Repertorio Español proudly announces the world-premiere of “Wild in Wichita” (Locuras en Wichita) by Lina Gallegos and directed by renowned Venezuelan director Luis Fernández.
May 23, 2011
For Immediate Release
Contact: José Antonio Cruz, Repertorio Español
1-212-225-9955 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Gala Premiere will take place on Tuesday, June 7th, 2011 at 7pm.
“Locuras en Wichita” will play in repertory and presented in Spanish with live simultaneous English translation. The play will run in repertory through September 25, 2011.
-Synopsis, performance schedule and production team biographies follow-
Press Portal with high resolution photos: www.repertorio.org/wichitapress
Show’s Web Page: www.repertorio.org/wichita
ABOUT “LOCURAS EN WICHITA”:
“Locuras en Wichita” is an unconventional romantic comedy. An elegant Puerto Rican woman and an irreverent Mexican man fall in love when they meet at an assisted living center in Wichita, Kansas. Despite their children’s disapproval and fueled by their newfound love, the couple embarks on adventures that disrupt the center’s assumed tranquility. The play explores the lives and loves of two Americans who were warehoused but who find happiness. “Locuras en Wichita” is the Winning Play of the 2009 MetLife ‘Nuestras Voces’ National Latino Plays Initiative sponsored by MetLife Foundation.
Tickets start at $26 and may be reserved online at www.repertorio.org/wichita; by calling 212-225-9999 or in person at the theater’s box office (Sun-Thurs 9am-7pm, Fri-Sat 9am-9pm).
ABOUT LINA GALLEGOS, PLAYWRIGHT:
Lina Gallegos was born in Texas and received a Masters Degree from the University of Houston where she began her career as a teacher. She moved to Los Angeles, California in 1989 where she continued teaching, while at the same time developing her career as an actress and playwright. Gallegos’ acting credits in theater include “Anna in The Tropics” and “The House of Bernarda Alba”; on TV, “The Shield,” “The Guardian” and “Reyes y Rey” as well as the films “Coyotes” and “Seventeen and Under.” Her credits as a playwright include “Maggie’s Madness,” “Latino Lunacy,” “Damn Joe,” “Yellow Tulips,” “Is It Hot in Here or Is It Me?,” and the musical “Paloma,” all of which were produced in Hollywood. In 2006, her play “Carmen’s Pearl” placed as a runner-up at Repertorio’s MetLife Nuestras Voces National Latino Plays Initiative. Two years later her play “Wild in Wichita,” won first place in the same initiative. This is Gallegos’ New York debut as a playwright.
ABOUT LUIS FERNÁNDEZ, DIRECTOR:
Luis Fernández was born in Caracas, Venezuela. He is an architect, actor, writer, producer and director. Fernández’s work has spread from the stage to film, television, radio and the editorial world. He has won several acting awards and most recently published a series of chronicles titled, "Sexo Sentido" (Sex Sense,) that have become best-sellers in his native Venezuela. He developed his directorial skills on stage and has translated them into filmmaking with his short film "Blue Sky," produced at the New York Film Academy. Fernández was first seen at Repertorio Español playing the role of Miguel in Ricardo Talesnik’s “Las quiero a las dos” (I Love Them Both). His recent credits as a performer include starring roles in “A $2.50 el Cuba Libre” (La Caimana, also director) recently presented at the Ibero American Theater Festival in Bogotá, Colombia; the Emcee in “Cabaret” at the Teresa Carreño Theater in Caracas and his stand-up comedy show titled “No eres tú, soy yo” (It’s Not You, It’s Me) which recently surpassed 1,000 performances in Venezuela. His credits as a director include “Golpes a mi puerta” (Knocks At My Door,) “Jav y Jos,” and “Las quiero a las dos.” Fernández will also be in charge of the production design (set, costumes and sound design) for “Locuras en Wichita.” More information about Fernández may be found at www.luisfernandez.net.
ABOUT THE CAST:
MIRIAM CRUZ (Carmela) has had a varied-stage career working in both English and Spanish productions. Her roles include Panchita in “The Parrots,” Honey in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” Rosaura in “Life is a Dream,” Queen Maria in “Exit the King” and the ‘other woman’ in “The Oxcart.” Cruz has appeared in many of Federico García Lorca’s plays including Rosita in “Doña Rosita, The Spinster,” Yerma in “Yerma” and the grandmother in “The House of Bernarda Alba” among others. She played Elena in Oscar A. Colón's “Forever In My Heart,” and the whore in Roger Durling's “In the Land of the Giants” for INTAR'S New Voices. In addition she interpreted Mrs. Soto in Donald Margulies' “7th of July,” for the Humana Festival in Kentucky and the Mother in Hernán Galindo's “Children of Salt” in a co-production of HERE and Lincoln Center. She has received many ACE (Association of Theatrical Critics) awards in her career, including the LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD for outstanding contribution to the Theatre Arts.
