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Filomena Marturano becomes Marriage Caribbean Style at Repertorio Español!

REPERTORIO ESPAÑOL ANNOUNCES THE PREMIERE OF “FILOMENA MARTURANO – MARRIAGE CARIBBEAN STYLE”.

 “Filomena Marturano – Marriage Caribbean Style” begins previews on Saturday, July 20th and premieres on Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019 at Repertorio Español’s historic Gramercy Arts Theater located at 138 East 27th Street in Manhattan, New York.

The classic play by Eduardo de Filippo is directed by Leyma López. The cast includes Zulema Clares as Filomena, Sandor Juan as Domingo, with Amneris Morales, Mario Mattei, Mario Peguero, Gilberto Gabriel Díaz, Sandra Gummuzio as well as Krystal Pou, Brayan Cortés Figueroa, and Cesar Augusto Cova making their company debuts.

JULY 03, 2019 – NEW YORK, NY – Repertorio Español, Drama Desk Award winner 2019 is proud to announce the premiere of Eduardo De Filippo’s “Filomena Marturano – Marriage Caribbean Style”. This classic Neapolitan play has been translated by Rafael Sánchez and Leyma López. This comedy originally published in 1946, is one of the greatest theatre masterpieces known worldwide. Repertorio is proud to create the first Spanish showing of this classic in the United States.

ABOUT THE PLAY

In Eduardo De Filippo’s classic Neapolitan tale, Filomena, a former prostitute, has been living with shopkeeper Domingo for 25 years. Domingo is set to marry the young Diana, but Filomena feigns mortal illness to convince Domingo to marry her. When he finds out he’s been trick, he has the marriage annulled. But Filomena will not give up.

PREVIEWS:

Saturday, July 20, 2019 8:00 PM

Sunday, July 21, 2019 3:00 PM

OPENING NIGHT:

Tuesday, July 23, 2019 7:00 PM

PERFORMANCES:

Friday, July 26, 2019 8:00 PM

Saturday, July 27, 2019 8:00 PM

Sunday, July 28, 2019 3:00 PM

Friday, August 2, 2019 8:00 PM

Saturday, August 3, 2019 8:00 PM

Sunday, August 4, 2019 3:00 PM

Saturday, August 24, 2019 8:00 PM

More performances to be announced through 2019 & 2020. Performed in Spanish with English Supertitles. 

 

EDUARDO DE FILIPPO – PLAYWRIGHT

Eduardo De Filippo was born on 24 May 1900, the son of actor Eduardo Scarpetta and Luisa De Filippo. He died in Rome in 1984. He is also known simply as Eduardo was an Italian actor, playwright, screenwriter, author and poet, best known for his Neapolitan works Filumena Marturano and Napoli Milionaria. Considered as one of the most important Italian artists of 20th century was author of many theatrical dramas put on play and directed by himself first and later awarded and played outside Italy. For his artistic merits and contribution to the culture was nominee Senatore a Vita by Italian Presidente della Repubblica Sandro Pertini.

 

 LEYMA LÓPEZ – DIRECTOR

Born in San José de las Lajas in La Habana, Cuba. From 2001 to 2005 she went to school for direction and acting in the School of the Arts in San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba and 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” 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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Summer Fridays At Repertorio

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Escape the heat and plan your Fridays with a visit to Repertorio! This summer when you visit our theater on Fridays you’ll be able to enjoy amazing shows for a discounted fee!

Use code SUMMER29 to get regular tickets for $29 or code SUMMER40 to get premium tickets for just $40!

Get your tickets online now: http://goo.gl/Su0YCE

Take advantage of Summer Fridays and come see these great productions!

 

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LA GRINGA

By Carmen Rivera
Directed by René Buch

The longest running Off-Broadway play with 20 years in repertory.

“ ‘La gringa’ is the story of a young woman from New York who goes to Puerto Rico in search of her extended family. When she finds them, the complicated misperceptions that develop on all sides unfold in comic dialogue that arouses constant shouts of laughter and bursts of applause…” – The New York Times

Friday, July 29, 2016 8:00 PM


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 EL AMOR EN LOS TIEMPOS DEL CÓLERA (LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA)

By Garbiel Garcia Marquez
Adapted by Caridad Svich
Directed by Jose Zayas

Gabriel García Márquez’s epic tale in which a secret love must stand the test of time.

