As scheduled, Jose Rivera's Cloud Tectonics closed at Playwrights Horizons Jan. 19, after 27 previews and 17 performances. The show began previews Dec. 12 and opened Jan. 5. In an unrelated mounting, Berkeley Repertory Theatre opened its own production of the play, Jan. 15, set to close Feb. 7, 1997.
The NY production was directed by Tina Landau (Floyd Collins, The Trojan Women), who staged Tectonics' world premere at Louisville's Humana Festival in March 1995, as well as a subsequent production at La Jolla Playhouse later that year. Berkeley's staging will be manned by Assoc. Artistic director Tony Taccone.
Cloud Tectonics takes place during a record-breaking Los Angeles deluge, where a man gives shelter to a beautiful, pregnant hitch-hiker who is searching for the father of her child. The play features Rivera's distinctive blend of magic realism and apocalyptic imagery.
Rivera's last play to open in New York, Marisol, arrived under a cloud of controversy when director George C. Wolfe reneged on an agreement to direct the play at Hartford Stage Company in favor of Angels in America on Broadway. The man who took over the troubled production of Marisol was Michael Greif, who has risen to prominence in the past year as the director of Rent and Randy Newman's Faust. Other plays by Rivera include The House Of Ramon Iglesia, The Promise, Each Day Dies With Sleep and Giants Have Us In Their Books.
Starring in the Berkeley Tectonics are Judy Reyes (Celestina), Gary Perez (Anibal) and Demtrius Navarro (Nelson). Loy Arcenas is the scenic designer, Lydia Tanji the costumer, Blake Burba (Broadway's Rent) the lighting designer and Stephen LeGrand the sound designer. For tickets to Cloud Tectonics at Berkeley Rep, call (510) 845 4700.