V, November 2006
The Crying Woman/La Llorona -
Meet Our Cast!
The Cast of The Crying Woman/La
This February, Stageplays will
present Kathleen Anderson Culebro's two-act cross-cultural drama, The
Crying Woman/La Llorona, in a world
premiere production at the Beckett Theatre in New York City. The
Crying Woman/La Llorona performs February 1
to February 24, 2007. We are pleased to introduce our cast:
Alfonso is currently performing on Broadway in Wicked (original
cast member), and was also in the Broadway production and 1st National
Tour of Saturday
Night Fever. Regional credits include Golden Boy
(Long Wharf), The Music of Andrew
Lloyd Webber (NCT), What's Appropriate...
(NYSF). Film/TV: Across The Universe,
Lola Wants, Disney Concert Series.
In live concert, Ioana has performed with such artists as Jennifer
Lopez, Ricky Martin and Whitney Houston.
Barnett starred in Modern Missionary (also
playwright), based on her experiences living and working in Eastern Africa (Outstanding Play 2006 NY Fringe
Festival). TV roles include Law and Order SVU, ED,
Jury, Queens Supreme, The Chappelle Show
Life To Live. Julia provided voice talent
to the Oscar-nominated animated Disney film Howl's Moving Castle,
and recently performed in the independent features Noise
Drum Beats Twice.
Trevor Jones has acted Off-Off Broadway in Ephemera,
by John Yearly (part of Ariel Tepper's Summer Play Festival), A Low Lying Fog,
Misanthrope. Trevor has appeared in many
independent films; in television, he appeared this past season in Law and Order SVU. Trevor
is co-founder of REEL FARM FILMS, a production company he formed in Los Angeles.
Salome Martinez Jr. Theatre credits include War of the Worlds,
Carol, As You Like It, The Seagull,
Man Of La
Mancha, Lavender Lizards and Lilac Landmines: Layla's Dream.
& Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent,
With Conan O'Brien. Film: Drive By
Evangelista (Chicago Latino Film Festival Audience
Tabandera has appeared on Broadway in Miss Saigon, Mama Mia!
(also 1st National Tour), and Bombay Dreams; regionally,
she played Nikki in Sweet Charity. Natasha's film
credits include The Wicked (2006 release), and most
due for release in 2007.
German Nande has appeared Off-Off Broadway (Mother's Day,
Banyan Tree), in independent films (Bronxstyle,
Affair), on television (Ed,
Sex and the
City), and in TV commercials in North and South America.
For more information about the play please click on
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La Llorona -
Origins of the Legend - Part 4
The Night of Tears
The legend of La Llorona
originates from the time of the Spanish conquistador, Hernan Cortes,
and Montezuma, ruler of the Aztec empire. After imprisoning
Montezuma, Cortes gained control of Tenochtitlan,
the Aztec capital (now Mexico
City), and began to loot its hidden
treasure. Montezuma's warriors counterattacked, launching a
series of fierce assaults against the Spaniards. Shortly after
the battle, Montezuma succumbed, having died under mysterious
circumstances. Cortes, heavily outnumbered and his supplies and
drinking water by now running low, made ready his escape from the
At midnight on the "Night
of Tears", Cortes parceled out the stolen Aztec gold among his
troops; their horses hooves muffled, Cortes led his men across the
causeway leading out of the island city. As the Spaniards neared
the lake shore, several thousand Aztec warriors rose up in ambush, and
the rout was on. In the darkness, the Spanish forces
descended into panic and chaos, their retreat from the city in
shambles. In the ensuing battle, Cortes lost over 600 soldiers,
nearly three quarters of his men, many drowned under the weight of
their gold; the Aztec death toll stood in the thousands. After
fighting his way through to the shore, Cortes paused to re-group and
take stock of his situation - in tears at the wreckage of his hopes,
his bounty lying at the bottom of Lake Texcoco.
Seeing that his key assistants, among them his interpreter, Dona
Marina (a.k.a. Malinche), had survived the crossing, Cortes mustered
his forces in further retreat, vowing to return to the City of Dreams
and recapture the Mexican capital in the name of the Spanish crown.
part 4 of a 5-part series; to be continued in our next newsletter.
Our Friends From Transport Group Present
Group develops and produces work by American playwrights and
composers with the aim of exploring the American conscience in the
20th and 21st centuries. All The Way Home, Tad Mosel's 1961 Pulitzer
Prize-winning play, is a portrait of early twentieth century family
life and the crushing intrusion of sudden death. Transport Group's production of All The Way Home has an original harmonica and vocal
score written by composer Ellen Weiss. World renowned harmonica
player, Corrin Huddleston, performs live each performance night.
All The Way Home runs through November 18 at
the Connelly Theatre in New
York City. For tickets visit www.theatremania.com.
On Stage And Screen
The Times They Are A-Changin', conceived and
with original choreography by Twyla Tharp to the music of Bob
Dylan, is a life-is-a-circus theatrical
event. Wonderful singing, that brings the music alive
in support of dramatic storytelling, creates a dreamscape at once
original and Felliniesque - always artistic, never dull, surprisingly
moving. A production and choreographer that breaks new
ground in the theater with after-effects that are sure to impact in the
The Little Dog Laughed and so did we. Julie White's incredibly
funny, highly precise performance will hold you from her
character's first entrance to her last exit. Remarkable acting
from one of our most original stage actresses.
The Queen, opened the 44th New York Film
is now in general release. Helen Mirren in the title role
gives an uncanny impersonation of Queen Elizabeth II. An
economically-tight script balances the right touch of tension, irony
and dark humor as it presents an image of the British monarchy
immersed in tragedy and caught in the midst of a changing world.
The film makes its points in subtle ways while delivering astute
observations on the phenonema of modern celebrity and the
importance of tradition and ritual.
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