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BILINGUAL THEATRE FIESTA 2017

May 25 – 28, 2017, Flamboyán Theater

Theater

Presenting two productions in both English & Spanish:

UNMERCIFUL GOOD FORTUNE / DESPIADADA FORTUNA

by Edwin Sánchez

May 25th – 28th [Flamboyan Theater]

In UNMERCIFUL GOOD FORTUNE.The audience is kept on the edge of their seats. While they cannot predict what will come next, each twist and turn of the plot seems exactly right as it unfolds. The play centers on two Latinas: Fatima, a clairvoyant, uneducated hourly wage earner-turned-murderer, and on a successful, highly educated assistant district attorney, a single parent caring for her dying mother. From this unlikely pairing, Sanchez builds a story that examines class, racial and gender conflicts, family and professional relationships, friendship, heterosexual and homosexual love, self-realization, personal worth, and the ethics of euthanasia.

BETWEEN PANCHO VILLA AND A NAKED WOMAN / ENTRE VILLA Y UNA MUJER DESNUDA

by Sabina Berman

June 1st – 4th [Flamboyan Theater]

A feeling of deep commitment to the struggle of women carries this comedy into the unexpected conflicts between reality and fantasy. The struggle is seen as women not against man, but rather against the caricature in which man has converted himself. Man, in his misguided attempt to justify the unjustifiable, trying to be democratic, but unable not to be “phallocratic”.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

As its main purpose, Teatro Nómada, Inc. aims to translate theatre texts, particularly Puerto Rican and Latin American ones, for production in New York City. We have planned our first bilingual theatre festival, titled Teatro Nómada Bilingual Theatre Festival, for presentation in June 2017. The festival will comprise the presentation of two plays—one Nuyorican and one Mexican—in both Spanish and English. Unmerciful Good Fortune by Nuyorican playwright Edwin Sánchez has been selected for the festival and translated from its original English into Spanish as one of his best and most recognized works. Our second festival selection is from Mexico, the celebrated piece titledEntre Villa y una mujer desnuda, by the internationally renowned playwright, Sabina Berman. It is worth noting that this play was made into a film and submitted as the nominee from Mexico in the Academy Awards category of Best Foreign Film.

    Unmerciful Good Fortune deals with themes of euthanasia, spiritualism, and female sexuality to explore how human beings confront difficult life and death decisions. Entre Villa y una mujer desnuda deconstructs Mexican history using feminist satire.

In addition to the staging of these plays, conversations with the playwrights and critics about the presented plays will also be scheduled with the public.

The project will be a co-production between Teatro Nómada and the Clemente Soto Velez Educational and Cultural Center. The  Festival  will take place from May 25th  to June 4th,  at 8:00 pm. on weekdays  and  at  4:00 pm  on Sundays.  The  actors, from  Puerto  Rico  and  New York,  will perform  the plays in  English and  Spanish  during the  Festival.

ABOUT TEATRO NÓMADA

Teatro Nómada, Inc. works from the premise that simply translating plays into English (or any language) is insufficient.  Dramatic texts move beyond the written word as they transcend the page through performance.  Staging and production are additional layers of translation—all too often overlooked.  This is where our festival comes in.  We believe that plays need more than mere translation into English. They must also be produced, staged and presented; in our case as part of a theatre festival for contemporary Latino/a plays from the Americas.  By promoting and producing first-ever translations of international plays and then producing them at the Clemente Soto Velez Center, we would be providing an unparalleled opportunity for theatre audiences in New York to experience these new works.  In addition, the festival will provide a unique vantage point for promoting a particular cultural heritage and introducing it to an expanded audience which includes not only the Latino/a community, but also the general public in the New York City area. FACEBOOK.COM/TEATRONOMADAINC