Irene Velasquez, Gladys Imperio-Acosta & More to Star in Teatro Nagual's IN THE TIME OF THE BUTTERFLIES, 4/4-5/4

Irene Velasquez, Gladys Imperio-Acosta & More to Star in Teatro Nagual's IN THE TIME OF THE BUTTERFLIES, 4/4-5/4

Teatro Nagual presents "In the Time of the Butterflies," Caridad Svich's stage adaptation of Julia Alvarez's novel, April 4 through May 4, 2014 at the Coloma Community Center theater, 4623 T St., Sacramento.

Teatro Nagual founder Richard Falcon directs Irene Velasquez (the older Dede), Gladys Imperio-Acosta (Patria), Jasmine Nunez-Gonzalez (Minerva), Lyra Dominguez (the younger Dede/Journalist), Catalina Serrano Bucheli (Maria Teresa) and Ruben Oriol-Rivera (DJ/Father/Driver/Lio Morales/Trujillo). Ron Reisner is the set designer, and Mary Goodall is stage manager.

Performances are set for 8 p.m. April 4-5, 11, 18-19, 25-26, and May 2-3; 7 p.m. April 6; and 2 p.m. April 12-13, 20, 27, and May 4.

Tickets, priced at $10 to $15, are available online via Brown Paper Tickets at teatronagual.brownpapertickets.com. For more information, see www.teatronagual.com, or call (916) 549-3341.

Alvarez's book, which also inspired the 2001 made-for-cable feature film starring Salma Hayek and Edward James Olmos, is the fictionalized account of the real-life Mirabal sisters, whose upbringing in a well-to-do Dominican Republic family provided the perfect cover for their covert activities as freedom fighters.

After years of helping to create resistance cells in opposition to the dictatorial regime of General Rafael Leónidas Trujillo, three of the sisters (AKA "The Butterflies") were assassinated in 1960.

Originally commissioned by Rebe Buch, artistic director of New York's Repertorio Espanol/Spanish Repertory Theater, the play's Spanish-language adaptation premiered at Repertorio Espanol in February 2011 under the direction of Jose Zayas.

"In the Time of the Butterflies" is produced by special arrangement with Caridad Svich and Elaine Devlin Literary Inc., 20 West 23rd St., 3rd Floor, New York, N.Y. 10010, and with permission from Susan Bergholz Literary Services, 17 West 10th St. #5, New York, N.Y. 10011.

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