XXVII International Hispanic Theatre Festival of Miami

From July 12 through 29, 2012.

The International Hispanic Theatre Festival (IHTF) of Miami, presented by Teatro Avante, American Airlines, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts and Teatro Prometeo of Miami Dade College, celebrates its twenty-seventh season in the company of distinguished theatre groups from Latin America and Spain as well as the United States, at various venues in Miami-Dade County.

This year, for the first time in its history, the IHTF is dedicating a season to U.S. Latino Theatre, in recognition of the nation’s Hispanic heritage. In addition, thanks to a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge, the IHTF’s Educational Component will hold a two-day conference and launch a book that looks back on the Festival’s long history.

The Festival spans three weeks, with performances taking place in various locations in Miami and Key Biscayne, Thursdays through Sundays. The event will include eleven plays from five countries including the United States, Argentina, Ecuador, Mexico and Spain. The program contains performances in English, in Spanish (some with English supertitles) and in both languages, as well as non-verbal theatre.

The Festival’s Educational Component, under the direction of Beatriz J. Rizk, Ph.D., in collaboration with the Center for Literature and Theatre @ Miami Dade College, and with major support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation (Knight Arts Challenge), will host a theatre conference, post-performance forums, workshops, a photography exhibit, a book presentation and three staged readings on July 16, 17 & 24.

FESTIVAL PROGRAM

Friday, June 8, 7:00-10:00 p.m.
MUMBAI – Jazz Concert
JAUME VILASECA TRIO
Barcelona, Spain
Poster Unveiling Cocktail Reception
Roberto Silva, Artist
Miami Dade College – Wolfson Campus Auditorium, Bldg. 1, 2nd Floor, 300 N.E. 2nd Avenue, Miami
Co-presented by Teatro Prometeo at Miami Dade College – Wolfson Campus
Co-sponsored by the Consulate General of Spain, the Spanish Cultural Center, Bacardi USA and El Rey de las Fritas.  (By invitation only)

July 12 – 29
Photography Exhibit
TEATRO AVANTE PRESENTS VIRGILIO PIÑERA
CELEBRATING HIS 100th BIRTHDAY
Asela Torres, Photographer
Carnival Studio Theater Lobby
Adrienne Arsht Center
1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

Thursday & Friday, July 12 & 13, 8:30 p.m.
URBAN THEATRE MOVEMENT, Los Angeles, UNITED STATES
SHORT EYES by Miguel Piñero, directed by Julian Acosta
Short Eyes, a term prisoners use to brand a child molester, reveals the racial, sexual and dangerously seditious personal politics wielded by an explosive group of inmates at an unnamed house of detention in New York City. Their petty ploys and communal rebellions are unexpectedly disturbed when they are joined by a middle-class white man accused of raping a young girl.
Carnival Studio Theater, Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
Tickets: 305.949-6722 / 1.866.949-6722 (toll-free) / www.arshtcenter.org
(In English. Brief nudity, strong language, not appropriate for children.)
Co-sponsored by the City of Los Angeles Dept. of Cultural Affairs

Thursday, July 12 (IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE PERFORMANCE)
2012 Life Achievement in the Performing Arts Award Presentation
Teresa María Rojas (Cuba/USA)
Carnival Studio Theater, Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami   

Friday & Saturday, July 13 & 14, 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Educational Component Conference and Book Presentation
Sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Current Trends in Latino and Latin American Performing Arts
In collaboration with the Center for Literature and Theatre @ Miami Dade College
Miami Dade College – Wolfson Campus, 300 N.E. 2nd Avenue, Bldg. 2, #2106, Miami
(In Spanish, some English interpretation available)  FREE ADMISSION AND PARKING

Friday & Saturday, July 13 & 14, 8:30 p.m.
LA COMPAÑÍA PROMETEO, Miami
INFIELES (Unfaithful) by Marco Antonio de la Parra, directed by Ernest Figueroa
Four characters experience marital infidelity: an idealistic exile, an ex-guerrilla poet turned publicist, a businessman and a housewife. At issue, as well, is fidelity to our philosophic, moral, ethical, social and political principles.
Miami Dade College – Wolfson Campus’ Auditorium, Bldg. 1, 2nd Floor, 300 N.E. 2nd Avenue, Miami
Tickets: www.prometeotheatre.com / 305.237-3262
(In Spanish with English supertitles)

Saturday, July 14, 8:30 p.m. & Sunday, July 15, 5:00 p.m.
LATINO THEATER COMPANY, Los Angeles
SOLITUDE by Evelina Fernández, directed by José Luis Valenzuela
Inspired by Octavio Paz’s The Labyrinth of Solitude, the play explores love, death, destiny and family. On the day of the million-immigrant march, Gabriel invites his old neighborhood friends over after his mother’s funeral. As the wine pours and mambo explodes, they share secrets, laugh, cry, sing and dance together.
Carnival Studio Theater, Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
Tickets: 305.949-6722 / 1.866.949.6722 (toll-free) / www.arshtcenter.org
Co-sponsored by the City of Los Angeles Dept. of Cultural Affairs
(In English)

