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Repertorio Español announces the premiere of FUENTEOVEJUNA by Félix Lope de Vega.

January 21, 2013

Contact: José Antonio Cruz
Tel. 1-212-225-9955 |

Repertorio Español announces the premiere of FUENTEOVEJUNA by Félix Lope de Vega.

Director Julián Mesri, who has found inspiration for his staging in TV shows and movies such as “The Office” and “Office Space,” will set the play in a modern office.

The production premieres on Friday, February 1st, 2013.

Repertorio Español announces a dynamic new production of “Fuenteovejuna” a 400 year old masterpiece from Spain’s Golden Age. To the beat of pop and rock music, director and sound designer Julián Mesri will set the action in a modern corporation.

“Fuenteovejuna” tells the story of how the inhabitants of the town of Fuente Obejuna in fifteen-century Spain, rose as one to put an end to the oppression of its rulers. In an astounding demonstration against the abuse of corrupt leaders, the entire community took justice into its own hands and killed the town’s ruler. When the King sent an envoy to investigate the events, all of the town’s inhabitants responded in unison “Fuente Obejuna did it,” and when the case was sent to court, the entire town appeared together.

By setting the action of the story in a modern-day office, director Julián Mesri makes Lope de Vega’s tale of a scandal, corruption, greed, and triumph as relatable to audiences today as it was almost 400 years ago.

“Fuenteovejuna” will be presented in Spanish with subtitles in English and Spanish via Repertorio’s new Simultext® in-seat captioning system.

Tickets and General Information:
Tickets for “Fuenteovejuna” range from $27 to $50. Premium seats are available. Reservations online:; by phone: 212-225-9999; or in person at Repertorio Español located at 138 East 27th Street New York, NY (between Lexington and Third Avenues.)

About Félix Lope de Vega y Carpio, Playwright
Félix Lope de Vega y Carpio (1562–1635) was a Spanish playwright and poet born in Madrid. He is regarded as the father of Spanish drama and one of the key figures of the Spanish Golden Age. Lope de Vega popularized the three-act play in verse, which appealed to the public despite the fact that it broke all the classical rules. He studied at the University of Alcalá and took part in the Spanish campaign against Portugal in 1580, and later, the Spanish Armada against England in 1588.

Lope de Vega began to write for the stage in his 30s. The popularity of his plays is attributed to their realistic plots which were commonly based on occurrences in his own life as well as historical events. He was a prolific writer with a vast output. Some of his most popular plays include “The Foolish Lady,” “In Love but Discreet,” “Finding Truth Through Doubt,” “The Knight from Olmeda,” and “Punishment without Revenge.”

About Julián Mesri, Director:
Julián J. Mesri is a New York based Argentinean-American director, playwright and composer. Mr. Mesri obtained a Bachelor’s Degree from Williams College and is currently an Emerging Artist of Color Fellow at New York Theatre Workshop. He was a 2010-2011 Van Lier Fellow at Repertorio Español where he directed Rafael Spregelburd’s “La estupidez” in its New York premiere (ACE nominee, Best Direction) and Calderón de La Barca’s “La dama duende.” Other recent works include "39 Defaults" by Mar Gómez Glez (Teatro Stagefest) and “The Homophobes” by Susana Cook (Dixon Place’s Mondo Cané Commission Series).

As a playwright, his plays have received staged readings in some of New York’s leading off-Broadway theaters including New York Theatre Workshop (Hopploshet,) Dixon Place (The Obliged,) and the Lark Play Development Center (Dinner with Friends and Ghosts.) As a sound designer he has worked at Incubator Arts Project, INTAR, The Cherry Lane Theatre, 59 East 59, Seattle’s Little Theatre, the Martin Segal Theatre Center, and Dixon Place as well as internationally with Susana Cook at the Cadiz Festival. He is currently a company member and sound designer with Josh Fox’s company International WOW. He is also a proud alumni of EMERGENYC at the Hemispheric Institute, NYU.

The cast for “Fuenteovejuna” includes Anthony Álvarez, Zulema Clares, Gerardo Gudiño, Mario Mattei, Noelle Mauri, Pep Muñóz, Soraya Padrao and Alfonso Rey. The production teams includes Robert Federico (Lighting Design,) Julián Mesri (Sound Design,) Leni Méndez (Set, Costumes and Props Design) and Fernado Then (Production Manager and Assistant to the Director.)

“Fuenteovejuna” is made possible thanks to the support of the Consulate General of Spain in New York.

About Repertorio Español:
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 producing the finest Spanish-language theatre from Latin America and Spain as well as plays written by Hispanic Americans.

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 50,000 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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