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PHOTOS: “Señorita 744890” rehearsal pictures

Last week we heard from Mariana Carreño King on the writing process behind Señorita 744890. Now we’re giving you an exclusive look at the rehearsals for this new production.

Check out some of Michael Palma’s behind the scenes pictures as the actors and crew prepare for the premiere of Señorita 744890 this Friday, February 5th at 8:00 pm.

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Director Daniel Jáquez with Inés del Castillo

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Director Daniel Jáquez with assistant director Cristina Viesca and Inés del Castillo

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Bobby Plasencia and Zulema Clares

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Bobby Plasencia and director Daniel Jáquez

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Guest Post: Mariana Carreño King Describes the Process Behind Writing “Señorita 744890”

Michael Palma for Mariana Correno KIng RepOn the brink of starting the last week of rehearsals, I think I speak for the rest of the crew when I say we are very excited!

It has been a very intense process, but also one filled with surprises. Even though, I have a few years working on this play, you really don’t know what works and what doesn’t until you work with actors and designers.

This play started as a monologue. I was reading an article about the effects of solitary confinement on imprisoned women and I remembered a legend which I love titled La mulata de Córdoba. In the story, there’s a beautiful dark-skinned women that doesn’t pay attention to any of the man from her town, her lack of interest in the men around her, causes people to accuse her of witchcraft which in turn leads to her being incarcerated; in some versions she was in a jail in other versions she was held in a cave. Nonetheless, the point is that she is alone and only has a piece of chalk to draw on the walls…I won’t tell you what happens next to not ruin the play for you.

While I wrote the monologue, it didn’t seem appropriate so I chose to add the other characters.

The idea that the play was written by a lonely writer sitting in a dark and depressing apartment is not necessarily true (my apartment is not depressing, just disorganized). Well, maybe the first draft. But plays are a product of many people working together. This play was not the exception. The ideas developed with the help of many artistic residencies where I was able to work with actors and directors, among them, “Playground” with Lark Play Development Center, a “Summer Intensive” with LAByrinth Theatre Company and “INKtank” with Rising Circle.

Daniel Jáquez, the director, has directed three lectures with different actors in the last three years. In every lecture along with the comments from different mentors and actors, the ideas and perspective kept growing. I may take the credit as playwright, but the real credit belongs to all those who have put their grain of sand.

To win the Metlife “Nuestra Voces” National Playwright Competition has been an incredible experience. Repertorio has been a generous and open to the bizarre ideas I come up with. I wrote the script in English, but I love to showcase it in Spanish. To do the translation has thought me a lot about the characters, the story and what I wanted to say; it also helped me to improve the English script. I am extremely grateful for this opportunity.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Miss 748890 was written and developed during a Playground Residency with The Lark Play Development Center, two Summer Intensives with LAByrinth Theatre Company, and an INKtank Residency with Rising Circle, under the mentorship of Migdalia Cruz y Deepa Purohit.

Mariana wishes to thank Migdalia Cruz, Deepa Purohit, Portia Jones, Marlene Forte, Teddy Cañez, Kohl Sudduth, Socorro Santiago, Lanna Joffrey, Harvey Gardner Moore, e Irene Sofia Lucio, for their support, feedback and for giving life to these characters in different incarnations.

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Surprise! Free Performances

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Repertorio Español is very excited to announce a new series of FREE community performances called ¡Repertorio Contigo! Made possible by allocations of New York City Council Members as part of their Cultural Immigrant Initiative.  ¡Repertorio Contigo!  will feature play productions from its acclaimed repertoire at community venues in West Harlem, Turtle Bay and Yorkville in Manhattan, Astoria and Far Rockaway in Queens, and  Mott Haven / Port Morris/Hunts Point in the Bronx.  GRATIS!!!. No charge. Complementary.  Did we mention this is free?

¡Repertorio Contigo!’s first stop: Long Island City High School in Astoria! On Tuesday, January 12th, Repertorio will be presenting two performances of Federico García Lorca’s comedy, La zapatera prodigiosa (The Shoemaker’s Prodigious Wife) – a 1PM reserved for students, and a 7PM open to the general public. One of Repertorio’s most critically acclaimed and popular plays, La zapatera prodigiosa is a colorful, vibrant, and playful experience with live music and a stellar cast including ACE and HOLA award winning actors Zulema Clares and Gerardo Gudiño.

