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Repertorio Español announces the winners of its 2012 Van Lier Directing Fellowship.



June 26, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Daniel Martínez
dmartinez@repertorio.org | 1-212-225-9999

Three young and ambitious directors will direct two plays, a contemporary piece this summer and a play from Spain’s Golden Age during the summer of 2013.

The productions will be presented at Repertorio Español’s Gramercy Arts Theatre. The fellows, who were selected through a highly competitive process, will take advantage of Repertorio’s artistic and technical resources while working alongside Repertorio’s staff and company of actors. The first production premieres on Thursday, July 26, 2012.

Repertorio’s Van Lier Directing Fellowship, now on its 4th edition and sponsored by The New York Community Trust, helps to cultivate and mentor young and emerging Latino directors living in New York City as it gives them an opportunity to obtain their first professional credit.

WINNERS OF THE 2012 VAN LIER DIRECTING FELLOWSHIP
-ALONG WITH INFORMATION ABOUT THEIR FIRST PROJECT-


Leyma López will direct “Por gusto” (“In Vain”) by Abel González Melo
Leyma López was born in San José de las Lajas in Havana, Cuba. She studied directing and acting at the Art Instructors School in San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba and in 2009 she received a degree in directing and artistic education from the Instituto Superior Pedagógico de La Habana. Ms. López founded Rompecalle in 2007, a theatrical project centered on the research of classic texts. With Rompecalle, she adapted and directed two classical texts from the Greek mythology, "Phaedra" and "Assembly of Women," for which she obtained the Olga Alonso Festival Award for Best Direction and the San José de las Lajas Municipality’s Audience’s Choice Award. Ms. López currently resides in New York City.

About “Por gusto” (“In Vain”) (Presented in Spanish)
Abel González’s “Por gusto” tells the story of four lovers- a teacher, a police officer, a philosophy professor and a painter. The action takes place in the city of Havana, Cuba during the 2000s. The themes of the play include coincidental causes, casual meetings, heartbreaks, sexuality, homosexuality, and the many risks involved in love and lovemaking.

Performances:
Thursday, July 26 – 7pm
Friday, July 27 - 8pm
Wednesday, August 1 – 7pm
Thursday, August 2 – 7pm
Sunday, August 5 – 6:30pm
Show’s Web Page: www.repertorio.org/porgusto

Freddy Mancilla will direct “Noel Road 25: a genius like us” by Carlos Be
Freddy Mancilla recently graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with a BA in Theatre Arts. As part of the Rachel Klein Performance Ensemble, he has performed at the House of Yes, Dixon Place, Theatre for the New City, The Kitchen, Bowery Poetry Club and La MaMa E.T.C. He has also worked on workshops of Carlos J. Serrano’s play “A Day a Mariachi Band followed Charlie Home” directed by José Esquea (Teatro LATEA) and Mino Lora (People’s Theatre Project). His directing credits include “Cyrano” at the Round House Theatre Company in Maryland, DE.

About “Noel Road 25: a genius like us” (Presented in Spanish)
London, 1967. Joe Orton and Kenneth Halliwell’s murder and suicide ending an odd gay love story. Venture inside the artistic and passionate relationship, power and submission, that Kenneth Halliwell and the playwright Joe Orton lived in 25 Noel Road. Carlos Be goes beyond the known facts and explores the mysterious last days of this outrageous couple. Caja España Theatre Award 2001.

Performances:
Thursday, August 9 – 7pm
Saturday, August 11 – 3pm
Sunday, August 12 – 6:30pm
Thursday, August 16 – 7pm
Friday, August 17 – 8pm
Show’s Web Page: www.repertorio.org/noel

Inés García will direct “El coordinador” (“The Facilitator”) by Benjamin Galemiri
Inés García earned her BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a concentration on the creation of original work as well as acting. For the past two years she has worked in New York, New Jersey and internationally as a director, actress, dancer and teacher. She recently co-founded Osomocene Productions with Seth Baum which creates multi-disciplinary works built on scientific research to stimulate dialogue and promote awareness and activism regarding climate change. Their first project debuted at this year’s Nature, Ecology and Society Colloquium at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center and the second project is currently in pre-production. Inés is part of the casts of Ana Margineanu’s “The Window Project” at the Romanian Cultural Institute and of Repertorio Español’s “In The Time of the Butterflies.”

About “El coordinador” (“The Facilitator”) (Presented in Spanish)
“The Facilitator” takes place in an elevator where four people must deal with the ambition and morals of the others. Shut in the elevator, they experience a collective desperation that results in the discovery of the true personality of each person when their fears and virtues come out to play in this game of survival. This, of course, causes many conflicts and reveals the eternal truths and contradictions about humans. Winning play of the 1993 Best Dramatic Text Award at the VII North American Chilean Institute’s Theater Festival and the 1994 Municipal Award for Literature in Theatre in Santiago, Chile.

Performances:
Thursday, August 23 - 7 pm
Friday, August 24 - 7 pm
Sunday, August 26 – 6:30pm
Thursday, August 30 - 7 pm
Friday, August 31 – 8pm
Show’s Web Page: www.repertorio.org/coordinador

ABOUT THE NEW YORK COMMUNITY TRUST:
Since 1924, The New York Community Trust has been the community foundation of New York City, helping charitable individuals, families, and businesses to improve the quality of life for all the area’s residents through an aggregate of 2,000 funds. The Trust is dedicated to meeting the changing needs of children, youth, and families; aid in community development; improve the environment; promote health; assist people with special needs; and support education, arts, and human justice. The Trust is governed by a 12-member Distribution Committee composed of community leaders appointed by a variety of civic institutions. Its staff is recognized for its experience in grant making, financial administration, and donor service. Divisions are located on Long Island and in Westchester. The Trust ended 2011 with assets of nearly $2 billion in more than 2,000 charitable funds, and made grants totaling $137 million.

TICKETS AND RESERVATIONS:
Ticket prices are $10 (VIP $20) and may be reserved online: www.repertorio.org; by phone 212-225-9999 or in person at Repertorio Español located on 138 East 27th Street New York, NY 10016 between Lexington and Third Avenues (Sun-Thurs 9am-7pm, Fri-Sat 10am-8pm).

ABOUT REPERTORIO ESPAÑOL:
Repertorio Español (René Buch, Artistic Director; Robert Federico, Executive Director; José Antonio Cruz, Executive Director) now on its 44th season, was founded in 1968 by Executive Producer, the late 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.

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