband, Lulú flees from Texas to Santo Domingo, facing a long to-do-list with her family. Nothing has changed in her country, or has it? The reunion with her cousin Noelia contrasts the myths of “the American dream,” while Lulú yearns for a new life that would allow her to comfortably combine the best of both cultures: the Caribbean and the United States.

ABOUT THE MIRANDA FAMILY
For over 40 years, Luis A. Miranda, Jr. and Dr. Luz Towns-Miranda have championed community activism, viewing philanthropy as a three-pronged approach through giving, fundraising, and advocacy efforts. Along with Luz Miranda-Crespo, Lin-Manuel, Miguel Towns, and their respective spouses, Luis Crespo and Vanessa Nadal, they have created and supported institutions focused on underserved populations in Upper Manhattan, communities throughout NYC, across the country, and in Puerto Rico.

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REPERTORIO ESPAÑOL IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THE 2022-2023 NEW YORK COMMUNITY TRUST VAN LIER FELLOWSHIPS

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James Bruenger-Arreguin, Kathleen Capdesuñer, and Ana Luz Zambrana have been chosen for The New York Community Trust Van Lier Fellowships.

Fellows will develop their craft by directing two productions in the summers of 2022 and 2023.

Three emerging, talented, and ambitious directors will have their artistic vision showcased at Repertorio Español’s Gramercy Arts Theatre, taking the opportunity of using Repertorio’s artistic and technical resources while working alongside Repertorio’s staff and Company. The first production premieres on Friday, July 15, 2022.

Through The New York Community Trust Van Lier Fellowships, funded Repertorio provides professional development opportunities, and cultivates and mentors emerging Latinx/Latine directors living in New York City (ages 18-30) and gives the directors the opportunity to mount a professional production at Repertorio.

WINNERS OF THE NEW YORK COMMUNITY TRUST VAN LIER FELLOWSHIPS

JAMES BRUENGER-ARREGUIN

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James Bruenger-Arreguin: Born in Los Cabos, Mexico, raised in Denver, CO, James is an NYC-based Latinx/Latine director and producer currently working at the Creative Development office at Disney Theatrical Group. He has worked and collaborated with the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Theatre Aspen, The 24 Hour Plays, Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre (Associate Artistic Director). Recent Credits: Colorado Spring Fine Arts Center: Guadalupe in the Guest Room and To Slay the Dragon. SCRT: The Last Five Years (Director), Evita (Director/Choreographer) Fly by Night (Choreographer), University of the Arts: Pop The Musical Exhibition (Director), and Momentos (Director). BFA in Directing, Playwriting + Production from the University of the Arts. www.directordeteatro.com

“The Van Lier Fellowship at Repertorio Español is a one-of-a-kind gift to the next generation of Latinx artists. The fellowship invites us to join an artistic home and community in which we are asked to investigate our creative voice and aesthetics over two summers. My belief is that directing theatre is all about participation and crafting an empowered space where artists can create freely. I am honored to be in this cohort and am thrilled by the opportunity to build at an institution whose mission is to celebrate Latinx culture and the Spanish language through live performance.”


KATHLEEN CAPDESUÑER

Kathleen Capdesuñer

Kathleen Capdesuñer [she/her] is a Florida grown, immigrant raised, Cuban-American director, producer and generative artist working in theatre and film. Kathleen is a fiercely generous collaborator who leads democratized modes of creation to decolonize the current artistic canon. Kathleen is an alum of: The Roundabout Directing Fellowship, The Civilians R&D Group, MTC John Alper Directing Fellowship, The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals and McCarter Theatre Center Directing Apprenticeship. She’s also developed and directed work with: Roundabout, Atlantic Theatre Company, Yale, EST, Noor Theatre, Columbia, Teatro LATEA, Moxie Arts New York, McCarter Theatre, NYU, and internationally in the Fringe Festival circuit. www.kcapdesuner.com

“It is an honor to join Repertorio Español as a Van Lier Fellow. I am excited to delve into two distinct and vital plays in the Latinx canon and bring it to life through a modern feminist lens.”


