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REPERTORIO ESPAÑOL ANNOUNCES THE FINALISTS OF THE 2020 MIRANDA FAMILY VOCES LATINX PLAYWRITING COMPETITION

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Repertorio Español announces the finalists of The 2020 Miranda Family Voces Latinx Playwriting Competition, an initiative to develop and promote Latinx plays that resonate with and accurately depict the Latinx experience by playwrights of all racial and national backgrounds. The company will stream readings of the five finalists after having received 180 scripts written in English or Spanish by emerging playwrights from the entire United States and Puerto Rico.  All readings will premiere on the Company’s Facebook and YouTube sites which can be found using the social handle repertorionyc.

For more information visit repertorio.nyc.

The winners will be announced in the Fall and the prizes will consist of:

  • Grand Prize Winner: $3,000
  • 2nd Place: $2,000
  • 3rd Place: $1,000
  • 2 Runners up $500

ABOUT THE MIRANDA FAMILY FUND
For over 40 years, The Miranda Family has championed community activism. They have created and supported institutions that have served underserved populations throughout New York City, across the country, and in Puerto Rico. They continue to foster the family’s commitment to advocacy for education, the arts, and social justice – along with a sustained focus on relief and rebuilding efforts in Puerto Rico post-Hurricane Maria.

THE 2020 MIRANDA FAMILY ‘VOCES LATINX’ PLAYWRITING COMPETITION FINALISTS:

ALEJANDRA RAMOS – MALAS MAÑAS

Alejandra Ramos ES

Directed by Fernando Then
Reading: Tuesday, June 23rd, 6 pm
Presented in Spanish

Playwright Bio: Alejandra Ramos is a Puerto Rican playwright, actress, director, and producer based in NYC. She holds a B.A in Dance and Theater, from The University of Puerto Rico, and an M.A. in Scenic Arts from the University of Murcia, Spain. Author of En la azotea, 10 piezas cortas de teatro (Ed. Callejón 2016). Her most recent work was her direction of the Equity Workshop Agua, vida y tierra produced by WWTNS? (MITU 580, 2019). Recent original plays include, Broken Words (Step-Up Artist in Residence at Pregones/PRTT, April 2019), A Taste of Loving Sea (Fuerza Fest, May 2019), and Paris (En Construcción, New Works Latin American Writers, February 2019).

About Malas Mañas: A 37-year-old ex-convict is released after serving a long sentence for a crime he committed in self-defense. Once he is paroled, he decides to reconnect with his father confronting the difficulties of adapting and re-integrating back into society by starting with his own family.

JUAN RAMÍREZ, JR. – CALLING PUERTO RICO

Juan Ramirez, Jr. Calling Puerto Rico ES

Directed by Cándido Tirado
Reading: Friday, June 26th, 6 pm
Presented in English

Playwright Bio: Juan Ramírez, Jr. is an internationally produced, award-winning dramatist, actor, and director. Calling Puerto Rico is a 2020 Bay Area Playwrights Festival Finalist and recipient of 2019 Bronx Recognize Its Own Award, part of NYC Department of Cultural Affairs. The first reading was at IATI and an excerpt was presented part of Infinite Stories with the NYC LatinX Playwriting Circle. He’s developed and produced works with Downtown Urban Arts Festival, LaTea, Ingenio Milagro, Dixon Place, Raíces, HBMG, BBTF and The Bronx Repertory Company. He’s a Dramatist Guild member with a B.A. from Lehman College and an MFA from Tisch. www.JuanRamirezJr.com

About Calling Puerto Rico: In New York City, Joel is an amateur radio operator who has not been out of his attic apartment for about a year. He gets news about Tropical Storm Maria and the potential it has to harm Puerto Rico. Worried, he decides to reach out over the radio to a man he hasn’t spoken to in a long time, his grandfather, Aníbal.

lily gonzález – (trans)formada

Lily Gonzalez (trans)formada EN)

Directed by Kathleen Capdesuñer
Reading: Saturday, June 27th, 6 pm
Bi-lingual

Playwright Bio: lily gonzález (they/them) is a playwright from Texas who graduated from UT Austin with a Bachelor’s in Theatre & Dance / English. Their work has been developed with The John F. Kennedy Center and Austin Latinx New Play Festival. Their play (trans)formada was runner up for the Latinx, Rosa Parks, & National Undergraduate Playwriting Award from The John F. Kennedy Center in 2019. They’re currently working on a play about queer community and ego death set in West Texas.

