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“The Theatre of Rice & Beans” Premiere


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!

Luís Carlos de la Lombana & Founding Artistic Director René Buch

Founding Artistic Director René Buch

Carlos Navedo (Impacto News) and Actress Zulema Clares

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

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

Actresses Ana Margarita Martínez Casado and PRTT founder Miriam Colón.



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In Memoriam: Repertorio Says Goodbye to Gabriel García Márquez

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On May 2nd, Repertorio will be honoring the memory of writer Gabriel García Márquez with a special performance of Crónica de una muerte anunciada, one of Repertorio’s longest running productions based on the novel of the same name. García Márquez changed world literature with his countless novels and stories, one of the main figures in the development of the genre of magic realism. Through that vein, he made an indelible impact on our theatre. Repertorio has a long history with the stories of “Gabo”, and check out the past plays that we have had and still have.



michael palma for repertorio cronica 028 Set against the backdrop of a small Colombian town, Chronicle of a Death Foretold explores the chain of events, false accusations, petty errors and biases that lead to the unnecessary, yet pre-determined murder of a young man. It is a tightly woven tale that really captures García Márquez’s spin on “magic realism”, exploring the antiquated moral codes, the conspiracy of silence, and the explosive issues of race and class that lead the story to its tragic ending.



michael palma for repertorio love in the time_061 A lyrical, imagistic play that focuses on an extraordinary love story between a poetically-inclined man named Florentino Ariza and a sensual, practical yet somewhat elusive woman named Fermina Daza. Spanning fifty years of time, the story plays out in a series of short scenic episodes filled with poetry, song, movement and heightened moments of theatricality. One of García Márquez’s most recognizable stories, this critically acclaimed play is a beautiful take on the world renowned novel. 



CANDIDAERENDIRA0046-OfeliaGonzalez   Based on a strong story by Gabo, this play follows the dark travels of a grandmother and her granddaughter. Starring the famous Ofelia González, the production was directed by famous Colombian director Jorge Alí Triana, who was also friends with Gabriel García Márquez himself.

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Repertorio Brings Latino Theater to The New York Times

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On Monday, April 14th, the cast of the production “21”  was invited by the organization Voces: The Latino Heritage Network of The New York Times to present a scene from the play and join Repertorio’s Resident Director José Zayas and the 2012 MetLife ‘Nuestras Voces’ winner Marco Antonio Rodríguez for an insightful panel discussion for the publication’s employees. In a beautiful setting perched above midtown Manhattan in the iconic New York Times Building, the employees of the distinguished newspaper – always a friend to Repertorio throughout the decades – sat down and discussed the current state of Latino theater in New York City with moderator Pedro Rafael Rosado.

An amazing opportunity to perform for one of the world’s largest publications, the team shared the history of the theater, the current changing and fluid state of the latino theater scene, how the MetLife ‘Nuestras Voces’ National Playwriting Competition ensures art for future generations of writers, and Repertorio’s upcoming premiere of Barceló con hielo.

For more information on tours, collaborations and special projects, contact Allison Astor Vargas at aav@repertorio.org. 

Marco Antonio Rodríguez’s winning play – Barceló con hielo – will premiere on Friday, June 13th at Repertorio Español, thanks to the generous support of the MetLife Foundation. For tickets and reservations, call (212) 225 9999 or visit www.repertorio.org/barcelo


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Actors Sandor Juan and Frank Rodríguez

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Co-Chair of The New York Times Latino Network Deyanira Martínez with Frank Rodríguez

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Actress Dalia Davi and actor Frank Rodríguez

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Actress Dalia Davi, actors Frank Rodríguez and Abdel González

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(From left to right) Actors Sandor Juan, Dalia Davi, Abdel González, Frank Rodríguez, Resident Director José Zayas, playwright Marco Antonio Rodríguez and New York Times Manager of Video Operations Pedro Rafael Rosado.

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(From left to right) Actors Sandor Juan, Dalia Davi, Abdel González, Frank Rodríguez, Resident Director José Zayas and playwright Marco Antonio Rodríguez.

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(From left to right) Abdel González, Dalia Davi, Frank Rodríguez, Sandor Juan, Executive Producer Robert Weber Federico, Manager of Special Projects & Educational Outreach Allison Astor Vargas, Resident Director José Zayas and Public Relations Associate Kevin Tighe Martínez.


Photos courtesy of Michael Palma.


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Meet the Brain Behind the Barbie

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280_280_2Wanda Arriaga is bringing her energetic show, ¡Qué felices son las Barbies! to Repertorio this spring, joining Saulo García and John Leguizamo as Repertorio’s next comedy. The Puerto Rican actress and comedienne will be pretty in pink as she brings her hysterical show to the stage. After touring internationally, this witty and sharp monologue is bound to be one of this spring’s most unique theatrical experiences in the world of Latino theater.

¡Qué felices son las Barbies! is a fantastic comedy that takes on some of the biggest issues that are both Latina and universal. The show follows Bárbara Pérez, a cabaret singer who has comfortably settled into a cycle of extreme diets and plastic surgery with the ultimate goal of becoming the physical embodiment of her childhood Malibu Barbie. Joining the character of Bárbara are several of her colorful friends – a psychologist named Cathy who draws her advice from the pages of Cosmopolitan Magazine, a Cuban bruja (witch) named Mariblanca, and Bárbara’s ex-boyfriend Kenny whose mysterious penchant for male friends and insistence on sleeping in separate beds have Bárbara perpetually suspicious.  As she spins the tale of her complex love life, she dives into a parade of her past disastrous amours.

In all, ¡Qué felices son las Barbies! is an electric comedy that examines the self-image pressures in a society obsessed with physical appearance. As Wanda assumes the character of Bárbara, she tackles some very serious issues. Physical beauty, obsession, addiction, and a childhood scarred by sexual violence and poverty all rear their head in the history of Bárbara Pérez. When one throws superb direction by Mario Colón and traditional boleros and merengues into the mix, ¡Qué felices son las Barbies! becomes a journey of laughs that stays with the audience long after the show is over. Audience members can look forward to a production with a one-of-a-kind and lively beat, unique in its style and distinct in its mission to entertain and enlighten. With strong themes and an ultimately empowering and important message, the show will premiere during the symbolic month of March – Women’s History Month.

Arriaga has for the past two decades been one of Repertorio’s most dynamic and recognizable actresses. Most recently, she stole New York’s heart in the role of Ramonita, the long suffering mother in Carlos Ferrari’s La nena se casa. A major recipient of both ACE and HOLA awards, Arriaga is also one of the co-founders of the prestigious Teatro Círculo and starred in the HBO short The Acting Lesson, which won Best Short at the 2012 New York Latino Film Festival. It is in ¡Qué felices son las Barbies! that Wanda will be rounding up her broad talents into one very funny and very pink production.

To support this inspiring production and for a very special video by the artist herself, check out the ¡Qué felices son las Barbies! Kickstarter page, where you can make a small donation.

¡Qué felices son las Barbies! will be premiering on Thursday, March 6th at 8:00 pm. For tickets, visit www.repertorio.org or call (212) 225-9999

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