Gente de Teatro Presents CANCUN, a Comedy About the Dreams of What Could Have Been
Upon receiving the inaugural Bridge Award (Premio Puente) at Sin Muros, the Latina/o Theater Festival held at Stages Repertory last February, Gente de Teatro (Houston, TX) celebrates its 23rd season with a second comedy from Catalan playwright Jordi Galcerán: Cancún. Every year without fail, two couples, intimate friends, spend their vacation in a remote location. However, what had always been a perfect scene turns into an intricate and provoking puzzle, drawing a thin line between fantasy and reality. In Cancún, everything seems possible, and the frustrations of every day become entangled with the dreams of what could have been.
Cancún opens May 3 and runs through May 6. All performaces are in Spanish with English Surtitles on May 4 & 5. Tickets can be purchased at gentedeteatro.org
Once again, Galcerán, the author of the widely successful The Grönholm Method (2003), seduces his audience with a fast-paced and ingenious challenge, a plot full of surprises. In Galcerán's own words, Cancún "is a popular, sophisticated comedy blending humor and reflection while eliciting both laughter and emotion."
Cancún, directed by Marcela Salas, features Gente de Teatro members Sergio Amsel as Pablo, Esteban Gago as Vicente, Ana Scuseria as Laura & Claudia Soroka as Reme.
Performances of Cancún are Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 3:30pm. The production is not suitable for children.
Tickets to Cancún are $22 & $27. Discounted tickets ($16) are available for students with ID. Tickets can be ordered online (gentedeteatro.org).
Gente de Teatro relies on the generous support of the Department of Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies at Rice University, the Consulate General of Argentina in Houston & Casa Argentina de Houston.
Jordi Galcerán (Barcelona, 1964) won several awards. PARAULES ENCADENADES (WORD PLAY) (1995) won the 20th Born Theatre Award (organized by the Artistic Circle of Ciutadella, Menorca) and the Serra d'Or Critics Award for Theatre in 1997. DAKOTA was awarded the Ignasi Iglésias Award in 1995 by the Institut del Teatre of the Diputació de Barcelona. Jordi has also premiered SURF (1990), FUGA (1994), GAUDI (2002), PARADIS (2000), THE GRÖNHOLM METHOD (2003), CARNIVAL (2006), CANCÚN (2008) and BURUNDANGA (2011). CREDIT (2012) won the CERES Award, for Best Playwright at the Merida Theater Festival, España (2014). THE GRÖNHOLM METHOD is his most recognized international success, with productions in over 60 countries. Jordi has translated and adapted more than twenty plays, and in addition to theater work, he has worked as a writer for several television series and has written eight feature films.
Gente de Teatro (GdT), a non-profit organization founded in 1995, is committed to promoting Latin American and Spanish culture through the work of renowned playwrights. All performances are in Spanish with English surtitles on Friday and Saturday. In 2011, GdT was the first theater group to perform in Spanish at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts (Made in Argentina by Nelly Fernández Tiscornia). In 2016, outside of Houston, GdT has presented Lombrices (Worms) by Pablo Albarello at MACHA in West Hollywood, California. In 2016, GdT was chosen to present the U. S. premiere of the award-winning play Bajo Terapia (In Therapy), by Argentine playwright Matías del Federico. GdT offered 8 performances for an attendance of 1300 patrons at Rice University & MATCH. In 2017, GdT was nominated for "Most Improved Theater Company" (Broadway World 2017 Houston Region Awards). In 2018, GdT received the inaugural Premio Puente (The Bridge Award) (Sin Muros Latino/a Theater Festival, at Stages Repertory). GdT has greatly improved the quality of life of the Houston community by providing it with education, culture, entertainment and more.