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A Letter to Repertorio…

Theatre is definitely a labor of love. At Repertorio we work very hard to make every single production an amazing experience for our audience. It’s especially challenging when our plays are based on historical events as is En el tiempo de la mariposas.

Recently we received a letter from one of our audience members who came to watch En el tiempo de la mariposas with his wife and wanted to express his thoughts on the show. We couldn’t be more moved by the letter so we decided to share it with all our followers.

 “After taking my wife to see the Saturday matinee performance of En el Tiempo de las Mariposas, I felt I needed to write this letter to comment on this magnificent and highly accurate representation of this important even in Dominican history.

This was the first time I had even seen a play totally in Spanish and it was a wonderful learning experience for me. I was able to understand the dialogue since I was already familiar with the events that had transpired.

For my wife, the show was personal. As a young child growing up in Salcedo, my wife would spend time at the Mirabal house where the sisters would play with her (she is a distant cousin). This show brought back many fond memories of the wonderful times my wife spend with the Mirabal family as well as the painful memories of the tragic events that later followed. Three years ago, she returned to Salcedo to visit the Museum that was created to keep the sisters’ memory alive and had the opportunity to speak with Dede. It was quite an emotional time.

Thank you for presenting such a quality performance at your Repertorio Theater.”

To the author of the letter: we are extremely grateful for your kind words and taking the initiative to tell us about your experience. The play is definitely unique in the story it tells and we worked hard to make sure that everyone that sees it can see the passion that was put into its creation.  We hope you come back soon!

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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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A Vibrant Team for “Barceló con hielo”

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With the highly anticipated world premiere of Repertorio’s newest production, Barceló con hielo, on the horizon, two of Repertorio’s most dynamic figures have teamed up to make this a one-of-a-kind and provocative production that will be a must-see for those interested in Caribbean culture, history and tradition. Resident Director José Zayas has teamed up with playwright Marco Antonio Rodríguez, combining a praised and distinct directing style with a unique story taking place between today’s Washington Heights and the Dominican countryside of the 1970s.

Well on the road to readings and rehearsals, take a minute to be introduced to the writer and director of this play that is bound to be one of the hallmarks of contemporary Hispanic-American theater.

Barceló con hielo will premiere on Friday, June 13th at 8pm. For tickets and reservations, go to www.repertorio.org/barcelo or call (212) 225 9999. 

 

JoseZayas Color by MPalma EM300José Zayas
Director

In 2004, José Zayas’ began his journey at Repertorio as part of the Van Lier Directing Fellowship. Born in Puerto Rico and a graduate of Harvard and Carnegie Mellon Universities, he has proven to be a major force in the world of Latino arts and culture. Alongside an impressive list of achievements outside of Repertorio, he would go on to direct seven productions for the company, and was recently named the official Resident Director. Many of his productions have gone on to win prestigious ACE (Association de Cronistas de Espectaculo) and HOLA (Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors) awards. Some of them 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; and Love in the time of Cholera.

Zayas has already made impressive and influential strides in New York’s theater scene. As co-Founder of the Immediate Theater Company, he has also held a residency at The Ensemble Studio Theater, has been listed on nytheater.com on their 2007 People of the Year list, is a Drama League Fellow, and is also an alumnus of Lincoln Center’s Directing Lab.

Marco Antonio Rodríguez
Writer 

Marco 4 no nameA native of New York City with deep roots in the Dominican Republic, Marco Antonio graduated from the famous La Guardia High School for the Performing Arts and graduated from Southern Methodist University. With a vibrant energy both on and off stage, he has acted, written, produced and directed – becoming one of the Latino theater scene’s most powerful emerging voices.

With a long and impressive list of credits, Rodríguez’s work has become widely known and increasingly visible. Some of his screenplays – namely Silence, Mariscal and Covenant – have swept various national screenwriting competitions including the NYC Midnight International Screenwriting Competition. He is also a contributor to Latino Leaders Magazine, and his play Heaven Forbid(s) was named outstanding new play by the Texas Critics Forum.

Rodríguez’s play La luz de un cigarillo was praised on an international level, receiving multiple HOLA and ACE awards as well as three Soberano awards – the most prestigious awards in the Dominican Republic. The play has been widely published, and is currently being included in various curriculums in multiple universities, including the University of Puerto Rico and Rutgers University.

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Dominicans on Stage: A History of Quisqueya & Repertorio

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From left to right: Financial Manager Nieves Vásquez, Dominican Consul Hon. Luís Lithgow, Marco Antonio Rodríguez.

From left to right: Financial Manager Nieves Vásquez, Dominican Consul Hon. Luís Lithgow, Marco Antonio Rodríguez.

The Dominican American community here in the United States is expanding both in numbers and influence. The largest foreign-born community in New York City, Dominicans and Dominican-Americans play a vital part in the world of Latino arts and culture. A vibrant culture in music, dance, literature and theater, Repertorio has always taken steps to open its iconic stage to this extremely influential community.

In that great partnership, Repertorio Español will be presenting the world premiere of Dominican-American writer Marco Antonio Rodríguez’s new play, Barceló con hielo on June 13th. A touching testimony to the Dominican immigrant experience, the play is the latest in a long line of Dominican productions that have called Repertorio home. Here are only a few of our most popular works from Quisqueya la bella.

