In May 2014, the theater company Guacamolink Performing Arts, based in New York City and comprised of Hispanic actors, will present the classic “Oedipus Rex” with a big twist: Sophocles’ Greek play will be performed by a single actress under the new title, “Oedipus,” in a free adaptation written and directed by Walter Ventosilla and starring Emely Grisanty.
The work is presented as a theatrical novelty never before seen in the Hispanic and American theaters in New York, as it has been structured such that a single actress represents the universe of the Greek tragedy through a solo act: performing eight different characters on stage, several of them at the same time. To perform this staging, the classic piece has been aesthetically adapted to parameters of contemporary theater through a special process of theatrical action and technical work of the actress.
The play is being directed by theater professor, director, and Peruvian playwright, Walter Ventosilla, who has been working with Guacamolink for three years. Ventosilla has over forty years of theatrical experience both in his home country of Peru and in Europe and the U.S. He has collaborated with Guacamolink to develop a proprietary method for training and preparing actors, and his actors have received recognition and awards such as ACE and ATI for their acting work in the Latino Theater at the Big Apple.
Emely Grisanty, Dominican actress, personifies the eight characters involved in the Greek tragedy throughout the 75-minute play. She was recently recognized with the ATI 2014 Award for Best Actress by the Independent Theatre in New York. The previous year she received a Best Actress nomination in the Monologues category. Emely Grisanty has been preparing extensively for this demanding play, both in the physical and vocal arenas, in order to property construct each of the characters.
“Oedipus” will be presented May 9-11 at the Producers Club located at 358 West, corner of 44th St. to 9th Ave., New York, NY 10036. Shows are Friday & Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 7pm.