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A TRULY MAGICAL PERFORMANCE OF “EL CORONEL NO TIENE QUIEN LE ESCRIBA”.

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Last Saturday, May 4th, Repertorio Español had a special performance of “El coronel no tiene quien le escriba” based on Gabriel García Márquez’s novel with audio description service for audience members with visual impairments.

This initiative was possible thanks to the Associate Artistic Producer of Repertorio Español Rafael Sánchez, and Montclair University, especially the Professor María José García and her students for providing braille hand programs, a pre-show experience to touch the scenery, props, scale model of the set, and description of what happens in the scenes through headphones.

Photos by Michael Palma Mir.

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REPERTORIO ESPAÑOL IS PROUD TO JOIN THE 2019 WORLDPRIDE CELEBRATION WITH THE PREMIERE OF “SMILEY”

REPERTORIO ESPAÑOL IS PROUD TO JOIN THE 2019 WORLDPRIDE CELEBRATION WITH THE PREMIERE OF “SMILEY”
REPERTORIO ESPAÑOL IS PROUD TO JOIN THE 2019 WORLDPRIDE CELEBRATION WITH THE PREMIERE OF “SMILEY”
REPERTORIO ESPAÑOL IS PROUD TO JOIN THE 2019 WORLDPRIDE CELEBRATION WITH THE PREMIERE OF “SMILEY”
REPERTORIO ESPAÑOL IS PROUD TO JOIN THE 2019 WORLDPRIDE CELEBRATION WITH THE PREMIERE OF “SMILEY”
REPERTORIO ESPAÑOL IS PROUD TO JOIN THE 2019 WORLDPRIDE CELEBRATION WITH THE PREMIERE OF “SMILEY”

“SMILEY” will debut on Friday, June 14th, 2019 at Repertorio Español, located at 138 East 27th St. in Manhattan, New York.

The comedy is written by Guillem Clua and directed by Ismanuel Rodríguez. The cast includes Rafa Sánchez, Omar Nieves, and Edmi de Jesús.

Repertorio Español is proud to announce the premiere of “SMILEY”. After a very successful run in Spain, South America, Europe, Puerto Rico, and most recently at the renowned LGBTQ festival in New York City, “Fuerza Fest,” presented by the Hispanic Federation, this comedy will now grace the stage of the emblematic theater on 27th street to celebrate LOVE and the 2019 WorldPride in NYC.

In Puerto Rico, the production of SMILEY was honored with awards for best production, direction, lighting design, costume, and scenery at the “Festival del Tercer Amor”. The comedy was also granted Best Direction and Production on Tour by ATI for the performance in New York at FuerzaFest.

The comedy, which brilliantly presents how two opposite people can fall in love in the most natural way despite all the odds, will have a run of 7 performances in the month of June. With this debut, Repertorio Español reaffirms its commitment to the varied and ever-changing audience that has supported it for over 50 years.

ABOUT THE PLAY

A Japanese legend says that when two people are destined to be together, an invisible red thread tied to the little finger of the hand binds them from the day they are born. Alex and Bruno, make a strange couple, whose only commonality is that they are men, and that they have fallen in love. Their differences seem insurmountable, and their antagonistic personalities, whether they like it or not, are united by that red thread, however often they are bound to break it.

Performed in Spanish with English supertitles. 

 

OPENING NIGHT: Friday, June 14, 2019 8:00 PM

PERFORMANCES:

Saturday, June 15, 2019 8:00 PM

Sunday, June 16, 2019 3:00 PM

Saturday, June 22, 2019 8:00 PM

Sunday, June 23, 2019 3:00 PM

Friday, June 28, 2019 8:00 PM

Saturday, June 29, 2019 8:00 PM

 

GUILLEN CLUA – PLAYWRIGHT

Guillem Clua is a playwright from Barcelona, Spain. He is considered one of the most innovative voices in the Spanish theater scene and part of a new generation of playwrights born in the seventies who are transforming the Catalan stage with their plays. Critics have described his work as multidisciplinary, eclectic, and very much concerned with narrative structure and plot. Storytelling is at the heart of his style, which combines elements of comedy, thriller and melodrama, a vibrant rhythm, and the unabashed influence of other media, such as television and cinema.

 

ISMANUEL RODRÍGUEZ – DIRECTOR

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, he studied a Bachelor of Arts in Drama (Theater Direction) from University of Kent at Canterbury. He also studied a Masters in Performing Arts from the University Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid. At the age of 7, he works at Sunshine s Café (WAPA TV). He was part of several movies since he was a child, such as Los Cuentos de Abelardo by Luis Molina. His first play was On Golden Pond, directed by Gilberto Valenzuela for Tablado Puertorriqueño. In Spain, he worked as Assistant Director in Divinas Palabras, directed by José Piris. He also assisted in the direction of Chekhov in the Garden, by the official company M. Chekhov for the Círculo de Bellas Artes de Madrid. He is a founding member of Tantai Teatro PR, company with more than 11 years of trajectory, with which he directs some of his biggest hits: Agua a Cucharadas by Quiara Alegría Hudes (Puerto Rico and Festival ENCUENTRO in Los Angeles), Ingenio (Wit) by Margaret Edson, the immersive experience Construyendo a Verónica, 8 mujeres sospechosas, Pegados: un musical diferente, Elvira and Jouvet, Paris años 40, among others. He also directs La Cueva de Salamanca, winner of the Young New Creators contest in Madrid, and several shows and concerts in Puerto Rico for artists like Lissette, Yolandita and Silverio Pérez.