Monday July 16, 8:30 p.m.
Staged Reading
TEATRO PROMETEO, Miami,
JUEGOS Y REJUEGOS: EL CAMBIO, TONOS Y JUEGO DE DAMAS (The Change, Tones, and Ladies’ Game) by Julio Matas, directed by Beatriz J. Rizk
Three short plays show the fragility and vulnerability inherent in the human condition, of humans trapped in vicious cycles from which there is no escape. The pieces go beyond the historical facts of the period in which they are set to touch upon universal values, such as love and compassion.
Teatro Prometeo, Miami Dade College – Wolfson Campus, 300 N.E. 2nd Avenue, Miami
(In Spanish)  FREE ADMISSION AND PARKING

Tuesday, July 17, 8:30 p.m.
Staged Reading
TEATRO PROMETEO, Miami,
LAS CHICAS DEL 3.5 FLOPPIES (The Girls from the 3.5 Floppies) by Luis Enrique Gutiérrez Ortiz Monasterio (LEGOM), directed by Beatriz J. Rizk
The vicious cycle of poverty in which many women are caught prevents them from achieving meaningful lives. Through raw, vivid language and an unadorned depiction of reality, the story of their precarious existence and struggle to sustain their unstable lifestyle keeps us on the edge of our seats.
Teatro Prometeo, Miami Dade College – Wolfson Campus, 300 N.E. 2nd Ave., Miami
(In Spanish. Not appropriate for children.) FREE ADMISSION AND PARKING

Wednesday & Thursday, July 18 & 19, 8:30 P.M.
FLOR DE UN DÍA, Buenos Aires, Argentina
NADA DEL AMOR ME PRODUCE ENVIDIA (I Don’t Envy Love)
by Santiago Loza, directed by Diego Lerman
Musical melodrama about Argentine songstresses of the 1930s. At the time, it was common for women whose singing careers were unsuccessful to become seamstresses.
Teatro Prometeo, Miami Dade College – Wolfson Campus, 300 N.E. 2nd Avenue, Miami
Tickets: www.prometeotheatre.com / 305.237-3262
(In Spanish)

Thursday & Friday, July 19 & 20, 8:30 p.m.
LA MÁQUINA DE TEATRO, Mexico City, MEXICO
MALINCHE / MALINCHES, written and directed by Juliana Faesler
The Malinche is something in our collective unconscious that we can’t seem to comprehend, something that is hard to interpret. Who are we? Are we bastards? Are we children of betrayal, ambition, gossip? Lover, concubine, slave, maid, mother, woman, native. All attempts to explain the Mexican soul are intimately tied to her. Malinche is our country, and also our duality and legacy.
Car
nival Studio Theater, Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
Tickets: 305.949-6722 / 1.866.949.6722 (toll-free) / www.arshtcenter.org
Co-sponsored by FONCA-CONACULTA and the Consulate General of Mexico and the Mexican Cultural Institute
(In Spanish)

Friday & Saturday, July 20 & 21, 8:30 p.m.
ZEROCOMPAÑÍA, New York, UNITED STATES
AVIONES DE PAPEL (Paper Airplanes) by Diana Chery-Ramírez, directed by Aminta De Lara
A look at urban society, at the lack of communication and misunderstandings with which we live. An exploration of domestic violence in the solitary worlds city dwellers build to protect themselves. 
Teatro Prometeo, Miami Dade College – Wolfson Campus, 300 N.E. 2nd Avenue, Miami
Tickets: www.prometeotheatre.com / 305. 237-3262
(In Spanish)

Saturday, July 21, 5:45 p.m.
TEATRO SEA, SOCIETY OF THE EDUCATIONAL ARTS, New York, UNITED STATES
EL ENCUENTRO DE JUAN BOBO Y PEDRO ANIMAL (Juan Bobo Meets Pedro Animal), written and directed by Manuel Antonio Morán
Everyone will enjoy the story of two charming but not-too-bright characters who meet in a magical world full of music, puppets, comedy and popular lore. As they interact with the protagonists, children learn about the folklore of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.
In collaboration with the Key Biscayne Community Center
Co-sponsored by Key Biscayne Community Foundation and the Village of Key Biscayne
Key Biscayne Community Center, 10 Village Green Way, Key Biscayne
Information: 305.365-8900
(Bilingual)  FREE ADMISSION

