Works by Caridad Svich, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Carmen Rivera and More Highlight Repertorio Espagnol's Summer 2012 Program


Repertorio Español presents a rotating repertory of theatrical productions of plays as well as dance and musical concerts from Latin America, Spain and by Hispanic-American artists. All productions (except those noted) are presented in Spanish with live simultaneous translation to English via wireless headsets. The schedule follows.

Filoctetes: Un drama de amor y Guerra
Directed by René Buch
Recommended for adult audiences
A staged reading in Spanish

Tuesday, May 1, 7pm

Fernando Savater, the Spanish writer and philosopher widely known for his Ética para Amador and other prolific works is the author of Filoctetes: Un drama de mar y guerra. In this work, Savater revisits the Sophocles' masterpiece making it relevant for the present times and adding a comical twist.The staged reading of this play will be directed by Repertorio Español's Artistic Director, René Buch, followed by a Q&A with Fernando Savater and a reception.

Nobel Winning Gabriel García Márquez'
CRÓNICA DE UNA MUERTE ANUNCIADA (Chronicle of a Death Foretold)
Directed by Jorge Alí Triana

A spectacular wedding, a savage scandal, and a murder to which an entire Latin American town appears to be an accessory to the fact.

Ages 17+ 70 min.
Tickets start at $27
Performances: Saturday, May 5 at 3pm, Tuesday, May 8 at 11am, Wednesday, May 16 at 11am and Friday, May 18 at 11am

Jorge Amado's
DOÑA FLOR Y SUS DOS MARIDOS (Doña Flor and Her Two Husbands)
Directed by Jorge Alí Triana.

Doña Flor misses her late husband's passionate intimacy. She re-marries and magical realism allows her to live (and sleep) with her two husbands. A colorful adaptation of this Brazilian's masterpiece.

This play has nudity and mature content.Ages 17+.
Tickets start at $30
Performances: Saturday, May 19 at 8pm, Sunday, May 20 at 6:30pm, Saturday, July 21 at 8pm and Sunday, July 22 at 2:30p

Santiago Garcîa's
Directed by Jorge Alí Triana.

A carnivalesque adaptation of Cervantes' masterpiece. Through Don Quijote's adventures, the production presents the illusion of a utopian world with a festive and colorful spirit.

Ages 13+ . 100 minutes
Tickets start at $27
Performances: Thursday, May 10 at 11am, Tuesday, May 15 at 11am & 1pm, Friday, May 18 at 8pm

Caridad Svich's
EN EL TIEMPO DE LAS MARIPOSAS (In the Time of the Butterflies)
Based on Julia Álvarez's novel, directed by José Zayas.

The story of the courageous Mirabal sisters (Patria, Minerva and María Teresa) from the Dominican Republic. The sisters inspired resistance cells throughout the country against the dictatorial regime of Gen. Rafael Leónidas Trujillo. The martyred butterflies come to vibrant life in a warm, brilliant, and dramatic production.

Ages 13+. 100 minutes
Tickets start at $30
Performances: Wednesday, May 2 at 11am, Sunday, May 6 at 2:30pm, Saturday, May 12 at 8pm, Monday, May 14 at 11am, Sunday, May 20 at 2:30pm, Sunday, June 10 at 2:30pm, Saturday, June 23 at 8pm, Sunday, June 24 at 2:30pm, Saturday, July 7 at 8pm, Sunday, July 8 at 2:30pm, Saturday, July 28 at 8pm, Sunday, July 29 at 2:30pm

Saulo García's
Directed by Juan Carlos Talero.


After "El insomnio americano's" success, which continues to sell out in New York, Miami and Colombia, Saulo García brings a new stand-up-comedy show with the good taste and ingenuity that he is best known for. With outstanding humor, "La vida en los Esclavos Unidos" (Life in the United Slaves') touches on themes such as the financial crisis, healthcare in the U.S.A., immigrants' jobs and the lifelong trauma left after the interview for a visa at the U.S. Embassy.

