Stageplays News       Volume III, September 2006

The Crying Woman/La Llorona - Spotlight on the Playwright - Kathleen Anderson Culebro

Kathleen Anderson Culebro

This season, Stageplays will present Kathleen Anderson Culebro's two-act drama, The Crying Woman/La Llorona, in a world premiere production at the Beckett Theatre in New York City.  The Crying Woman/La Llorona is a cross-cultural drama set in Mexico City.  The story of the play interweaves the legend of La Llorona with the lives of two couples, one American, the other Mexican, as they struggle to establish a common ground of understanding during a time of economic uncertainty and personal crisis in their respective lives. 

Born and raised in Mexico City, Kathleen Anderson Culebro is the author of the plays Just Because You're Paranoid (Doesn't Mean They're Not Out to Get You), The Blank Page, Three Chairs, and The Crying Woman/La Llorona.   Her play, A Leopard Complains of Its Spots, premiered Off-Off Broadway in 2001.  Also a designer (costume, sets, makeup), Kathleen is founding member and Artistic Director of Amphibian Stage Productions in Fort Worth, Texas.  At Texas Christian University, in Fort Worth, Kathleen teaches Stage Makeup and Screenwriting.

The Crying Woman/La Llorona begins previews February 1, 2007, opens February 4, 2007 and closes February 25, 2007, in a limited-run engagement, Off Broadway at the Beckett Theatre, on New York's Theatre Row. 

For more information about the play and the author click on this link to visit www.stageplaystheatre.com

La Llorona - Origins of the Legend - Part 2

The Spanish Attack On Tenochtitlan

The legend of La Llorona originates from the time of the Spanish Conquistador, Hernan Cortes, and Montezuma, ruler of the Aztec empire.  In November, 1519, Cortes descended into the Valley of Mexico and marched into the magical city of Tenochtitlan, the Aztec capital.  With Malinche, his interpreter, at his side, Cortes entered the palace of Montezuma.  Presenting himself as a returning god, and ambassor of Emperor Charles, King of Spain, Cortes set out to gain Montezuma's acceptance of the Spanish presence.  Having failed in his efforts to keep the Spanish out of Mexico, Montezuma fell back on the prophesy of the Aztec god Quetzalcoatl - that the prophet king would return, pale-skinned and bearded, from out of the east where the morning star rose - and attributed the Spanish invasion to divine intervention.  Malinche, an Indian princess with a proud and dominant character, gave vivid expression to the interpretation of Cortes' speeches, helping the power of Cortes' personality achieve a paralysing effect on Montezuma, and virtually hypnotizing the Mexican king into a state of fearful inactivity.  The stage now set, Cortes began in earnest his preparations to imprison Montezuma, gain control of the Aztec kingdom and plunder its riches.

End of part 2 of a 5-part series; to be continued in our next newsletter.

Our Friends Lorca Peress and David Sard Present
The Ballad of Eddie and Jo, written by David Sard and directed by Lorca Peress, is a fresh look at the classic tragedy of Oedipus and Jocasta.  The play, a story of the struggle for truth and justice, is recast in modern times in the working class neighborhood of a decaying American city; it explores the story of a man and a woman trapped in circumstances not of their own making - what the two experience is beyond what anyone could imagine.  The Ballad of Eddie and Jo performs at the Hudson Guild Theater, 444 West 26th Street, through September 24.  For tickets, visit www.smarttix.com or call 212-868-4444.
On Stage And Screen

Indian Blood, presented at Primary Stages, is the latest addition to the A. R. Gurney canon of plays set in the environs of Buffalo, New York.  Expertly cast and efficiently designed and directed, the production was delightful and thought-provoking.  And the New York Shakespeare Festival production of Bertold Brecht's Mother Courage, with Meryl Streep in the lead role, offered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for audiences to experience great acting on stage. 

Coming up this fall, the new Twyla Tharp musical, The Times They Are A Changing, based on the music of Bob Dylan, Tom Stoppard's three-play cycle, The Coast Of Utopia, and, of course, A Chorus Line.

Latin Beat 2006, 26 recent films from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Mexico and Venezuela, presented by The Film Society of Lincoln Center, plays at the Walter Reade Theater through September 24.  Two Argentinian films, Family Law and On Probation, got the festival off to a great start.

Coming in October, the 44th New York Film Festival offering 28 films from around the world, and a wonderful celebration of 50 years of cinema from the Janus Films collection.  A fall highlight every year!

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