With the aim of bringing culturally relevant programming focused on the history and traditions of immigrant communities in New York City,¡Repertorio Contigo! has received support from Council Members Mark D. Levine, Daniel R. Garodnick, Maria Del Carmen Arroyo, Costa Constantinides, Rosie Mendez and Donovan Richards. Thanks to them, ¡Repertorio Contigo! will bring our most popular productions directly to New York City’s Latino communities!

To reserve your tickets give us a call at (212) 225 9999 and we’ll set your free tickets aside. Check out our website for more dates and venues in your neighborhood at www.repertorio.nyc under “Tours” and “Repertorio Contigo”.

¡Repertorio Contigo!   featured plays include:

La Zapatera Prodigiosa (The Shoemaker’s Prodigious Wife)
By Federico García Lorca | Directed by Andrés Zambrano
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Tuesday, January 12th 2016 – 7:00 PM
Long Island City High School 

What happens when a young, flirtatious woman marries a much older, somber shoemaker? In this whimsical (and rarely produced) comedy by Federico García Lorca, hilarity ensues when this off-balanced couple is pushed off the deep end by the town gossips. Incorporating live music into a lively and colorful production, La zapatera prodigiosa is an excellent way to liven up the doldrums of January. Funded by Council Member Costa Constantinides.


 

La Gringa
By Carmen Rivera | Directed by René Buch
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Tuesday, March 8th – 7:00 PM
High School of Art and Design ( 245 East 56th Street New York, New York 10022 ) 

Thursday, March 24th – 7:00 PM
Far Rockaway Educational Complex (8-21 Beach 25th Street, Far Rockaway, NY )

La Gringa follows the story of María – a New York born Puerto Rican who returns to the island to discover her roots and cultural heritage. Critically acclaimed by everyone from The New York Times to El Diario/La Prensa, La Gringa’s popularity is such that it will be celebrating 20 uninterrupted years on Repertorio’s stage. Funded by Council Member Donovan Richards (Far Rockaway performance) and Council Member Daniel R. Garodnick (High School of Art and Design).


 

 

En el tiempo de las mariposas (In the Time of the Butterflies)
By Caridad Svich | Based on the novel by Julia Álvarez | Directed by José Zayas
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Monday, April 11th, 2016 – 7:00 PM
Saint Jean Baptiste High School

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Adapted from Julia Álvarez’s powerful novel of the same name, En el tiempo de las mariposas follows the story of the Mirabal sisters. Throughout the 1950s, the four sisters – Dede, Minerva, Patria and María Teresa – rebelled against the regime of Dominican strongman and dictator Rafael Leonidas Trujillo. An inspirational tale straight from the pages of history, En el tiempo de las mariposas is an excellent way to delve into the lives of four of Latin America’s most intriguing political figures. Funded by City Council Member Daniel R. Garodnick (Saint Jean Baptiste High School), Mark D. Levine (Harlem Stage).

 

 

 

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Michael Palma’s Shots of “Su nombre será su sombra para siempre”

Talented photographer Michael Palma stopped by Repertorio to snap these great shots of Repertorio’s newest play and 2013 winner of the MetLife ‘Nuestras Voces’ National Playwriting Competition, “Su nombre será su sombra para siempre” (Your Name Will Follow You Home) by Carlos Murillo and directed by José Zayas.

Following the story of a group of Hispanic-American writers in 1988 New York City, the play is a perfect example of not only what the ‘Nuestras Voces’ Competition can discover, but what Hispanic-American playwrights are writing and contributing to the great Latino tradition of theater. Another great treat is the incredibly designed and versatile set, conceived by Leni Méndez, which allows for a convenient transition between the play’s various settings.

With a planned run until February, check out Repertorio’s main website for tickets or call the box office line at (212) 225 9999

 

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Actor Germán Jaramillo Comments on Recent Tour of Repertorio Production, “Cita a ciegas” to Colombia

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Mario Diament’s highly acclaimed play Cita a ciegas  is a play that has traveled the world over many times. Almost a year since its New York premiere at Repertorio Español, Repertorio fans have hailed the play as one of the best the company has produced. Directed by the world famous Jorge Alí Triana, the cast recently traveled under the auspices of generous The Mid Atlantic and STELAC Foundations to the prestigious International Theatre Festival in Manizales, Colombia, one of the most important and longest standing theatre festivals in Latin America.