ANA LUZ ZAMBRANA

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(Ella/Her) is a Puerto Rican actor, director, and critic. She received her BFA at UCF with a minor in Humanities, training as well at: Atlantic Co, BADA at Oxford University, and SBIFF. She is a SDC Directing Fellow, a Kennedy Center Directing Initiative alum, and a participant of Jose Solís’s BIPOC Critic Lab. She is currently a member of the “Did They Like It?” Cohort and a Latiné Musical Theatre Lab Associate. Growing up as a Boricua in South Dakota —with her media diet ranging from Rebelde to The Lizzie McGuire Movie— sparked her need to create stories that explore the diasporic experience of POC in our world.

“Being a Van Lier fellow gives me a platform to explore the diasporic life of latinidad in contemporary and classic Spanish works. Hoy día you can be latiné but grow up in South Dakota —just like I did— but that doesn’t mean that I didn’t grow up eating mofongo or listening to Olga Tañón. This fellowship is allowing not only room but support in exploring the growing intersections of our cultura. Me toca el alma que vieron mi mente “gringa” y dijeron que eso todavía es ser Latina.”

THE NEW YORK COMMUNITY TRUST
A public charity, The Trust is a grantmaking foundation dedicated to improving the lives of residents of New York City and its suburbs. We bring together individuals, families, foundations, and businesses to build a better community and support nonprofits that make a difference. We apply knowledge, creativity, and resources to the most challenging issues in an effort to ensure meaningful opportunities and a better quality of life for all New Yorkers, today and tomorrow.

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

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REPERTORIO ESPAÑOL ANNOUNCES THE FINALISTS AND READING SERIES OF THE 2022 MIRANDA FAMILY VOCES LATINX PLAYWRITING COMPETITION

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Repertorio Español announces the finalists of The 2022 Miranda Family Voces Latinx Playwriting Competition, an initiative to develop and promote Latinx/Latine plays that resonate with and accurately depict the Latinx/Latine experience by playwrights of all racial and national backgrounds. After receiving over 150 scripts written in either English or Spanish by emerging playwrights from across the United States and Puerto Rico, the company will present staged readings of the five finalists. All readings will be free to the public community and will be presented from June 14th to June 28th.

The winners will be announced in the Fall:
Grand Prize Winner: $3,000
2nd Place: $2,000
3rd Place: $1,000
2 Runners up $500

THE 2022 MIRANDA FAMILY VOCES LATINX PLAYWRITING COMPETITION FINALISTS:

THE CHRYSALIS
By Miguel Enrique Fiol-Elias
Tuesday, June 14th at 7:00 pm

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Directed by Carlos Armesto
Presented in English

Playwright Bio: Miguel Enrique Fiol-Elias is a Puerto Rican Neurologist at the University of Minnesota, has lived in Twin Cities for 25 years, done research, published in journals and five books- three novels and, two poems; The Chrysalis is his first play. He is interested in Puerto Rican diaspora issues, is a grandfather of five, and has an active lifestyle with community work, writing and is the founder of a cultural organization’ Fidecomiso de la Familia Fiol- in his native hometown, Ponce.

About The Chrysalis: The Chrysalis brings to life the dreams of a Puerto Rican family struggling to survive identities pulling them apart. In 1980s Puerto Rico, the AIDS epidemic has struck fear throughout the southern city of Ponce and the island and Raul, as he comes out to his family, discovers the secret gay love affair of his deceased grandfather whose spirit then come to his help.

THE CHRYSALIS – FREE ADMISSION >


LAS VIDAS ROTAS
By Yessi Hernández
Thursday, June 16th at 7:00 pm

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Directed by Pablo Andrade
Presented in Spanish

Playwright Bio: Venezuelan actress, writer, producer, and journalist of Cuban and Spanish descent. TV host of the prime-time show Soy Un Boom and voice of the radio stations Hot94.1FM and 88.1FM. Co-founder and Executive Director of Corezon and editor-in-chief of La Guía Cultural in New York. She is recipient of HOLA, Latin ACE, ATI, Arte, Talía and Latin Alternative Theater Awards as an actress and playwright.

