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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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OLGA PERICET IS AWARDED WITH THE TOP NATIONAL DANCE PRIZE IN SPAIN

OLGA PERICET IS AWARDED WITH THE TOP NATIONAL DANCE PRIZE IN SPAIN
OLGA PERICET IS AWARDED WITH THE TOP NATIONAL DANCE PRIZE IN SPAIN
OLGA PERICET IS AWARDED WITH THE TOP NATIONAL DANCE PRIZE IN SPAIN
OLGA PERICET IS AWARDED WITH THE TOP NATIONAL DANCE PRIZE IN SPAIN
OLGA PERICET IS AWARDED WITH THE TOP NATIONAL DANCE PRIZE IN SPAIN

OCTOBER 09, 2018 – NEW YORK, NY – International Flamenco sensation, Olga Pericet, was awarded today with the National Dance Award for 2018 in Spain. This award represents the highest recognition in dance for her versatility and projection on stage.

The choreographer and ‘bailadora’ is now positioned as one of the most relevant figures in Spanish dance in history. Robert Federico the Executive Producer of Repertorio Español states:

“To have this jewel of a dancer here at Repertorio for the 4th time is the greatest honor and the greatest validation for the mission of Repertorio as a home for the greatest Hispanic and Latinx artists”.

Olga Pericet continues for a limited run with her new production “Enfoque” at Repertorio Español until October 21st. “Enfoque” is a celebratory tribute honoring Carmen Amaya’s vast scope and passion while simultaneously showcasing Olga Pericet’s own unique and powerful technique

PERFORMANCES:

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 7:00 PM

Thursday, October 11, 2018 7:00 PM

Friday, October 12, 2018 8:00 PM

Saturday, October 13, 2018 8:00 PM

Sunday, October 14, 2018 3:00 PM

 

 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 7:00 PM

Thursday, October 18, 2018 7:00 PM

Friday, October 19, 2018 8:00 PM

Saturday, October 20, 2018 8:00 PM

Sunday, October 21, 2018 3:00 PM

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Photos by Michael Palma Mir

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THE RETURN OF FLAMENCO STAR OLGA PERICET TO REPERTORIO THIS FALL

THE RETURN OF FLAMENCO STAR OLGA PERICET TO REPERTORIO THIS FALL
THE RETURN OF FLAMENCO STAR OLGA PERICET TO REPERTORIO THIS FALL
THE RETURN OF FLAMENCO STAR OLGA PERICET TO REPERTORIO THIS FALL
THE RETURN OF FLAMENCO STAR OLGA PERICET TO REPERTORIO THIS FALL
THE RETURN OF FLAMENCO STAR OLGA PERICET TO REPERTORIO THIS FALL
THE RETURN OF FLAMENCO STAR OLGA PERICET TO REPERTORIO THIS FALL
THE RETURN OF FLAMENCO STAR OLGA PERICET TO REPERTORIO THIS FALL
THE RETURN OF FLAMENCO STAR OLGA PERICET TO REPERTORIO THIS FALL

Photos by Paco Villalta

“Olga Pericet in a powerhouse performance… –The New York Times” –The New York Times

“Ms. Pericet, a brash flamenco dancer who can take on many personas in a single performance..” –The New York Times

“Expect to be surprised; besides being a fiery and technically accomplished performer, Pericet is a mercurial presence and a fearless experimenter.” –The New Yorker

 

After 3 years of critically acclaimed runs that The New York Times described as a “powerhouse performance,” Flamenco Star Olga Pericet will return to Repertorio Español in October 2018 with her new show “Focal Point”.

Pericet, who premiered “Flamenco Untitled” in 2015 at Repertorio, will return to the 27th Street theatre for three-weeks run from October 3rd to 21st. One of the most accomplished Flamenco dancers on the globe, she has garnered rave reviews from The New York Times, New York Magazine, and many more as well as MAX Award winner of the Performing Arts for Best Dancer in 2015 among many others.

Pericet will again be joined by renowned guitarist Antonia Jimenez, unique in that she is one of the few female flamenco guitarists in the industry as well as an extraordinarily accomplished Spanish guitarist in her own right. The show will also include interludes of songs and solos featuring renowned singers Inma “La Carbonera” and Miguel Lavi.

