If you grew up in a traditional Puerto Rican family, you've probably heard of the famous folklore fiend, Juan Bobo. For those of us who haven't, here's your last chance to become acquainted with the well-loved little devil:
The Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, collaborating with Teatro Circulo, will perform the last week of its free summer tour of The Mischievous Juan Bobo (Los Titingos de Juan Bobo) all over the tri-state area Aug. 22-27. The premiere of the adaptation by Carlos Ferrari will took place Aug. 9 in Hell's Kitchen Park.
Juan Bobo is a character who attempts to spiritually rationalize a world that has swayed from tradition to materialism. This adaptation combines some of the more popular tales with music and song.
Director Axel Cintron heads the production team with musical direction by Jose Moreno. Sets are designed by Jason Strum and costumes are by Harry Nadal. The cast includes Roberto Gorbea, Wanda Arriaga, Eva Christina Vazquez, Jose Cheo Oliveras, Marcelo Rodriguez, Marly Rivera, Tamaris Canals, Bettina Mercado, Manuel Herrera, and Tata Canuelas.
The rest of the tour schedule, which includes street and park performances starting at 6:30 PM (unless noted otherwise) is as follows: Aug. 22 - Mullaly Park - 164th St. & Jerome Ave. - Bronx
Aug. 23 - Street - Between B & C Ave. - Manhattan
Aug. 24 - Corona Park - in front of the main entrance to Museum of Art - Queens
Aug. 25 - Parking Lot - 900 Intervale Ave. Corner of Tiffany & Beck St. - Bronx
Aug. 26 - Street - Grand St. Off Route 80 & Spruce St. - Paterson, NJ
Aug. 27 - Central Park - 72nd St. & 5th Ave. - Manhattan - 2 PM and 4 PM
For more information about locations and the free performances, call (212) 354-1293.
-- by Ernio Hernandez