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Repertorio announces World Premiere of Gabriel García Márquez's "Love in the Time of Cholera"

September 5, 2012


Repertorio Español is proud to announce:

(El amor en los tiempos del cólera)

A new play by OBIE Award Winning Playwright Caridad Svich and directed by José Zayas. The production marks the beginning of Repertorio Español’s 45th Anniversary Season. Previews begin on October 12 and the premiere will take place on Monday, October 15, 2012.

“Love in the Time of Cholera” will be presented in Spanish with the company’s new Simultext® Captioning System which offers subtitles in English and Spanish delivered by video screens on each individual seat at its Gramercy Arts Theatre on East 27th Street.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 – New York, New York, USA – Repertorio Español (René Buch, Artistic Director; Robert Federico, Executive Director; José Antonio Cruz, Associate Producer) is proud to announce the World Premiere of Caridad Svich’s adaptation of Gabriel García Márquez’s “Love in the Time of Cholera” directed by José Zayas. Svich and Zayas are the same talented duo that brought Isabel Allende’s “The House of the Spirits” and Julia Álvarez’s “In the Time of the Butterflies” to Repertorio. The ensemble includes Zulema Clares, Luis Carlos de La Lombana, Pep Muñoz and Silvia Sierra.

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“Love in the Time of Cholera” is a daring four-actor tour-de-force that will bring this famous story to life for the first time ever onstage. This lyrical, imagistic play focuses on an extraordinary love story between a poetically-inclined man named Florentino Ariza and a sensual, practical, yet somewhat elusive woman named Fermina Daza. Florentino swears to win back Fermina no matter the obstacles and consequences, making him both the antagonist and protagonist of this beloved tale. Spanning fifty years in an unnamed Caribbean seaport city at a time when cholera spread throughout the region, the story plays out in a series of short scenic episodes filled with poetry, song, movement and heightened moments of theatricality highlighting Márquez’s trademark magical realism.

Tickets for “Love in the Time of Cholera” start at $33. Discounts are available for groups, employees of contributing corporations, students and senior citizens.

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Gabriel García Márquez (Author)
was born in 1928 in Aracataca, Colombia. He attended the National University of Bogotá and the University of Cartagena where he studied law. He soon turned to journalism in 1950 and began writing for El Espectador newspaper in Bogotá. He transferred from journalism to nonfiction in 1955 when he serialized the story of a Colombian sailor who survived for days out at sea in “Story of A Shipwrecked Sailor.” During the same year he published his first fiction novel, “Leaf Storm.” In 1958 he moved to Mexico City where he began to write his masterpiece “One Hundred Years of Solitude.” The novel was published in 1967 and it brought him global acclaim and various international awards. In 1982 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. His works include “No One Writes to the Colonel,” “Innocent Eréndira,” “Autumn of the Patriarch,” “The General in His Labyrinth,” “Strange Pilgrims,” “Love and Other Demons” and “News of a Kidnapping.”

Caridad Svich (Playwright and Adapter) is a U.S. Latina playwright, translator, lyricist and editor whose works have been produced across the U.S. and abroad at diverse venues including Denver Theatre Center, Mixed Blood Theatre, 59E59, The Women's Project, McCarren Park Pool, 7 Stages, Salvage Vanguard, ARTheater-Cologne and Edinburgh Fringe Festival/UK. Her works include “12 Ophelias,” “Any Place But Here,” “Alchemy of Desire/Dead-Man's Blues,” "Iphigenia...a rave fable," "The House of the Spirits" (based on the novel by Isabel Allende), and the multimedia collaboration ” “The Booth Variations.” This season her dark comedy of modern manners “Magnificent Waste" will receive its world premiere with theatre collective Factory 449 in Washington D.C. She has translated nearly all of Federico Garcia Lorca's dramatic works as well as plays by Lope de Vega, Calderón de La Barca, Julio Cortazar and contemporary works from Catalonia, Mexico and Cuba. She has been a Radcliffe Institute Fellow, NEA/TCG Fellow at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre and a TCG/Pew Charitable Trust Fellow at INTAR. Her works have been published by TCG, Playscripts, Smith & Kraus, BackStage Books, Arte Público Press, Stage & Screen, and Manchester University Press. Svich is an alumna playwright of New Dramatists, founder of NoPassport Theatre Alliance & Press, Associate Editor of Routledge's “Contemporary Theatre Review” and Contributing Editor of “TheatreForum.” Svich is also member of PEN American Center, The Playwrights Center, The Dramatists Guild and League of Professional Theatre Women. She is featured in the Oxford Encyclopedia of Latino History and holds an MFA from the University of California, San Diego.

José Zayas (Director) Zayas’ production of Caridad Svich's "The House of the Spirits," based on Isabel Allende’s novel, at Repertorio Español, won multiple ACE and HOLA awards, including best production and director. Other credits with Repertorio include “Letters to a Mother,” “Madre, el drama padre,” “No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy,” and “Nowhere on the Border.” His production of “The House of the Spirits” had its international debut at the Mori Theatre in Santiago, Chile. In addition, his production of the same play at the Denver Center has won numerous Ovation Awards including Best Production and Direction and was selected as Best Production of the Year by the Denver Post. José Zayas was born in Puerto Rico and graduated from Harvard and Carnegie Mellon Universities. Zayas is co-Founder and Artistic Director of The Immediate Theater Company. He held a residency at the Ensemble Studio Theater and was selected as one of’s 2007 People of the Year. He is also a Drama League Fellow and an alumnus of Lincoln Center’s Director's Lab and Soho Rep Writer/Director's Lab and has received fellowships such as the Phil Killian, Kenneth Frankel, John Pasquin and Van Lier.