Executive Producer Robert Weber Federico stated: “We are beyond proud to herald the return of Pericet to Repertorio Español. Flamenco dance is one of the cornerstones of the 50-year trajectory of our theatre.”

 

OLGA PERICET – DANCER, BAILAORA & CHOREOGRAPHER

Olga Pericet is one of the most adventuresome artists in flamenco today, having studied at the Conservatory of Córdoba as well as a guest artist in prestigious dance companies like Nuevo Ballet Español and the Ballet Nacional de España, among many others. Her art has taken her across the globe to international festivals in Washington, New York, Miami, London, Sevilla, Madrid as well as in Netherlands, China, France and Australia just being a few. She currently tours with three shows, “A Thorn That Would Be A Rose”,” “Body Infinite” and her new production “Focal Point.” Her many awards include the Villa de Madrid Award for best dance performer (2006), the Pilar López National Flamenco Award, the MAX award for choreographing, the first prize in both choreography and music in the Flamenco and Spanish Dance Choreography Contest in Madrid (2004), Best Female Dance Performer nomination for the 15th Performing Arts MAX award (2012), MAX award for the Best Female Dancer for “Footprints” (2015) and the Critics Award of Festival de Jerez (2017).

OPENING NIGHT:

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 7:00 PM

 

PERFORMANCES:

Thursday, October 4, 2018 7:00 PM

Friday, October 5, 2018 8:00 PM

Saturday, October 6, 2018 8:00 PM

Sunday, October 7, 2018 3:00 PM

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 7:00 PM

Thursday, October 11, 2018 7:00 PM

Friday, October 12, 2018 8:00 PM

Saturday, October 13, 2018 8:00 PM

Sunday, October 14, 2018 3:00 PM

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 7:00 PM

Thursday, October 18, 2018 7:00 PM

Friday, October 19, 2018 8:00 PM

Saturday, October 20, 2018 8:00 PM

Sunday, October 21, 2018 3:00 PM

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Daisy Expósito-Ulla, Chairman/CEO of d expósito & Partners, Inducted Into the 69th Annual Advertising Hall of Fame®

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Daisy Expósito-Ulla, Chairman/CEO of d expósito & Partners and a Repertorio Español Board Member since 2004, was inducted into the 69th Annual Advertising Hall of Fame® at a Gala Dinner and Induction Ceremony on Tuesday, April 24th, 2018 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. The AAF Hall of Fame is undoubtedly the highest honor bestowed by America’s Advertising Industry and it recognizes the most accomplished and legendary figures in advertising, bringing together the industry to celebrate the Biggest Night in Advertising™.

She received the award from Cesar Conde, Chairman, NBCUniversal International Group and NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises.

During the ceremony, a 3-minute career highlight video presented the remarkable achievements of Daisy Expósito-Ulla, a pioneer and a recognized authority in multicultural marketing and brand communications. Besides having received numerous industry and creative awards (Clio, Effie, Addy, ADCOLOR Lifetime Achievement Award among others), she is consistently acknowledged as one of the Most Influential Latinos in the U.S.A. Her participation on boards includes the Ad Council, the AEF, and the 4A’s Foundation and she is a founding member of AHAA (The Association of Hispanic Ad Agencies) now known as Culture Marketing Council and served as its president.

Among her enormous contributions to the betterment of society outside her professional career, she has worked tirelessly to support the people and causes she cares deeply about.

At the gala ceremony dinner, she also accepted the David Bell Award for Industry Service, awarded to recognize extraordinary and unique contributions and service to the advertising community and industry as a whole. The award is named in honor of David Bell (Hall of Fame Class of 2007), a visionary leader and mentor to several generations of advertising professionals.

Expósito-Ulla, a well-known powerhouse of creativity, business-building, and industriousness, has been widely recognized as a pivotal architect of the Hispanic Market in the United States. Her pioneering efforts for the industry started at an early age when the market was significantly smaller from what it is today.

