Photo Flash: Opening Night Of Yllana's Off-Broadway '666'
Spain's internationally acclaimed, multi award-winning comedy theater troupe Yllana's Off-Broadway debut '666' began previews on March 30.
Psycoductions (Juan Urrutia, Producer), with Executive Producer Aldo Scrofani, present 666, Yllana's dirtiest and most demented show ever. Following its smash hit, jaw-dropping, sometimes cringe-inducing, and altogether gut-bustingly funny run at New York's Fringe Festival last summer, 666 will begin performances at Off-Broadway's Minetta Lane Theater (18 Minetta Lane, NYC) on Tuesday, March 30, 2010, for an extended run. The show will officially opened on Thursday, April 15.
666 begins when three dangerous criminals (Fidel Fernandez, Joseph Michael O'Courneen and Juan Francisco Ramos Toro) and one misplaced innocent (Raul Cano) arrive on death row. Incarceration ironically sets free their wildest fantasies as, trapped between the iron gates and an electrified fence, they interact with each other and with the audience. At the end of all the comically bungled executions, all hell, quite literally, breaks out. No one is safe, least of all the audience! 666 is a rude and ribald collision between wordless Commedia dell'arte, physical theater, and slapstick.
One of Europe's most talked about and acclaimed comedy theater troupes, Yllana has played throughout the world, and in their native Spain where their year-round theater, The Alfil, presents the company's many original works (666 has been a popular sold-out attraction at the Madrid venue for over 10 years). Yllana was born in 1991 as a physical comedy theatre company. Through gestures, sounds and genuine slapstick, Yllana creates its work out of the most common situations of everyday life, combining huge energy with wit and risk. The company is renowned for its irreverent, often outrageous, sense of humor. Through onomatopoeic sounds and gesture, the company creates surreal and delirious worlds where anything can happen. From the troupe's first experience on the stage, it has produced sixteen popular shows, many of which are still performed in repertory: ¡Muu! (1991), Glub, Glub (1994), 666 (1998), Hipo (1999), Rock & Clown (2000), Spingo (2001), Splash! (2002), Star Trip (2003), The Best Sketches of the Monty Python (2004), Olimplaff (2004), The Bald Prima Donna (2005) Buuu (2006) Pagagnini (2007), Musicall (2007) Brokers (2008) and Zoo (2009). These productions have been performed in 31 countries for nearly a million spectators.
Photo Credit: Peter James Zielinkski
The marquee of the Minetta Lane Theatre
Raul Cano, attacking the camera in 666
Juan Ramos Toro, Raul Cano, Joseph Michael O'Curneen, and Fidel Fernandez taking their opening night bows in 666
Juan Ramos Toro, director David Ottone, and Raul Cano
Producer Juan Urrutia and wife Rosa Urrutia
Producer Juan Urrutia
Inigo Ramirez de Haro, Director of Cultural Affairs for the Consulate General of Spain in New York
Raul Cano, Juan Ramos Toro, Fidel Fernandez, and Joseph Michael O'Curneen
Inigo Ramirez de Haro poses with the cast of 666
Inigo Ramirez de Haro and Juan Urrutia