Directed by Rose Cano
Running Time: 90 minutes including intermission
eSe Teatro kicks off Seattle's 30/30 - a celebration of US Latino theatre! 30/30 is a gathering of 30+ NoPassport playwrights and theatre-makers who also happen to be US Latina/o artists. This national initiative, in collaboration with Dominic D’Andrea (One Minute Play Festival - #1MPF), brings a cannon of work by contemporary Latino/a authors to stages across the U.S.
eSe Teatro is honored to be organizing the local presentations of 30/30 plays and presents the first reading in Seattle: Archipelago by Caridad Svich (2012 OBIE Award for Lifetime Achievement). Starring Ray Gonzalez and Kisha Xiomara Palmer in a love story til the end of time. A play on memory and a memory play; a dream of life. Two lovers meet across the universe and wonder what happened to this world we call home.
Photo Credit: Plenz
30/30 is a national reading scheme gathering 30+ NoPassport playwrights and theatre-makers who also happen to be US Latina/o artists. This national initiative, spearheaded by Caridad Svich in collaboration with Dominic D’Andrea (One Minute Play Festival-#1MPF), brings a canon of work by contemporary Latino/a authors to stages across the U.S. These readings, held at various-sized venues by independent theatre companies and actor training programs nation-wide, seek to make these plays accessible to audiences of all kinds and broaden the perspective on Latino/a Theatre in the U.S. For more information on 30/30, visit nopassport.org/3030.
NoPassport was founded by playwright Caridad Svich in 2003. It is an unincorporated, artist-driven, grass-roots theatre alliance and press devoted to cross-cultural, Pan-American performance, theory, action, advocacy, and publication. NoPassport exists as a virtual and live forum for the exchange of work and dreams, a network between theatres and the academy, and a mobile band of playwrights, directors, actors, producers, and musicians. The mentoring of younger artists is also a key component of NOPE's (as we playfully call ourselves) mission. For more information on NoPassport, visit the website at nopassport.org.
eSe Teatro is a company of professional theatre artists from the greater Seattle area actively promoting diversity in the local art scene, building artistic bridges with local, underserved populations, and providing a sense of place for Latino artists. We employ Latino & Spanish-speaking theatre artists often marginalized on the mainstream stage. eSe strives to give these artists space for self-expression: physical, creative, and/or developmental space; space for dialogue with Latino communities, or simply space to have our work honored and validated. For more information on eSe Teatro, visit their website at eseteatro.org and Facebook at www.facebook.com/eSeTeatro.
The name “eSe Teatro” is significant as “ese” means “that” in Spanish, as well as being the popular Chicano expression of familiarity in peer groups (wus up, ese?). "Ese" is also the pronunciation of the name of the letter “S” as in Spanish and Seattle.
Caridad Svich (Playwright) received a 2012 OBIE Lifetime Achievement Award and a 2011 American Theatre Critics Association Primus Prize for her play The House of the Spirits, based on the Isabel Allende novel. She has been short-listed for the PEN Award in Drama four times, including in 2012 for her play Magnificent Waste. In the 2012-13 season: 2012 Edgerton Foundation New Play Award round two recipient; GUAPA receives a rolling world premiere courtesy of NNPN at Borderlands Theater in Arizona, Miracle Theatre in Oregon, and Phoenix Theater in Indiana; her four-actor play Love in the Time of Cholera, based on the Gabriel Garcia Marquez novel, premiered at Repertorio Espanol in NYC, where it is still running; The Tropic of X premieres at Single Carrot Theatre in Baltimore; regional US premieres of In the Time of the Butterflies, based on the Julia Alvarez novel, at Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis and The House of the Spirits at Gala Hispanic Theatre in Washington D.C; the academic premiere of her fantasia on 1963, pop culture. and the Kennedy assassination The Archaeology of Dreams at University of Nebraska-Omaha; and the UK premiere of The Way of Water presented by Welsh Fargo Stage Company. Her new play Spark received 32 readings across the US and abroad, including a reading at the Cherry Lane Theatre produced by TEL and Mannatee Films under Scott Schwartz’ direction in November 2012 to honor female war veterans (www.nopassport.org/spark). For more on Caridad Svich, visit www.caridadsvich.com.
Rose Cano (Director) Peruvian born and Seattle raised. Rose is a founding member and Artistic Director of eSe Teatro, and a graduate of Cornish College of the Arts. As a bilingual actor, playwright, and director, she has presented her shows in English and Spanish in Minneapolis, New York, Venezuela, Mexico, Cuba, Argentina, Portugal, Spain, Peru, and Colombia. Locally, she has performed at Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Intiman Theatre, Book-It Repertory Theatre, and Seattle Group Theatre. Her original bilingual plays and musicals include Self Portrait, Tierra Sin Mal (Lang Without Malice), Mabaire! Don’t Forget Me!, Callejón (The Alley), and Don Quixote & Sancho Panza, Homeless in Seattle which was the recipient of two Individual Artist grants from 4Culture of King County and The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture for its development and presentation at ACT Theatre. Directing credits include Electricidad by Luis Alfaro, El Ultimo Coconut by Gerald Alejandro Ford, and Human Borders by Rubi Romero. She is the founder and director of North-South ConeXions Project, a cultural exchange program between artists of the Americas that has brought over 60 performers to Washington state, and she is Executive Director of The AFrican ConeXion Project, uniting Latino, African, and African American communities through music, theatre, and dance since 2001.
Ray Gonzalez (Cast) Since graduating from Cornish College of the Arts in 1997, Ray has been actively working in Seattle area theatres. He is a member of New Century Theatre Company. He has also worked at Seattle Shakespeare Company, Book-it Repertory Theatre, Wooden O, ACT Theatre, Bridges International Repertory, New City Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, and Intiman Theatre. Some of his favorite roles include Orsino (Twelfth Night), Stephen Blackpool (Hard Times), and Petruchio (Taming of the Shrew).
Kisha Xiomara Palmer (Cast) is a writer, director, and performer. She is the recipient of a PEN Emerging Voices Writing Fellowship and has worked most recently with eSe Teatro in the 2013 Multicultural Playwrights Festival. Kisha's one-woman show, "Shades of Crazy/La Sombra de Locura" was featured in the Edge of the World Theatre Festival in Los Angeles.