Friday, August 5th, 2016 – 8:00 PM


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LA NENA SE CASA (OUR LITTLE GIRL IS GETTING MARRIED) 

By Carlos Ferrari
Directed by Jose Zayas

An over-the-top comedy about the whims and pretensions of a family desperate to climb the social ladder. Full of humor, eccentric characters, and unexpected twists and turns, “La nena se casa” is a comedy about a wedding where the groom is the worst nightmare of the father-of-the-bride.

Friday, August 12, 2016 – 8:00 PM


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EN EL TIEMPO DE LAS MARIPOSAS (IN THE TIME OF THE BUTTERFLIES) 

By Caridad Svich
Based on a novel by Julia Alvarez
Directed Jose Zayas

The Mirabal sisters stood up to one of history’s most notorious dictators and this on-stage adaptation brings these national heroines back to life.

Friday, August 19th, 2016 – 8:00 PM


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LA ZAPATERA PRODIGIOSA (THE SHOEMAKER’S PRODIGIOUS WIFE) 

By Federico Garcia Lorca
Directed by Andres Zambrano

Gossip and ageism nip at the marriage of a mismatched couple in Federico García Lorca’s rare comedy.

Friday, August 26, 2016 – 8:00 PM

 

PLEASE NOTE: Valid only for performances and dates listed above.  Discounts are not valid on previous purchases and can not be combined with other offers or discount codes. One code per transaction. Subject to availability. 

All photos by Michael Palma. 

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PHOTOS: “Burundanga” Rehearsals

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One of the great aspects of working in a theater has to be sitting in during rehearsals of new plays because we are able to see all the hard work the actors and directors put to make a great production.

What is even more amazing is when in the midst of the chaos that rehearsals can be we can laugh and feel like it’s the finished project.

As we sneaked around the theatre to see the rehearsals for Burundanga, we couldn’t stop laughing! Just when we couldn’t laugh anymore, another hilarious scene came our way to make us want to roll in the aisles laughing!

Here are some photos captured by Michael Palma to give you a gist of what has us all so excited at Repertorio Español.

For tickets, check our website: http://goo.gl/SKXVdO

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On stage: Txemi Parra (Manel), Soraya Padrao (Silvia) and Zulema Clares (Berta)

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Director José Zayas

All photos by Michael Palma

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Meet the People behind “Burundanga”!

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The month of May brings with it a new premiere to Repertorio Español. The extremely funny comedy “Burundanga” written by playwright Jordi Galcerán will be opening on May 28th and we couldn’t be more excited to see something new, fresh and hilarious! Of course we know that we need great playwrights like Galcerán to write this wonderful production, but we also need great actors to give life to the words on the script. See below to learn about the cast member behind this play!

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Jordi Galcerán (Playwrightstudied Catalan Philology at the University of Barcelona and began writing theatrical plays in 1988.  In 1995, with Words in Chains he won the 20th Born Theatre Award, and in 1996 the Critic’s Award Serra d’OR for Best Work in Catalan language. His play Dakota received the Ignasi Iglesia Award. His most recent premiere is Burundanga, which was presented at Maravillas de Madrid theatre in June of 2011. Outside of the theater he has served as screenplay writer for a variety of television series and has written 6 featured films.

 

 

 

 

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José Zayas (DirectorResident 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 BorderNo Better Friend, No Worse Enemy; In the Time of the Butterflies; and Love in the Time of Cholera, La tia Julia y el escribidor.  Outside of Repertorio Español Zayas has participated as director and assistant for a number of productions.

 

 

 

 

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Zulema Clares (Berta 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 ConstantinopleThree 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 and ACE 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 GoatLife is a DreamCaptain Pantoja and the Special ServiceAs Five Years Pass, Mariela in the DesertDoña Flor and her two husbands, Love in the Time of Cholera, In the Time of the Butterflies, Cold AirAunt Julia and the Scriptwriter and Miss 744890.