About (trans)formada: Sam is queer, a little trans, and a child of Mexican immigrants living in the Texas Hill Country. They’re graduating high school and trying to figure out how to express their gender — to themselves and to the world. Just as Sam is building the courage to present their gender to their mother, they go to a high school party. Everyone is way too into each other and drinking way too much. Amidst the debauchery, a brave and strange set of rituals ensues.

“(trans)formada” is a practice in healing. It is about redefining and coming back to family.

NOELLE VIÑAS – DERECHO

Noelle Viñas DerechoEN

Directed by Gerardo Gudiño
Reading: Sunday, June 28th, 6 pm
Presented in English

Playwright Bio: Noelle Viñas is a Uruguayan-American playwright, educator, and theater-maker from Springfield, Virginia, and Montevideo, Uruguay. Her play Derecho won the 2019 John Gassner Playwriting Award, was a 2019 Playwrights Realm Writing Fellowship semi-finalist, and will be in the 2020 Bay Area Playwrights Festival. Her play La Profesora was produced by TheatreFirst and is in development for a podcast called Abuelito with We Rise Production. Other past favorite jobs include running Annandale High School’s theater program alongside Theater Without Borders in Virginia and producing her play Apocalypse, Please with Kevin Vincenti in San Francisco. She is a resident playwright at Playwrights Foundation, currently attends Brooklyn College for her MFA in Playwriting, and is a proud member of the NYC Latinx Playwrights Circle.

About Derecho: In Northern Virginia, sisters Eugenia and Mercedes Silva are surrounded by old friends and lovers as Eugenia fights for endorsements on her primary campaign for a seat in the Virginia General Assembly, hoping to join the wave of women of color elected to public office. As a storm brews outside, the sisters must confront how traditional Latino family values conflict with an American definition of success that is always changing. An experimental play that explores how fragmented identity can tear you apart.

MATTHEW PAUL OLMOS – THAT DRIVE THRU MONTEREY

Matthew Paul Olmos That Drive Through Monterrey EN

Directed by Carlos Armesto
Reading: Monday, June 29th, 6 pm
Presented in English

Playwright Bio: A three-time Sundance Institute Fellowship/Residency recipient, Humana Festival Commissioned Playwright, New Dramatists Resident, Center Theatre Group LA Writer, Oregon Shakespeare Festival Black Swan Playwright, Princess Grace Awardee in Playwriting, Repertorio Español Met Life Nuestra Voces honoree, La MaMa’s Ellen Stewart Playwright Awardee as selected by Sam Shepard. Mentored by Ruth Maleczech through Mabou Mines/SUITE; Taylor Mac through Cherry Lane’s Mentor Project. Former fellow/resident at Baryshnikov Arts Center, INTAR, Latinx Theatre Commons, New York Theatre Workshop, Primary Stages; Ensemble Studio Theater lifetime member; and a proud Kilroys nominator. His work has been presented nationally and internationally and has been published as well as taught at

universities. www.matthewpaulolmos.com.

About That Drive Thru Monterey: Inspired by the life of the playwright’s mother. The story of a young Mexican-American woman growing up in Los Angeles. In the play, she experiences her first love and deals with what it means to assimilate into this country. Through mysterious premonitions, she also sees what lies ahead in her life.

GENERAL INFORMATION
By phone: 1-212.225.9999 | Online: repertorio.nyc
Monday 8:00 am – 6 pm | Tuesday – Friday 8 am – 8 pm | Saturday 10 am – 8 pm | Sunday 10 am – 7:00 pm

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 NYC to Portland, LA, NYC, Washington DC, Texas, Denver and Chicago– are all at home in REPERTORIO’s programming. Also, the company has presented acclaimed translations of plays by Edward Albee, Shakespeare, Tennessee Williams, Gian Carlo Menotti, Eduardo De Filippo and Noel Coward.

The Company presents a rotating repertory of 13 different plays, musicals and dance concerts with 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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It is with deep sorrow that Repertorio EspañoI announces the passing of its Co-founder and Artistic Director, René Buch.