“I’m so honored to be included among this distinguished group inducted into the AAF Hall of Fame,” said Daisy Expósito-Ulla, Chairman and CEO, d expósito & Partners. Daisy Expósito-Ulla said, “This is indeed the highest honor I have ever received in my 40-year career. I share it with my partners, team and family who have always supported me and helped make the achievements possible.”

During her acceptance speech Daisy noted, “I’ll say this: I am an immigrant. I am a product of Brand America. And so, I would be remiss if I were to accept this induction at this time in our history without emphasizing the importance of keeping the spirit of this generous country alive.”

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REPERTORIO ESPAÑOL PRESENTS THE WORLD PREMIERE OF PULITZER PRIZE WINNING PLAYWRIGHT NILO CRUZ’S “EXQUISITA AGONÍA” (EXQUISITE AGONY).

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.”

PREVIEWS:

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

 

OPENING NIGHT:

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 7:00 PM

 

PERFORMANCES:

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. 

ABOUT THE PLAY

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 – PLAYWRIGHT

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.

JOSÉ ZAYAS- DIRECTOR

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.

 

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, 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.

 

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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REPERTORIO ANNOUNCES AN ADAPTATION OF NOBEL PRIZE WINNER GABRIEL GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ “EL CORONEL NO TIENE QUIEN LE ESCRIBA”

German Jaramillo and Zulema Clares
(No One Writes to the Colonel)
Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Adapted by Jorge Alí Triana & Verónica Triana
Directed by Jorge Alí Triana

A new play directed by the renowned Colombian Director Jorge Alí Triana, starring Germán Jaramillo and Zulema Clares. The production marks the second work of Repertorio Español’s 50th Anniversary Season. Previews begin on February 23rd and the premiere will take place on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 (full performance schedule follows.)

Performances
Friday, February 23, 2018, 11:00 AM
Friday, February 23, 2018, 8:00 PM
Saturday, February 24, 2018, 3:00 PM
Saturday, February 24, 2018, 8:00 PM
Sunday, February 25, 2018, 3:00 PM
Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 7:00 PM

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Performed in Spanish with English Subtitles.

ABOUT THE PLAY

The story covers a few months in the life of a colonel whose pension, delayed 15 years by an overwhelming bureaucracy, becomes an obsession. Reduced to penury despite his veteran status, the protagonist and his wife live in anticipation of his pay. But every Friday the only apparent contact with the outside world comes and goes with the same declaration from the postmaster, “Nothing for the colonel. No one writes to the colonel.

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GABRIEL GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ – PLAYWRIGHT

Born in 1928 in Aracataca, Colombia, he attended the National University of Bogotá and the University of Cartagena where he studied law. Turning to journalism in 1950, he began writing for the Colombian periodical El Espectador. He would go on to write non-fiction first in 1955 with The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor. That same year, he published his first fiction novel, Leaf Storm.  Moving to Mexico City in 1958, he wrote his masterpiece One Hundred Years of Solitude, published in 1967 – sending him on a journey that would culminate in being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1987. Though his novels and short stories are numerous, some of them include: “No One Writes to the Colonel”, “Innocent Erendira”, “Autumn of the Patriarch”, “Love in the Time of Cholera”, “The General in His Labyrinth”, “Strange Pilgrims”, “Love and Other Demons”, “News of a Kidnapping” and  “Chronicle of a Death Foretold”.


 