 

 

 

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Luis Carlos de la Lombana (Gorka) actor, singer, composer, director and producer hailing from Santander, España. He hold two university degrees, one in acting from the National School of Dramatic Arts in Spain and the in law from the Autonomous University in Madrid. Recently, he co-produced La Strada (The Road), and he is part of the company of actors at Repertorio Español. His credits with Repertorio include:Life is a Dream, Love in the Time of Cholera, Until five Years Pass, Blind date and Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter. As a singer and composer he has worked with the musical group QVINQUE and La Strada. His cinematographic credits include: Las tierras altasThe Red Knott, and the short film Jagger, which was selected for the 2010 Latino Short Film Festival in New York and the 2011 Havana Film Festival in New York. He has received multiple awards including the ACE, ATI and HOLA awards.

 

 

 

 

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Germán Jaramillo (JaimeJaramillo boasts a long line of acting and directing credits in film, television and on stage. Most famously, he starred in the internationally acclaimed “La virgen de los sicarios” (“Our Lady of the Assassins”) which was awarded the Gold Medal in the 2000 Venice Film Festival and gave Jaramillo a nomination for best actor. Other films and TV productions include Caracol Television’s “La bruja” and the Mexican
production, “Huérfanos.” Aside from the screen, Jaramillo also claims an impressive career on stage, including the founding of the Teatro Libre, Colombia’s most important repertory theater, and ID Studio Theater in New York. His credits with Repertorio Español include: Bad Weeds Won’t Die, Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter and Blind Date.

 

 

 

 

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Txemi Parra (Manel)  actor, screenwriter and comedian with more than 15 years of experience in Spain. As an actor he has been featured in television, movies and plays. His screen credits iniclude: El Comisario (The Commissioner), Petra Delicado, 7 vidas (7 Lives), Paraíso (Paradise), La Lola (Lola). He was also one of the first Paramount channel comedians and finalist of El club de la comedia (The Comedy Club). His theater credits include: Cachorros de Negro mirar (Puppies with black sight), which toured around Spain and with Repertorio Español El Quijote. He also opened three plays in the C.C.E. in Miami. He was a screenwriter at Globomedia where he wrote 7 vidas (7 Days), Aída, Los Serrano (The Serrano), El Internado (The Black Lagoon Boarding School) and Águila roja (Red Eagle). As an author he won the award Ciudad de Donosti with La manzana (The Apple). His first novel Los muertos no comen yogures (The Dead Don’t Eat Yogurt) will be published in Spain in 2016Currently he writes and also acts in the web series Bilbainadas en NY.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Soraya Padrao (Silvia)  she began her career in Madrid, where she worked for more than ten years in theater, film andtelevision. In 2008 she made the move to NYC and in 2011 she joined Repertorio Español. Her credits with Repertorio include: La Dama Duende (The Phantom Lady), La Discreta Enamorada (The Discreet Love), La Verdad Sospechosa (The Truth can’t be Trusted), Fuenteovejuna, Crónica de una muerte anuncida (Chronicle of Death Foretold), La zapatera prodigiosa (The Shoemaker’s Prodigious Wife), El amor en los tiempos del Cólera (Love in the time of Cholera). Other theater credits include: New York Nuts 2, An Invisible Piece of this World, and Wearing Lorca’s Bowtie. Her cinematographic credits include: La Herencia (The Inheritance),Valdemar. Moonlight Motel, Cassanova was a Woman, Anomalous, Where Hearts Lie, among others. In television she has been featured in: El Pasado es Mañana (The Past is Tomorrow),Hospital Central (Central Hospital) and Hermanos y Detectives (Brothers and Detectives).

 

 

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Meet the Cast of “Aire Frío”

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Meet the Romaguera family, the protagonists of Repertorio’s first production of the 2014-2015 season, Aire frío. The play follows the story of the strong willed pillar of the family, the anxious Luz Marina Romaguera, in her desperate 20 year struggle to find two things in life; a husband and an electric fan to keep her sane from the heat of 1950s Havana.

Repertorio will be premiering this groundbreaking play on Saturday, September 13th at 8PM, in addition to a special performance that Sunday at 2PM with a post-show panel discussion jointly with The Cuban Cultural Center of New York.