About Las vidas rotas: A Venezuelan immigrant makes her way in the United States in search of a better future and a dream: to bring her mother in the midst of one of the most controversial governments in history.

LAS VIDAS ROTAS – FREE ADMISSION >


BLACK MEXICAN
By Rachel Lynett
Tuesday, June 21st at 7:00 pm

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Directed by Kimberly Ramírez
Presented in English

Playwright Bio: Rachel Lynett (she/they) is a queer Afro-Latine playwright, producer, and teaching artist. Their play, White People by the Lake was a 2022 Blue Ink Award finalist. Lynett is also the 2021 recipient of the Yale Drama Prize for their play, Apologies to Lorraine Hansberry (You Too August Wilson), and the 2021 recipient of the National Latinx Playwriting award for their play, Black Mexican.

About Black Mexican: Who gets to be a part of Latinidad? While Valery fights to prove Ximena isn’t Cuban, Alia has given up fighting that she is Latine. As the women in this play discover the truth about themselves and each other, they also have to face the internal bias that allowed a white woman to be Cuban but didn’t allow a Belizean to call herself Latine.

BLACK MEXICAN – FREE ADMISSION >


 

AGUA POR TODAS PARTES
By Karina Curet
Wednesday, June 22nd at 7:00 pm

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Directed by Gerardo Gudiño
Presented in Spanish

Playwright Bio: Born and raised in Caguas, Puerto Rico. Holds a BFA in Acting from SUNY Purchase and is a graduate student at the NYU Grad Acting Program. Has worked as an actor, Shakespeare and audition coach for teenagers and college students, casting assistant and playwright. NYU credits include: Three Sisters, The Tempest, and Learned Ladies of Park Avenue. SUNY Purchase credits include: Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Tales from the Vienna Woods, Museum, Inspector General, and Blood Wedding.

About Agua por todas partes: Three siblings meet at their late mother’s house to pack up and clean before handing it over to the new owners. In doing so, they discuss a big part of their inheritance. Everyone has different ambitions: Mario wants to develop restaurants, Marcos wants to grow his own food, and Marina doesn’t even know if she’s staying in Puerto Rico anymore. While unboxing a childhood that unites them, they also unearth their resentments towards each other and end up with a truth that’s making them drown: they are grieving their mother’s death and don’t know how to deal with it.

AGUA POR TODAS PARTES – FREE ADMISSION >


VISTIENDO SANTOS
By Andrés Correa Guatarasma
Tuesday, June 28th at 7:00 pm

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Directed by Yolanny Rodríguez Torres
Presented in Spanish

Playwright Bio: Venezuelan-born journalist and playwright, has covered news from more than 25 countries. Graduated Cum Laude in Social Communications, with a MA in Foreign Affairs. Has written for El Universal, AP/Associated Press, Agencia EFE, and El Diario NY. He belongs to the NY Foreign Press Center, HFPA, International Federation of Journalists, Dramatists Guild of America, and the North American Academy of the Spanish Language, branch of “Real Academia Española” (RAE). Bilingual writer, five times finalist in Repertorio Español’s contests. Collaborator of Sundance Institute (Theater Lab Selection Reader) and NY State Council on the Arts (NYSCA).

About Vistiendo santos: After an incident with her husband, Lulú flees from Texas to Santo Domingo, facing a long to-do-list with her family. Nothing has changed in her country, or has it? The reunion with her cousin Noelia contrasts the myths of “the American dream,” while Lulú yearns for a new life that would allow her to comfortably combine the best of both cultures: the Caribbean and USA.

VISTIENDO SANTOS – FREE ADMISSION >


ABOUT THE MIRANDA FAMILY
For over 40 years, Luis A. Miranda, Jr. and Dr. Luz Towns-Miranda have championed community activism, viewing philanthropy as a three-pronged approach through giving, fundraising, and advocacy efforts. Along with Luz Miranda-Crespo, Lin-Manuel, Miguel Towns, and their respective spouses, Luis Crespo and Vanessa Nadal, they have created and supported institutions focused on underserved populations in Upper Manhattan, communities throughout NYC, across the country, and in Puerto Rico.

