"Le Celestina" is a classic Spanish text anonymously penned in 1499. Feliciano de Silva wrote an adapted sequel to the work, entitled "Segunda Celestina," in 1536. Out of the numerous "Celestina" adaptations, Silva's remains the most popular. Teatro Circulo has based its production on Silva's work.
According to press notes, "Celestina uses her witchcraft and wisdom to manipulate Melibea into falling in love with Calisto, who accidentally falls to his death. Stricken with grief, Melibea commits suicide. At the heart of the play is not just the lover's union, but the mystery of Celestina's fascination with Melibea and the greed and lust that motivates the characters." Performances of Teatro Circulo's Le Celestina, which runs through Dec. 16, will be performed in Spanish with English super titles.
The cast includes Jose Diaz (Calisto), Silvia Sierra (Melibea), Beatriz Cordoba (Celestina), Rafael Fermin (Sempronio), Johary Ramos (Parmeno), Eva Vazques (Areusa), Mariana Buonincontti (Elicia), Jessica Flori (Lucrecia) and Juan Villarreal (Pleberio). Beatriz Cordoba directs.
Creative duties are handled by Nilkos Andreas (musical direction), Philip Baychuk (costume design), Jorge Dieppa (set design) and Maria Cristina Fuste (lighting design).
Also slated for the holiday season is Los Titingos de Juan Bobo, Dec. 20-23. Bobo is described as "a boisterous and colorful musical comedy based on the beloved and well-known Puerto Rican folktales of Juan Bobo, whose wild and rambunctious stories have entertained the masses for generations. Through hi-jinx and mishaps, the lovable Juan Bobo tries to make sense of the materialistic society in which traditional and spiritual values have been lost."
Tickets for both productions are available by visiting www.teatrocirculo.org or by phoning (212) 505-1808. Teatro Circulo is located at 64 East 4th Street in Manhattan.