eatro Círculo celebrates its 2011 Fall season with the presentation of La casa de Bernarda Alba, the most celebrated classical masterpiece by Federico Garcia Lorca. Professor Dean Zayas, an internationally known director for his extensive work with the classics, was invited to direct the play. Lydia Echevarría, the grand lady of Puerto Rican theater will interpret Bernarda Alba. The season will take place at Teatro Círculo (64 E. 4th St, bet. 2nd & 3rd Aves.) from November 17 – 27, 2011.
La casa de Bernarda Alba, Lorca’s last play, was completed on June 19, 1936, two months before the author’s murder by the Nationalists during the Spanish Civil War. Lydia Echevarría, the grand lady of Puerto Rican theater, is Bernarda Alba, a dominating woman, who, after the dead of her second husband, imposes a 8 years period of mourning on her household. Bernarda has five daughters, aged between 21 and 40, whom she has shielded and controlled to an excessive degree and prohibited from any form of relationship. The mourning period further isolates the daughters, and tension mounts within the household. “After been on stage for so many decades there are few important characters I have not played; Bernarda is one of them. She is the kind of character that any actor dreams about. I am both thrilled and nervous about the NY audiences. Although I worked in here almost 30 years ago I do not know how people are going to react to my work,” comments Mrs. Echevarría.
Teatro Círculo is a theater company located in New York City’s 4th Street Cultural District, East Village. East 4th street has become a de facto theatre district in Manhattan, housing four Latino theatre and dance groups. In 2005, when Teatro Círculo bought the building with two sister theatre companies, it became the first Latino theatre company to own its own theater in Manhattan.
As recognition of these 16 years of tenacious work, Teatro Circulo will start the renovation of its purchased building, after successfully completing the first phase of its capital campaign. The transformation will include a complete renovation of three floors for rehearsals and office space; the construction of an additional black box theater in the cellar; and, the installation of state of the art noise insulation material throughout the building to allow simultaneous use of the different spaces. “Once completed, this renovation will allow Teatro Círculo and the two sister companies with which we share the space to exponentially expand our performances, classes and workshops,” stated Mr. Oliveras.