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The Winners of THE 2020 MIRANDA FAMILY VOCES LATINX Playwriting Competition

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MALAS MAÑAS by Puerto Rican Alejandra Ramos and THAT DRIVE THRU MONTEREY by Mexican American Matthew Paul Olmos tie for first place, in the first edition of the competition. The playwrights will receive a cash award of $3,000.

Repertorio Español announces the winners of The 2020 Miranda Family Voces Latinx Playwriting Competition, an initiative to develop and promote Latinx plays that resonate with and accurately depict the Latinx 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.

“The act of writing is an intimate process full of uncertainty where most of the time you never truly know what will happen with the play you are writing. This leads to a thrilling, exciting and sometimes scary rollercoaster. Malas mañas is a Puerto Rican story that carries universal themes. I wrote it from within without any kind of expectations. Winning The Miranda Family Voces Latinx Playwriting Competition, is a beautiful reassurance that when you are true to yourself and write the stories you want to write, the world will be open to hear. I believe our Latinxs voices need to continue to be heard now louder than ever. The Miranda Family and Repertorio Español are committed to help make this happen and I can’t be more grateful.” – Alejandra Ramos

“At a time when Latinx stories and voices are needed both in the arts and in the United States at large, unique initiatives like Repertorio Español’s Voces Latinx are vital in creating a space for this and the next generation of Latinx artists. While our works go often unseen by mainstream theatrical institutions, community-based organizations such as Repertorio Español remain a home where our stories are valued as an essential voice in this country’s national conversation.” – Matthew Paul Olmos

The 2021 Miranda Family Voces Latinx National Playwriting Competition begins now! Submissions are due by Monday, February 1, 2021. A readings series will be held in June of the top 5 plays. For info please visit repertorio.nyc/voceslatinx or email aav@repertorio.org.

WINNERS OF THE 2020 MIRANDA FAMILY VOCES LATINX PLAYWRITING COMPETITION

1st Place: (Award: $3,000)

MALAS MAÑAS by Alejandra Ramos from New York, NY

 About Malas Mañas: A 37-year-old ex-convict is released after serving a long sentence for a crime he committed in self-defense. Once he is paroled, he decides to reconnect with his father confronting the difficulties of adapting and re-integrating back into society by starting with his own family.

Playwright Bio: Alejandra Ramos is a Puerto Rican playwright, actress, director, and producer based in NYC. She holds a B.A in Dance and Theater, from The University of Puerto Rico, and an M.A. in Scenic Arts from the University of Murcia, Spain. Author of En la azotea, 10 piezas cortas de teatro (Ed. Callejón 2016). Her most recent work was her direction of the Equity Workshop Agua, vida y tierra produced by WWTNS? (MITU 580, 2019). Recent original plays include, Broken Words (Step-Up Artist in Residence at Pregones/PRTT, April 2019), A Taste of Loving Sea (Fuerza Fest, May 2019), and Paris (En Construcción, New Works Latin American Writers, February 2019).

1st Place: (Award: $3,000)

THAT DRIVE THRU MONTEREY by Matthew Paul Olmos from New York, NY

About That Drive Thru Monterey: Inspired by the life of the playwright’s mother. It is the story of a young Mexican American woman growing up in Los Angeles. In the play, she experiences her first love and deals with what it means to assimilate into this country. Through mysterious premonitions, she also sees what lies ahead in her life.

Playwright Bio: A three-time Sundance Institute Fellowship/Residency recipient, Humana Festival Commissioned Playwright, New Dramatists Resident, Center Theatre Group LA Writer, Oregon Shakespeare Festival Black Swan Playwright, Princess Grace Awardee in Playwriting, Repertorio Español Met Life Nuestra Voces honoree, La MaMa’s Ellen Stewart Playwright Awardee as selected by Sam Shepard. Mentored by Ruth Maleczech through Mabou Mines/SUITE; Taylor Mac through Cherry Lane’s Mentor Project. Former fellow/resident at Baryshnikov Arts Center, INTAR, Latinx Theatre Commons, New York Theatre Workshop, Primary Stages; Ensemble Studio Theater lifetime member; and a proud Kilroys nominator. His work has been presented nationally and internationally and has been published as well as taught at universities.

