Tres comedias cortos y curiosas
Three Curious One-Act Plays performed in Spanish.
Teatro Paraguas, Santa Fe’s bilingual theater, is launching a new series of projects aimed at providing theatrical performances in the Spanish language to serve the Spanish-speaking communities of northern New Mexico. An ensemble group of directors and actors have chosen three one-act plays that partake of the mid-20th century absurdist and cruelty tradition in Latin American theatre, rife with subversive social criticism of the inequalities of forced labor, dehumanized technocratic civilization, class war, and individual insanity. Within this existentialist framework, the plays are ripe with satire and humor, and a fast-paced Latin flavor. Tres comedias cortas y curiosas consists of the following critically acclaimed masterworks by three internationally recognized Latino playwrights:
El Delental Blanco by Sergio Vodanovic; directed by Argos MacCallum. Mr. Vodanovic was born in 1926 in Chile. His earlier works are tacitly realistic, using light comedy and attacks on public and political corruption painting portraits of the intolerable pressures which conspire against morality in government. El Delental Blanco depicts how a seemingly innocent exchange of clothing with her maid subverts a wealthy woman’s world. The play is both a warning and a lesson as to the superficial nature of privilege and outward appearance and the resentment of those locked into subordinate positions.
Historia del homre que se convirtio en perro by Osvaldo Dragun; directed by Crawford MacCallum. Mr. Dragun was born in 1929 and hails from Entre Rios, Argentina. Dragun is the most important of the dramatists who revitalized Argentine theater beginning in the 1950s. He is best known for his Historias…, which are brief works highly critical of the mechanization and dehumanization of modern society. Historia del hombre… exemplifies the theatre of the absurd and theatre of cruelty, satirizing the pathetic condition of modern man who is obligated to sacrifice his personal integrity and dehumanize himself to make a living in a gross technocratic impersonal world.
Estudio en blanco y negro by Virgilio Pinera; directed by Angelo Jaramillo. Pinera was born in Cardenas, Cuba in 1912 and died in Havana in 1980. Primarily known as a short story writer, he was also one of the most important Cuban dramatists of the period prior to the 1958 Revolution. He was strongly influenced by the theatre of the absurd and he wrote extensively about the moral stagnation and social ills he witnessed all about him. Estudio… retains no cut-and-dried explanation of human existence. Characters participate in a meaningless dispute lacking clear communication and definable integrated personalities, confusing the barriers between reality, fantasy, madness and sanity.
The ensemble actors are Jessica Lopez, Sara Arana, Josette Erives, Valerie Alvarado, Paola Vengoechea, Marcos Maez, Raphael Aviles, Frank Baca, John Comacho, and Tommy Roman.
The cast includes students from Capital High School, New Mexico School for the Arts, and Santa Fe Community College, working alongside adult actors.
Performances take place at the Teatro Paraguas Studio located at 3221 Richards Lane off of Henry Lynch Road, an extension of Richards Avenue between Rufina and Agua Fria. Performances are Friday and Saturday, April 1-2 & 8-9 at 8 pm, and Sunday, April 3 at 2 pm. For Reservations please call: 505 424-1601, or visit www.teatroparaguas.org.
3221 Richards Lane Suite B
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505
Angelo Jaramillo 795-4272 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Argos MacCallum 577-2679 <email@example.com>