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

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Repertorio to honor Lin-Manuel Miranda and his family at Annual Gala

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REPERTORIO ESPAÑOL TO HONOR THE MIRANDA FAMILY AND, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER EMERITUS, ROBERT FEDERICO’S LIFEWORK AT ANNUAL GALA

On Tuesday, June 7th, 2022, at 6 pm, Repertorio Español will honor Lin-Manuel Miranda and the Miranda family during the celebration of its 54th season. The evening will begin with a reception at Guastavino’s (409 E 59th St, New York, NY 10022), followed by dinner, remarks, entertainment, and dancing with a live band. The company is thrilled that the songwriter, actor, and director Lin-Manuel Miranda and his family, including his father, the philanthropist, political strategist, and community advocate, Luis A. Miranda Jr. will be in attendance. Their unwavering support for Repertorio and their tireless contributions to underserved communities over many years will be commemorated on this most special occasion.

Additionally, the Company and Board members will pay tribute to Repertorio’s Executive Producer Emeritus, Robert Federico for leading and helping establish Repertorio at the forefront of Latinx/Latine theater in America for five decades.

Proceeds from the Gala will benefit Repertorio’s education program, ¡Dignidad!, a program that makes possible for over 16,000 students with limited access to the arts to experience live theatre, theatre that uplifts and instills cultural pride, and reflects the experiences of Latinx/Latine students – many for the very first time. ¡Dignidad!, also provides the opportunity to some 1,000 students in different NYC schools to become active participants in making theatre, learning, exploring, and finding their own creativity.

ABOUT THE MIRANDA FAMILY
For over 40 years, Luis A. Miranda, Jr. and Dr. Luz Towns-Miranda have championed community activism, viewing philanthropy as a three-pronged approach through giving, fundraising, and advocacy efforts. Along with Luz Miranda-Crespo, Lin-Manuel, Miguel Towns, and their respective spouses, Luis Crespo and Vanessa Nadal, they have created and supported institutions focused on underserved populations in Upper Manhattan, communities throughout NYC, across the country, and in Puerto Rico.

ABOUT ROBERT FEDERICO
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On September 14th, 1970, through a mutual friend, Robert Federico was introduced to Gilberto Zaldívar, René Buch, and Repertorio Español for the first time. In 1971, Robert designed his first production for the Company, and in 1972, became associated full-time with the Company when it relocated to its present location at the Gramercy Arts Theatre.

During the fifty years at Repertorio, Robert designed sets, lights, and costumes for over 100 productions; toured with the Company to 30 states and 15 countries; became involved in fund-raising, strategic planning, and audience development; initiated a playwriting competition and a young director’s project; and developed “Dignidad” expanding Repertorio’s service to teachers and students at the theater as well as in the classroom.

His proudest achievements include producing the works of contemporary Latina playwrights; bringing theatre in Spanish to over 800,000 students in the course of his tenure; and continuing the dynamic quality of the mission when in 2005 Repertorio’s Board of Directors appointed Robert as the Executive Producer.

Robert: “Working/living at Repertorio for 50 years has been both an honor and a joy; I am not sure which I feel greater. I would not want my life any other way!”

In 2021, Robert retired so that a new generation could experience the same joy and honor.

ANNIVERSARY BOARD COMMITTEE
Andrew & Kathy Thomas, Mariana Núñez Sabater & Juan Sabater, María Cristina Anzola & John Heimann, Manuela Arnal & Luis Paz-Galindo, Laura Blanco, Laura Brillembourg-Osio & Miguel Osio, Adam Dayan, Esq., Daisy Expósito-Ulla & Jorge Ulla, Daniel & Rebecca Flores, Horacio & Julia Herzberg, Carlos López-Oña, Francisco J. Martínez-Colón, Hollace L. Roe Mejer & Ernesto Mejer, Felinda Mottino, Javier Rodríguez, Agustín Romo Calvo, Anita Sibony de Adelsberg, Roger Thomas, Esq. & Sava Thomas, Alfred & Nora Torres, Pedro & Cecilia Torres, Alfred & Nora Torres, Pedro & Cecilia Torres and Christiane Macedo.

