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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).

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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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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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Summer Fridays At Repertorio

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

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

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

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

 

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LA GRINGA

By Carmen Rivera
Directed by René Buch

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

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

Friday, July 29, 2016 8:00 PM


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

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

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

Friday, August 5th, 2016 – 8:00 PM


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

By Carlos Ferrari
Directed by Jose Zayas

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

Friday, August 12, 2016 – 8:00 PM


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

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

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

Friday, August 19th, 2016 – 8:00 PM


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LA ZAPATERA PRODIGIOSA (THE SHOEMAKER’S PRODIGIOUS WIFE) 

By Federico Garcia Lorca
Directed by Andres Zambrano

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

Friday, August 26, 2016 – 8:00 PM

 

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

All photos by Michael Palma. 

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PHOTOS: “Burundanga” Rehearsals

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Director José Zayas

All photos by Michael Palma

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