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Call for Auditions/workshop
Casa Cruz de la Luna, an experimental theatre company with a double base, in San Germán, Puerto Rico and NYC, and INTAR Theatre’s NewWorks Lab invite actors to audition for our project “The Marquis de Sade is Afraid of the Sea”. The auditions will take the form of workshops in which the actors will get a chance to know more about Casa Cruz de la Luna´s processes and approaches while we also learn about the participants.
Workshop-audition sessions (participants can sign up to one of them):
Thursday January 11, 7:00-10:00 PM
Friday January 12, 7:00-10:00 PM
Sunday January 14, 1:00 PM
At: INTAR Theatre
500 W 52nd St, New York, New York, on the corner of 10th and 52nd.
Ring the buzzer for 4W upon arrival, and take the elevator or stairs to the 4th floor
All genders. Ages: 18 and up.
Actors who speak Spanish, or who are otherwise multilingual are especially encouraged to apply. Also string instrument musicians.
Although not required, if the participant has a one to two-minute text memorized [monologue (any style), poem, or short story] we could play with it in the exercises.
Rehearsal time frame (intensive schedule, weeknights and weekends)
February 1 through February 22
February 23, 8:00 PM
February 24, 8:00 PM
February 25, 4:00 PM
To sign up or for questions contact:
or (787) 636-0397
ABOUT THE PLAY
"The Marquis de Sade is Afraid of the Sea" is a play in five movements written by Aravind Enrique Adyanthaya, each exploring plateaus of chaos and desire as related to bodies and words. It extensively uses “escritura acto:” sequences in which writing is produced live on computers onstage and simultaneously projected, creating multiple visual lines of language that are often superimposed to spoken lines.
A first version of the piece was developed in Spanish as a joint project of Casa Cruz de la Luna and students of the Humanities Department of the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez. The current project proposes the development and workshop presentation of the first English version of the text as part of INTAR´s NewWorks Lab series.
The play deals with facing catastrophes, negotiating political and social identities, the need for revolutions in the way that we view reality and we view theatre, and the fascination and cruelty of languages, words and beliefs. It creates fluid passages through fragmented worlds that touch on: the legend of the Golem (the notion of modern soldiers as Golems); spiritualist mediums trapped in technological worlds; bodies resurrected from the flood; and re-visitations of the first act of Anton Chekhov's "The Seagull" and the writings of the Marquis de Sade.
ABOUT CASA CRUZ DE LA LUNA
Based on an old house in the historical district of the town of San Germán in the Southwest of Puerto Rico, our theatre company, Casa Cruz de la Luna, has as its mission the continuous exploration of the limits of the theatrical experience. From 1998 on, the group has engaged in experimental stagings of classical works by Jorge Luis Borges, Cervantes, García Lorca and Maeterlinck as well as the development of new plays by Puerto Rican authors (such as José "Pepe" Liboy, Manuel Ramos Otero, Mayra Santos Febres, Carlos Canales, Jaime Carrero, Lina Nieves Avilés, Fátima Santana, and Adyanthaya, among others).
Among our vectors of exploration are:
-the activation of alternate spaces (for instance, the Santa María Magdalena de Pazzi Cemetery in Old San Juan in our production of Borges´ "La Biblioteca de Babel")
-experimentation with the manipulation of the actor´s energy onstage. Exercises draw from diverse sources such as: paranormal research (as in our sensory staging of Maeterlinck's The Blind) and trance states (as in Oscar Wilde´s Salome)
-poor (quotidian) technology: the study of how perception and action change with the use of daily devices (the internet, phones, writing on a computer), simultaneity, multitasking, natural post-humanity
-the study of the continuum between different qualities of the organic and inorganic onstage (naked bodies, overdressed bodies, live animals, meat, replica, puppets, figures, functioning and non-functional apparatuses)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Aravind Enrique Adyanthaya, writer and stage director. In the U.S., his work has been presented and developed by: Intermedia Arts, Red Eye Collaboration, Pregones Theatre, Teatro del Pueblo, the Weisman Art Museum, the Guthrie Theatre, the Children´s Theatre Company, New York Theatre Workshop, Theater for the New City, the Public Theatre reading series, the Lincoln Center´s Directors´ Lab, HERE Center for the Arts, NoPassport Collective and the Solo Nova Arts Festival at ps122. Internationally, his productions have traveled to Cuba, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, England, Spain and the Netherlands.
Among his plays are: -Hagiografías (Hagiographies), a series exploring the notion of sainthood, 1998-2017 -Íconos de Vellonera (Jukebox Icons): winner of the Puerto Rican Institute of Culture's Playwriting Award, 2004 -Las facultades / The Faculties, winner of the 2007 International Playwriting Award from Casa del Teatro, Dominican Republic and the 2008 Asunción Prize from Pregones Theatre –Quisimos tanto a Lydia, featured at the 2008 Latin American Theatre Today Congress and Prometheus Bound (based on Aeschylus´ tragedy) which recently toured to the Universidad Científica del Sur Theatre Festival in Lima, Perú and to Essex University in England.
Aravind has been awarded a Jerome Playwriting Fellowship and a McKnight Advancement Grant, both from the Playwrights' Center; a Jerome Performance Art Fellowship by Intermedia Arts and a Joyce playwriting commission. He holds a Ph.D. in theatre historiography from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and an M.D. from Mayo Medical School.
Casa Cruz de la Luna
67 Luna Street, San Germán