Beauty of the Father

Beauty of the Father

by Nilo Cruz

Performances: [at the James A. Little Theater]

February 8 - 17th, February 2013

This play by Pulitzer Prize-winner Nilo Cruz is set in Andalusia, Spain, where the restless ghost of the Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca still wanders through the streets and converses with the living.

BEAUTY OF THE FATHER introduces us to a young American woman who travels to this part of the world to meet her estranged, ex- pat father and becomes romantically involved with his Moroccan companion. This passionate story explores the conflict between love and sacrifice, desire and loyalty. BEAUTY OF THE FATHER is not Nilo Cruz's first play about Garcia Lorca, who was murdered by right-wing nationalists at the start of the Spanish Civil war. In 2003, his LORCA IN A GREEN DRESS took a more biographical look at the writer. "In Latin America the dead are very much a part of our lives", says the 52 year old Cruz who came to the United States at age 10. THEATERWORK produced LORCA IN A GREEN DRESS in its 2004-2005 Season to sold out houses. The playwright came to see it.

What some critics had to say: " Cruz is a writer of ideas who fills the stage with a kind of lush dramatic literature, unifying character with thought and action in time and place."

The New Yorker

" In spite of the contemporary flavor of Mr. Cruz's plot, his stagecraft is delightfully old- fashioned. His characters are forever waxing poetic, reeling off elaborate soliloquies at te drop of a paint brush.."

The Wall Street Journal

Nilo Cruz

Cruz was born to Tina and Nilo Cruz, Sr. in Matanzas, Cuba. the family immigrated to the "Little Havana" neighborhood in Miami Florida in 1970. on a Freedom Flight. His interest in theater began with acting and directing in the early 1980's. He studied theater first at Miami-Dade Community College, later moving to New York City, where he studied under fellow Cuban Maria Irene Fornes. Fornes recommended Cruz to Paula Vogel who was teaching at Brown University where he would receive an MFA in 1994. In 2003 his play ANNA IN THE TROPICS was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the Steinberg Award for Best New Play. A year later it received its Broadway premiere with Jimmy Smits in the lead role. He has since been the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including two NEZ/ TCG National Theater Artist Residency grants, a Rockefeller Foundation grant, a Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays award and a USA Artist Fellowship. Cruz is an alumnus of New Dramatists, has taught playwriting at Brown University, University of Iowa and Yale University. His plays have been produced by New York's Public Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, Pasadena Playhouse, McCarter Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare festival and many others nationally, including THEATERWORK in Santa Fe.

Federico Garcia Lorca

Garcia Lorca was born in the year 1898 in Fuente Vaqueros, a few miles outside of Granada in the province of Andalusia, in southern Spain. From an early age he was fascinated by Spain's mixed heritage, adapting its ancient folk songs, ballads, lullabies and flamenco music into his poems and plays. By the age of thirty he had published five books of poems and plays. In 1929-30 he studied in New York City, where he wrote the poems that were to be published posthumously as Poet in New York. On returning to Spain he devoted much of his attention to theater, "...the poetry which rises from the page...and becomes human". In 1936, at the outset of the Spanish Civil War, he was shot to death by anti-Republican rebels in Franco's army and his books were banned and destroyed. He remains one of the most beloved writers of twentieth-century Spain and one of the world's most influential poets. His work is admired for its passionate urgency and its haunting evocation of sorrow and loss. He spoke unforgettably of the otherness of nature, the demons of personal identity and artistic creation, sex, childhood and death. "A brilliant uncertainty makes his work seem both miraculous and uneven, troubled when it looks calm, oddly smooth and authoritative..." Michael Wood, New York Review of Books

THE PRODUCTION:

BEAUTY OF THE FATHER is a perfect fit for TW's careful - yet daring - approach to making theater. It follows on work done in the first sixteen seasons in Santa Fe from Latino writers and subjects: Gonzales, Marquez, Fuentes, Zakarias, Serrano,Torroba, Marquez, Cruz ... and pieces developed in New Mexico : Bataan,the Journey Home, Guadalupe! El Mundo Se Llena de Preguntas, Where Angels Come to Sing! ...and others. THEATERWORK has deep roots in the international theater community from its roots in the Teatro Laboratorio in Bogota, Colombia; its landmark work in Minnesota ; and now its work in New Mexico. This production will emphasize the presence of the poetry - the vision and sensibilities - of Lorca in every aspect. The set design is simple, poetic and evocative. It includes elements such as the moon, the sea, a stand of poplars. The props are very carefully selected to express the lives of the characters. Throughout he set are images - sometimes in miniature - that are drawn from the poetry of Lorca: nests, white roses, objects fro the sea, the color blue, nests, Spanish and Moroccan pieces. Lighting design has to suggest the passage of time, the intersection between dream and the everyday, an eclipse, a burst of purifying flames on the feast of San Juan... The sound score will include the sound of a restless sea, bird songs, distant flamenco guitar, bells, actual songs composed by Lorca sung live - and harder sounds to achieve -the movement of stone, ice, desire, solitude... bring your imaginations!

ARTISTIC STAFF:

David Matthew Olson, Director/ Set Design Steve Carmichael, Lighting Design Richard Gonzales, Props Master Jack Sherman/ Technical Director Paula Olson/ Sound Design Laura Bailey, Stage Manager Per Jerabek, Photography

CAST:

Jonathan Dixon..............Federico Garcia Lorca, Spanish poet Tad Jones ...................... Emiliano, an American artist Trish Vecchio .................Paquita, a Spanish woman Vanessa Rios y Valles ....Marina, the daughter from America Isaiah Rodriguez ........... Karim, a young Moroccan perfumer

DATES/ TIMES

James A. Little Theater Corner of Cerrillos Road and Saint Francis Drive (Campus of the New Mexico School for the Deaf)   Friday, February 8 @ 7:30 pm Saturday, February 9 @ 7:30 pm Sunday, February 10 @ 2:00 pm Thursday, February 14 @ 7:30 pm Friday, February 15 @ 7:30 pm Saturday, February 16 @ 7:30 pm Sunday, February 17 @ 2:00 pm TICKETS: General Admission: $15.00 Students: $10.00 BOX OFFICE: Reservations / Information: (505) 471-1799

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