March 22 – 31, 2013
By Raquel Carrió | Inspired By The Novel By Juan Rulfo
Directed By Flora Lautén
Music Direction By Victor Pichardo And Jomary Hechavarría
In Spanish With English Subtitles
Havana’s formidable theater innovators Flora Lautén and Raquel Carrió stage one of the greatest magical realism tales in Latin American literature—Juan Rulfo’s 1955 novel Pedro Páramo. The story follows a son who returns home to meet his father and reveals how one man’s unchecked appetite destroys both everything he loves and the town that made him great. The novel galvanized writers such as Jorge Luis Borges and Gabriel García Márquez to raise the voices and laughter of forgotten people, and encouraged writers and readers alike to listen to the dead living among us. A world premiere, Pedro Páramo was created by Buendía with local artists over an eight-week residency in Chicago and Havana, Cuba. The cast—half from Cuba and half from Chicago—includes such stage notables as Charin Alvarez, Sandra Delgado and Laura Crotte.
The most celebrated independent theater company in Cuba, Teatro Buendía is renowned for its poignant adaptations of classic texts whose themes reflect the struggles and challenges of contemporary Cuban society. Teatro Buendía was founded in 1986 by actress, teacher and artistic director Flora Lautén, with graduates from the Instituto Superior de Arte. Lautén and playwright Raquel Carrió contextualize western and European classics in a uniquely Cuban setting, with an ensemble of actors who have trained rigorously with Lautén through the Institute of Fine Arts in Havana. Top-notch performances, a meticulously chosen repertoire and the company’s unique acting methods have thrilled audiences and critics alike—both in Cuba and internationally.