Repertorio Espanol's 32nd season in New York City will include the world premiere of two new works by Spanish-language writers. Emilio Carballido's new comedy, Luminaria, which features Spanish TV star Lupita Ferrer, concerns a famous star -- in English, the title is Luminary -- who decides to write her autobiography. Repertorio's artistic director Rene Buch directs. Performances begin Sept. 1.
Carballido wrote the farce, Te Juro, Juana, Que Tengo Ganas (I Swear to You, Jane, I Have an Itch for You).
In November 1999, on dates to be announced, Cuban playwright-director Abelardo Estorino will stage his drama, El Baile (The Dance), about the conflicts and isolation of a contemporary Cuban family seen through the eyes of an old woman in Cuba. Cuban actress Adria Santana will be featured.
The season will also include returns of the flamenco dancer Pilar Rioja (Aug. 14-Sept. 26); the company's staging of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Chronicle of a Death Foretold, directed by Colombia's Jorge Ali Triana (beginning Sept. 30); The House of Bernarda Alba (beginning Oct. 15); and Estorino's Parece Blanca (She Looks White) in November.
Productions are performed in rotating repertory in Spanish with simultaneous English translation at the Gramercy Arts Theatre, 138 E. 27th St. Call (212) 889-2850 for information.
-- By Kenneth Jones