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René Buch, Co-founder and Artistic Director of Repertorio Español passed away at home on April 19th, 2020, in his 94th year.

Born on December 19, 1925, in the city of Santiago, Cuba, Buch went on to receive a doctorate in law from Universidad de La Habana in 1948. The forties were an important period for theater in Cuba when world-class artists took refuge in La Habana during World War II. Buch was inspired to write his own theater work after being in the audience for every production by French playwright and director Louis Jouvet (1887-1951). Jouvet could not return to his native France at the time because of the war and he continued to work in Cuba, indirectly motivating a young Buch. At the age of twenty, Buch won the National Prize from Patronato del Teatro after entering his first playwriting competition with Del agua de la vida [From the Waters of Life.] This play marked a new era for Buch; he earned support from the organization Pro Arte de Oriente, and under its auspices, founded Acción Teatral de Actores to produce new Cuban theater.

In 1949, he enrolled in the Yale Drama School and taught Spanish language and literature while pursuing his MFA.  After graduating, he was Associate Editor for the Arts at Visión magazine and, simultaneously, Editor of the cultural section at El Diario La Prensa. He was then editor for the Spanish edition of the Journal of the United Nations. Buch later became head of Spanish creative copy for J. Walter Thompson as well as book editor for Reader’s Digest.

By 1968, Buch was back in the theater with La dama duende, which earned him awards for Best Director and Best Work in Spanish by the Association of Latin Entertainment Critics of New York (ACE). Buch and producer Zaldívar joined forces with Robert Federico in 1971 and moved their theater company to the Gramercy Arts Theatre, under its new name, Repertorio Español. The company began in its mission to produce canonical theater in Spanish as well as works translated into Spanish.  Under Buch’s direction, Repertorio established a collaborative acting ensemble, where actors would rotate between different plays. His vision led Repertorio to great success, including national and international tours of the company’s multiple productions.

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Buch worked his way through an impressive array of theater works, ranging from 17th-century classics to new Latinx theater. Notably, Buch directed canonical works from Golden Age masters as well as the New York premieres of a remarkable display of contemporary theater in Spanish. Buch’s prolific work as director includes productions for CSC, the Pearl Theater, The Milwaukee Rep, Albany’s Capital Rep, La Compañía de Albuquerque, Washington’s Folger Theatre, the Oregon’s Ashland Shakespeare Festival and The Old Globe in San Diego. For the musical stage, he directed zarzuelas and some of Repertorio’s greatest musical anthologies, making music part of his vision for the company artistic legacy.

His impressive talents made him a visionary and numerous awards serve as tribute to his craft. These include an OBIE for Artistic Trajectory (1989), a Drama Desk Award for Artistic Achievement (1996), an ENCORE Award for forty years of Sustained Excellence in Management by the Arts & Business Council of New York (2007), and Theatre Communications Group’s Theatre Practitioner Award (2008) among others. Buch was awarded a Lifetime Achievement OBIE Award (2011) and was bestowed with The Order of Isabella the Catholic (2012) by King Juan Carlos I of Spain for his contributions to Spain-U.S. cultural relations.

Throughout his life, Buch’s creativity not only shone brightly in the world of Theatre, but also as a lawyer, journalist, editor, and painter; his recipe for Cuban black beans was featured in the New York Times (1969). René’s artistic legacy will go on, inspiring theatre-makers, goers, and actors alike.

A memorial service will be announced as soon as permitted. The family and friends of René would like to extend their sincerest gratitude to all the health and care workers during these difficult times.

About Repertorio Español >

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“René was a wonderful director to work with. He was welcoming and eager to collaborate.  He was known for being demanding, and yes, he was quite demanding. But it was all to serve the art. His artistry was all about exploration and discovery – it was about the possibilities. I was so blessed beyond blessings that he directed ‘La gringa’”. – Carmen Rivera, Playwright of ‘La gringa’ with 24 years in Repertory.

“I would never forget seeing the Spanish version of ‘Anna in the Tropics’ at Repertorio, and being in awe of his direction, the economy, and simplicity of his production, which made the language soar to greater heights”. ­– Nilo Cruz, Pulitzer Prize Winning Playwright.

