Goodman Theatre audiences will be the first in the United States to witness the work of Cuba’s acclaimed Teatro Buendía in two productions during the 2010 Latino Theatre Fesitval: La Visita de la Vieja Dama based on Dürrematt’s The Visit, and Charenton (July 15 – 18) by Raquel Carrió, a new interpretation of the story of the Marquis de Sade and his direction of the asylum inmates in theatrical performances. Led by Founding Artistic Director and theater educator Flora Lauten, Cuba’s premier theater company Teatro Buendía is renowned for its poignant adaptations of classic texts whose themes reflect the struggles and challenges of contemporary Cuban society.
Goodman Resident Artistic Associate and Festival curator Henry Godinez, who first encountered Teatro Buendía in 2003 with Las bacantes (The Bacchae), describes their performance style as “heightened and ferocious, yet undeniably honest and personal,” informed by a ritualistic sense of rhythm drawn from Caribbean and African traditions. Lauten and playwright Carrió contextualize western and European classics in a uniquely Cuban setting with traditional music and dance, with an ensemble of actors trained through the Institute of Fine Arts in Havana.
By Raquel Carrió
Directed by Flora Lauten
July 15 (7:30pm); July 16 and July 17 (8pm); July 18 (2pm) | Owen Theatre | Spanish w/English subtitles
$28/$14 (students w/ID)