Highly Recommended
– CHICAGO SUN-TIMES

March 23 - 31, 2013 in Goodman's Owen Theatre

In Spanish with English surtitles

Havana’s formidable theater innovators Flora Lauten and Raquel Carrío stage one of the greatest magical realism tales in Latin American literature—Juan Rulfo’s 1955 novel Pedro Páramo. The story follows a son who returns home to meet his father and reveals how one man’s unchecked appetite destroys both everything he loves and the town that made him great. The novel galvanized writers such as Jorge Luis Borges and Gabriel García Márquez to raise the voices and laughter of forgotten people, and encouraged writers and readers alike to listen to the dead living among us. A world premiere, Pedro Páramo was created by Buendía with local artists over an eight-week residency in Chicago and Havana, Cuba. The cast—half from Cuba and half from Chicago—includes such stage notables as Charin Alvarez, Sandra Delgado and Laura Crotte.

The most celebrated independent theater company in Cuba, Teatro Buendía is renowned for its poignant adaptations of classic texts whose themes reflect the struggles and challenges of contemporary Cuban society. Teatro Buendía was founded in 1986 by actress, teacher and artistic director Flora Lauten, with graduates from the Instituto Superior de Arte. Lauten and playwright Raquel Carrío contextualize western and European classics in a uniquely Cuban setting, with an ensemble of actors who have trained rigorously with Lauten through the Institute of Fine Arts in Havana. Top-notch performances, a meticulously chosen repertoire and the company’s unique acting methods have thrilled audiences and critics alike—both in Cuba and internationally.

THIS PRODUCTION CONTAINS NUDITY 

PEDRO PÁRAMO was co-commissioned by MCA Chicago and Goodman Theatre and was developed in association with Northwestern University’s Theatre and Interpretation Center.

 

 


Flora Lauten y Raquel Carrío, extraordinarias innovadoras de La Habana, ponen en escena una de las obras de mayor importancia dentro del realismo mágico de la literatura latinoamericana— Pedro Páramo,  novela de Juan Rulfo escrita en 1955. La  historia cuenta de un hijo que regresa a casa a conocer a su padre y revela la manera en la que la ambición sin límites de un hombre destruyó todo lo que amaba y al igual el pueblo que le dio el triunfo.

PEDRO PÁRAMO es obra comisionada por MCA en conjunto con Goodman Theatre y desarrollada en Theatre and Interpretation Center de Northwestern University.

Teatro Buendía, la compañía de teatro independiente más aclamada de Cuba se reconoce por sus conmovedoras adaptaciones de textos clásicos cuyos temas reflejan las luchas y los desafíos de la sociedad cubana contemporánea. Teatro Buendía fue fundada en 1986 por la actriz, maestra y directora artística Flora Lauten, con graduados del Instituto Superior de Arte. Lautén y la dramaturga Raquel Carrío contextualizan clásicos occidentales y europeos en un entorno singularmente cubano, con un grupo de actores que han recibido capacitación rigurosa de la mano de Lauten a través del Instituto de Bellas Artes en La Habana. Las actuaciones de primera categoría, el repertorio meticulosamente escogido y los singulares métodos de actuación empleados por la compañía han provocado el encanto de audiencias y críticos por igual—tanto en Cuba como en el plano internacional. 

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Artists

A TEATRO BUENDÍA Production
Inspired by the Novel by JUAN RULFO
By RAQUEL CARRÍO, Directed by FLORA LAUTÉN, Music Direction by VICTOR PICHARDO & JOMARY HECHAVARRÍA

Cast

CHARÍN ALVAREZ - Susana San Juan
STEVE CASILLAS - Miguel Páramo, Donis
LAURA CROTTE - Eduviges
SANDRA DELGADO - Anita, Eva
HENRY GODINEZ - Pedro Páramo
DANIA AGUERREBEREZ - Angeles, Dona Fausta
ALEJANDRO ALFONZO - El Padre Renteria
IVANESA CABRERA - Dolores
CARLOS CRUZ - Abundio, Fulgor
INDIRA VALDES - Damiana
JOMARY HECHAVARRÍA - Musician
SÁNDOR MENÉNDEZ - Juan Preciado
VICTOR PICHARDO - Music Director
ZACBE PICHARDO - Musician

Critical Praise
  • "Spellbinding"

    - Chicago Sun-Times

  • "Haunting"

    - Chicago Sun-Times

  • "Hypnotic"

    - Chicago Sun-Times

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