“René liberated me from naturalism into the world of the theatrical imagination. I would have never been the playwright I became without Rene’s love, knowledge, talent, and mentorship”.  – Eduardo Machado, Playwright.

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REPERTORIO ESPAÑOL AND THE MIRANDA FAMILY ANNOUNCE THE MIRANDA FAMILY ‘VOCES LATINX’ NATIONAL PLAYWRITING COMPETITION

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Repertorio Español, the 2019 Drama Desk Award-winning theater company, in partnership with the Miranda Family, are proud to present the Miranda Family ‘Voces Latinx’ National Playwriting Competition, a new initiative that aims to develop and promote Latinx plays and playwrights. Beginning with Lin-Manuel Miranda’s time at Repertorio Español as a high school intern, and more recently with grants supporting the company, the Miranda Family has advanced Latinx voices and stories onstage. With this new project, the Miranda Family continues to honor its commitment to Repertorio Español.

“I swept the stage as an intern at Repertorio Español. We did a very early reading of In The Heights there, and now, our family is proud to support this important open playwriting competition,” says Lin-Manuel Miranda. “As a community, we need to find ways to uncover unheard voices and break barriers that keep Latinx artists from telling their story.”

Submissions are welcome from all ethnic and racial backgrounds but plays must resonate with and accurately depict the Latinx/Hispanic experience. All submissions should be new and unproduced works with a minimum running time of 75 minutes. They can be written in Spanish and/or English. Playwrights must be at least 18 years of age and be residents of the United States, including Puerto Rico. Submissions are due by Wednesday, April 15th, 2020. For more information about the competition and Repertorio Español please visit: repertorio.nyc/voceslatinx.

ABOUT THE MIRANDA FAMILY FUND
For over 40 years, the Miranda Family has championed community activism. They have created and supported institutions that have served underserved populations throughout New York City, across the country, and in Puerto Rico. They continue to foster the family’s commitment to advocacy for education, the arts, and social justice – along with a sustained focus on relief and rebuilding efforts in Puerto Rico post-Hurricane Maria.

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at The 56th Annual Obie Awards. Source: Broadwayworld.

ABOUT REPERTORIO ESPAÑOL
Repertorio Español was founded in 1968 by Stage Director René Buch and the late Theatre Producer Gilberto Zaldívar, and has become one of the most successful Off-Broadway theatres. The Company was founded with the mission of producing the finest Spanish-language theatre from Latin America and Spain as well as plays written by Latinx artists.

The Company presents a rotating repertory of 13 different plays, musicals and dance concerts with 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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Luis Miranda, Shubert VP Julio Peterson and Lin-Manuel Miranda at Repertorio Español 46th Annivesary Celebration.

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

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Get to know the Playwright & Cast of “Filomena Marturano – Un matrimonio a la caribeña”

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“Filomena Marturano – Un matrimonio a la caribeña” debuts on July 20, 2019 8:00 PM at Repertorio Español, located at 138 East 27th St. in Manhattan, New York.

Meet the talented Playwright, Eduardo De Filippo, behind this great Italian masterpiece for the theatre. Repertorio Español Director, Leyma López is proud to introduce De Filippos work and turn it into Carribean style with beautiful talent from many Spanish speaking countries including Cuba, Spain, Dominican Republic, Venezuela and Puerto Rico.

 

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Eduardo De Filippo

Playwright

Chiaia, Italy

 

 

 

 

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Leyma López

Director

San José de las Lajas, Cuba

 

 

 

 

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Zulema Clares

Filomena Marturano

La Havana, Cuba

 

 

 

 

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Sandor Juan

Domingo

La Havana, Cuba

 

 

 

 

 

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Amneris Morales

Rosalía

Santurce, Puerto Rico

 

 

 

 

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Alfredo

Ponce, Puerto Rico

 

 

 

 

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Priest / Waiter / Lawyer / Couturier

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

 

 

 

 

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Gilberto Gabriel Díaz Flores

Humberto

Caguas, Puerto Rico

 

 

 

 

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Lucía

Madrid, España

 

 

 

 

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Diana

Santiago, Dominican Republic

 

 

 

 

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César Augusto Cova Burguera

Ricardo

Caracas, Venezuela

 

 

 

 

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Bryan Cortés

Miguel

Bayamón, Puerto Rico

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Performed in Spanish with English Supertitles.

