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TEATRO CÍRCULO’s GRAND OPENING

José Cheo Oliveras, Artistic Director of Teatro Círculo, announced this week that the Grand Opening  of Teatro Círculo’s newly renovated building will be on Thursday November 14, 2013.  After a multi-million dollar capital campaign and years of tireless work Teatro Círculo is thrilled to finally open two new black box theaters, rehearsal studios and administrative offices at 64 East 4th Street in Manhattan.

Teatro Círculo will celebrate this occasion with a Benefit Performance of Carmen Loisaida, a play by founding member Eva Cristina Vásquez, based on the novella by Prosper Merimee. Using the Lower East Side as a playground, Carmen Loisaida presents a powerful story of Latino legal and illegal immigrants trying to survive in a world full of stigmas where human solidarity becomes the only way to salvage their dreams and aspirations. For this production Bizet’s music has been arranged into salsa, merengue and other Latin rhythms making dancing the only space where the characters in the play find both their pathos and redemption.  The performance and pre-and post-performance receptions will take place on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 6 PM

For the last five years Teatro Círculo has been working tirelessly to raise $5.1 million dollars to renovate the building at 64 East 4th Street in Manhattan. This purchase was made in conjunction with Teatro IATI and Choices Theatre Company, the sister companies who will be housed in the new facilities. Teatro Círculo’s renovated home provides for ample rehearsal space, administrative offices, a 74 black box theater and an additional 50 seat black box theater for the three companies.  Both theater are handicap accessible and they are equipped with state of the arts lighting and sound equipment. “The renovation of this building will anchor us in this historical theatre block. We are proud to have the opportunity to serve the cultural needs of the Latino community of the Lower East Side and to be part of the revitalization of this “de facto” theatre district.”-said Oliveras.

TEATRO CÍRCULO IN PUERTO RICO

Last Spring Teatro Círculo completed a very successful tour in Puerto Rico with its production La casa de Bernarda Alba by Federico García Lorca. The sold out performances at Centro de Bellas Artes in Guaynabo were part of the 51th edition of the Puerto Rican Theatre Festival presented by the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture. The play, which is one of Lorca’s master pieces featured Lydia Echevarría as Bernarda, Luz María Rondón as María Josefa and Eva Cristina Vásquez as Martirio.  Four matinees were presented for high school students and one performance for general public.

In March 2014, Teatro Círculo will present Platero y Yo, an award winning production featuring Teatro Rodante de la Universidad de Puerto Rico.  This play directed by María E Mercado and Julia Thompson is based on Juan Ramón Jimenez’ poem book and has won international accolades in Europe and the USA.  Performances will be in March at Teatro de la Universidad.

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