Actor and film star Germán Jaramillo, who plays the role of the Blind Man in this one-of-a-kind play was particularly touched, however, as he returned to the cradle of his career.

“Without a doubt the tour was a great success for Repertorio. For me it was absolutely memorable not just as a return [to Colombia] but rather as a conquest. We performed in a full audience at the Los Fundadores Theater of Manizales, during the evening, something like one thousand people; on Monday afternoon, a difficult day, we had the theatre abour 90% full  and the performance was great; the first time we had performed the play in such a big space, a theater for 1,300 spectators. But the 7PM performance was so unique: clean, refined, full of new details with an alert audience that also had a lot of fun. For me it was very significant because Manizales is my hometown, I grew up there and saw my first plays in that theater, acting in my first plays in my acting career in Colombia. But to return there after so many years and act with a cast of such extraordinary quality like this one presented by Repertorio, in front of my friends from college and school and their families, and the acclaim that we received at the end was an experience like no other.

In Bogotá, it was even more exciting because in the theatre we performed in, the Teatro Libre del Centro, one can say that I literally built it with my own hands. I know its every corner and the day we arrived in Bogotá with Repertorio, we went to see the space . When I stood on that stage and said those first lines of the Blind Man, I again felt the exquisite acoustics in that space, the intimacy of the 200 spectators it can hold, and I was very proud to perform again in that space after fifteen years, together with the actors Repertorio has cast for this spectacle, and directed by a Colombian. All of the performances in Bogotá were praised by critics as well as by the public as an extraordinary experience, a concert of acting, a delightful text and a play full of theatrical scenery, rigor, and recognition of Repertorio Español as a first class company on a global scale.
The Pablo Tobón Uribe Theatre of Medellín wants to host Cita a ciegas, as does the National Theatre of Bogota and the Sociedad Privada de Barranquilla, on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. I think it is very much a possibility that there can be a second tour next Spring.”

The tour may be over, but Cita a ciegas is back at Repertorio for the 2014-2015 season. Check out Repertorio’s main website for ticket information and stay alert for updates on another tour of this exciting and intriguing play that has captured the hearts and minds of theatergoers the world over.

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Meet the Cast of “Aire Frío”

Qué felices son las Barbies!

Meet the Romaguera family, the protagonists of Repertorio’s first production of the 2014-2015 season, Aire frío. The play follows the story of the strong willed pillar of the family, the anxious Luz Marina Romaguera, in her desperate 20 year struggle to find two things in life; a husband and an electric fan to keep her sane from the heat of 1950s Havana.

Repertorio will be premiering this groundbreaking play on Saturday, September 13th at 8PM, in addition to a special performance that Sunday at 2PM with a post-show panel discussion jointly with The Cuban Cultural Center of New York.

For tickets and more information, visit www.repertorio.org/aire or call (212) 225-9999

 

Zulema Clares
Country of Origin: Cuba
Role: Luz Marina Romaguera

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Zulema Clares is one of the Latino stage’s most recognizable faces, performing in an impressive number of productions at any given time as well as having garnered various important awards and recognitions. A graduate of Cuba’s National Arts School, her film and stage credits are many. At Repertorio, she is (currently) in “The House of Bernarda Alba,” “In the Time of the Butterflies,” “The Shoemaker’s Prodigious Wife,” “Blind Date” and “Love in the Time of Cholera,” among others. This year alone, she will be in two of Repertorio’s four new productions, including “Aire frío” and the golden-age play “El loco por fuerza” by Félix Lope de Vega. Ironically, this will be the first time Clares will portray a Cuban character at Repertorio.

 

Ana Margarita Martínez-Casado
Country of Origin: Cuba
Role: Ana Romaguera

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Ana Margarita Martínez-Casado is a prolific actress on both the stage and screen. Born in Camaguey, Cuba to a family of four generations of actors, singers and artists, she started a singing and acting career young, performing in various Zarzuelas in Cuba from the age of seventeen. Martínez-Casado famously portrayed the character of Juana Peña in the groundbreaking series, ¿Que pasa USA?, one of the first and only bilingual sit-coms that won her a regional Emmy. Among her many projects, performances and awards, Martínez-Casado has been in over thirty productions in Repertorio Español since 1973.

