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Repertorio Proudly Presents the World Premiere of the Spanish Language National Francesca Primus Award: "Mariela en el desierto" (Mariela in the Desert)



December 19, 2011


For Immediate Release
December 19, 2011
Media Contact: Katie Rosin / Kampfire PR
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Repertorio Proudly Presents the World Premiere of the Spanish Language National Francesca Primus Prize Winner

“I am just amazed by [Zulema Clares’] range…Clares is one of the finest actors working in New York City.” -Montserrat Méndez, nytheatre.com

MARIELA EN EL DESIERTO
Mariela in the Desert

Written by KAREN ZACARÍAS

Starring
ZULEMA CLARES, JOHN CONCADO, ROBERT HAGER, MARIA HELÁN, AlFREDO HUERECA, TERESA YENQUE,

Directed by JERRY RUÍZ

PREVIEWS BEGIN SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2012
OPENING NIGHT IS MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2012 AT 7PM
AT REPERTORIO ESPAÑOL

TICKETS ON SALE NOW AT REPERTORIO.ORG

REPERTORIO ESPAÑOL
is pleased to announce the world premiere production of Karen Zacarías’ MARIELA EN EL DESIERTO (Mariela in the Desert), directed by Jerry Ruíz. MARIELA EN EL DESIERTO will begin previews at Repertorio Español’s Gramercy Arts Theater (138 East 27th Street, btw. Lex. & 3rd) on Saturday, February 4, 2012. Opening Night is Monday, Feburary 6 (7 p.m.).

Mariela and José were once the golden couple of the Mexican artist inner-circle. Together they built a family and an artist colony to host friends like Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, and Rufino Tamayo. But now their daughter has grown and run away, Frida and Diego are too famous to call, and artistic inspiration has been strangled by isolation and mendacity. Set in an empty artists’ colony in the Mexican desert in 1950, this mystery play reveals what happens to relationships when a long hidden family lie is exposed.

The production stars Zulema Clares (Best Actress Award at the Camaguey Theater Festival) as Mariela, John Concado as Adam, Robert Hager (Bdwy: Bye Bye Birdie, Spring Awakening) as Carlos, Maria Helán (Oliver Stone’s World Trade Center) as Blanca, Alfredo Huereca (HOLA Best Actor and New York ACE Best Actor) as José, and Teresa Yenque (Roundabout Theater Company, The Public, Lincoln Center) as Oliva.

The production features scenic, lighting, sound and costumes design by Robert Federico. Fernando Then is the production manager. (THIS IS OPTIONAL---- INCLUDE ONLY IF YOU WANT).

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Tickets are $27-50 (Seniors (65+) & Students with valid ID: $5-$10 discount) and are available online at www.repertorio.org or by calling 212-225-9999. Tickets may also be purchased in-person at Repertorio Español’s Gramercy Arts Theater Box Office located at 138 East 27 St. New York, NY between Lexington and Third Avenues (Sun-Thurs 10am-7pm | Fri-Sat 10am-9pm).

Running Time: 2 hours
Website: www.repertorio.org

Repertorio Español’s 2011-2012 Season will include:

The U.S. Premiere of Mario Diament’s Cita a Ciegas (Blind Date) – (Previews begin May 16,2012) - June 5, 2012.
The World Premiere of Probation by Yoshsvani Medina. – July 13, 2012

Repertorio is a member of ART NY, TCG, Arts & Business Council of New York, Theatre Development Fund, The Hispanic Federation, New York City & Company, Americans for the Arts & the Alliance of Teatros Latinos.

BIOGRAPHIES

KAREN ZACARÍAS
(Playwright) plays include Mariela in the Desert (also translated into Spanish as Mariela en el Desierto), The Book Club Play, Legacy of Light, The Sins of Sor Juana (also translated into Spanish as Los Pecados de Sor Juana) , the adaptation of the best-selling book How the García Girls Lost Their Accents and TYA musicals (music by Debbie Wicks La Puma) Einstein is a Dummy, Looking for Roberto Clemente, Jane of the Jungle, Cinderella Eats Rice and Beans, Ferdinand the Bull, and Frida Libre.

Her plays have been produced at The Kennedy Center, Arena Stage, The Goodman Theater, The Denver Center, Alliance Theater, Round House Theater, Imagination Stage, Berkshire Theater Festival, South Coast Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, The Arden, Cleveland Playhouse, San Jose Rep, and many more.

Her awards include: 2010 Steinberg Citation for Best New Play (Legacy of Light), National Francesca Primus Prize (Mariela in the Desert), New Voices Award, National Latino Play Award, ATT/TCG First Stages Award, Finalist Susan S. Blackburn Award and a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play (The Sins of Sor Juana). She has commissions from South Coast Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, The Denver Center, Imagination Stage, and Arena Stage.

Karen is a playwright-in-residence at Arena Stage and teaches playwriting at Georgetown University. She is the founder of the award-winning arts program Young Playwrights’ Theater, which has served over 75,000 children.

Karen Z lives in D.C. with her husband Rett, and children Nico, Kati, and Maia.

JERRY RUÍZ (Director) is a director based in NYC. Recent directing credits include Enfrascada by Tanya Saracho for Clubbed Thumb, Sangre by Mando Alvarado for Summerstage, Rattlers by Johnna Adams for Flux Theater Ensemble, Twelfth Night for Chalk Rep in LA, and The King is Dead by Caroline V. McGraw. In 2012, he will be directing Mariela in the Desert by Karen Zacarias for Repertorio Espanol and Love Goes to Press for the Mint Theater Company.

Jerry has developed work at The Public Theater, Second Stage, The Atlantic, Playwright's Horizons, Two River Theater Company, New Dramatists, and the Playwright's Realm. He was a recipient of the NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Directors. 2011 Phil Killian Directing Fellow at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. 2008-2009 Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab. Jerry graduated from the MFA Directing program at UCSD. BA: Harvard. www.jerryruizdirector.com

ABOUT REPERTORIO ESPANOL:
Repertorio Español was founded in 1968 by René Buch and Gilberto Zaldívar, 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.

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Listings Information:
Who: Repertorio Español
What: Mariela en el Desierto (Mariela in the Desert)
Where: Repertorio Español, 138 East 27 St. NYC
When: Beginning Feburary 3
How: www.repertorio.org or 212-225-9999

 

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