His theater credits include "Feeder" by JD Carter (TERRAnova Collective); "The Strangest" by Betty Shamieh (HERE Arts Center); "The Yellow Brick Road" by Mando Alvarado and Tommy Newman (TheaterworksUSA); "MILKMILKLEMONADE" by Joshua Conkel (APAC); “Southern Promises” by Thomas Bradshaw (PS122); "Okay" by Taylor Mac (Ensemble Studio Theatre); "Vengeance Can Wait" by Yukiko Motoya (PS122); "Again and Against" by Betty Shamieh (The Lark); "The Past Is Not a Foreign Country (Very) Personal Maps of Seattle" by Mallery Avidon (Soho Rep); "The Wasps" and "Tecmessa" by Ken Urban (Target Margin); "Strom Thurmond is Not a Racist" by Thomas Bradshaw (Brick Theater, 4 New York Innovative Theater Award Nominations); "Devil Land" by Desi Moreno-Penson (Summer Play Festival/Cherry Lane Theatre); "Crowns" by Regina Taylor (Virginia Stage Company). Zayas co-produced INTAR’s 2006 New Works Theater Lab. His credits as Assistant Director include “Talk Radio” directed by Robert Falls and starring Liev Schreiber; “Regrets Only” directed by Christopher Ashley; “Come Back Little Sheba” directed by Michael Pressman.

The production team includes Arnulfo Maldonado (Set Design), Robert Federico (Costumes and Lighting Design), Jane Shaw (Sound Design) and Natalie Lomonte (Choreographer).

Zulema Clares was born in Cuba and holds a degree in Theater Techniques and Choral Direction from Cuba’s National Arts School. She has worked in theater, film, and television as an actress, playwright, and director. In 1996 she co-founded Argos Theater of Cuba and soon after she became one of the most acclaimed actresses of Cuban stage for her work in classics like Strindberg, Brecht, Calderón de La Barca, among others. She also worked as a teacher at Cuba’s National Arts School and made her debut as a theatrical director in 2001 with “Thanks Grandma,” which she also wrote and starred in. Her film credits include the leading roles of “The Nights of Constantinople,” “Three Times Two,” (Silver Zenith First Fiction Feature Film, Montreal 2004) and “Long Distance,” 2008. She won the Best Actress Award at the 2001 Camaguey Theater Festival in Cuba and recently received the HOLA Award consecutively in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 for her work at Repertorio Español. Zulema currently resides in New York. Her credits with Repertorio include “The House of Bernarda Alba,” “The Feast of the Goat,” “Life is a Dream,” “Captain Pantoja and the Special Service,” “As Five Years Pass,” “Mariela in the Desert,” and “In the Time of the Butterflies.”

Luis Carlos de La Lombana was born in Santander, Spain and is a working actor in New York. He obtained two university degrees, one in Acting from RESAD (the National Drama School in Spain) and one in Law from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. He most recently co-produced and appeared in "La Strada," a stage adaptation of Federico Fellini's original work in Spanish. Luis received an ACE Award nomination for Best Actor (Drama) for his role of Zampanó and Best Sound for his composition of the song of “La Strada”, as well as a nomination for the 2011 ATI Award for Best Actor (Drama). He previously won an ACE and HOLA Award for Best Actor playing the lead role of Segismundo in “Life is a Dream,” directed by René Buch at Repertorio Español. As a voiceover artist, he has done the national TV campaign for Budweiser, Planters, etc. In 2011 he received the Audiophile Earphones Award for his work in the audiobook “Tears of the Sun” by José M. Merino. As a singer-songwriter, he has worked with the bands QVINQVE and La Strada. His Film credits include “Las tierras altas,” “The Red Knott” by Scott Cohen, and the short film called “Jagger,” playing Mick Jagger, that was selected for the Latino Short Film Festival of New York 2010 and The Havana Film Festival of New York 2011. His recent credits with Repertorio include “Once Five Years Pass” by Federico García Lorca and directed by René Buch.

Pep Muñoz received an acting degree from the Institut del Teatre de Barcelona, University of Barcelona in 2002 and studied Commedia dell’Arte in Venice and Florence, Italy before joining several playwright workshops in Spain. Mr. Muñoz worked as an actor at Teatre Nacional de Catalunya, Teatre Lliure, and several other theaters in Barcelona, working with both young and well-known directors. Mr. Muñoz also worked as a teacher at the Institut del Teatre de Barcelona as well as other schools and colleges before founding his own theater company. In 2004 he joined the cast of the TV series “Ventdelpla.” In 2010 he decided to move to New York City to perfect his English and continue his acting career in the United States. Mr. Muñoz currently performs in New York at Repertorio Español, his theater company The Fifth Wall, and in many other projects with other companies and directors. His credits with Repertorio include “The Suspicious Truth,” “Once Five Years Pass,” “Chronicle of a Death Foretold,” and “El Quijote.”

SILVIA SIERRA 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.

Repertorio Español (René Buch, Artistic Director; Robert Federico, Executive Director; José Antonio Cruz, Associate Producer) was founded in 1968 by Stage Director René Buch and the late Theatre Producer Gilberto Zaldívar and has become one of the most successful off-Broadway theatres. The Company was founded with the mission of presenting the finest Spanish-language theatre; maintaining a professional company of theatre artists; serving as a catalyst for cultural exchange; and reaching a broad audience including Hispanics of all national backgrounds. These goals have remained steadfast for four decades.

Presently, the Company presents a rotating repertory of 15 different plays, musicals and dance concerts in over 300 performances every year. Its productions are seen by over 40,000 people annually at its historic Gramercy Arts Theatre and on tour. Every year, approximately 20,000 students are introduced to the rich heritage of Spanish-language theatre through its education program “¡Dignidad!.”



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