On Tuesday, October 11, 2011, at 5pm, at CUNY’s Graduate Center, Room C-198, the cast of Cuban theatre troupe Teatro de la Luna, Linda Howe (Wake Forest University) and Ana María Hernández (La Guardia Community College) will discuss the musical Delirio Habanero /Havana Delirium by Alberto Pedro. The Troupe will be in New York to perform this piece at local theaters.
Delirio Habanero is set in 1990s Havana during the ‘Special Period in Times of Peace,’ marked by the collapse of the Soviet Union and Cuba’s freefall into economic, social, and moral near-chaos. Three tattered souls who believe they are Celia Cruz, the Queen of Salsa, Beny Moré, the King of Rhythm, and Varilla, the famous barman of the Bodeguita del Medio, made famous by Hemingway in the 1950s, sing, dance, and banter about their lives and troubles to escape from the crumbling world outside. Memories and song help them to relive glorious experiences as they face an inevitable fate. These interactions comment on political and racial divisions and fragmented societies yearning for reconciliation.
Since the mid-1990s, the award-winning, internationally acclaimed Teatro de la Luna has performed dynamic plays presenting the identities, histories, memories, and current problems of Latin Americans and their immigrant populations. The company has traveled throughout the world, but in 2004, travel to the US was restricted. In 2010, those restrictions were lifted, allowing one of the best theater companies in Cuba to premiere the musical Delirio Habanero by renowned Afro-Cuban playwright Alberto Pedro in Winston-Salem. The Teatro de la Luna visit to the United States is sponsored by Wake Forest University and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.
For detailed information about the musical and Teatro de la Luna, see Havana Delirium: Introduction and Study Guides by Ana León Tavora and Patricia Swler.
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