Since 1992, the celebrated Cuban theater company Teatro El Público has been producing irreverent, audacious versions of plays ranging from Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire to Sartre’s The Respectable Prostitute and Federico García Lorca’s The Audience. Founding director Carlos Díaz has made a name for himself by bringing elements of experimental drama to well-known theatrical works, while at the same time enlivening them with Cuban themes. “I believe that Cubans have a very particular way of speaking and moving,” he told Havana-Cultura.com. “How do Cubans move? What kind of symbols and colors do they use? What does it mean to be Cuban?”
The group’s latest production is Antigonón, un contingente épico, a retelling of the classical Greek tragedy Antigone that also explores Cuban history and the nation’s tumultuous struggle for independence. Timeless themes of tyranny, family loyalty, and loss are updated with ostentatious fashions, drag cabaret, and newsreel projections, as five actors energetically take on a series of roles.
When: Wednesday, March 15–Friday, March 17, 8:30pm ($25)
Where: Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT, 631 W 2nd Street, Downtown, Los Angeles)
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