For tickets and more information, visit www.repertorio.org/aire or call (212) 225-9999

 

Zulema Clares
Country of Origin: Cuba
Role: Luz Marina Romaguera

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Zulema Clares is one of the Latino stage’s most recognizable faces, performing in an impressive number of productions at any given time as well as having garnered various important awards and recognitions. A graduate of Cuba’s National Arts School, her film and stage credits are many. At Repertorio, she is (currently) in “The House of Bernarda Alba,” “In the Time of the Butterflies,” “The Shoemaker’s Prodigious Wife,” “Blind Date” and “Love in the Time of Cholera,” among others. This year alone, she will be in two of Repertorio’s four new productions, including “Aire frío” and the golden-age play “El loco por fuerza” by Félix Lope de Vega. Ironically, this will be the first time Clares will portray a Cuban character at Repertorio.

 

Ana Margarita Martínez-Casado
Country of Origin: Cuba
Role: Ana Romaguera

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Ana Margarita Martínez-Casado is a prolific actress on both the stage and screen. Born in Camaguey, Cuba to a family of four generations of actors, singers and artists, she started a singing and acting career young, performing in various Zarzuelas in Cuba from the age of seventeen. Martínez-Casado famously portrayed the character of Juana Peña in the groundbreaking series, ¿Que pasa USA?, one of the first and only bilingual sit-coms that won her a regional Emmy. Among her many projects, performances and awards, Martínez-Casado has been in over thirty productions in Repertorio Español since 1973.

 

Frank Robles
Country of Origin: Puerto Rico
Role: Angel Romaguera

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A pioneer of Latino theater in New York City, Frank Robles is a co-founder of INTAR Theater and has won many awards, including a New York State Achievement Award for contribution to the arts in 1974, as well as an award from the Institute of Culture of Puerto Rico. He has worked in countless productions in both English and Spanish, including “Crossover Dreams” alongside Ruben Blades. He has been seen in many productions in Repertorio Español, including “Bodas de sangre,” “La celestina,” and currently in “La gringa.”

 

Sandor Juan
Country of Origin: Cuba
Role: Enrique Romaguera

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Sandor Juan began acting at age fifteen in a Telemundo series called, “De Padres a Hijos.” Mr. Juan also made his film debut appearing alongside Marisa Tomei in “The Perez Family,” a film directed by Mira Nair. In 2001 he enrolled at “New World School of the Arts” where he studied modern American Theater and the Hagen technique. He also attends Bobby Moresco’s workshop “The Actor’s Gym.” Other credits include the TV shows “Burn Notice” and “The Tonight Show” with Conan O’Brien. Mr. Juan’s theatre credits include “Matacumbe,” Jean Anouilh’s “The Traveler Without Luggage,” and Nilo Cruz’s ‘The Color of desire.” He made his premiere at Repertorio Español in “Probation” and would go on to act in the hit-comedy “La nena se casa” by Carlos Ferrari.

 

Pablo Andrade
Country of Origin: Venezuela
Role: Oscar Romaguera

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Pablo Andrade has most recently received two HOLA awards for his performances in the plays “Noche tan linda” at the Puerto Rican Travelling Theater and “El loco por fuerza” in Repertorio Español. He was also invited to the prestigious John F. Kennedy Center of Performing Arts’ Cultural Visitors Program for Actors. Other credits in New York include “Por gusto” (Repertorio Español), “Cuentos de guerra para dormir en paz” (Corezon), “Balm in Gilead” (HB Playwrights Foundation), “Agravios de fortuna” (TEBA), among others.

 

Erick Gonzalez
Country of Origin: Puerto Rico
Role: Luis Romaguera

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Erick Gonzalez in a remarkably dynamic actor whose credits in New York City alone are an impressive collection of both English and Spanish language productions. This will be his second production at Repertorio, the first being the role of Feliciano in Félix Lope de Vega’s Golden Age era play, El loco por fuerza, also directed by Leyma López. The list of stages, theatres and companies he has appeared in include The West End Theatre, the Premiere Stages, the Frog and Peache Theatre Co., the NY Shakespeare Exhange, Hip to Hip Theatre Company, the Wild Project and many more.

