Theater: Cuba’s Teatro de la Luna in New York

This evening (October 11, 2011) at 5:00pm at The Graduate Center-CUNY (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 troupe’s “Delirio Habanero” (see previous post Teatro de la Luna: Delirio Habanero). “Delirio Habanero” will be then be performed at Repertorio Español from October 12 to 16. Show times for the latter are: at 7:00pm on October 12 and 13; 8:00pm on October 14 and 15; and 2:30pm on October 16. The Graduate Center is located at 365 Fifth Avenue (at 34th Street). Repertorio Español is located at 138 East 27th Street, New York.

Description: Alberto Pedro’s 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.

For more information, see Teatro de la Luna: Delirio Habanero and


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