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Guest Post: Mariana Carreño King Describes the Process Behind Writing “Señorita 744890”

Michael Palma for Mariana Correno KIng RepOn the brink of starting the last week of rehearsals, I think I speak for the rest of the crew when I say we are very excited!

It has been a very intense process, but also one filled with surprises. Even though, I have a few years working on this play, you really don’t know what works and what doesn’t until you work with actors and designers.

This play started as a monologue. I was reading an article about the effects of solitary confinement on imprisoned women and I remembered a legend which I love titled La mulata de Córdoba. In the story, there’s a beautiful dark-skinned women that doesn’t pay attention to any of the man from her town, her lack of interest in the men around her, causes people to accuse her of witchcraft which in turn leads to her being incarcerated; in some versions she was in a jail in other versions she was held in a cave. Nonetheless, the point is that she is alone and only has a piece of chalk to draw on the walls…I won’t tell you what happens next to not ruin the play for you.

While I wrote the monologue, it didn’t seem appropriate so I chose to add the other characters.

The idea that the play was written by a lonely writer sitting in a dark and depressing apartment is not necessarily true (my apartment is not depressing, just disorganized). Well, maybe the first draft. But plays are a product of many people working together. This play was not the exception. The ideas developed with the help of many artistic residencies where I was able to work with actors and directors, among them, “Playground” with Lark Play Development Center, a “Summer Intensive” with LAByrinth Theatre Company and “INKtank” with Rising Circle.

Daniel Jáquez, the director, has directed three lectures with different actors in the last three years. In every lecture along with the comments from different mentors and actors, the ideas and perspective kept growing. I may take the credit as playwright, but the real credit belongs to all those who have put their grain of sand.

To win the Metlife “Nuestra Voces” National Playwright Competition has been an incredible experience. Repertorio has been a generous and open to the bizarre ideas I come up with. I wrote the script in English, but I love to showcase it in Spanish. To do the translation has thought me a lot about the characters, the story and what I wanted to say; it also helped me to improve the English script. I am extremely grateful for this opportunity.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Miss 748890 was written and developed during a Playground Residency with The Lark Play Development Center, two Summer Intensives with LAByrinth Theatre Company, and an INKtank Residency with Rising Circle, under the mentorship of Migdalia Cruz y Deepa Purohit.

Mariana wishes to thank Migdalia Cruz, Deepa Purohit, Portia Jones, Marlene Forte, Teddy Cañez, Kohl Sudduth, Socorro Santiago, Lanna Joffrey, Harvey Gardner Moore, e Irene Sofia Lucio, for their support, feedback and for giving life to these characters in different incarnations.

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Meet The People Behind “Señorita 744890”

Señorita 744890 is coming soon to Repertorio! Meet the people behind the production of the 2014 winning play of Metlife Nuestras Voces Playwright Competition.

Mariana Carreño King’s Señorita 744890, follows the story of Maria, who finds herself in prison and held in solitary confinement. To accompany her, Maria only has a piece of chalk, sporadic visits from Howard, and a voice. Directed by Daniel Jáquez, Señorita 744890 will take us on a search for inner peace in the midst of the circumstances.

This new drama will premiere on Repertorio’s stage on Tuesday, February 5th at 8pm.

For tickets and additional performance dates, visit www.repertorio.nyc or call 212-225-9999.

Winning Play of the 2014 Metlife Nuestras Voces National Playwritting Competition. 

