Thursday, January 29, 2009

Repertorio Espanol Turns 40

I just received details about the newest show coming to Repertorio Espanol--a very exciting play called The House of the Spirits (or La casa de los espíritus) adapted by Caridad Svich from Isabel Allende's famous novel and directed by Jose Zayas. Caridad and Jose are two of the most exciting Hispanic theatre artists working in New York right now; interestingly it's their first collaboration together and also Caridad's first Spanish language play in NYC.

Repertorio Español is a very special place, and if you haven't been there, let this new work take you to their lovely theatre on East 27th Street. This company offers the only true repertory theatre in NYC -- a series of plays every season rotating with actors performing many different roles, often in a single week. Here's some more information about Repertorio:
Repertorio Español, now in its 40th season, was founded in 1968 to present the best of Latin American, Spanish, and Hispanic-American theatre in distinctive, quality productions, and to bring theatre to a broad audience in New York City and across the country, including seniors, students and Hispanics of all national backgrounds. The organization has been awarded Drama Desk, OBIE and New York State Governor's Awards.

Repertorio Español has a long and successful tradition of adapting master literary works by Latin American authors. The Company has commissioned and produced to great critical acclaim, adaptations of Gabriel García Márquez's Chronicle of a Death Foretold (10 years in repertory); Mario Vargas Llosa's The Feast of the Goat (6 years in repertory); Miguel de Cervantes' El Quijote (4 years in repertory) and Jorge Amado's Doña Flor and Her Two Husbands (2 years in repertory).

Also in the repertory right now is Carlos Lacamara's Nowhere on the Border (also directed by Jose Zayas), which will be published in Plays and Playwrights 2009. So here's an addendum to my post from a few days back--there are actually three shows from my upcoming anthology that are currently running in NYC.

We'll be recording a podcast with Jose and Caridad soon, so you'll be hearing more about The House of the Spirits in coming weeks. (The show begins performances on February 13.)

Learn more about Repertorio Español here.

I want to close this post with a query for my readers. Repertorio Español is a full-time Spanish language theatre; there are a few others that I'm aware of, including Thalia Theatre in Queens and Pregones Theatre in the Bronx. And I'm familiar with two Yiddish theatre companies--the Folksbiene, of course, and a newer company called The New Yiddish Rep. Are there companies that people know about that perform in other languages in New York City? Please post a comment if you know of one!

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