 

Idalmis García
Country of Origin: Cuba
Role: Laura

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Idalmis García graduated from the University of Havana with a degree in Art History, working extensively in theatre, film and television both in Cuba and the United States. Her credits are many, and include a wide array of international productions in Cuba, New York, and Germany. She was most recently seen in the HOLA award winning production, “Noche tan linda” by Pablo García- Gamez at the Puerto Rican Travelling Theater.

 

Annia Bu
Country of Origin: Cuba
Role: Laura

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Annia Bu received her B.F.A in Acting from Cuba’s Instituto Superior de Arte. Her film credits in both Cuba and the United States are many and include “Los dioses rotos” (2008), “El cuerno de la abundancia” (2009), and “Larga distancia” 2010. She has taken many awards from various distinguished international film festivals in the United States, Brazil and Cuba. This will be Bu’s second production at Repertorio, the first being El loco por fuerza by Félix Lope de Vega.

 

Mario Mattei
Country of Origin: Puerto Rico
Role: Vendedor, Miranda, Don Benigno y Pepe

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Mario Mattei is a native of Puerto Rico and a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico, having studied drama there. As a student, he came into contact with director Dean Zayas, a pioneer and instrumental figure in the theatrical movement in Puerto Rico. A master of both the stage and the screen, Mattei openly prefers theater and considers it to be a demanding and challenging, though rewarding, vehicle for dramatic expression.

Mattei is a hallmark of Repertorio’s company of actors, holding roles in productions like “El Quijote” and “Crónica de una muerte anunciada,” both directed by Jorge Alí Triana, “La fiesta del chivo” and Carmen Rivera’s groundbreaking play “La gringa” which still continues to sell out theaters to this day.

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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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Not Your Average García-Lorca

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There is a common trap that all too often ensnares those who are about to watch a play by Federico García Lorca. They walk in expecting to see the dark Andalusian home of Bernarda Alba, women with peinetas and mantillas neurotically fanning themselves with elaborate abanicos as they fight against Iberian machismo. Perhaps in the background a soft flamenco plays, Lorca ever mindful of the folk culture of the gitanos (Roma) that surrounded him. For many, this is García Lorca’s world – 1930s southern Spain and, in many aspects, it was.

With Andrés Zambrano’s production of García Lorca’s poetic comedy, “La zapatera prodigiosa” there will be neither peinetas nor mantillas. Flamenco will be traded for songs like “Júrame,” “Perdón” and “Piensa en mi,” all performed live. Premiering February 7th, “La zapatera prodigiosa” will be a sharp departure from the stereotypically romanticized world of García Lorca. Rather, Zambrano’s production will shed this nostalgic air, leaving the playwright’s message naked and unshielded from the eyes of the viewers to chew and digest.

Adding to this dynamic is a hallmark of Repertorio’s stage – the inclusion of accomplished actors from across the world. Check out just a few of the amazing actors who will be taking roles in this highly anticipated play, actors who hail from a variety of countries including Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Argentina, among others.

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Country of Origin: Cuba

Zulema Clares is one of Repertorio’s most acclaimed actresses, currently in other popular shows like Cita a ciegas, El amor en los tiempos de cólera and En el tiempo de las mariposas.

Born in Cuba, Clares holds a degree in Theater Techniques and Choral Direction from Cuba’s National Arts School. One of the original co-founders of the Argos Theater of Cuba, she rapidly became one of the biggest and most acclaimed names of the Cuban stage for her broad range of works. While teaching at Cuba’s National Arts School, she made her debut as a theatrical director in 2001 with her production “Thanks Grandma,” which she also wrote. Clares’ talents are not limited to the stage, however. Her extensive film credits including leading roles in “The Nights of Constantinople,” “Three Times Two,” and “Long Distance.”

Clares is currently one of the most acclaimed actresses of the Latino stage here in the United States. Aside from winning the Best Actress Award at the 2001 Camaguey Theater Festival in Cuba, she has consecutively swept the HOLA Awards since 2009.

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Country of Origin: Argentina

Gerardo Gudiño is one of Repertorio’s most recognizable faces, playing the prolific role of Don Quijote in Jorge Alí Triana’s El Quijote as well as numerous other roles in some of Repertorio’s bestselling productions.