 

Frank Robles
Country of Origin: Puerto Rico
Role: Angel Romaguera

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A pioneer of Latino theater in New York City, Frank Robles is a co-founder of INTAR Theater and has won many awards, including a New York State Achievement Award for contribution to the arts in 1974, as well as an award from the Institute of Culture of Puerto Rico. He has worked in countless productions in both English and Spanish, including “Crossover Dreams” alongside Ruben Blades. He has been seen in many productions in Repertorio Español, including “Bodas de sangre,” “La celestina,” and currently in “La gringa.”

 

Sandor Juan
Country of Origin: Cuba
Role: Enrique Romaguera

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Sandor Juan began acting at age fifteen in a Telemundo series called, “De Padres a Hijos.” Mr. Juan also made his film debut appearing alongside Marisa Tomei in “The Perez Family,” a film directed by Mira Nair. In 2001 he enrolled at “New World School of the Arts” where he studied modern American Theater and the Hagen technique. He also attends Bobby Moresco’s workshop “The Actor’s Gym.” Other credits include the TV shows “Burn Notice” and “The Tonight Show” with Conan O’Brien. Mr. Juan’s theatre credits include “Matacumbe,” Jean Anouilh’s “The Traveler Without Luggage,” and Nilo Cruz’s ‘The Color of desire.” He made his premiere at Repertorio Español in “Probation” and would go on to act in the hit-comedy “La nena se casa” by Carlos Ferrari.

 

Pablo Andrade
Country of Origin: Venezuela
Role: Oscar Romaguera

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Pablo Andrade has most recently received two HOLA awards for his performances in the plays “Noche tan linda” at the Puerto Rican Travelling Theater and “El loco por fuerza” in Repertorio Español. He was also invited to the prestigious John F. Kennedy Center of Performing Arts’ Cultural Visitors Program for Actors. Other credits in New York include “Por gusto” (Repertorio Español), “Cuentos de guerra para dormir en paz” (Corezon), “Balm in Gilead” (HB Playwrights Foundation), “Agravios de fortuna” (TEBA), among others.

 

Erick Gonzalez
Country of Origin: Puerto Rico
Role: Luis Romaguera

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Erick Gonzalez in a remarkably dynamic actor whose credits in New York City alone are an impressive collection of both English and Spanish language productions. This will be his second production at Repertorio, the first being the role of Feliciano in Félix Lope de Vega’s Golden Age era play, El loco por fuerza, also directed by Leyma López. The list of stages, theatres and companies he has appeared in include The West End Theatre, the Premiere Stages, the Frog and Peache Theatre Co., the NY Shakespeare Exhange, Hip to Hip Theatre Company, the Wild Project and many more.

 

Idalmis García
Country of Origin: Cuba
Role: Laura

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Idalmis García graduated from the University of Havana with a degree in Art History, working extensively in theatre, film and television both in Cuba and the United States. Her credits are many, and include a wide array of international productions in Cuba, New York, and Germany. She was most recently seen in the HOLA award winning production, “Noche tan linda” by Pablo García- Gamez at the Puerto Rican Travelling Theater.

 

Annia Bu
Country of Origin: Cuba
Role: Laura

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Annia Bu received her B.F.A in Acting from Cuba’s Instituto Superior de Arte. Her film credits in both Cuba and the United States are many and include “Los dioses rotos” (2008), “El cuerno de la abundancia” (2009), and “Larga distancia” 2010. She has taken many awards from various distinguished international film festivals in the United States, Brazil and Cuba. This will be Bu’s second production at Repertorio, the first being El loco por fuerza by Félix Lope de Vega.

 

Mario Mattei
Country of Origin: Puerto Rico
Role: Vendedor, Miranda, Don Benigno y Pepe

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Mario Mattei is a native of Puerto Rico and a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico, having studied drama there. As a student, he came into contact with director Dean Zayas, a pioneer and instrumental figure in the theatrical movement in Puerto Rico. A master of both the stage and the screen, Mattei openly prefers theater and considers it to be a demanding and challenging, though rewarding, vehicle for dramatic expression.

