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"Lorca in a Green Dress" at Repertorio Español

- Backstage with the Playwrights

Lorca in a Green Dress
Lorca con un Vestido Verde
(Lorca Bio)

By Nilo Cruz
at
Repertorio Español
www.repertorio.org
138 East 27th Street
NY. NY 10016
212.889.2850

Founder and Producer Emeritus: Gilberto Zaldívar
Artistic Director: René Buch
Executive Director: Robert Weber Federico

Director: René Buch
Starring: Marcelo Rodríguez, Freddy Rivera, Pedro Serca,
Ricardo Hinoa, Pablo Tufino
Production Design: Robert Weber Federico
Costume Design: Paula Pérez
Original Soundtrack: Jimmy Tanaka
Movement Design: Adolfo Vázquez
Production Manager: Fernando Then
Presented in Spanish
(Simultaneous English translation available)
Press: Jose Antonio Cruz


Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
October 29, 2006


Starring: Marcelo Rodríguez, Alejandra Orozco, Freddy Rivera, Ricardo Hinoa, Iván Camilo, Pedro Serca, Pablo Tufiño, and Maya de Silva.

Repertorio Español was founded in 1968 as a high quality theatre for Latin American, Spanish, and Hispanic-American productions, performed in native Spanish, with earphones for English-speaking members of the audience. The theatre has received numerous awards, such Drama Desk and OBIE, and it remains throughout the years highly popular in the New York arts community. Repertorio Español actors are professional, impassioned, and persuasive. Today’s matinee production, by Nilo Cruz, is about the Spanish poet, Federico García Lorca (1898-1936), who was also an artist, dramatist, pianist, and composer. He was executed by the Spanish militia in Granada, at the beginning of the Spanish Civil War, for reasons of homosexuality and politics, while already torn by broken friendships. Among those friends were the surrealist artist, Salvador Dalí and filmmaker, Luis Buñuel.

Nilo Cruz, who wrote the engaging and eloquent Broadway play, Anna in the Tropics, set in a Cuban cigar factory, has created here a complex and abstract work. This setting is the preparatory theatre for the after-life, and Lorca is awaiting his final plight. He has options of staying in this middle-space, smoky and confused, watching his life re-enacted, in fragments and figures. Or, he can return to earth as a ghost, where even his family cannot see or touch him. There is much angst, some humor, and colorful monologues. The characters of Lorca’s many personas are recently deceased souls, who dress in the metaphors of Lorca’s psyche. Among these personas are Lorca in a blood-strewn shirt, Lorca in a green cape dress, and Lorca in bicycle pants. Additionally, Salvador Dalí and Lorca’s sister are present, as well. Lorca is led, moment by moment, through a gunshot re-enactment of his brutal death, to understand his condition and prepare for eternity.

Marcelo Rodriguez, as the recently deceased Lorca in the quest for understanding, exuded driven despair, while Freddy Rivera, as Lorca in the green cape dress, was engaging and energetic. Ricardo Hinoa, as Lorca in the white shirt, dripping with blood, portrayed just the right level of pain and anguish. Iván Camilo, in the bicycle pants, Alejandra Orozco, as the woman, Pedro Serka, as the General, and Pablo Tufiño, as the guard, added appropriate affect and attitude, in this powerful work. Maya de Silva, as the flaming Flamenco dancer, was one of the high points, re-appearing, time and again, in surreal, sideway walks, arms held high, with imaginary castanets.

For this viewer, the only drawback at Repertorio Español is the listening device, with American translators, who lack the affect and accent required for the dramatic dialogue. The theatre does not have the capacity for overhead titles, but it certainly could have native, Spanish-speaking actors, whose accents and expression would lend credibility to the culturally-infused action. Another possibility could be printed, large-type, English scripts, like orchestras occasionally use for choral concerts. On my next visit to Repertorio Español, I will probably waive the earphones and try to follow in Spanish, to be transported, as best as possible. I look forward to the next Repertorio Español production. Check www.repertorio.org for current and future schedules.



Left to right: Marcelo Rodríguez (Lorca bloodied). Back to front, left to right: Alejandra Orozco (Lorca as a woman), Iván Camilo (Lorca in bicycle pants), Pedro Serka (General), Freddy Rivera (Lorca in a green dress), Maya de Silva (Flamenco Dancer/Bailaora), Pablo Tufiño (Guard) & Ricardo Hinoa (Lorca in a white suit).
Photo courtesy of Michael J. Palma




Left to right: Maya de Silva (Flamenco Dancer/Bailaora), Alejandra Orozco (Lorca as a woman –floor-), Ricardo Hinoa (Lorca in a white suit), Marcelo Rodríguez (Lorca bloodied –floor-), Freddy Rivera (Lorca in a green dress), Iván Camilo (Lorca in bicycle pants). Back left: Pablo Tufiño (Guard) & Pedro Serka (General).
Photo courtesy of Michael J. Palma




Left to right: Ricardo Hinoa (Lorca in a white suit), Marcelo Rodríguez (Lorca bloodied –center-), Iván Camilo (Lorca in bicycle pants). Back left: Pablo Tufiño (Guard) & Pedro Serka (General).
Photo courtesy of Michael J. Palma




Marcelo Marcelo Rodríguez (Lorca bloodied)
Photo courtesy of Michael J. Palma




Left to right: Freddy Rivera (Lorca in a green dress), Marcelo Rodríguez (Lorca bloodied), Alejandra Orozco (Lorca as a woman) & Maya de Silva (Flamenco Dancer).
Photo courtesy of Michael J. Palma




Left to right: Marcelo Rodríguez (Lorca bloodied) & Iván Camilo (Lorca in bicycle pants)
Photo courtesy of Michael J. Palma




Left to right: Marcelo Rodríguez (Lorca bloodied) surrounded by the cast of “Lorca in a Green Dress”. Opening of the second act.
Photo courtesy of Michael J. Palma




Left to right: Freddy Rivera (Lorca in a green dress), Marcelo Rodríguez (Lorca bloodied), Alejandra Orozco (Lorca as a woman), Ricardo Hinoa (Lorca in a white suit).
Photo courtesy of Michael J. Palma





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