3rd Place: (Award: $1,000)

(trans)formada by lily gonzález from San Antonio, TX

About (trans)formada: Sam is queer, a little trans, and a child of Mexican immigrants living in the Texas Hill Country. They’re graduating high school and trying to figure out how to express their gender — to themselves and to the world. Just as Sam is building the courage to present their gender to their mother, they go to a high school party. Everyone is way too into each other and drinking way too much. Amidst the debauchery, a brave and strange set of rituals ensues. “(trans)formada” is a practice in healing. It is about redefining and coming back to family.

Playwright Bio: lily gonzález (they/them) is a playwright from Texas who graduated from UT Austin with a Bachelor’s in Theatre & Dance / English. Their work has been developed with The John F. Kennedy Center and Austin Latinx New Play Festival. Their play (trans)formada was runner up for the Latinx, Rosa Parks, & National Undergraduate Playwriting Award from The John F. Kennedy Center in 2019. They’re currently working on a play about queer community and ego death set in West Texas.

Runners Up (Award: $500)

CALLING PUERTO RICO by Juan Ramírez, Jr. from Bronx, NY

About Calling Puerto Rico: In New York City, Joel is an amateur radio operator who has not been out of his attic apartment for about a year. He gets news about Tropical Storm Maria and the potential it has to harm Puerto Rico. Worried, he decides to reach out over the radio to a man he hasn’t spoken to in a long time, his grandfather, Aníbal.

Playwright Bio: Juan Ramírez, Jr. is an internationally produced, award-winning dramatist, actor, and director. Calling Puerto Rico is a 2020 Bay Area Playwrights Festival Finalist and recipient of 2019 Bronx Recognize Its Own Award, part of NYC Department of Cultural Affairs. The first reading was at IATI and an excerpt was presented part of Infinite Stories with the NYC LatinX Playwriting Circle. He’s developed and produced works with Downtown Urban Arts Festival, LaTea, Ingenio Milagro, Dixon Place, Raíces, HBMG, BBTF and The Bronx Repertory Company. He’s a Dramatist Guild member with a B.A. from Lehman College and an MFA from Tisch.

DERECHO by Noelle Viñas from Brooklyn, NY

About Derecho: In Northern Virginia, sisters Eugenia and Mercedes Silva are surrounded by old friends and lovers as Eugenia fights for endorsements on her primary campaign for a seat in the Virginia General Assembly, hoping to join the wave of women of color elected to public office. As a storm brews outside, the sisters must confront how traditional Latino family values conflict with an American definition of success that is always changing. An experimental play that explores how fragmented identity can tear you apart.

Playwright Bio: Noelle Viñas is a Uruguayan American playwright, educator, and theater-maker from Springfield, Virginia, and Montevideo, Uruguay. Her play Derecho won the 2019 John Gassner Playwriting Award, was a 2019 Playwrights Realm Writing Fellowship semi-finalist, and will be in the 2020 Bay Area Playwrights Festival. Her play La Profesora was produced by TheatreFirst and is in development for a podcast called Abuelito with We Rise Production. Other past favorite jobs include running Annandale High School’s theater program alongside Theater Without Borders in Virginia and producing her play Apocalypse, Please with Kevin Vincenti in San Francisco. She is a resident playwright at Playwrights Foundation, currently attends Brooklyn College for her MFA in Playwriting, and is a proud member of the NYC Latinx Playwrights Circle.

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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REPERTORIO ESPAÑOL ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF ‘REPERTORIO EN CASA ON-DEMAND’ WITH FEDERICO GARCÍA LORCA’S ‘THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA’

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Repertorio Español, the multiple award-winning Latinx theater company, is proud to announce Repertorio en Casa On-Demand, a new platform that presents audiences with an array of works for streaming online, reaching people across cultural and physical boundaries throughout the world.

The new initiative opens with the launch of The House of Bernarda Alba by Federico García Lorca, one of the most popular and emblematic productions in theatre history. This production will soon celebrate its 22 years in Repertorio Español, making it one of the longest-running plays in Spanish in the country. The production originally opened in March of 1999 under the direction of the Company’s Co-Founder and Artistic Director René Buch, who passed away this April.

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“To continue to serve our audiences, we are planning to add more plays to stream including Repertorio’s most beloved production, La Gringa, as well as the epitome of Spanish classic literature, El Quijote.  Others will surely follow. For the return to live performances, Repertorio is planning a premiere of Caridad Svich’s adaptation of Isabel Allende’s Eva Luna to be directed by Estefanía Fadul” says Robert Weber Federico, Executive Producer at Repertorio Español.