Gudiño holds a degree in theater studies from the National University of Córdoba, Argentina as well as a Masters in Neurolinguistic Programming, having studied under several of the most prestigious and recognized acting professors in both Argentina and France. His theatrical skills are broad and include semiotics, direction, clowning, anthropological theater and dance theater. Other training includes extensive direction of productions and an intense 22 month training period at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York.

Gudiño first arrived to Repertorio in 2000 as Assistant Director for the renowned Artistic Director of the theater, René Buch, eventually going on to become part of Repertorio’s company of actors.

Mario MatteiMario Mattei
Country of Origin: Puerto Rico

Mario Mattei is a native of Puerto Rico and a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico, having studied drama there. As a student, he came into contact with director Dean Zayas, a pioneer and instrumental figure in the theatrical movement in Puerto Rico. A master of both the stage and the screen, Mattei openly prefers theater and considers it to be a demanding and challenging, though rewarding, vehicle for dramatic expression.

Mattei is a hallmark of Repertorio’s company of actors, holding roles in productions like “El Quijote” and “Crónica de una muerte anunciada,” both directed by Jorge Alí Triana, “La fiesta del chivo” and Carmen Rivera’s groundbreaking play “La gringa” which still continues to sell out theaters to this day.

Mariana BuonincontiMariana Buoninconti
Country of Origin: Argentina

Mariana Buoninconti is one of the most accomplished actresses in Repertorio’s company of actors, having started acting in Buenos Aires at the age of 15. Since then, she has studied with some of the most renowned names of the Argentine and Latino stages, including Leondro Rosati, Alicia Bruzzo, Eduardo Pardo and Elena Duarte

Having started acting at such a young age, she was part of the cast of the Narizopas Theater which performed musical comedies for children, as well as the Puppet Theatre in Buenos Aires and across the entirety of Argentina. She also performed in the musical comedy “Waku Waku” at the prestigious Metropolitan Theater in Buenos Aires, going on to tour most of the northern half of the South American country.

Her past stage credits are broad and include “The Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams, “Fear and Misery in the Third Reich” by Bertolt Brech and “A View from the Bridge” by Arthur Miller. In the United States, she has been no stranger to some of the biggest productions of both the American and Hispanic-American stages, including “The Adventures of Don Quixote” in Miami, “The Wizard of Oz,” “The Imaginary Invalid,” “Positive Woman,” and “Soufflé de Rosas” in New York, among countless Repertorio productions.

Jerry SotoJerry Soto
Country of Origin: Puerto Rico

Another graduate of the University of Puerto Rico, Jerry Soto is a true galán of Repertorio. Soto has had extensive artistic experience across the globe – not just in New York and Puerto Rico but also in Ecuador as parto of the Malayerba Theatre Group and in Peru as part of the Yuyachkani Theater Group. A regular in the New York Latino theater scene, he has performed in many of the theaters that make up said community, including the Teatro Círculo.

He is also a regular of the big and small screen, having participated in the mock TV news program “Noticreo” which won the 2008 Latin Emmy for Best Magazine, the film “The Argentine” by Steven Soderbergh and is also a regular host of the weekly TV show “WWE Experience.”

Edna Lee FigueroaEdna Lee Figueroa
Country of Origin: Puerto Rico

Edna Lee Figueroa has two decades of life on the stage under her belt, associated with some of the most recognizable stages of Latino theater, including Teatro Círculo and Boundless Theater Company. The ACE award actress is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico, as well as having received a masters in Arts Administration from Turabo University, also in Puerto Rico.

Edna Lee currently resides in New York, but has travelled the world with her art including Puerto Rico and Bogotá, Colombia. She has built an impressive career, is a member of both SAG and HOLA, spent two years at the Burning Coal Theatre Company of North Carolina and has been credited in over 40 productions on stage, film, television and radio. She had a performing role in the film “Maldeamores” produced by Benicio Del Toro, which in turn was premiered in the TriBeCa Film Festival.

You can read more about Edna Lee at her website, www.ednaleefigueroa.com

*Not listed, Pietro González

“La zapatera prodigiosa” will premiere at Repertorio Español on Friday, February 7th at 8pm.
SCHEDULE, TICKETS AND INFORMATION: http://www.repertorio.org/zapatera or call 1-212-225-9999

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