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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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2017 HOLA Awards – Excellence in New York Latino Theater Awardees Announced

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The Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA), the nation’s longest running active arts advocacy organization for Latino actors, has announced its latest class of HOLA Award recipients for 2017, the awards ceremony’s 18th year.

The HOLA Awards will take place on Monday, October 16, 2017 at 6pm at the Flamboyán Theater, at The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center, located at 107 Suffolk Street, between Rivington and Delancey streets, in lower Manhattan, NYC.

Repertorio’s winners of this year are:

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR
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OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR
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OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A VISITING MALE ACTOR
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OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ENSEMBLE CAST
Maité BonillaZulema ClaresDalia DaviDarlenis Durán,
Hannia GuillénJesús E. Martínez, Francis MateoDiana Pou,
Johary Ramos
Jerry SotoFermín SuárezEn el nombre de Salomé

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OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN PLAYWRITING
Marco Antonio RodríguezEn el nombre de Salomé

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OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTING
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GILBERTO ZALDÍVAR HOLA AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING MUSICAL

La canción (Repertorio Español)

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GILBERTO ZALDÍVAR HOLA AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING PLAY

Blind Spot

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En el nombre de Salomé

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All photos by Michael Palma except photo from cover by A Ruiz Photography.

 

 

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World Premiere by Nilo Cruz to Headline Repertorio Español’s 50th Season

“Exquisita agonía” (Exquisite Agony) by Nilo Cruz

About REPERTORIO’s 50th season, Robert Federico notes, “We will highlight the foremost writers representing Latin America and the U.S.: Nobel Prize winner Gabriel García Márquez and Pulitzer Prize winner Nilo Cruz. Our company has already presented three productions by each writer, so it felt like a natural fit for the occasion. And as REPERTORIO’s very first play in 1968 was Calderón’s LA DAMA DUENDE (The Phantom Lady), it feels appropriate to bring back to the stage the virtually unknown women playwrights of the 17th century, “phantom playwrights,” if you will. Through these various works, we honor past traditions and add to the rich tapestry of New York Theater.”

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lady-with-a-fan“Valor, agravio y mujer” (Courage, Betrayal and a Woman) By Ana Caro Mallén de Soto

Gabriel Garcia Marquez“El coronel no tiene quién le escriba” (No One Writes to the Colonel) Based on Gabriel García Márquez’s novel and Directed by Jorge Alí Triana

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THE RETURN OF SPANISH DANCE AND FLAMENCO STAR OLGA PERICET

“Olga Pericet expresses everything though her superb dancing and magnetic charm.” – El Mundo, España

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

“A tiny powerhouse.” – The New Yorker

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Repertorio Español is excited to announce the return of flamenco and Spanish dance to its intimate stage with the return of internationally renowned Olga Pericet. A versatile artist, magnetic dancer and untiring creator, Olga Pericet is one of the emerging names in contemporary Spanish dance. Her respect for tradition is an essential part of her creativity, although she maintains an unconformity of tone and a contemporary vision.

 

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In this new solo concert, Ms. Pericet choreographs and dances to the sorrowful “Seguiriyas,” the exuberant “Bulerías” and melancholic “Alboreá y Romances.”  Vocal and guitar solos feature guitarist Antonia Jiménez and singers Manuel Lago and Miguel Lavi.

 

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With this new solo concert, Repertorio proudly continues the tradition of flamenco and Iberian regional dances in the theatre’s intimate setting, reaffirming the company’s standing not just as a theatre company, but as one of the most dynamic Hispanic performing arts institutions in New York City’s cultural landscape.