Other plays currently offered by Repertorio en casa On-Demand are Vagón (Boxcar), based on a true story reported on CNN in 1987 about several men that crossed the border in a Boxcar, as well as with Ana Caro Mallén de Soto’s Valor, agravio y mujer (Courage, Betrayal and A Woman Scorned), a Spanish Golden Age masterpiece that is very rarely produced. All productions are presented in Spanish with English Subtitles and are available on the Company’s website repertorio.nyc.

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By phone: 212.225.9999 | Online: repertorio.nyc

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REPERTORIO ESPAÑOL PRESENTS THE PREMIERE OF THE STREAMED READING OF ‘EVA LUNA’ BASED ON ISABEL ALLENDE’S NOVEL

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Repertorio Español, one of NYC’s most celebrated Latinx theatre companies, will stream a reading of Eva Luna by Caridad Svich based on the celebrated novel of the Chilean/American writer Isabel Allende. The reading would be directed by the Colombian director Estefanía Fadul and will premiere on Tuesday, June 30th at 6 pm on the Company’s Facebook and YouTube sites which can be found using the social handle repertorionyc. The cast includes Carmen Borla, Zulema Clares, Luis Carlos de la Lombana, Mario Peguero, Juan Villa, Mariana Fernández, and Marcel Mascaró.

This reading premiere is the latest addition to the 15 events that Repertorio has been offering free of charge to Latinx and Hispanic audiences, worldwide. The company hopes to premiere the adaptation of Eva Luna on its iconic stage next year.

Reading Premiere

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Tuesday, June 30th, 2020 6:00 PM
The reading will be performed in Spanish.
For details: repertorio.nyc

ABOUT THE PLAY
Isabel Allende’s novel is re-imagined for the stage by OBIE-winning playwright Caridad Svich. This play tells the coming-of-age story of EVA LUNA, a woman born into poverty who rises up through the world to find her voice as a storyteller and a reflector of history. Enchanting, comical, and sly, EVA LUNA follows the character’s journey from childhood to adulthood, and along the way allows us to meet an array of characters that will change the course of Eva’s life forever.

ISABEL ALLENDE – AUTHOR
Born in Peru and raised in Chile, Isabel Allende whose works sometimes contain aspects of the genre magical realism, is known for novels such as The House of the Spirits (La casa de los espíritus) and City of the Beasts (La ciudad de las bestias). Allende has been called “the world’s most widely read Spanish-language author.” In 2004, Allende was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and in 2010, she received Chile’s National Literature Prize. President Barack Obama awarded her the 2014 Presidential Medal of Freedom. Her books have been translated into more than twenty-seven languages and have become bestsellers across four continents. Isabel Allende currently resides in California.

CARIDAD SVICH – PLAYWRIGHT
As a playwright, songwriter, editor and translator living between many cultures, including inherited ones, the idea of departure has always been not only an actual or metaphorical basis for writing the work, but also an idea made manifest through the enactment of writing, its performance, and my living of it. Born in the US of Cuban-Argentine-Spanish-Croatian parents, I have felt in a strange kind of exile even while growing up as an “American.” This sense of dislocation extends to the fact that as a child and adolescent, I lived in several states: Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Florida, North Carolina, Utah, New York, and California, not to mention many cross-country road trips in between. The nomadic strain was thus instilled in me and has become an inevitable part of my writing vision. Explorations of wanderlust, dispossession, biculturalism, bilingualism, construction of identity, and the many different emotional terrains that can be inhabited onstage form the basis of my plays and other writing projects. Visions of migration (both physical and spiritual) dominate the plays, which have become, in turn, documents of internal diasporas.

ESTEFANÍA FADUL – DIRECTOR
Estefanía Fadul is a Colombian-born, New Hampshire-raised, NYC-based director and producer. Recent directing includes: Scissoring by Christina Quintana (INTAR, world premiere), Pranayama by James Anthony Tyler (Juilliard), The Nature Room by Nora Sørena Casey (Columbia Stages/Signature Theatre), Óye Oyá by Rebecca Martínez and Rodolfo Ortega (Milagro Theatre, world premiere musical), Asi van los fantasmas de Mexico by Matthew Paul Olmos (Repertorio Español), and La Paloma Prisoner by Raquel Almazan (Hi-Arts).

Estefanía is a recipient of the 2017-18 National Directors Fellowship at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center/NNPN and is an alumna of the Bill Foeller Fellowship at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, the Drama League Directors Project, the Van Lier Fellowship at Repertorio Español, and the Civilians’ R&D Group. She is a member of the New Georges JAM, the Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab, and the Latinx Theatre Commons steering committee.