 

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!

Photos by Michael Palma Mir. 

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It is with deep sorrow that Repertorio EspañoI announces the passing of one of its most memorable actors of its fifty years, Ricardo Barber.

It is with deep sorrow that Repertorio EspañoI announces the passing of one of its most memorable actors of its fifty years, Ricardo Barber.
It is with deep sorrow that Repertorio EspañoI announces the passing of one of its most memorable actors of its fifty years, Ricardo Barber.
It is with deep sorrow that Repertorio EspañoI announces the passing of one of its most memorable actors of its fifty years, Ricardo Barber.
It is with deep sorrow that Repertorio EspañoI announces the passing of one of its most memorable actors of its fifty years, Ricardo Barber.
It is with deep sorrow that Repertorio EspañoI announces the passing of one of its most memorable actors of its fifty years, Ricardo Barber.
It is with deep sorrow that Repertorio EspañoI announces the passing of one of its most memorable actors of its fifty years, Ricardo Barber.
It is with deep sorrow that Repertorio EspañoI announces the passing of one of its most memorable actors of its fifty years, Ricardo Barber.
It is with deep sorrow that Repertorio EspañoI announces the passing of one of its most memorable actors of its fifty years, Ricardo Barber.
It is with deep sorrow that Repertorio EspañoI announces the passing of one of its most memorable actors of its fifty years, Ricardo Barber.
It is with deep sorrow that Repertorio EspañoI announces the passing of one of its most memorable actors of its fifty years, Ricardo Barber.
It is with deep sorrow that Repertorio EspañoI announces the passing of one of its most memorable actors of its fifty years, Ricardo Barber.
It is with deep sorrow that Repertorio EspañoI announces the passing of one of its most memorable actors of its fifty years, Ricardo Barber.

 

Ricardo Barber, featured actor of Repertorio Español from 1981 until 2012, passed away suddenly in his home at New York’s Manhattan Plaza yesterday, Monday, December 17th 2018, in his 81st year.

Born in Placetas, Santa Clara, Cuba, Mr. Barber studied optometry and acting at Universidad de La Habana. After graduating in 1961, he formed part of the National Dramatic Group; then belonged to the theatre group La Rueda and later to Teatro Estudio (directed by legends, Raquel and Vicente Revuelta). In 1977, he began working in Madrid with Alonso Paso’s Compañía de Comedias; in 1981, he arrived in New York and immediately became a member of the repertory ensemble of Repertorio Español.

Repertorio’s Artistic Director, René Buch, praised Mr. Barber for his versatility, classic and contemporary, comic and dramatic: “He can do it all!” Mr. Buch directed the actor in some of his longest-running roles including in Gloria González’s “Café Con Leche,” Carmen Rivera’s “La Gringa,” as well as in Nilo Cruz’s “Anna in the Tropics.”  Colombian Jorge Ali Triana directed Mr. Barber in dramatic roles as diverse as Don Quijote in “El Quijote,” and the Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo in the “Feast of the Goat.”  Brazil’s renowned director, Antunes Filho, directed Mr. Barber in Nelson Rodrigues’ Carioca comedy, “All Nudity Will Be Punished.”

Additionally, at Repertorio Mr. Barber performed in the classics of Calderón, Lope and García Lorca, contemporary Latin American works by Emilio Carballido, Roberto Cossa, José Ignacio Cabrujas, Ricardo Talesnik, and Abelardo Estorino, as well as adaptations of works by García Márquez and Vargas Llosa.  In 1998, he, along with often-paired actress Ana Margarita Martínez-Casado, became the first actors in exile to return to Cuba to perform in Eduardo Machado’s “Broken Eggs,” the first time a play by a Cuban exile was presented in Cuba.

The actor retired in 2014, having garnered numerous awards throughout an illustrious career in Cuba, Spain and New York.  Mr. Barber is survived by his sisters Rosa Barber and Violeta Barber, his nephew Luis Mallo and his wife Ana Nery Fragoso and his grandnephew Sergio Mallo.

Friends may attend a memorial service at Repertorio Español at 138 East 27th Street, between Lexington and 3rd Avenues on Thursday, December 20th, from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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REPERTORIO ESPAÑOL PRESENTS THE WORLD PREMIERE OF PULITZER PRIZE WINNING PLAYWRIGHT NILO CRUZ’S “EXQUISITA AGONÍA” (EXQUISITE AGONY).

