When: Sept. 19 & 20
Location: National Hispanic Cultural Center
general admission: $15
seniors and students: $12
Two Sisters and a Piano, written in 1998 by Cuban-born Nilo Cruz, one of the most prominent and prolific contemporary Latino playwrights, will open September 13, 2013 for a three-week run at Teatro Paraguas Studio. The play is performed in English.
Opening on Columbus Day weekend, Dos Patrias: la poesía de Cuba is the latest in Teatro Paraguas’ ongoing Poetry Performance series, which explores the richness and diversity of Hispanic/ Latino poetry.
Two Sisters and a Piano, directed by Fran Martone, features Roxanne Tapia and Sylvie Obledo as two sisters, a writer and a musician, who have been released from jail and are under house arrest for their “decadent and subversive bourgeous art.” The time is 1991-- outside the walls of their house the Pan-American games are taking place in Habana and Soviet troops are leaving the island as the Soviet Union crumbles.
Rick Vargas plays the lieutenant assigned to guard them. In spite of himself, he becomes personally involved in their story as tension and fear inexorably grow to a breaking point. Jonathan Harrell plays the piano tuner, a practical man who keeps his head down.
Nilo Cruz was born in Matanzas, Cuba in 1960 and emigrated with his parents to Miami on a Freedom Flight to Miami in 1970. He earned a M.F.A. at Brown University in 1994. In 1993 he became the first Latino to win the Pulitzer Prize for his play Ana in the Tropics, as well as the Steinberg Award for Best New Play. His other plays include Lorca in a Green Dress, Beauty of the Father, and The Color of Desire.
Two Sisters and a Piano runs September 13 through September 29 with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm. Admission is $15 general admission and $12 for seniors and students. The Sunday performances are pay-what-you-wish. For reservations please call 505-424-1601.
Two Sisters and a Piano is made possible in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, Santa Fe Arts Commission, and the Santa Fe Community Foundation.