Ages 17+.
Tickets start at $30
Performances: Saturday, May 26 at 8pm, Sunday, May 27 at 2:30pm & 6:30pm, Saturday, June 16 at 8pm, Sunday, June 17 at 2:30pm, Saturday, June 30 at 8pm, Sunday, July 1 at 2:30pm, Saturday, July 14 at 8pm, Sunday, July 15 at 2:30pm

Federico Garcîa Lorca's
LA CASA DE BERNARDA ALBA (The House of Bernarda Alba)
Directed by René Buch.

"Silence! Silence!" These are the first and last words spoken by Bernarda Alba, the tyrannical mother who attempts to dominate and control her five unmarried daughters. In this repressed environment, Lorca creates an explosion of hatred, jealousy, despair and passion.

Ages 15+. 90 minutes
Tickets start at $27
Performances: Tuesday, May 1 at 11am, Saturday, May 12 at 3pm, Thursday, May 17 at 11am and Tuesday, May 22 at 11am

Carmen Rivera's
Now on its 16th consecutive season, directed by René Buch.

The story of a young woman who travels from NYC to Puerto Rico to meet her family and discovers her roots. Her misconceptions are transformed as she learns that being Puerto Rican is a matter of the heart and spirit.

Ages 13+ . 100 minutes.
Tickets start at $27
Performances: Thursday, May 3 at 11am, Friday, May 4 at 11am & 1pm, Monday, May 7 at 11am, Wednesday, May 9 at 11am, Friday, May 11 at 11am, Tuesday, May 15 at 7pm, Thursday, May 24 at 11am, Sunday, June 3 at 2:30pm, Tuesday, June 5 at 7pm at GALA PERFORMANCE, Thursday, June 7 at 7pm, Friday, June 8 at 11am and Saturday, June 9 at 8pm

Lina Gallegos'
LOCURAS EN WICHITA (Wild in Wichita)
Directed Luis Fernández.

An elegant Puerto Rican woman and an irreverent Mexican man fall in love when they meet at an assisted living center in Wichita, Kansas. Despite their children's disapproval and fueled by their newfound love, the couple embarks on adventures that disrupt the center's assumed tranquility. "Locuras en Wichita" is the Winning Play of the 2009 MetLife 'Nuestras Voces' National Latino Plays Initiative sponsored by MetLife Foundation.

Ages 13+.
Tickets start at $27
Performances: Sunday, May 13 at 2:30pm

Karen Zacarías'
MARIELA EN EL DESIERTO (Mariela in the Desert)
Directed by Jerry Ruiz.

A painter from a family of artists returns home to the Mexican desert to reconcile with her father. A celebration of the rich cultural and artistic life of México by one of the most prolific and celebrated Mexican American Playwrights.

Tickets start at $27
Performances: Saturday, May 5 at 8pm

Yoshvanni Medina's Probation
Winning Play of the MetLife Nuestras Voces Latino Plays Initiative sponsored by MetLife Foundation.

A Cuban exile in Miami welcomes a couple that has recently arrived from Cuba. The couple falls for the promise of quick prosperity and soon becomes trapped by their American dream. A play about two generations of Cubans with the same enemy and different moral values.

Tickets start at $27
Performances: Thursday, July 12 at 7pm, Friday, July 13 at 8pm, Sunday, July 15 at 6:30pm, Friday, July 20 at 8pm, Sunday, July 22 at 6:30pm and Friday, July 27 at 8pm

TICKETS start at $27 or $33 depending on the show. Discounts are available for groups, employees of contributing corporations, students and senior citizens.

RESERVATIONS: By phone: 212.225.9999 |

In Person: Repertorio Español 138 East 27th Street (between Lexington and Third Avenues. Subway: # 6, N or R to 28th Street). Sunday-Thursday 10am-7pm; Friday-Saturday 10am-8pm. Repertorio Español is wheelchair accessible and offers an audio amplification system for the heard of hearing. Patrons that require such services must specify their need at the time of reservation.

REPERTORIO ESPAÑOL was founded in 1968 to present the best of Latin American, Spanish and Hispanic-American theatre in distinctive, high-quality productions, and to bring theatre to a broad audience in New York City and across the country, including seniors, students and Hispanics of all national backgrounds. The organization has been awarded Drama Desk, OBIE and New York State Governor's Awards, as well as many ACE (Hispanic Critics Association) citations.

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