An infectious Afro-Caribbean beat will reverberate in The Gramercy Arts Theatre this fall as Repertorio Espanol presents an original work of theatrical whimsy. Cuentos Negros is a musical based on the folk tales documented by Cuban writer Lydia Cabrera. This production, directed and choreographed by Adolfo Vázquez, is set to open Sept. 26.
Artfully-rendered, simultaneous English translations are provided, by cast members, on infrared earphones. In its 28-year history, Repertorio Español has presented many productions in this format, such as this season's And the Carnival Erupted. Additionally, they offer dramatic presentations and musical anthologies based on a particular country or region. Recently, they found success with a revue entitled Dominican Serenade.
Having won a 1996 Drama Desk Award for excellence in theatre, the Company will follow-up their premiere presentation with two dramas. Obscure Rumors, written and directed by Abelardo Estorino, explores agrarian repression in 19th century Cuba. Don Quijote and Sancho Panza, directed by Manuel Chapuseaux, recreates Cervantes' classic novel using only two actors.
The Gramercy Arts Theatre, permanent home to Repertorio Español, is located at 138 East 27th Street. Tickets and information regarding these productions may be obtained by calling (212) 889-2850.-- By Kevin W. Reardon