Theatre @ Boston Court Presents SE LLAMA CRISTINA, Now thru 2/23

Theatre @ Boston Court Presents SE LLAMA CRISTINA, Now thru 2/23

The Theatre @ Boston Court presents Se Llama Cristina, by Octavio Solis, directed by Robert Castro. This production is the final stop on the National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere, which included productions at The Magic Theater in San Francisco and Kitchen Dog in Dallas. Opening night is Saturday, January 25, 2014 on the Main Stage at Boston Court Performing Arts Center, 70 North Mentor Avenue.

Se Llama Cristina description: A man and woman wake up in a strange apartment surrounded by drug paraphernalia and an empty crib. They must piece together who they are, and were, and where that baby might be, all while trying to create a new future for themselves. A gritty, poetic look at the uncertainty of life and our desperate need for belonging, Se Llama Cristina asks if it's possible to rise above your circumstances to make a better life.

Se Llama Cristina features Amielynn Abellera, Paula Christensen, Justin Huen and Christian Rummel.

Production staff includes Robert Castro, Director; Gronk, Set Designer; Ben Zamora, Lighting Designer; John Zalewski & Veronika Vorel, Sound Designer; Victoria Petrovich, Costume Designer; Jenny Smith, Prop Designer; Aaron Henne, Dramaturg; Dave Mancini, Assistant Director; Julia Flores, Casting Director; Alyssa Escalante, Production Stage Manager.

Octavio Solis is a playwright and director living in San Francisco. His works John Steinbeck's The Pastures of Heaven, Ghosts of the River, Quixote, Lydia, June in a Box, Lethe, Marfa Lights, Gibraltar, The Ballad of Pancho and Lucy, The 7 Visions of Encarnación, Bethlehem, Dreamlandia, El Otro, Man of the Flesh, Prospect, El Paso Blue, Santos & Santos, and La Posada Mágica have been mounted at the California Shakespeare Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Yale Repertory Theatre, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, the Dallas Theater Center, the Magic Theatre, Intersection for the Arts, South Coast Repertory Theatre, the San Diego Repertory Theatre, the San Jose Repertory Theatre, Shadowlight Productions, the Venture Theatre in Philadelphia, Latino Chicago Theatre Company, the New York Summer Play Festival, Teatro Vista in Chicago, El Teatro Campesino, the Undermain Theatre in Dallas, Thick Description, Campo Santo, the Imua Theatre Company in New York, and Cornerstone Theatre. His collaborative works include Cloudlands, with Music by Adam Gwon, Burning Dreams, co-written with Julie Hebert and Gina Leishman and Shiner, written with Erik Ehn. Solis has received an NEA 1995-97 Playwriting Fellowship, the Roger L. Stevens award from the Kennedy Center, the Will Glickman Playwright Award, a production grant from the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays, the 1998 TCG/NEA Theatre Artists in Residence Grant, the 1998 McKnight Fellowship grant from the Playwrights Center in Minneapolis, and the National Latino Playwriting Award for 2003. He is the recipient of the 2000-2001 National Theatre Artists ResidenCy Grant from TCG and the Pew Charitable Trust. He has also just been awarded a United States Artists Fellowship for 2012. Solis is a Thornton Wilder Fellow for the MacDowell Colony, New Dramatists alum and member of the Dramatists Guild. His new anthology, The River Plays, has been published by NoPassPort Publishing. He is working on commissions for the Magic Theatre SF and Yale Repertory Theatre.

Robert Castro received his MFA degree in Directing from Yale School of Drama in 1998. He was later the recipient of a Fox Foundation Fellowship (2000) and a Van Lier Directing Fellowship. In addition, he has been a resident or associate artist at such significant venues as the Institute for the Arts and Civic Dialogue at Harvard University (1998-1999), the Mark Taper Forum (2003-2005), and El Teatro Campesino. Mr. Castro was a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab in 1998 and a member of the New York Theatre Workshop in 2000. Mr. Castro's productions feature a formal and highly visual approach utilizing masks, stylized movement, and choreography. They have been mounted at some of the premier regional theatres and performance schools in the nation, including the Santa Fe Opera, the Mark Taper Forum, and the La Jolla Playhouse. Mr. Castro has been a frequent collaborator with some of the towering figures of the American stage such as director Peter Sellars. He has taught at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, in the "Speak to Me" Program, at San Francisco State University, in Chicano/a and Latino/a theatre, and courses in acting and directing.

Se Llama Cristina is supported in part by the City of Pasadena, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, The Shubert Foundation, The American Theatre Wing, The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, The National New Play Network, Founding Director Z. Clark Branson, and the generous contributions of The Theatre @ Boston Court supporters and contributors.

The Theatre @ Boston Court is the award-winning resident theatre company at Boston Court Performing Arts Center in Pasadena, CA. Michael Seel, Executive Director; Jessica Kubzansky and Michael Michetti, Co-Artistic Directors; Hillary Metcalf, Managing Director.

Se Llama Cristina previews for six performances beginning tonight, January 16, opening January 25 and runs Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through February 23 with an added performance on Wednesday, October 2 and Wednesday February 19. Preview tickets are priced at $17 and regular performances at $34. Senior, student and group discounts are also available. Visit BostonCourt.org for special events related to Se Llama Cristina. Tickets can be purchased online at BostonCourt.org or by calling (626) 683-6883.

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