FRANK ROBLES (Joaquín) is a pioneer of the Hispanic theatre movement in New York. Born in Puerto Rico, Robles is a co-founder of INTAR Theater and has won numerous awards for his work including the prestigious N.Y. State Achievement Award for contribution to the arts in 1974, as well as a special award from the Institute of Culture of Puerto Rico for outstanding theatrical contribution in 1975. His acting credits include the lead role in William Friedkin's award-winning film “A Walk through the Valley” as well as several Spanish and English language films including “Daddy, I don't like it Like This,” “Adiós, N.Y. Adiós,” “Taíno,” “ Toño Bicicleta,” “La bestia humana,” “Mama loca,” “Death Penalty,” and as Rubén Blade's sleazy manager in “Crossover Dreams.” Robles worked as Hispanic Creative Director at McCann-Erickson and at Backer & Spielvogel Bates and he managed his own Hispanic advertising agency with offices in New York and México City. Robles’ credits with Repertorio Español include “Blood Wedding,” “La celestina,” “Romeo and Juliet,” “The San Juan Shakespeare Company,” “Doña Rosita the Spinster,” “Nowhere on the Border” and “La gringa.”
SILVIA SIERRA (Lillian) was born and raised in Puerto Rico. As an actress and director, she has received 3 HOLA Awards and 4 ACE Awards. Her choreographic work has been called “lovely and ingenious” by the New York Times and “vigorous and avant-punk” by Backstage. As a singer, she has performed at famous venues such as S.O.B.’s, Symphony Space, Summer Stage, and Lincoln Center, and has recorded and performed with Grammy Award winners such as Mike Gordon (of Phish), Natalie Merchant and Dan Zanes and Friends, among others. Her theater credits with Repertorio include María in “La gringa,” Angela Vicario in “Crónica de una muerte anunciada,” Dulcinea in “El Quijote,” Norma in “Doña Flor y sus dos maridos,” Estrella in “La vida es sueño” and the bride in “Bodas de sangre.” Sierra holds a B.F.A. in Drama from Syracuse University, and is the artistic director of award-winning physical theatre company Grupo ARTificio. www.silviasierra.com
DENNIS VARGAS (RAÚL) previously performed in Repertorio's production of "Boxcar" in the roles of Roberto and Bill. He has performed with various other theatre companies including Ensemble Studio Theatre, LATEA, and made many appearances at The Nuyorican Poets Cafe. Television Credits include "Law and Order SVU" as well as the original "Law and Order", "All My Children" and "As the World Turns." He appeared in the short film "La casita" which was shown at film festivals across the country and was aired on PBS' "Reel 13" both in the United States and Canada. His voice can be heard in both English and Spanish in Sesame Workshops' DVD entitled "Talk, Listen, Connect" which helps children cope when a parent goes off to war. In 2007 as a first time playwright, his play "American Mambo" won the Robert J. Flores Award from Around the Block Theatre, an annual award for one act plays and was subsequently read at the Borimix Festival and Fort Worth Theatre's Hispanic Playwrights Festival. The full length version was workshopped by FELT theatre under the direction of Gloria Zelaya and continues to evolve. Dennis is a graduate of Fordham University's Theatre Program.
ABOUT THE METLIFE ‘NUESTRAS VOCES’ NATIONAL LATINO PLAYS INITIATIVE:
The MetLife ‘Nuestras Voces’ National Latino Plays Initiative began 11 years ago thanks to the generosity of MetLife Foundation. The initiative’s goal is to identify and develop the work of talented playwrights and highlight the Hispanic experience in the United States. Echoing Repertorio Español’s original mission, these plays represent a cross section of nationalities and explores subjects and themes important to the Latino community. MetLife Foundation was established by MetLife to carry on its longstanding tradition of corporate contributions and community involvement. Recognizing the vital role the arts play in building communities, the Foundation contributes to arts by focusing on creating opportunities for young people and reaching broader audiences through inclusive and accessible programming.
“Locuras en Wichita” and the MetLife ‘Nuestras Voces’ National Latino Plays Initiative are made possible by MetLife Foundation.
Luis Fernández directs at Repertorio Español thanks to a residency sponsored by The Booth Ferris Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
ABOUT REPERTORIO ESPAÑOL:
Repertorio Español, now on its 43rd season, was founded in 1968 by Executive Producer Gilberto Zaldívar and Artistic Director René Buch 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.
TICKETS AND RESERVATIONS:
Tickets start at $25 and may be reserved online at www.repertorio.org/wichita; by calling 212-225-9999 or in person at Repertorio Español located at 138 East 27th Street, NY, NY 10016 between Lexington and Third Aves. (Sun-Thurs 9am-7pm, Fri-Sat 9am-9pm).
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