Saturday, July 21, 8:30 p.m. & Sunday, July 22, 5:00 p.m.
KULUNKA TEATRO, Hernani, Pais Vasco, SPAIN
ANDRÉ y DORINE by Edu Cárcamo, José Dault, Garbiñe Insausti, Rolando San Martín, Iñaki Rikarte, directed by Iñaki Ricarte
a collective creation, directed by Iñaki Ricarte
André and Dorine are a unique elderly couple who, like so many others, have drifted into apathy as a result of routine. But a disease interrupts the monotony: Alzheimer’s, our great enemy, a destroyer of memories and identity. A journey through memory, a struggle to remember who they were so as not to forget who they are.
Carnival Studio Theater, Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
Tickets: 305.949-6722 / 1.866.949.6722 (toll-free) / www.arshtcenter.org
(Non-verbal)

Sunday, July 22, 2:00-7:00 p.m.
INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S DAY, sponsored by TARGET.
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. – Arts and crafts, rides, face painting, live music and distribution of combo meals
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Performance:
TEATRO DOBLE, Miami, UNITED STATES
YO LA LLAMO RUSITA ROJAS (I Call Her Rusita Rojas)
by Cristina Ferrari, directed by Neher Jacqueline Briceño
In this humorous adaptation of Charles Perrault’s classic Little Red Riding Hood, a clever detective investigates the strange disappearance of a wolf. His only witness is the charismatic, talkative and daydreaming Rusita, who testifies as to the facts of the case. Funny and action-filled, the story reminds us of the importance of the healthy enjoyment of childhood.  (In Spanish)
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Workshops: acting, dance, voice/music, painting and puppetry
5:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. – Presentation of workshop productions
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Performance:
TEATRO SEA, SOCIETY OF THE EDUCATIONAL ARTS, New York, UNITED STATES
EL ENCUENTRO DE JUAN BOBO Y PEDRO ANIMAL (Juan Bobo Meets Pedro Animal), written and directed by Manuel Antonio Morán
Everyone will enjoy the story of two charming but not-too-bright characters who meet in a magical world full of music, puppets, comedy and popular lore. As they interact with the protagonists, children learn about the folklore of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.  (Bilingual)
In collaboration with and presented at Miami Dade College, InterAmerican Campus
627 S.W. 27 Avenue, Miami
Co-sponsored by Marlins Community Foundation
Information: 305.237.6186
FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY   FREE ADMISSION

Tuesday, July 24, 8:30 p.m.
Staged Reading
TEATRO PROMETEO, Miami, UNITED STATES
Celebrando a Virgilio: Una Noche con Piñera (Celebrating Virgilio: An Evening with Piñera)
ESTUDIO EN BLANCO Y NEGRO y LOS SIERVOS (Study in Black and White and The Serfs)
by Virgilio Piñeram, directed by Beatriz J. Rizk
These two short plays reveal Piñera’s irreverent, darkly humorous streak. In the first, he plays with language, and in the second, with equivocal (and unequivocal) situations. The latter exploits the “form versus content” cliché that communist ideologues employed during much of the 20th century. Piñera’s absurdist humor, which he used to skewer political rhetoric, practices and the situations they create for the individual, contributed to his works being banished from his homeland’s stages for many years. These pieces are a testament to his wit, artistic skills and, above all, subversiveness.
Teatro Prometeo, Miami Dade College – Wolfson Campus, 300 N.E. 2nd Ave., Miami
(In Spanish) FREE ADMISSION AND PARKING

Friday & Saturday, July 27 & 28, 8:30 p.m.
CONTRAELVIENTO TEATRO, Quito, ECUADOR
LA FLOR DE LA CHUKIRAWA (The Flower of the Chukirawa), written and directed by Patricio Vallejo Aristizábal
A television reporter interviews a rural mother about her son’s death in Iraq, where he was serving in the U.S. armed forces. The streak of Andean baroque that runs through our veins keeps us suspended between tradition and a future that never seems to arrive.
Prometeo Theatre at Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus, 300 N.E. 2nd Avenue, Miami
Tickets: www.prometeotheatre.com / 305. 237-3262
(In Spanish)

Thursday, Friday & Saturday, July 26, 27 & 28, 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 29, 5:00 p.m.
TEATRO AVANTE, Miami, UNITED STATES
EL NO (No), Gilda Santana’s freely adapted version of Virgilio Piñero’s play, directed by Mario Ernesto Sánchez
A generation that tries to impose its way of thinking and doing, and a younger one that claims the right to rebel in its quest for happiness. To remain silent and wait, to flee, or to stand up to power? What is the best way of saying no, and what is the price to be paid?
Carnival Studio Theater, Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
Tickets: 305.949-6722 / 1.866.949.6722 (toll-free) / www.arshtcenter.org
(In Spanish with English supertitles)

International Hispanic Theatre Festival of Miami
305.445.8877
www.teatroavante.org

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