Estefanía has also developed new work at The Drama League, LPAC, Musical Theatre Factory, Everyday Inferno, Hi-Arts, Barton Booth, Fresh Ground Pepper, and Rising Circle Theater Collective, among others. She has directed at colleges and universities including SUNY Purchase, Queens College, and NYU.

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

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REPERTORIO ESPAÑOL ANNOUNCES THE FINALISTS OF THE 2020 MIRANDA FAMILY VOCES LATINX PLAYWRITING COMPETITION

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Repertorio Español announces the finalists of The 2020 Miranda Family Voces Latinx Playwriting Competition, an initiative to develop and promote Latinx plays that resonate with and accurately depict the Latinx experience by playwrights of all racial and national backgrounds. The company will stream readings of the five finalists after having received 180 scripts written in English or Spanish by emerging playwrights from the entire United States and Puerto Rico.  All readings will premiere on the Company’s Facebook and YouTube sites which can be found using the social handle repertorionyc.

For more information visit repertorio.nyc.

The winners will be announced in the Fall and the prizes will consist of:

  • Grand Prize Winner: $3,000
  • 2nd Place: $2,000
  • 3rd Place: $1,000
  • 2 Runners up $500

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.

THE 2020 MIRANDA FAMILY ‘VOCES LATINX’ PLAYWRITING COMPETITION FINALISTS:

ALEJANDRA RAMOS – MALAS MAÑAS

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Directed by Fernando Then
Reading: Tuesday, June 23rd, 6 pm
Presented in Spanish

Playwright Bio: Alejandra Ramos is a Puerto Rican playwright, actress, director, and producer based in NYC. She holds a B.A in Dance and Theater, from The University of Puerto Rico, and an M.A. in Scenic Arts from the University of Murcia, Spain. Author of En la azotea, 10 piezas cortas de teatro (Ed. Callejón 2016). Her most recent work was her direction of the Equity Workshop Agua, vida y tierra produced by WWTNS? (MITU 580, 2019). Recent original plays include, Broken Words (Step-Up Artist in Residence at Pregones/PRTT, April 2019), A Taste of Loving Sea (Fuerza Fest, May 2019), and Paris (En Construcción, New Works Latin American Writers, February 2019).

About Malas Mañas: A 37-year-old ex-convict is released after serving a long sentence for a crime he committed in self-defense. Once he is paroled, he decides to reconnect with his father confronting the difficulties of adapting and re-integrating back into society by starting with his own family.

JUAN RAMÍREZ, JR. – CALLING PUERTO RICO

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Directed by Cándido Tirado
Reading: Friday, June 26th, 6 pm
Presented in English

Playwright Bio: Juan Ramírez, Jr. is an internationally produced, award-winning dramatist, actor, and director. Calling Puerto Rico is a 2020 Bay Area Playwrights Festival Finalist and recipient of 2019 Bronx Recognize Its Own Award, part of NYC Department of Cultural Affairs. The first reading was at IATI and an excerpt was presented part of Infinite Stories with the NYC LatinX Playwriting Circle. He’s developed and produced works with Downtown Urban Arts Festival, LaTea, Ingenio Milagro, Dixon Place, Raíces, HBMG, BBTF and The Bronx Repertory Company. He’s a Dramatist Guild member with a B.A. from Lehman College and an MFA from Tisch. www.JuanRamirezJr.com

About Calling Puerto Rico: In New York City, Joel is an amateur radio operator who has not been out of his attic apartment for about a year. He gets news about Tropical Storm Maria and the potential it has to harm Puerto Rico. Worried, he decides to reach out over the radio to a man he hasn’t spoken to in a long time, his grandfather, Aníbal.

lily gonzález – (trans)formada

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Directed by Kathleen Capdesuñer
Reading: Saturday, June 27th, 6 pm
Bi-lingual

Playwright Bio: lily gonzález (they/them) is a playwright from Texas who graduated from UT Austin with a Bachelor’s in Theatre & Dance / English. Their work has been developed with The John F. Kennedy Center and Austin Latinx New Play Festival. Their play (trans)formada was runner up for the Latinx, Rosa Parks, & National Undergraduate Playwriting Award from The John F. Kennedy Center in 2019. They’re currently working on a play about queer community and ego death set in West Texas.

