“DAUGHTER OF A CUBAN REVOLUTIONARY”
THE TRUE STORY OF ONE OF CUBA’S MOST POWERFUL FAMILIES
Directed by Mira Kingsley, this production about one of the most prominent and powerful families in Cuba will play a limited Off-Broadway run from May 9 – June 2 at the DR2 Theatre (103 East 15th Street).
Daughter of a Cuban Revolutionary is a co-production with the Center for New Performance at CalArts, and received its world premiere at REDCAT (the Roy and Edna Disney/Cal Arts Theater) in Los Angeles in January.
The official opening is set for Sunday, May 13 @ 8:00 PM. Daughter of a Cuban Revolutionary centers on three towering figures in the life of protean performer Marissa Chibas: her father, Raul Chibas, who co-wrote the manifesto for the Cuban revolution with Fidel Castro; her uncle, Eddy Chibas, the frontrunner for the Cuban presidency in 1951 before committing suicide during a live radio broadcast; and her mother, Dalia Chibas, Miss Cuba runner-up in 1959.
Their lives combine for what the LA Times described as a “tumultuous meeting of memory, history, and personality.”The design team includes Dan Evans (Scenic Design), Karen Murk (Costume Design), Rebecca M. K. Makus (Lighting Design), Colbert S. Davis IV (Sound Design) and Adam Flemming (Video Design).
Hailed by Variety as a “breathtakingly honest performer,” writer/ performer Marissa Chibas was last seen in the West Coast premiere of Sonia Flew at the Laguna Playhouse. She recently starred in the American premiere of The Keening, a one-woman play by Colombian playwright Umberto Dorado at the American Repertory Theater in Boston.
At the Mark Taper Forum, Ms. Chibas appeared in The Floating Island Plays by Eduardo Machado and The House of Bernarda Alba directed by Lisa Peterson. She played Edgar in the Center for New Theater at Cal Arts’ inaugural production of King Lear, directed by Travis Preston. Her American premieres include The Predator’s Ball at BAM, Democracy in America at the Yale Rep and Two Sisters and a Piano at the McCarter Theatre.
On Broadway, Ms. Chibas played opposite Sam Waterston in Abe Lincoln in Illinois, and was Nora in Brighton Beach Memoirs, directed by Gene Saks. Her New York premieres include Eric Overmeyer’s Dark Rapture (New York Stage and Film), A. R. Gurney’s Another Antigone (Playwright’s Horizons) Overtime (Manhattan Theater Club), Total Eclipse (Westside Arts Theater) and Hurricane (Classic Stage Company).
Ms. Chibas is the Head of the Acting Program at California Institute of the Arts.
Running in tandem with the show will be INTAR Theatre’s production of Suzan-Lori Parks’ 365 Days/365 Plays.
INTAR Theatre’s take on this national play festival, which is being created by INTAR’s Actors’ Collective, will be presented in the D-Lounge (in the basement of the DR2) at 9:30 PM – after the evening performances of Daughter of a Cuban Revolutionary – on Wednesday and Thursday, May 9 and 10, and Sunday, May 13.
Daughter of a Cuban Revolutionary will be INTAR’s last offering for the 2006—2007 Season.
INTAR’s 2007—2008 season will begin in September with a production of Pulitzer Prize-winner Maxwell Anderson’s rarely staged play, Night Over Taos, directed by award-winning actress and director Estelle Parsons. The play, which will be presented at Theater for the New City, is set in New Mexico in 1847 as the people of Taos take a stand against their land being ceded to the United States. This classical play explores cultural clashes with depth, and the story resonates with significant contemporary relevance.
Daughter of a Cuban Revolutionary plays Wednesday – Saturday at 8:00 PM from May 9 – June 2 at the DR2 Theatre (103 East 15th Street on Union Square).
NOTE: There will be an additional performance on Sunday, May 13 at 8:00 PM (Opening Night).