MCT Announces the Cast & Creatives of TREES DIE STANDING TALL
Mad Cow Theatre announces the cast and creative team of Trees Die Standing Tall, Casona's comedy in Spanish, which will take place in the Zehngebot-Stonerock Black Box Sept. 27- Oct. 7, 2018 as Season 22's first Spanish production.
Die Standing is the story of one woman's unshakeable faith in her grandson's inherent goodness, despite copious evidence to the contrary. All of this sets up a story which is at heart about romance and the importance of believing in something or someone. Casona neatly illustrates that faith and fantasy are intertwined - we need to believe in something, even if that something is a fantasy. There are plenty of laughs, improbable coincidences and mistaken identities. It's also a tender story about love - love that has survived the ages, young love that blossoms and familial love between generations.
Alejandro Casona was a progressive teacher and poet and one of the most important Spanish writers of the 20th century. His ideas were considered too radical for many in the years before the Spanish Civil War, and like many intellectuals of the era, he was forced into exile after Francisco Franco rose to power. He became a resident of Argentina and remained there until 1962 when he was finally allowed to return to Spain. His work had great success in cinema and theatre, especially in Argentina. This production's script has text full of incredibly audacious and poetic phrases.
original script has thirteen characters that were reduced to eight in the adaptation of the three-act play that Director Eliana Stratico did for this version. "It is always a titanic task to try to choose what to keep and what not to keep when you find magnificent texts like those of Casona in this piece," she explains.
Mad Cow brings this compelling play to life with an international cast. In order of appearance: Guillermo Suárez (Venezuela) - Pastor, Lisa Morales (Puerto Rico) - Helena, Claudia Caicedo (Cuba) - Illusionist, Karina Gentile (Venezuela) - Isabel, Guillermo Rivera (Puerto Rico) - Balboa, Miguel Salas (Venezuela) - Director / Mauricio, Leonor Veloso (Colombia) - Grandmother, Alejandro Guevárez (Puerto Rico) - The Other. Eliana Stratico returns as director.