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MARIANA CARREÑO KING

 Playwright

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Mariana plays include The Prisoner (developed with The Lark and Rising Circle Collective) Patience, Fortitude and Other Antidepressants, (an urban riff on Federico García Lorca’s Yerma, commissioned by Intar Theatre for Unit52,  presented at LATC as part of Encuentro 2014), Dance for a Dollar (a dance-theatre collaboration with Daniel Jáquez, Miracle Theatre, Portland, OR) Ofelia’s Lovers (Mabou Mines Residencies, 2007-2009), Rare Encounters (Intar’s Hispanic Playwrights in Residency Lab, 2008), Darkroom, and The Wake (NewWorksLab, 1996 and 2007), Fool’s Journey (finalist, 2001 O’Neill Playwrights Conference) and La Mujer del tiempo (Autonomous University of Queretaro, Mexico). Her short plays, Pitahayas (finalist, 2003 Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Heideman Award), Mexico ’68, Riding Hope, Night of the Cat-Sitter, Pretty Little Imp, Clowns, and Static have been presented at The Public, Milagro Theatre, Intar and with LAByrinth Theatre Company.  As a director she has worked with Rising Circle, IATI Theatre, Intar, Cherry Pitt, Rising Circle and The Lark in NYC, and Stages Repertory in Houston, TX, among others. Mariana is in the Advisory Committee for The Lark Play Development Center US/Mexico Playwright Exchange, member of LAByrinth Theatre Company, and Alumna, Hispanic Playwrights in Residency Lab (HPRL) at INTAR.

DANIEL JÀQUEZ

Director

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Daniel is a stage director, theater creator and translator. Daniel grew up in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua and studied Actuarial Science at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Texas and a Master of Fine Arts in Directing from the American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theater Institute at Harvard University.

Jáquez is the Interim Artistic Director of Milagro Theater in Portland, Oregon. In New York, Jáquez is the Director of the young company Unit52 from Intar Theater and was the producer and director of his NewWorks Lab Festival. Jáquez is an associated artist of V!da Theater in Springfield, Massachusetts and a member of the US/Mexico Playwright Exchange from Lark Play Development Center committee, where he participates as a director and translator.

Jáquez is also a member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, at Latina/o Theater Common’s Steering Committee, at Lincoln Center Theater Director’s Lab and NoPassport, a Pan-American theater coalition.

ZULEMA CLARES

Role: Maria

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Zulema 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.  Her credits include, Las noches de Constantinopla, Tres veces dos y Larga distancia. Her credits with Repertorio include La fiesta del Chivo, La casa de Bernarda Alba, La vida es un sueño, Pantaleón y la visitadoras, Así que pasen cinco años, En el tiempo de las mariposas, Mariela en el desierto, El amor en tiempos del cólera, Fuenteovejuna, Citas a ciegas, La zapatera prodigiosa, Aire Frio, El loco por fuerza y La Tía Julia y el escribidor. Clares is the recipient of multiple ACE and HOLA awards.

BOBBY PLASENCIA

Role: Howard, Corrections Officer

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Bobby holds a MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. His NY credits include, Su nombre será su sombra  (Repertorio Español), 21 (Repertorio Español), La Ruta (Working Theater), Lawnpeople (Cherry Lane), Luz (La Mama), American Jornalero (INTAR), Brave Ducks (NY Fringe), Julius Caesar (The Drilling Company). Regional credits include Caliban in The Tempest, Feste in Twelfth Night, and Dromio of Ephesus in Comedy of Errors (Griffith Park Shakespeare Festival, LA). Water & Power (The Mark Taper Forum, LA), Water & Power (San Diego Rep, 2008 Craig Noel Award), Vesuvius (South Coast Rep), Blood Wedding (La Jolla Playhouse). Films include, Letters from the Bigman (Sundance Film Festival), Fidel (Showtime mini-series), and Maria Full of Grace (HBO).

INÉS DEL CASTILLO

Role: Voice

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Inés is an actress, director and author with a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of Art in acting and directing. Her credits with Repertorio include En el Tiempo de las Mariposas and three short plays from the Siglo de Oro. For her work in The Window, she was nominated by Innovation Theater Awards in New York for Best Actress and with the rest of the cast won Best Cast. Last year she interpreted an original monologue at TEDx.  As a director, she is a member of Lincoln Center Directors Lab and is the recipient of the Van Lier scholarship for young Latino directors to direct two productions at Repertorio. Both productions were nominated for awards by ACE, HOLA, and won an award from ATI.

 

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Surprise! Free Performances

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Repertorio Español is very excited to announce a new series of FREE community performances called ¡Repertorio Contigo! Made possible by allocations of New York City Council Members as part of their Cultural Immigrant Initiative.  ¡Repertorio Contigo!  will feature play productions from its acclaimed repertoire at community venues in West Harlem, Turtle Bay and Yorkville in Manhattan, Astoria and Far Rockaway in Queens, and  Mott Haven / Port Morris/Hunts Point in the Bronx.  GRATIS!!!. No charge. Complementary.  Did we mention this is free?