LA FIESTA DEL CHIVO
(THE FEAST OF THE GOAT)

WRITTEN BY MARIO VARGAS LLOSA
DIRECTED BY JORGE ALÍ TRIANA
2002-2011

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Based on the iconic novel of the same name by Mario Vargas Llosa, this powerful production was directed by the world famous Jorge Alí Triana. Following the story of General Rafael Leónidas Trujillo, dictator of the Dominican Republic from 1930-1960, the play was recognized by Vargas Llosa himself, saying “the adaptation by Triana has achieved the difficult task of being faithful to the facts and the spirit of the novel, and is at the same time very theatrical.”

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

WRITTEN BY CARIDAD SVICH
DIRECTED BY JOSÉ ZAYAS
2011-PRESENT

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“En el tiempo de las mariposas” continues to be one of Repertorio’s most popular plays, both with student groups and general audiences. Following the heroic story of the Mirabal sisters, the play is a sharp perspective not only into the history of these four heroines, but also their relationships with one another as sisters. Directed by Resident Director José Zayas, the play was written by writer Caridad Svich and based off Julia Álvarez’s novel of the same name. For tickets and reservations, click here.

OTHER PRODUCTIONS

SERENATA DOMINICANA – QUISQUEYA: HISTORIA EN MÚSICA
(DOMINICAN SERENADE)
Directed by René Buch
1994-1997

QUE BUENA AMIGA ES MI SUEGRA
(HOW GOOD MY MOTHER-IN-LAW IS)
Guest production – Directed by Franklin Domínguez
2002

MI TÍA LA JAMONA
(MY AUNT THE OLD MAID)
Guest production – Directed by Franklin Domínguez
2002-2004

COMPAÑÍA DE TEATRO BELLAS ARTES
(BELLAS ARTES THEATER COMPANY)
Guest production – Directed by FRANKLIN RODRÍGUEZ

“Barceló con hielo” will premiere on Friday, June 13 at 8 PM. For tickets, reservations and general information, visit www.repertorio.org/barcelo

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GUEST POST: Marco Antonio Rodríguez, A Powerful New Dominican Voice, Returns to Repertorio

2013 MetLife Nuestras Voces Playwriting Competition winner Marco Antonio Rodríguez
2013 MetLife Nuestras Voces Playwriting Competition winner Marco Antonio Rodríguez

2013 MetLife Nuestras Voces Playwriting Competition winner Marco Antonio Rodríguez

“I grew up taking in Repertorio Español productions such as “Café con leche”, “La casa de Bernarda Alba”, “Me saqué la lotería” and the always electric Pilar Roja… Although born and raised in New York City, the language spoken at home was strictly Spanish as was most of the entertainment absorbed: television, concerts, theater… From an early age I knew I desired a life in the arts. To work at an internationally renowned institution such as Repertorio Español which collaborates with Latino artists from around the globe would be, as they say in the Dominican Republic, ¡UN PALO! (A hit!) During these formative years the “MetLife Nuestras Voces” National Playwriting Competition had yet to come into existence.

I left the city and went off to undergraduate and graduate studies where I developed my skills as an actor, writer and director. Years later I came across the “MetLife Nuestras Voces” Competition… Was this for real? A national competition that strives to discover and nurture the best Latino plays and bring them to the attention of the American theater community? AND they can be written in English OR Spanish OR both? Count me in! Platanos and Hamburgers unite!

The first go-around the play I entered in the competition (a play written in Spanish) did not make it to the finalist stage. Instead, I received invaluable feedback from the judges and Repertorio team. Even without making it to the finalist round, they encouraged, advised and empowered me to continue onward with my script. This led to major re-writes and ultimately a full production at this other company which gave it a massively successful and award-winning run! Without “MetLife Nuestras Voces” I probably wouldn’t have had a platform to submit this Spanish-language play, and to receive encouraging feedback and  connections and confidence to make productive re-writes which led to a successful production.

Two years later I entered the competition again with my play, “Barceló con hielo” (Barceló on the Rocks.) This time, I was a finalist! Through the critical process of receiving a stage reading (which is part of the competition when you are a finalist) I was given constant guidance and feedback from the judges, Repertorio team and, most importantly, an audience. I was able to hear and see what worked and what didn’t without the pressures of a looming full production. For a writer, the development stage of the script is a necessity that some tend to want to bypass. I was thrilled to be immersed in one at Repertorio.

A few rehearsals, notes, rewrites, the stage reading in front of a live audience, more notes, more rewrites and then…My play WON the competition! I went from not even being a finalist two years prior to winning the whole thing! The play will now receive a full production/world premiere, June 13th, 2014.

With the win came national and international attention. I credit this to Repertorio Español’s reputation of providing quality Latin American, Spanish and Hispanic-American theater in New York City and across the country. I’ve now lost count of the many theater companies, production companies, and press that have reached out inquiring about and taking an interest in my work. Since the competition, several members of the Repertorio team have made themselves readily available to assist in the further development of the script. I’ve made many re-writes and through each one, I have a pool of trusted experts that I reach out to for feedback and encouragement.

Competitions such as “MetLife Nuestras Voces” are crucial to the development of new work and critical to the survival of up-and-coming Latino voices. At the moment, platforms for the development of new work are scarce and those specifically catering to Latinos are close to none.Winning is great, but there is an even greater gift that we must recognize – the fact that there is a place where Latinos can submit work that explores their own identity and experiences in the United States. Being able to submit work (regardless of the stage that it is in), receive feedback, and in my case as a finalist have a full staged reading and development time, is an opportunity that we must empower and support.”

Marco Antonio Rodríguez is the winner of the 2012 Nuestras Voces National Playwriting Competition and writer of “Barceló con hielo” and “La luz de un cigarillo.”

“Barceló con hielo” will premiere Friday, June 13th. For tickets, visit www.repertorio.org or call (212) 225 9999

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