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JORGE ALÍ TRIANA – DIRECTOR

Born in Colombia and is one of Latin America’s most successful film and theater directors. In New York and for Repertorio Español, Triana has garnered great accolades for his successful stagings of novels from Latin America’s master authors. In 2008 he directed Jorge Amado’s “Doña Flor and Her Two Husbands” for which El Diario expressed “Much was expected of this production and Triana (the director) and the cast have surpassed these expectations… they’ve given us – from beginning to end — a sensual feast and a joyful celebration for all of us to enjoy.” In 2003, Triana adapted and directed Mario Vargas Llosa’s “The Feast of the Goat” for which Bruce Weber from The New York Times stated that “the show makes eerily atmospheric pageantry…and vivid the wages of despotism, for a nation and for a man.” In 1999 Triana directed Gabriel García Márquez “Chronicle of a Death Foretold,” which The Village Voice called “Hypnotizing” and “Poetic.” Previously at Repertorio he directed “The Innocent Eréndira” also by García Márquez and “And the Carnival Erupted” an original play which Howard Kissel for the New York Daily News, declared that was “staged with marvelous theatricality and skill.” Other theater credits include “Romeo and Juliet” and “Richard III” by Shakespeare; “Fuenteovejuna” by Lope de Vega and “Death of a salesman” by Arthur Miller. Triana has collaborated with Gabriel García Márquez in various film and theater projects including “Tiempo de morir” (Time to Die) and “Edipo Alcalde” (Edipus the Mayor.) He has won numerous awards including the People’s Choice Award in Tolouse, France and the Golden Ombú Award for his film “I am Bolívar.” Triana has also received numerous ACE Awards (Association of Hispanic Theatre Critics). He is the founder of Bogotá’s Popular Theatre and currently directs at Repertorio Español as well as his own production company, Dramax, where the TV series “Commando Elite” is produced for the television channel RCN.


 

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GERMÁN JARAMILLO – ACTOR

Was born in Manizales, Caldas, Colombia. He is an actor, known for “Our Lady of the Assassins”(2000), “Paraiso Travel” (2008) and “Narcos” (2015). His trajectory as an actor has won him awards including Colombia’s Actor of the Year on various occasions. He starred in the film “La virgen de los sicarios” (2000) for which he was nominated and won many international awards. Jaramillo is the co-founder of ID Studio Theater in New York, of which he is the Artistic Director. He is also the co-founder of the Teatro Libre de Bogotá (The Free Theatre of Bogotá) as well as of its School of Acting, where he worked as a resident actor, producer and director for more than 30 years and oversaw more than 40 productions. His credits with Repertorio include: “Blind Date”, “Doña Flor and her two husbands”, “Weeds Just Won’t Die”, “Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter” and, “Burundanga”.


 

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ZULEMA CLARES – ACTRESS 

Born in Cuba and holds a degree in Theater Techniques and Choral Direction from Cuba’s National Arts School.  She has worked in theater, film, and television as an actress, playwright, and director.  In 1996 she co-founded “Argos Theater” of Cuba and soon after she became one of the most acclaimed actresses of Cuban stage for her work in classics like “Strindberg”, “Brecht”, “Calderon de la Barca”, among others.  She also worked as a teacher at Cuba’s National Arts School and made her debut as a theatrical director in 2001 with “Thanks Grandma”, which she also wrote and starred in.  Her film credits include the leading roles of “The Nights of Constantinople”, “Three Times Two”, (Silver Zenith First Fiction Feature Film, Montreal 2004) and “Long Distance” (2008).  She won the Best Actress Award at the 2001 Camaguey Theater Festival in Cuba and received multiples HOLA, ACE and ATI awards for her work at Repertorio Español. Zulema currently resides in New York.  Her credits with Repertorio include: “The House of Bernarda Alba”, “The Feast of the Goat”, “Life is a Dream”, “Captain Pantoja and the Special Service”, “As Five Years Pass”, “Mariela in the Desert”, “Doña Flor and her two husbands”, “Love in the Time of Cholera”, “In the Time of the Butterflies”, “Cold Air”, “Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter”, “Miss 744890”, “Burundanga”, “La canción”, “In the name of Salomé”, “Blind Spot” and “Courage, Betrayal, and a Woman Scorned”.

 

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

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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 ESPAÑOL] 

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.

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

Premiere 10/27/2017

By Ana Caro Mallén de Soto | Directed by Leyma López

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STAGED READINGS: WOMEN PLAYWRIGHTS OF THE 17TH CENTURY IN SPAIN

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EL CONDE PARTINUPLÉS (Count Partinuplés)

By Ana Caro Mallén de Soto

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

By Isabel María Morón

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LA FIRMEZA EN EL AUSENCIA (Strength In His Absence)

By Leonor de la Cueva y Silva

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LA TRAICIÓN EN LA AMISTAD (Friendship Betrayed)

By María de Zayas y Sotomayor

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