34th Theater Festival of the Athenaeum

The 34th Theater Festival of the Athenaeum this year, presenting 15 theatrical productions and other events, will pay tribute to Eleuterio Derkes Martinó, considered to be the first Black Puerto Rican intellectual. The festival opens on Friday, February 18, 2011.

Eleuterio Derkes Martinó was born in the town of Guayama, Puerto Rico, in 1836 and died in Ponce in 1883. Derkes, son of freedmen, graduated as a teacher in of arts and letters and, like Master Rafael Cordero, was devoted to teaching children of all social classes; he published theatre works, novels, educational books, and innumerable poems.

Various other related activities will take place, including a poetic recital and a conference on Derkes Martino’s life. There will also be a week long forum on culture as a form of revolution. All parallel activities are free and open to the public.

For more information, see you may call (787-453-4156.

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