Ms. Svich has constructed the play as a memory play, in which the second sister, Dede (who was not assassinated), recounts the memory of her sisters to an American writer of Dominican descent from New York. Karmela Gonzales portrays Dede, and Bernadette Peña plays The American Woman. Roxanne Tapia, Cristina Vigil, Juliet Salazar and Paola Martini play the four sisters. Rick Vargas plays multiple roles: Trujillo, a revolutionary, a chauffeur, and a disc jockey.Teatro Paraguas will present In The Time of The Butterflies, a new play by Caridad Svich based on the novel of the same name by Julia Alvarez, for nine performances beginning March 8, 2013 (International Women’s Day).
The play focuses on the memory of the Mirabal sisters, who led part of the resistance against the dictator Trujillo in the Dominican Republic. The sisters were assassinated on November 25,1960. The United Nations has declared November 25 as the annual Day to End Violence Against Women Day.
TP’s production is directed by Nicole Phelps and is a workshop production of the play in its English version (also by Caridad Svich). The play was originally commissioned by the Repertorio Español in New York City to be performed in Spanish. The world premiere of the play in English will be at San Diego Rep..
The play opens Friday, March 8, 2013, and runs through March 24, 2013 with performances Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 pm and Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm.
Tickets are $15 general admission, and $12 for seniors and students. The Sunday matinees are pay-what-you-wish. Reservations may be made by calling 424-1601.
A benefit performance for Esperanza Shelter for Battered Families will take place on Saturday, March 9 at 7:30 pm., with net proceeds benefiting northern New Mexico’s largest emergency residential shelter for victims of domestic violence. Esperanza offers many services, including a 24-hour crisis hotline. More info at http://www.esperanzashelter.org
The project is made possible in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts, Santa Fe Art Commission and the 1% Lodgers’ Tax, Santa Fe Community Foundation, and the Tyson-Cook Foundation.
info on Julia Alvarez's novel: http://www.juliaalvarez.com
Repertorio Espanol's premiere (still running) of En El Tiempo de las Mariposas: http://www.repertorio.org