¡Repertorio Contigo!’s first stop: Long Island City High School in Astoria! On Tuesday, January 12th, Repertorio will be presenting two performances of Federico García Lorca’s comedy, La zapatera prodigiosa (The Shoemaker’s Prodigious Wife) – a 1PM reserved for students, and a 7PM open to the general public. One of Repertorio’s most critically acclaimed and popular plays, La zapatera prodigiosa is a colorful, vibrant, and playful experience with live music and a stellar cast including ACE and HOLA award winning actors Zulema Clares and Gerardo Gudiño.

With the aim of bringing culturally relevant programming focused on the history and traditions of immigrant communities in New York City,¡Repertorio Contigo! has received support from Council Members Mark D. Levine, Daniel R. Garodnick, Maria Del Carmen Arroyo, Costa Constantinides, Rosie Mendez and Donovan Richards. Thanks to them, ¡Repertorio Contigo! will bring our most popular productions directly to New York City’s Latino communities!

To reserve your tickets give us a call at (212) 225 9999 and we’ll set your free tickets aside. Check out our website for more dates and venues in your neighborhood at www.repertorio.nyc under “Tours” and “Repertorio Contigo”.

¡Repertorio Contigo!   featured plays include:

La Zapatera Prodigiosa (The Shoemaker’s Prodigious Wife)
By Federico García Lorca | Directed by Andrés Zambrano
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Tuesday, January 12th 2016 – 7:00 PM
Long Island City High School 

What happens when a young, flirtatious woman marries a much older, somber shoemaker? In this whimsical (and rarely produced) comedy by Federico García Lorca, hilarity ensues when this off-balanced couple is pushed off the deep end by the town gossips. Incorporating live music into a lively and colorful production, La zapatera prodigiosa is an excellent way to liven up the doldrums of January. Funded by Council Member Costa Constantinides.


 

La Gringa
By Carmen Rivera | Directed by René Buch
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Tuesday, March 8th – 7:00 PM
High School of Art and Design ( 245 East 56th Street New York, New York 10022 ) 

Thursday, March 24th – 7:00 PM
Far Rockaway Educational Complex (8-21 Beach 25th Street, Far Rockaway, NY )

La Gringa follows the story of María – a New York born Puerto Rican who returns to the island to discover her roots and cultural heritage. Critically acclaimed by everyone from The New York Times to El Diario/La Prensa, La Gringa’s popularity is such that it will be celebrating 20 uninterrupted years on Repertorio’s stage. Funded by Council Member Donovan Richards (Far Rockaway performance) and Council Member Daniel R. Garodnick (High School of Art and Design).


 

 

En el tiempo de las mariposas (In the Time of the Butterflies)
By Caridad Svich | Based on the novel by Julia Álvarez | Directed by José Zayas
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Monday, April 11th, 2016 – 7:00 PM
Saint Jean Baptiste High School

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Adapted from Julia Álvarez’s powerful novel of the same name, En el tiempo de las mariposas follows the story of the Mirabal sisters. Throughout the 1950s, the four sisters – Dede, Minerva, Patria and María Teresa – rebelled against the regime of Dominican strongman and dictator Rafael Leonidas Trujillo. An inspirational tale straight from the pages of history, En el tiempo de las mariposas is an excellent way to delve into the lives of four of Latin America’s most intriguing political figures. Funded by City Council Member Daniel R. Garodnick (Saint Jean Baptiste High School), Mark D. Levine (Harlem Stage).

 

 

 

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She’s Back! Flamenco Star Olga Pericet Returns to Repertorio in November

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After a critically acclaimed run of her show “Flamenco Untitled” at Repertorio this past April, Flamenco star Olga Pericet will return in November, 2015.

