Repertorio Espanol's Season Features Three New Additions in Modified Rep

News   Repertorio Espanol's Season Features Three New Additions in Modified Rep Repertorio Espanol's 33rd season features three new additions to the company's modified repertory beginning in February and continuing through March.

Repertorio Espanol's 33rd season features three new additions to the company's modified repertory beginning in February and continuing through March.

The first of the three works, Pedro Calderón de la Barca's Los Cabellos De Absalón (Absalom’s Tresses) will be followed by two works performed by the Dominican Republic company, Teatro Simarron—Salome Ureña: cartas a una ausencia and Wish-ky Sour.

All three plays will be staged at the Gramercy Arts Theatre in modified repertory with several of Repertorio Espanol's earlier productions. (For non-Spanish-speaking theatre patrons, free headsets provide live simultaneous English translations.)

Spanish playwright and historic figure Pedro Calderón de la Barca's (Life is a Dream) 400th centennial will be honored with the Repertorio production. Los Cabellos De Absalón (Absalom’s Tresses) "takes the Old Testament story of God’s curse on the House of King David and creates a drama that is the closest to Greek tragedy in Spanish theatre." In the play, "bitter and deadly conflict, with conspiracy, incest and attempted family slaughter" ultimately lead to "a fate and punishment imposed by God."

Directed by Henry Mercedes and Jorge Pineda, Chiqui Vicioso's Salome Ureña… is based on her book "Y No Todo Era Amor." Described in production notes as a poet and patriot from the Dominican Republic, Vicioso "fought for a better country and better opportunities for its women." Her story entails a voyage from the coastal town of Puerto Plata to the capital, Santo Domingo, as she "looks back at her extraordinary accomplishments and life." Wish-ky Sour, again written by Vicioso, and directed by Mercedes and Pineda finds a woman confronting another side of herself that is in "complete contrast to her traditional way of life and thinking. "

Throughout February, Repertorio Espanol's repertory will feature earlier company productions including Vieques, La Pasión Según Antígona Pérez, La Proxima Parada, La Gringa, Casa Propia, Fresa Y Chocolate, Cronica De Una Muerte Anunciada, Yerma, Parece Blanca and Cuentos Afro-caribeños. Los Cabellos De Absalón is woven into the schedule first, followed by the two pieces from Teatro Simarron. By March, the three newer works dominate the theatre's schedule. For more information on the extensive schedule, check listings or call the numbers listed below.

Tickets range from $20-$40 depending on the show. Certain discounts apply. The Gramercy Arts Theatre is located at 138 E. 27 St. (between Lexington and Third Avenues). For reservations, call the box office at (212) 889-2850 or visit www.repertorio.org.

—By Murdoch McBride