Casa 0101 Theater, Josefina López, Artistic Director, and The Center for Collaboration with the Arts at Whittier College will present "Lorca in a Green Dress," written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Nilo Cruz, under the direction of Jennifer Sage Holmes at Casa 0101 Theater, 2102 E. 1st Street (at St. Louis Street), Boyle Height, CA 90033 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 5:00 p.m., tonight, July 20 – August 26, 2012.
Set in 1936, in the play, "Lorca in a Green Dress," the great Spanish poet, Federico García Lorca arrives in the "Lorca Room" in Purgatorio, a room of the soul, where he must spend 40 days of morning following his murder at the hands of Spanish fascists. Five different actors portray aspects of the poet's personality in a surrealistic landscape that questions what it means to die, to live, to create and to love. The cast also includes a Flamenco dancer and guitarist who will perform original improvised instrumental music. This particular production will also feature original music composed by Christopher Davis with original lyrics penned by Nilo Cruz.
Playwright Nilo Cruz said: "Lorca had almost prophesized his death. He was perceived as a dissonant artist and was denounced, persecuted and assassinated because of his need to express himself. In my play, Federico García Lorca's death is dramatized five times by actors who play out his life."
Josefina López, Artistic Director of Casa 0101 Theater, said: "I have always had a fascination and admiration for the work of Federico García Lorca, dating back to my days at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. I also greatly admire the writing and work of my friend, Nilo Cruz, whom I first met back in 1988 when we were both participants in María Irene Fornés' Hispanic Playwright's Workshop at Intar Theatre in New York City. It was at that time I wrote my play 'Real Women Have Curves,' which later became a film of the same name, and Nilo went on to win a Pulitzer Prize for his play, 'Anna in the Tropics.' I am thrilled to be able to co-present Nilo's play, 'Lorca in a Green Dress' at my theatre in Boyle Heights."
Regarding the play, director Jennifer Sage Holmes said: "In 'Lorca in a Green Dress,' Nilo Cruz balances audiences on a thin line between life and death. Inspired by the poetry of Federico García Lorca, audiences are brought into a surreal world where Lorca is forced to come to terms with his own death. In doing so, Lorca realizes the beauty, and significance, of life. Our cast will feature professional actors and performers."
Casa 0101 Theater is sponsored in part by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, The California Endowment, Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina, The Ralph Parsons Foundation, The Herb Alpert Foundation and Metro. Production Sponsors include: Trader Joe's and North American Latino Producers.
Original music and lyrics to be incorporated into this production of the play will include: "Puppet Dance" with music composed by Christopher Davis and lyrics written by Nilo Cruz and "Lorca in a Green Dress," and an original instrumental theme with music composed by Christopher Davis. Other songs performed in the play include: "La Señorita Del Abanico," "Concion De Jinete" and "Y Raise La Gente."
A Free Art Exhibit in The Jean Deleage Gallery at Casa 0101 Theater entitled, "Liminal" will be running in conjunction with the production of "Lorca in a Green Dress." The exhibit will open on Thursday, July 19, 2012 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. "Liminal" is a group art exhibit which will feature original art and mixed media works focused on the ephemeral transformation related to dreams, outer body experience/s and liminality. Artists to be featured in the exhibit include: Raul Baltazar, PINCHI MICHI, Art Chabolla, Ricardo Mendoza and CHATISMO. "Liminal" is also a state of being on the 'threshold' of or between different existential planes, which can also be described as a rites of passage or a ritual, a transitional passage between alternative states. Curator Lilia Ramirez states: "The exhibition is a testament of each artist's personal journey into physical and non-physical spaces of transformation."