Pericet’s unique style and “mad whirls” (so described by New York Magazine in their approval index) captivated audiences during its previous three week run, and there is little doubt that the extraordinarily talented dancer will bring that same magic back to Repertorio’s stage just in time for the holidays. From the moment the show premiered in April, Pericet rapidly took New York City by storm, garnering glowing reviews and mentions in publications like The New York Times, The New Yorker, DanceTabs Magazine and many, many more. The wild success of the notably petite dancer drew figures from New York’s world of society and politics, including figures like María Cristina Anzola de Heimann, Commissioner Cynthia López from The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, and prolific designer Carolina Herrera who personally visited Ms. Pericet backstage to congratulate her.

Olga Pericet with the prolific Venezuelan designer Carolina Herrera.

Olga Pericet with the prolific Venezuelan designer Carolina Herrera.

Even more important, however, was Ms. Pericet’s willingness to participate in Repertorio’s education program ¡DIGNIDAD!, offering several morning performances tailored to school groups to introduce the magic of Flamenco and Spanish dance to students.

In addition to the bailaora, guitarist Antonia Jimenez will be joining the ensemble again. Jimenez is not only an incredible guitarist from the Andalusian city of Cádiz, but is also one of the very few, very rare female Flamenco guitarists. The inclusion of Jimenez, according to Pericet, is a reminder of an almost forgotten fact of the origin of Flamenco – in the early stages of the dance, it was exclusively women who played the role of guitarist, a little known fact nearly lost to history and revived in “Flamenco Untitled.”

Equally as bright as her talent, Ms. Pericet’s warm personality and intimate knowledge of her field makes her more than a superstar dancer and choreographer, but also an approachable expert in one of the worlds most interesting fields of dance.

“Olga Pericet: Flamenco Untitled” returns to Repertorio Español on November 5th, just in time for the early Holiday Season. Tickets are currently on sale on Repertorio’s website, www.repertorio.nyc or at the box office by calling (212) 225 9999. 

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Michael Palma’s Shots of “Su nombre será su sombra para siempre”

Talented photographer Michael Palma stopped by Repertorio to snap these great shots of Repertorio’s newest play and 2013 winner of the MetLife ‘Nuestras Voces’ National Playwriting Competition, “Su nombre será su sombra para siempre” (Your Name Will Follow You Home) by Carlos Murillo and directed by José Zayas.

Following the story of a group of Hispanic-American writers in 1988 New York City, the play is a perfect example of not only what the ‘Nuestras Voces’ Competition can discover, but what Hispanic-American playwrights are writing and contributing to the great Latino tradition of theater. Another great treat is the incredibly designed and versatile set, conceived by Leni Méndez, which allows for a convenient transition between the play’s various settings.

With a planned run until February, check out Repertorio’s main website for tickets or call the box office line at (212) 225 9999

 

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It’s Summer at Repertorio!

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It is officially summer in the city, which means Repertorio is in the full swing of its summer session!

The theatre is offering up a specially curated summer season. Alongside the incredible plays you can find year round like En el tiempo de las mariposas and Cita a ciegas, new plays like Barceló con hielo and the Van Lier Series display the products of young, talented Latino writers, directors and actors flexing their muscle and sharpening their artistic skills on Repertorio’s Stage. Check out just some of the amazing shows that these young Latino artists have put together!

 

BARCELÓ CON HIELO
(BARCELÓ ON THE ROCKS)

By Marco Antonio Rodríguez
Directed by José Zayas

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Javier Fano & Ivan Camilo in “Barceló con hielo” (Photo courtesy of Michael Palma) 

Repertorio’s summer hit has received rave reviews from many publications and networks, including TimeOut New York, The Huffington Post, Univision41 and many others.

The play follows the story of the miserly Nino Antonio Ortíz whose hallucinations of former Domincan president Joaquín Balaguer force him to confront the dark secrets of his family embedded in the Caribbean nation’s history. Simultaneously, he must confront the debilitating effects of both his illness and children as he deteriorates in his Washington Heights home.

A perfect mix of history, culture, comedy and tragedy, “Barceló con hielo” is a story with a universal message based on the psyche of not only Dominican immigrants, but anyone who has experienced to some degree the psychological and emotional effects of leaving home.