TICKET INFORMATION
For tickets visit www.repertorio.nyc/gala2022
Or contact Rafael Sánchez, Executive Artistic Director,
Repertorio Español: 212-225-9958 | r.sanchez@repertorio.org
Individual tickets are: $1,000

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REPERTORIO ESPAÑOL ANNOUNCES A CELEBRATION OF HIS LIFE FOR ITS FOUNDING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, RENÉ BUCH

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Now that it is possible, Repertorio Español is honored to host a memorial service at its resident theatre, the Gramercy Arts at 138 East 27th Street, for its Founding Artistic Director René Buch on the eve of his birthdate, December 18th, 2021. René, who passed during the beginning of the Covid crisis on April 19th, 2020, was the Artistic Director of Repertorio from its founding in 1968 until his passing. The Company thanks Isabel Segovia, Luis Carlos De La Lombana, Zulema Clares, Leyma López, Rafa Sánchez and Pablo Zinger for their participation. Repertorio welcomes all friends of René, but it will be necessary that people show their vaccination status and wear masks. Contributions can be made to Repertorio Español’s Founders’ Endowment Fund.

Repertorio Español
138 East 27th Street, New York, NY 10016
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 18TH, 2021 – 3 PM.


 

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Born on December 19, 1925, in the city of Santiago, Cuba, Buch went on to receive a doctorate in law from Universidad de La Habana in 1948. The forties were an important period for theater in Cuba when world-class artists took refuge in La Habana during World War II. Buch was inspired to write his own theater work after being in the audience for every production by French playwright and director Louis Jouvet (1887-1951). Jouvet could not return to his native France at the time because of the war and he continued to work in Cuba, indirectly motivating a young Buch. At the age of twenty, Buch won the National Prize from Patronato del Teatro after entering his first playwriting competition with Del agua de la vida [From the Waters of Life.] This play marked a new era for Buch; he earned support from the organization Pro Arte de Oriente, and under its auspices, founded Acción Teatral de Actores to produce new Cuban theater.

In 1949, he enrolled in the Yale Drama School and taught Spanish language and literature while pursuing his MFA. After graduating, he was Associate Editor for the Arts at Visión magazine and, simultaneously, Editor of the cultural section at El Diario La Prensa. He was then editor for the Spanish edition of the Journal of the United Nations. Buch later became head of Spanish creative copy for J. Walter Thompson as well as book editor for Reader’s Digest.

By 1968, Buch was back in the theater with La dama duende, which earned him awards for Best Director and Best Work in Spanish by the Association of Latin Entertainment Critics of New York (ACE). The company began in its mission to produce canonical theater in Spanish as well as works translated into Spanish. Under Buch’s direction, Repertorio established a collaborative acting ensemble, where actors would rotate between different plays. His vision led Repertorio to great success, including national and international tours of the company’s multiple productions.

Buch worked his way through an impressive array of theater works, ranging from 17th-century classics to new Latinx theater. Notably, Buch directed canonical works from Golden Age masters as well as the New York premieres of a remarkable display of contemporary theater in Spanish. Buch’s prolific work as a director includes productions for CSC and the Pearl Theater in Manhattan, The Milwaukee Rep, Albany’s Capital Rep, La Compañía de Albuquerque, Washington’s Folger Theatre, the Oregon’s Ashland Shakespeare Festival, and The Old Globe in San Diego. For the musical stage, he directed zarzuelas and some of Repertorio’s greatest musical anthologies, making music part of his vision for the company’s artistic legacy.

His impressive talents made him a visionary, and numerous awards serve as a tribute to his craft. These include an OBIE for Artistic Trajectory (1989), a Drama Desk Award for Artistic Achievement (1996), an ENCORE Award for forty years of Sustained Excellence in Management by the Arts & Business Council of New York (2007), and Theatre Communications Group’s Theatre Practitioner Award (2008) among others. Buch was awarded a Lifetime Achievement OBIE Award (2011) and was bestowed with The Order of Isabella the Catholic (2012) by King Juan Carlos I of Spain for his contributions to Spain-U.S. cultural relations.
Throughout his life, Buch’s creativity not only shone brightly in the world of Theatre, but also as a lawyer, journalist, editor, and painter; his recipe for Cuban black beans was featured in the New York Times (1969). René’s artistic legacy will go on, inspiring theatre-makers, -goers, and actors alike.