 

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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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THE RETURN OF FLAMENCO STAR OLGA PERICET TO REPERTORIO THIS FALL

THE RETURN OF FLAMENCO STAR OLGA PERICET TO REPERTORIO THIS FALL
THE RETURN OF FLAMENCO STAR OLGA PERICET TO REPERTORIO THIS FALL
THE RETURN OF FLAMENCO STAR OLGA PERICET TO REPERTORIO THIS FALL
THE RETURN OF FLAMENCO STAR OLGA PERICET TO REPERTORIO THIS FALL
THE RETURN OF FLAMENCO STAR OLGA PERICET TO REPERTORIO THIS FALL
THE RETURN OF FLAMENCO STAR OLGA PERICET TO REPERTORIO THIS FALL
THE RETURN OF FLAMENCO STAR OLGA PERICET TO REPERTORIO THIS FALL
THE RETURN OF FLAMENCO STAR OLGA PERICET TO REPERTORIO THIS FALL

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“Olga Pericet in a powerhouse performance… –The New York Times” –The New York Times

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

“Expect to be surprised; besides being a fiery and technically accomplished performer, Pericet is a mercurial presence and a fearless experimenter.” –The New Yorker

 

After 3 years of critically acclaimed runs that The New York Times described as a “powerhouse performance,” Flamenco Star Olga Pericet will return to Repertorio Español in October 2018 with her new show “Focal Point”.

Pericet, who premiered “Flamenco Untitled” in 2015 at Repertorio, will return to the 27th Street theatre for three-weeks run from October 3rd to 21st. One of the most accomplished Flamenco dancers on the globe, she has garnered rave reviews from The New York Times, New York Magazine, and many more as well as MAX Award winner of the Performing Arts for Best Dancer in 2015 among many others.

Pericet will again be joined by renowned guitarist Antonia Jimenez, unique in that she is one of the few female flamenco guitarists in the industry as well as an extraordinarily accomplished Spanish guitarist in her own right. The show will also include interludes of songs and solos featuring renowned singers Inma “La Carbonera” and Miguel Lavi.

Executive Producer Robert Weber Federico stated: “We are beyond proud to herald the return of Pericet to Repertorio Español. Flamenco dance is one of the cornerstones of the 50-year trajectory of our theatre.”

 

OLGA PERICET – DANCER, BAILAORA & CHOREOGRAPHER

Olga Pericet is one of the most adventuresome artists in flamenco today, having studied at the Conservatory of Córdoba as well as a guest artist in prestigious dance companies like Nuevo Ballet Español and the Ballet Nacional de España, among many others. Her art has taken her across the globe to international festivals in Washington, New York, Miami, London, Sevilla, Madrid as well as in Netherlands, China, France and Australia just being a few. She currently tours with three shows, “A Thorn That Would Be A Rose”,” “Body Infinite” and her new production “Focal Point.” Her many awards include the Villa de Madrid Award for best dance performer (2006), the Pilar López National Flamenco Award, the MAX award for choreographing, the first prize in both choreography and music in the Flamenco and Spanish Dance Choreography Contest in Madrid (2004), Best Female Dance Performer nomination for the 15th Performing Arts MAX award (2012), MAX award for the Best Female Dancer for “Footprints” (2015) and the Critics Award of Festival de Jerez (2017).

OPENING NIGHT:

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 7:00 PM

 

PERFORMANCES:

Thursday, October 4, 2018 7:00 PM

Friday, October 5, 2018 8:00 PM

Saturday, October 6, 2018 8:00 PM

Sunday, October 7, 2018 3:00 PM

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 7:00 PM

Thursday, October 11, 2018 7:00 PM

Friday, October 12, 2018 8:00 PM

Saturday, October 13, 2018 8:00 PM

Sunday, October 14, 2018 3:00 PM

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 7:00 PM

Thursday, October 18, 2018 7:00 PM

Friday, October 19, 2018 8:00 PM

Saturday, October 20, 2018 8:00 PM

Sunday, October 21, 2018 3:00 PM

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

Photo by Matt Pilsner

“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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