“Barceló con hielo” premiered at Repertorio Español on Friday, June 13th at 8pm.
SCHEDULE, TICKETS AND INFORMATION: http://www.repertorio.org/barcelo or call 1-212-225-9999

 

 

EL CRUCE SOBRE EL NIÁGARA*
(CROSSING NIAGARA)

By Alonso Alegría Amézquita
Directed by Victoria Collado

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Jorge Riverón & Eric Paterniani (Photo courtesy of Michael Palma) 

What happens when a famous tightrope walker is questioned on the genuineness of his act by a young scientist? They cross Niágara together, of course. El cruce sobre el Niágara is an excellent production by the young Victoria Collado that will make you laugh, gasp and marvel. Using Collado’s passion for incorporating dance and movement into her plays, El cruce sobre el Niágara is an exciting production that is guaranteed to leave you feeling good.

“El cruce sobre el Niágara” premiered at Repertorio Español on July 3rd at 7pm.
SCHEDULE, TICKETS AND INFORMATION: http://www.repertorio.org/niagara or call 1-212-225-9999

 

 

FIN DE SEMANA*
(WEEKEND)

By Julio Ramón Ribeyro
Directed by Diego Chiri

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“Fin de semana” is a lost treasure by one of Peru’s most prolific writers, Julio Ramón Ribeyro. Known mostly for his short stories and essays, the writer also produced beautifully written plays of which many are rarely produced. Directed by Diego Chiri, the play follows what happens when an indigenous child dies on the property of a private club. A young architect is forced to decide between protecting those of his social class or report the negligence, provoking a look at the dark side of class and race in Peru and Latin America.

“Fin de semana” will premiere at Repertorio Español on Thursday, July 24th at 7pm.
SCHEDULE, TICKETS AND INFORMATION: http://www.repertorio.org/semana or call 1-212-225-9999

 

 

ASÍ VAN LOS FANTASMAS DE MÉXICO, PRIMERA PARTE*
(SO GO THE GHOSTS OF MEXICO, PART ONE)

By Matthew Paul Olmos
Directed by Estefania Fadul

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The first part of a three-play cycle by Matthew Paul Olmos, Así van los fantasmas de México (Primera Parte), directed by Estefania Fadul, is a jarring look at the U.S/Mexico drug wars. Based on true events, a young woman volunteers to become the police chief in her village rife with violence and corruption. Using her new position to inspire pacifism and non-violence, she sparks a series of events that will affect her, her family, her enemies and her society as a whole.

“Así van los fantasmas de México (primera parte)” will premiere at Repertorio Español on Thursday, August 14th at 7pm.
SCHEDULE, TICKETS AND INFORMATION: http://www.repertorio.org/fantasmas or call 1-212-225-9999

 

 

*This production is part of the 2014-2015 Van Lier Directing Fellowship, sponsored by The New York Community Trust. For more information visit www.repertorio.org/vanlier

 

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“The Theatre of Rice & Beans” Premiere

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It’s not everyday that a lifetime achievement is immortalized in a documentary, but that’s exactly what happened at the May 12th premiere of The Theater of Rice & Beans. The film by University of Florida professor Tony Mata is an in depth look at the origins and trajectory of Latino theatre in New York, as well as the stories of René Buch, Miriam Colón and Max Ferra who founded Repertorio Español, The Puerto Rican Travelling Theatre and INTAR, respectively.

Also in attendance were some of the Latino stages’ biggest talents, including Zulema Clares, Ana Margarita Martínez Casado, Carmen Rivera, Chita Rivera, Miriam Cruz, among many many others. Check out just a few of these photos from this big night out!

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Luís Carlos de la Lombana & Founding Artistic Director René Buch

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Founding Artistic Director René Buch

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Carlos Navedo (Impacto News) and Actress Zulema Clares

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Manny Alfaro (HOLA), Public Relations Associate Kevin Tighe Martínez (Repertorio Español), Carlos Navedo (Impacto), Actresses Zulema Clares and Ana Margarita Mart’inez Casado, Director Leyma López

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Actresses Zulema Clares and Ana Margarita Martínez Casado, PRTT founder Miriam Colón and Director Leyma López (Repertorio Español).

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Actresses Ana Margarita Martínez Casado and PRTT founder Miriam Colón.

 

 

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