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INTAR Theatre & Puerto Rico's Casa Cruz De La Luna Company Present THE MARQUIS DE SADE IS AFRAID OF THE SEA

INTAR Theatre & Puerto Rico's Casa Cruz De La Luna Company Present THE MARQUIS DE SADE IS AFRAID OF THE SEA

Puerto Rico's acclaimed Casa Cruz de la Luna Theatre Company and INTAR Theatre will present The Marquis de Sade is Afraid of the Sea, as part of INTAR Theatre's NewWorks Lab. Performances will be Friday, February 23rd at 8PM, Saturday, February 24th at 8PM, and Sunday, February 25th at 4PM at INTAR Theatre, 500 West 52nd Street at 10th Avenue. Tickets are available for $5 and may be purchased at intartheatre.org or by calling 212-352-3101. Please note: production contains explicit adult content and nudity.

The Marquis de Sade is Afraid of the Sea, an experimental piece by Aravind Enrique Adyanthaya, deals with facing catastrophes; navigating social, political and virtual dimensions; the need for revolutions in the way we view reality and we view theatre; and the fascination and cruelty of languages, words and beliefs. It creates fluid passages through fragmented realms that touch on: the legend of the Golem (modern soldiers as Golems); spiritualist mediums trapped in technological worlds; bodies resurrected from the flood; and re-visitations of the first act of Anton Chekhov´s The Seagull and the writings of the Marquis de Sade.

The Marquis de Sade is Afraid of the Sea was first staged in Spanish by the playwright and students of the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez in 2009. The new version, the first one in English, and its first NYC staging, will feature Christopher Cancel-Pomales, Caridad del Valle, Rachel Kodweis, Michael Leonard, Milton Daniel López, Laura Mercedes, Alejandra Morales, Laura Riveros, and Daniela Thome, in the cast, directed by Adyanthaya, with designs and concepts contributed by Cancel-Pomales and Morales.

Based in the historic district of San Germán in southwest Puerto Rico, Casa Cruz de la Luna's mission is the exploration of the limits of the theatrical experience. Since 1998, the group has created experimental productions of classical works by Jorge Luis Borges, Cervantes, García Lorca, Oscar Wilde and Maeterlinck as well as of new plays by Puerto Rican writers. Among the vectors of exploration are: the activation of ruins and spaces in disuse, investigating acts of perception ("active spectatorship"), interactions with poor (quotidian) technology and the study of the continuum between different qualities of the organic and inorganic onstage (naked bodies, overdressed bodies, live animals, meat, replica, puppets, figures, functioning and non-functional apparatuses). Since 2014 the company has been working in setting up a second home base in New York.

INTAR is an organization committed to the development of "theater arts without borders." Over the past four decades, INTAR has produced classics, Latino adaptations of classics, cabarets, and 70 world premiers of plays written by Latino-Americans, including Oscar nominee Jose Rivera and Pulitzer Prize recipient Nilo Cruz. INTAR, one of the United States' longest running Latino theater producing in English, works to nurture the professional development of Latino theater artists; produce bold, innovative, artistically significant plays that reflect diverse perspectives; and, make accessible the diversity inherent in America's cultural heritage. INTAR has commissioned, developed, and produced works by more than 175 Latino writers, composers, and choreographers. It has assisted hundreds of Latino playwrights, directors, and actors in obtaining their first professional theater credits, union memberships, and reviews in English-language media. "There's scarcely a Latino artist in America who hasn't been supported or trained or produced by INTAR" according to The New York Times.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.intartheatre.org or call 212-352-3101.


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