“René was a wonderful director to work with. He was welcoming and eager to collaborate. He was known for being demanding, and yes, he was quite demanding. But it was all to serve the art. His artistry was all about exploration and discovery – it was about the possibilities. I was so blessed beyond blessings that he directed ‘La gringa’”. – Carmen Rivera, Playwright of ‘La gringa’ with 25 years in Repertory.

“I would never forget seeing the Spanish version of ‘Anna in the Tropics’ at Repertorio, and being in awe of his direction, the economy, and simplicity of his production, which made the language soar to greater heights”. ­– Nilo Cruz, Pulitzer Prize Winning Playwright.

“René liberated me from naturalism into the world of the theatrical imagination. I would have never been the playwright I became without Rene’s love, knowledge, talent, and mentorship”. – Eduardo Machado, Playwright.

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REPERTORIO ESPAÑOL ANNOUNCES APPLICATIONS ARE AVAILABLE FOR THE NEW YORK COMMUNITY TRUST VAN LIER FELLOWSHIP FOR LATINE/LATINX THEATER DIRECTORS

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Photo by Michael Palma Mir: El Laurel de Apolo, directed by Estefanía Fadul (Van Lier 2014-2015).

REPERTORIO ESPAÑOL, the nation’s pre-eminent Spanish language theater, is proud to announce the 2022-2023 The New York Community Trust Van Lier Fellowship for Directors. This fellowship enables emerging Latine/Latinx directors the unique opportunity to mount two professional theater productions at Repertorio Español.

The requirements for the Van Lier Fellowship include that candidates must be Hispanic/Latinx, 30 years old or younger, having completed a BA or MFA in dramatic arts, and must not be currently enrolled in any university or a full-time theatre training program. They must live in one of the five boroughs of New York City, plan to remain in New York City, and be citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Ideal fellows have some previous experience in directing, an integral knowledge of classical Spanish theatre, contemporary Latin American theatre as well as a familiarity of Hispanic-American playwrights.

The Van Lier Fellowship gave me my first opportunity to find my voice as a director. To this day, it has been one of the most fruitful experiences of my life and it opened my possibilities by giving me the opportunity to work in Spanish. I highly recommend this to all young Latinx directors who are looking for grow in their careers. — Victoria Collado (Van Lier 2014-2015).

Three directors will be chosen to participate in the Van Lier Fellowship based on their production proposals and in-person interviews. Fellows will direct two distinct works in Spanish over two summers. The first round of productions will be contemporary works written in Spanish or works by Latinx playwrights which will happen in the summer of 2022. Round two will be plays from the Siglo de Oro (Spain’s Golden Age) which will happen in the summer of 2023.

DEADLINE is Tuesday, February 1, 2022, timestamp. Applicants must write (in English or Spanish) proposals for the 2 productions they wish to direct. For an application, please send an e-mail expressing your interest to aav@repertorio.org with the words “Van Lier” in the subject line. More information is available on the website https://repertorio.nyc/#/opportunities.

The Van Lier Experience changed my life! I had just moved to NYC after graduating from college and I didn’t really know anyone in the city. After receiving The Van Lier Fellowship at Repertorio Español, I met a community of artists that has become a sort of substitute family. I was able to discover and develop my own voice as a theater director in a professional setting while working on plays that mattered to me. The experience gave me the freedom and the challenges to allow me to grow into the director I am today. — Diego Chiri (Van Lier 2014-2015).

ABOUT THE NEW YORK COMMUNITY TRUST
A public charity, The Trust is a grantmaking foundation dedicated to improving the lives of residents of New York City and its suburbs. They bring together individuals, families, foundations, and businesses to build a better community and support nonprofits that make a difference. They apply knowledge, creativity, and resources to the most challenging issues in an effort to ensure meaningful opportunities and a better quality of life for all New Yorkers, today and tomorrow.

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