The Nuevo Repertorio Theater Company, directed by the Argentine Cristina Rota, began travelling May 8 through every town in Spain to commemorate the anniversary of the birth of the great poet Federico Garcia Lorca.
Lorca founded the theater company named La Barraca in the 1930s, which was formed by student actors dressed in blue with the company's coat of arms, to perform plays by this great author from Granada. They were novice youths, but they carried a great sense of hope and were later made part of Spanish theatrical history.
The company Nuevo Repertorio, which is formed by 15 actors newly graduated in dramatic arts, will carry out the same journey as La Barraca, wearing the same blue outfits and performing the same plays. A normal day in the life of this new Barraca will consist of arriving in the towns early in the morning, setting up the stage, travelling throught the streets to announce the play and later, in the afternoon, a performance. The actors themselves who are responsible for setting up the stage, decorations, lighting, etc.
Nuevo Repertorio will be touring all year round and will perform in 15 cities throughout Spain, even though it would possibly perform in more towns. The project was created by Cristina Rota, with the aid of the Garcia Lorca Foundation, after a show performed in the Mirador de Madrid Theater, owned by Rota.
--By Carlos Lorenzo