Mattei is a hallmark of Repertorio’s company of actors, holding roles in productions like “El Quijote” and “Crónica de una muerte anunciada,” both directed by Jorge Alí Triana, “La fiesta del chivo” and Carmen Rivera’s groundbreaking play “La gringa” which still continues to sell out theaters to this day.

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It’s Summer at Repertorio!

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It is officially summer in the city, which means Repertorio is in the full swing of its summer session!

The theatre is offering up a specially curated summer season. Alongside the incredible plays you can find year round like En el tiempo de las mariposas and Cita a ciegas, new plays like Barceló con hielo and the Van Lier Series display the products of young, talented Latino writers, directors and actors flexing their muscle and sharpening their artistic skills on Repertorio’s Stage. Check out just some of the amazing shows that these young Latino artists have put together!

 

BARCELÓ CON HIELO
(BARCELÓ ON THE ROCKS)

By Marco Antonio Rodríguez
Directed by José Zayas

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Repertorio’s summer hit has received rave reviews from many publications and networks, including TimeOut New York, The Huffington Post, Univision41 and many others.

The play follows the story of the miserly Nino Antonio Ortíz whose hallucinations of former Domincan president Joaquín Balaguer force him to confront the dark secrets of his family embedded in the Caribbean nation’s history. Simultaneously, he must confront the debilitating effects of both his illness and children as he deteriorates in his Washington Heights home.

A perfect mix of history, culture, comedy and tragedy, “Barceló con hielo” is a story with a universal message based on the psyche of not only Dominican immigrants, but anyone who has experienced to some degree the psychological and emotional effects of leaving home.

“Barceló con hielo” premiered at Repertorio Español on Friday, June 13th at 8pm.
SCHEDULE, TICKETS AND INFORMATION: http://www.repertorio.org/barcelo or call 1-212-225-9999

 

 

EL CRUCE SOBRE EL NIÁGARA*
(CROSSING NIAGARA)

By Alonso Alegría Amézquita
Directed by Victoria Collado

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What happens when a famous tightrope walker is questioned on the genuineness of his act by a young scientist? They cross Niágara together, of course. El cruce sobre el Niágara is an excellent production by the young Victoria Collado that will make you laugh, gasp and marvel. Using Collado’s passion for incorporating dance and movement into her plays, El cruce sobre el Niágara is an exciting production that is guaranteed to leave you feeling good.

“El cruce sobre el Niágara” premiered at Repertorio Español on July 3rd at 7pm.
SCHEDULE, TICKETS AND INFORMATION: http://www.repertorio.org/niagara or call 1-212-225-9999

 

 

FIN DE SEMANA*
(WEEKEND)

By Julio Ramón Ribeyro
Directed by Diego Chiri

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“Fin de semana” is a lost treasure by one of Peru’s most prolific writers, Julio Ramón Ribeyro. Known mostly for his short stories and essays, the writer also produced beautifully written plays of which many are rarely produced. Directed by Diego Chiri, the play follows what happens when an indigenous child dies on the property of a private club. A young architect is forced to decide between protecting those of his social class or report the negligence, provoking a look at the dark side of class and race in Peru and Latin America.

“Fin de semana” will premiere at Repertorio Español on Thursday, July 24th at 7pm.
SCHEDULE, TICKETS AND INFORMATION: http://www.repertorio.org/semana or call 1-212-225-9999

 

 

ASÍ VAN LOS FANTASMAS DE MÉXICO, PRIMERA PARTE*
(SO GO THE GHOSTS OF MEXICO, PART ONE)

By Matthew Paul Olmos
Directed by Estefania Fadul

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The first part of a three-play cycle by Matthew Paul Olmos, Así van los fantasmas de México (Primera Parte), directed by Estefania Fadul, is a jarring look at the U.S/Mexico drug wars. Based on true events, a young woman volunteers to become the police chief in her village rife with violence and corruption. Using her new position to inspire pacifism and non-violence, she sparks a series of events that will affect her, her family, her enemies and her society as a whole.

“Así van los fantasmas de México (primera parte)” will premiere at Repertorio Español on Thursday, August 14th at 7pm.
SCHEDULE, TICKETS AND INFORMATION: http://www.repertorio.org/fantasmas or call 1-212-225-9999

 

 

*This production is part of the 2014-2015 Van Lier Directing Fellowship, sponsored by The New York Community Trust. For more information visit www.repertorio.org/vanlier

 

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