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“Exquisite Agony” begins previews on Friday, May 25th and premieres on Wednesday, May 30th, 2018 at Repertorio Español’s historic Gramercy Arts Theater located at 138 East 27th Street in Manhattan, New York.

 The play will be directed by José Zayas. The cast includes Luz Nicolas, Germán Jaramillo, Gilberto Díaz, Pedro de León, Soraya Padrao, and Gonzalo Trigueros.

Repertorio Español announces the World Premiere in Spanish of Nilo Cruz’s “Exquisita agonía” (Exquisite Agony). This is Repertorio’s fourth premiere of a play by Nilo Cruz. The Company has proudly produced the World Premiere in Spanish of his Pulitzer Prize winning play “Anna in The Tropics” in 2004, and the World Premieres in Spanish of “Lorca in a Green Dress” in 2006 and “The Color of Desire” in 2011.

The New York Times raved about Repertorio’s production of “Anna in the Tropics” stating that “[the play] has found its natural language in Repertorio Español’s new production… It sounds and feels like a very different play in Spanish from the ‘Anna in the Tropics’ in English…its lyrical, poetic flights seem much more at home.”

PREVIEWS:

Friday, May 25, 2018 8:00 PM

Saturday, May 26, 2018 8:00 PM

Sunday, May 27, 2018 3:00 PM

Monday, May 28, 2018 3:00 PM

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 7:00 PM

 

OPENING NIGHT:

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 7:00 PM

 

PERFORMANCES:

Thursday, May 31, 2018 7:00 PM

Saturday, June 2, 2018 8:00 PM

Sunday, June 3, 2018 3:00 PM

Saturday, June 9, 2018 8:00 PM

Sunday, June 10, 2018 3:00 PM

Friday, June 15, 2018 8:00 PM

Sunday, June 24, 2018 3:00 PM

Saturday, June 30, 2018 8:00 PM

Friday, July 6, 2018 8:00 PM

Sunday, July 15, 2018 3:00 PM

Saturday, July 21, 2018 8:00 PM

Friday, July 27, 2018 8:00 PM

Friday, August 3, 2018 8:00 PM

Sunday, August 12, 2018 3:00 PM

Thursday, August 16, 2018 7:00 PM

Saturday, August 25, 2018 8:00 PM

 

More performances to be announced through 2018 & 2019

Performed in Spanish with English Subtitles. 

ABOUT THE PLAY

Exquisite Agony is a delicate but relentless story, which explores a middle-aged woman’s obsessive quest to find fragments of love in a young man who has received the gift of life when he receives a new heart. A moving play of great warmth about the survival of a modern family who must confront the past in order to move forward.

NILO CRUZ – PLAYWRIGHT

Nilo Cruz is a Cuban-American playwright whose work has been produced widely around the United States and Europe. His plays have been seen at McCarter Theatre, New York’s Shakespeare Festival’s Public Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, Arena Stage, Victory Gardens, Repertorio Español, South Coast Rep., Arena Stage, Mark Taper Forum, Victory Gardens, New York Theatre Workshop, Magic Theatre, Minneapolis Children’s Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Florida Stage and many others.  Internationally, his plays have been produced in Canada, England, France, Australia, Germany, Belarus, Costa Rica, Colombia, Panama, Japan, Russia, and in many cities throughout Spain.  In 2003 he won the Pulitzer Prize and the Steinberg Award for Drama for his play “Anna in the Tropics” and was nominated for a Tony award.  In 2009 he won The Helen Merrill and The Laura Pels Mid-Career Playwriting Award as well as the Fontanals-Cisneros USA Fellowship in literature. Cruz is a frequent collaborator with noted composer Gabriela Lena Frank.  He recently wrote a set of orchestral songs, “La Centinela y la paloma” (The Keeper and the Dove), for Dawn Upshaw and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, which was conducted by Joana Carneiro.  His monologue Farhad and the Secret of Being, composed by Jim Bauer, was performed as part of the New Voices Musical Festival.  He taught playwriting at University of Iowa, Brown University, NYU Gallatin School and Yale University.

JOSÉ ZAYAS- DIRECTOR

Resident 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 Border”; “No Better Friend”, “No Worse Enemy”; “In the Time of the Butterflies”; “Love in the Time of Cholera”, “Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter”, “Burudanga”, “In the name of Salomé” and “Blind Spot”. Outside of Repertorio Español Zayas has participated as director and assistant for a number of productions.

This project was made possible with the support from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund as part of Repertorio’s 50th Anniversary.

 

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, N or R to 28th Street)

Monday 8:00am-6pm| Tuesday – Friday 8am-8pm|Saturday 10am-8pm|Sunday 10am-7:00pm

Tickets start at $17

Discounts available for people over 60 years of age 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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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
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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

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“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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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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