About (trans)formada: Sam is queer, a little trans, and a child of Mexican immigrants living in the Texas Hill Country. They’re graduating high school and trying to figure out how to express their gender — to themselves and to the world. Just as Sam is building the courage to present their gender to their mother, they go to a high school party. Everyone is way too into each other and drinking way too much. Amidst the debauchery, a brave and strange set of rituals ensues.

“(trans)formada” is a practice in healing. It is about redefining and coming back to family.

NOELLE VIÑAS – DERECHO

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Directed by Gerardo Gudiño
Reading: Sunday, June 28th, 6 pm
Presented in English

Playwright Bio: Noelle Viñas is a Uruguayan-American playwright, educator, and theater-maker from Springfield, Virginia, and Montevideo, Uruguay. Her play Derecho won the 2019 John Gassner Playwriting Award, was a 2019 Playwrights Realm Writing Fellowship semi-finalist, and will be in the 2020 Bay Area Playwrights Festival. Her play La Profesora was produced by TheatreFirst and is in development for a podcast called Abuelito with We Rise Production. Other past favorite jobs include running Annandale High School’s theater program alongside Theater Without Borders in Virginia and producing her play Apocalypse, Please with Kevin Vincenti in San Francisco. She is a resident playwright at Playwrights Foundation, currently attends Brooklyn College for her MFA in Playwriting, and is a proud member of the NYC Latinx Playwrights Circle.

About Derecho: In Northern Virginia, sisters Eugenia and Mercedes Silva are surrounded by old friends and lovers as Eugenia fights for endorsements on her primary campaign for a seat in the Virginia General Assembly, hoping to join the wave of women of color elected to public office. As a storm brews outside, the sisters must confront how traditional Latino family values conflict with an American definition of success that is always changing. An experimental play that explores how fragmented identity can tear you apart.

MATTHEW PAUL OLMOS – THAT DRIVE THRU MONTEREY

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Directed by Carlos Armesto
Reading: Monday, June 29th, 6 pm
Presented in English

Playwright Bio: A three-time Sundance Institute Fellowship/Residency recipient, Humana Festival Commissioned Playwright, New Dramatists Resident, Center Theatre Group LA Writer, Oregon Shakespeare Festival Black Swan Playwright, Princess Grace Awardee in Playwriting, Repertorio Español Met Life Nuestra Voces honoree, La MaMa’s Ellen Stewart Playwright Awardee as selected by Sam Shepard. Mentored by Ruth Maleczech through Mabou Mines/SUITE; Taylor Mac through Cherry Lane’s Mentor Project. Former fellow/resident at Baryshnikov Arts Center, INTAR, Latinx Theatre Commons, New York Theatre Workshop, Primary Stages; Ensemble Studio Theater lifetime member; and a proud Kilroys nominator. His work has been presented nationally and internationally and has been published as well as taught at

universities. www.matthewpaulolmos.com.

About That Drive Thru Monterey: Inspired by the life of the playwright’s mother. The story of a young Mexican-American woman growing up in Los Angeles. In the play, she experiences her first love and deals with what it means to assimilate into this country. Through mysterious premonitions, she also sees what lies ahead in her life.

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By phone: 1-212.225.9999 | Online: repertorio.nyc
Monday 8:00 am – 6 pm | Tuesday – Friday 8 am – 8 pm | Saturday 10 am – 8 pm | Sunday 10 am – 7:00 pm

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 NYC to Portland, LA, NYC, Washington DC, Texas, Denver and Chicago– are all at home in REPERTORIO’s programming. Also, the company has presented acclaimed translations of plays by Edward Albee, Shakespeare, Tennessee Williams, Gian Carlo Menotti, Eduardo De Filippo and Noel Coward.

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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It is with deep sorrow that Repertorio EspañoI announces the passing of its Co-founder and Artistic Director, René Buch.

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René Buch, Co-founder and Artistic Director of Repertorio Español passed away at home on April 19th, 2020, in his 94th year.

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). Buch and producer Zaldívar joined forces with Robert Federico in 1971 and moved their theater company to the Gramercy Arts Theatre, under its new name, Repertorio Español. 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.

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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 director includes productions for CSC, the Pearl Theater, 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 artistic legacy.

His impressive talents made him a visionary and numerous awards serve as 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.

A memorial service will be announced as soon as permitted. The family and friends of René would like to extend their sincerest gratitude to all the health and care workers during these difficult times.

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“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 24 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 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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at The 56th Annual Obie Awards. Source: Broadwayworld.

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.

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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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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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