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A Letter to Repertorio…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dominicans on Stage: A History of Quisqueya & Repertorio

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

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

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

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

LA FIESTA DEL CHIVO
(THE FEAST OF THE GOAT)

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

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

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

WRITTEN BY CARIDAD SVICH
DIRECTED BY JOSÉ ZAYAS
2011-PRESENT

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

OTHER PRODUCTIONS

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

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

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

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

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

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