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Photos by Michael Palma

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REPERTORIO ESPAÑOL PRESENTS THE WINNING PLAY OF THE 2015 METLIFE ‘NUESTRAS VOCES’ NATIONAL PLAYWRITING COMPETITION  “BLIND SPOT”

REPERTORIO ESPAÑOL PRESENTS THE WINNING PLAY OF THE 2015 METLIFE ‘NUESTRAS VOCES’ NATIONAL PLAYWRITING COMPETITION  “BLIND SPOT”
REPERTORIO ESPAÑOL PRESENTS THE WINNING PLAY OF THE 2015 METLIFE ‘NUESTRAS VOCES’ NATIONAL PLAYWRITING COMPETITION  “BLIND SPOT”
REPERTORIO ESPAÑOL PRESENTS THE WINNING PLAY OF THE 2015 METLIFE ‘NUESTRAS VOCES’ NATIONAL PLAYWRITING COMPETITION  “BLIND SPOT”
REPERTORIO ESPAÑOL PRESENTS THE WINNING PLAY OF THE 2015 METLIFE ‘NUESTRAS VOCES’ NATIONAL PLAYWRITING COMPETITION  “BLIND SPOT”

Repertorio Español presents the premiere of “Blind Spot” (Punto ciego) by Gerardo Cárdenas and directed by José Zayas on Saturday, July 8th at 8PM.

In recent years, the military has tried to draw in immigrants with programs that allow enlistees to become citizens after basic training, attracting about 5,000 takers each year, according to the Defense Department. One out of every 13 sailors is foreign born, the highest proportion in any military branch, according to the Navy. The service regularly holds citizenship ceremonies aboard ships.  At the same time, the proportion of racial and ethnic minorities in the military, mirroring the nation as a whole, has surged to 40 percent — nearly twice what it was 20 years ago.

The winning play of the 2015 MetLife “Nuestras Voces” National Playwriting Competition, “Blind Spot” tells the story of Ramón García, an undocumented immigrant seeking his own version of the American Dream: the hope for a new life given by citizenship papers after serving his country, and the happiness of being able to build a better future. He never saw an unexpected turn coming from a blind spot that would transform his life, and that of his family, into a bitter awakening and the realization of being a small piece in a huge political board.

“Blind Spot” will be presented in Spanish with captions in English and Spanish at Repertorio Español’s Gramercy Arts Theatre on 138 East 27th Street in Manhattan, New York.

Starring Pedro de León (Repertorio Español debut), Zulema Clares, Alfonso Rey, Gerardo Gudiño, Sandor Juan, Hannia Guillen and Gonzalo Trigueros (Repertorio Español debut).

 

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#ThrowBackThursday: Vintage Photos of Repertorio from 1930s-1940s

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Repertorio Español’s iconic home on 27th street, the Gramercy Arts Theater, has functioned as a theater long before founders Gilberto Zaldivar and René Buch moved Repertorio there in 1971. Thanks to The New York Public Library, new photos of the Gramercy Arts Theater have surfaced, giving us all a taste of what the building looked like in the 1920s and 1930s.

Years before Repertorio Español was even a concept in the minds of its founders, the theater functioned as The Davenport Free Theater. It’s founder was Benjamin Butler Davenport, born in 1871 in Stamford, Connecticut whose frustration with (and own personal failure on) Broadway lead him to build a fully free theater that functioned solely on donations from audiences. Ironically, the theater functioned almost identically as Repertorio Español does today – a repertory style theater in which ten or more plays were presented in rotating programming. Davenport himself was a firm believer in making theater and the arts accessible to those who may not have access to the arts, claiming “I have dedicated my life to spreading the idea that nobody should pay for theater admissions. We have free schools, free art museums, free symphony concerts and libraries, why not theaters?”

The Davenport Free Theater (which was also known by various other names, including The Bramhall Playhouse) functioned from 1915 well into the 1940s, from which time it was rented out to various commercial productions. The building was later bought by Robinson Callen, a Korean War veteran and by 1971, the space had caught the eye of Repertorio Español’s founders, René Buch and Gilberto Zaldivar, as the perfect home for their young, three year old theater company. The rest is history, but thanks to the awesome new online tool, OldNYC¸ powered by The New York Public Library, new, never before seen photos of Repertorio’s past life have surfaced. Check them out below!

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