A blend of theatre and dance comprises the 32nd season at Repertorio Espanol, where the works of Garcia Lorca, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Abelardo Estorino will be presented in rotating repertory at the Gramercy Arts Theatre.
These theatrical highlights are only part of the seasons' overall dance and performing arts schedule. Repertorio Espanol continues its Cubateatro cultural exchange program with Cuba, and the theatre also has numerous dance events including the return of Spanish dance sensation Pilar Rioja.
In theatre, meanwhile, Gabriel Garcia Marquez' Cronica De Una Muerte Anunciada (Chronicle of a Death Foretold) will be continuing in rep through May 25. Conceived and directed by Jorge Ali Triana, Cronica De Una Muerte Anunciada is the story of a wedding, a scandal and a murder to which an entire Latin American town appears to be an accessory.
Garcia Lorca's La Casa De Bernarda Alba (House of Bernarda Alba), directed by Rene Buch runs April 28-June 1. The title character, a tyrannical mother, dominates her five unmarried daughters, all of whom harbor a secret passion for one man. This leads to an explosion of passion, despair and tragic consequences.
Abelardo Estorino's El Baile (The Dance), a new drama written and directed by Cuba's leading playwright, runs April 29-May 28. Founded in 1968, Repertorio Espanol (executive producer Gilberto Zaldivar and artistic director Rene Buch) continues its 32nd season with a variety of new and established plays. The full theatrical season comprises Garcia Lorca's Yerma in repertory March 10-April 1 and La Casa De Bernarda Alba in repertory April 28- June 1; Cronica De Una Muerte Anunciada continuing thru May 25; Carmen Rivera's La Gringa continuing through June 13; Proxima Parada (The Next Stop) continuing thru May 13; Casa Propia (A House of Our Own) by Dolores Prida continuing through June 14; Abelardo Estorino's Parece Blanca (She Looks White) continuing thru May 24; El Baile (The Dance) in repertory April 29 - May 28; Te Juro, Juana, Que Tengo Ganas (I Swear to You, Jane, I Have an Itch for You) by Emilio Carballido in repertory April 13 - 30; and Cuentos Afro-Caribenos (Afro Caribbean Tales) by Adolfo Vazquez in repertory March 3-April 20.
Ticket prices range from $20- $35. The Gramercy Arts Theatre is located at 138 East 27th Street (between Lexington and Third Avenues). For reservations, call the Repertorio Espanol Box Office at (212) 889-2850.
-- By Murdoch McBride