eSe looks to empower Latino artists and inspire Seattle audiences through its 1st mainstage production: Alfaro's Oedipus El Rey.
Oedipus El Rey is an adaptation of the Greek classic by renowned Chicano performance artist, writer, theater director, social activist and award winner Luis Alfaro. It will be eSe Teatro's first full mainstage production and we need your pledge to make this a reality and bring it to the stage.
Set in the violent inner city barrio of South Central L.A., it is the story of a young man who grows up in the prison system and against all odds embarks on a journey to break free from his past in search of himself determined to create his own destiny.
Luis Alfaro, the playwright talks about growing up in L.A. (video by Victory Gardens Theatre) http://vimeo.com/42150599
An article and interview with the playwright: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/19/AR2011021902566.html
COMMUNITY RELATIONSHIPS AND PARTNERS
We have developed meaningful relationships partnerships with professional theatre and community organizations including, ACT Theatre, Milagro Theatre, Burien Little Theatre, Union Gospel Mission, CASA Latina, Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative, South Park Community Center, Latino Community Fund, Consejo Counseling and SeaMar.
WHO WE ARE/OUR WORK
eSe Teatro's mission is to empower Latino Theatre artists to promote, present and produce bilingual, English/Spanish, Spanish and Spanglish theatre, to raise visibility of Latino theatre and to have a voice in the professional Seattle theatre community to reflect the diversity of our vibrant city. We are currently an all volunteer organization which began as a collective.
THE CREATIVE TEAM
Lighting Designer: Gwyn Skone
Video & Projection Designer: Fernando Ugaz
Costumer: Samantha Armitage
Asst. Costumer: Yonina Marker
Sound Designer/Musician: TBA
Stage Manager: Tess Malone
PR & Marketing: Jessica Nalua & Carolynne Wilcox
Graphic Design: Carolynne Wilcox
Director Gisela Cardenas http://giselacardenas.com/
Erwin Galan (Oedipus); Rose Cano (Jocasta); Corey Spruills, Carter Rodriguez, Maristela Diaz, Fernando Cavallo
GET INVOLVED / JOIN US
We invite you to join us as we work to bring this play to the stage and humbly ask for your support with a pledge towards production of this play.
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Funds will go directly toward production costs, including artists fees, theatrical venue and associated labor and equipment costs.
Gisela Cardenas, award winner director will be coming from New York to direct the Seattle based cast.
Venue for this play is at the 2010 and 2011 award winner ACT Theatre, Best Theatre in Seattle.
Past productions at ACT include staged readings of Passport by Gustavo Ott, Electricidad by Luís Alfaro and eSe Amor: Great Works of Love at ACT.
Currently touring the original play Don Quixote and Sancho Panza: Homeless in Seattle at the Multicultural Playwrights Festival at ACT, Milagro Theatre in Portland and various non-traditional venues such as homeless shelters and community service organizations.
eSe Teatro is an associated program of ShunPike.
We are happy to announce the cast of eSe Teatro's first main-stage production will feature: Erwin Galan, Rose Cano, Carter Rodriguez, Maristela Diaz and Fernando Cavallo.
-ERWIN GALAN (Oedipus): Erwin Galan trained in NYC and Seattle and has worked with Russian Director Leonid Anisimov in The Cherry Orchard, Seagull, and Uncle Vanya, in addition to performing in dozens of local plays, including Gregory Award-winning The Adding Machine. His feature film credits include SIFF's Late Autumn; Down for the Count, Break, and Shadowed, which screens at the Tacoma Film Festival on October 9. Erwin also appeared in The Divine Marigolds and is currently filming The Painted Mara. Amazed by the talent and dedication of the production and directing team behind Oedipus El Rey, Erwin is humbled by the commitment and creativity of the artists, who, despite the austerity of their material lives, make impacting works of art.
-ROSE CANO (Jocasta): Rose Cano, born in Peru, raised in Seattle, is a graduate of Cornish College of the Arts. She performs and directs bilingually in English and Spanish and has presented her shows in Minneapolis, New York, Venezuela, Mexico, Cuba, Argentina, Portugal, Spain, Peru, and Colombia. Locally she has performed at Seattle Repertory Theater, Seattle Children’s Theater, Intiman Theatre, Book-It Repertory Theatre, and Seattle Group Theatre. She is the founder/director of North-South ConeXions Project, a cultural exchange program between artists of The Americas that has brought over 50 performers to Washington State schools, colleges, universities, reservations and local arts festivals since 1994. In 2001 she founded The AFrican ConeXion Project, to unite Latino, African and African American communities through music, theatre, and dance. As an author, her original bilingual plays and musicals include Self Portrait, Tierra Sin Mal (Lang Without Malice) Mabaire! Don’t Forget Me!, Callejón (The Alley). Directing credits include Electricidad by Luis Alfaro, El Ultimo Coconut by Gerald Alejandro Ford, and Human Borders by Rubi Romero. In 2010 she instigated the creation of eSe Teatro: Seattle Latinos Take Stage, a Latino theatre company made up of local Latino artists. In 2011, she received an Individual Artists Grants from 4Culture for the initial development of this play. She has been a Spanish Medical Interpreter for 17 years and currently works at Harborview Hospital. Her latest endeavor is eSe Teatro, producing bilingual, Spanish and Spanglish-speaking theater with other local Latino artists.
-MARISTELA DIAZ: Maristela Diaz holds a B.A from the University of Washington in both Latin American Studies and Women’s Studies and received training at Freehold. A multifaceted performer, Stela has performed Carmen Josefina Lopez's theatrical version of Real Women Have Curves with Sky Performing arts, as well as Anna in Sarah Ruhl's The Clean House at Burien Little Theatre. She is also a dancer and has danced with several festivals in Seattle with African Conexion Project and the Peruvian Dance Center. Look for Stela in the short film Cupcakes at the 2012 SIFF.
-FERNANDO CAVALLO: Fernando Cavallo has been acting since the age of nine when he was casted for church plays due to his personal exuberance. He continued pursuing Community Theater in New York City and landed acting roles as an extra, notably in the Japanese movie The President’s Christmas Tree, directed by Simon Tse. He began to study acting in earnest under Tanya Pettiford-Wates in Seattle before moving on to advanced acting classes at Seattle University as well as extensive improv training. Since then he has performed with Teatro Latino in plays and choral readings (El Cantaro Roto), with The Little Theater off Broadway performing as Romeo in Romeo and Juliette, and with Ericksson Theater as Vatelin for two seasons in An Absolute Turkey.
Fernando continues to hone his craft. He has a deep interest in physical-based acting; he trains in martial arts, the Alexander Technique (under Cathernie Kettrick) and is passionate about Jerzy Grotowski’s physical method.
Opening night is 7:30pm on Friday, December 7 at ACT Theatre, tickets $20. We will be hosting a paid preview on Thursday, December 6 at 7:30pm, tickets $15. In addition, since the goal is to bring our productions to a variety of audiences, there will be a pay-what-you-can preview on Wednesday, December 5. Hope to see you at the show!
This 'papa' of all tragedies will open Friday, December 7 and play Monday-Saturday evenings at 7:30pm until Saturday, December 15. You are also invited to enjoy the Sunday matinee at 2pm on December 9 & 16.
The show most recently ran in Chicago, receiving high praise for its thrilling, captivating twist on the classic tragedy. Check out the recommendations from local reviews at:
You can also read about Oedipus' resounding success during performances in Portland, OR in May at:
eSe Teatro is honored to be able to follow in the footsteps of these great productions and present an equally charged, exciting experience this December.
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