GENTE DE TEATRO PRESENTS
by Claudia Soroka
October 31, November 1, 2 & 3, 2019
- PERFORMANCES IN SPANISH -
English Surtitles only on Friday, Nov 1 & Sat. Nov 2
Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston (MATCH)
3400 Main Street, Houston TX 77002
About the play
A year before its twenty-fifth anniversary, Gente de Teatro & “Madenusa” return this Fall! While serving as a mirror of Fernández Tiscornia’s “Made in Lanús” (“Made in Argentina”) presented to the public in 2011, Claudia Soroka’s play also underscores one of the multiple facets of the immigrant community. In an attempt to restart a life that had been interrupted, this time Mabel and Osvaldo, long-time residents of the USA, have invited “la Yoli” and “el Negro”* to come from Argentina for a visit. What happens when the world one left behind is suddenly back? With dexterity and a sensitivity honed by life itself, Soroka has created an amusing piece, fresh and engaging, highlighting the experience of the immigrant and delving into the intricacies of adjusting to a different culture. The play evokes time and time again the dilemma of those who left as well as the impact of their decision on the ones who stayed behind.
An invitation to reflect and rejoice while remembering past choices and celebrating the freedom to make them.
* Commonly used Argentine term of endearment.
[ Details to follow shortly ]
Playwright: Claudia Soroka
Claudia Soroka was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 1982 she emigrated to the US and has lived in Houston with her family since then. In 1985 she attended a performance of Nelly Fernández Tiscornia’s “Made in Argentina,” a play that significantly influenced the start of her artistic career while pointing out the cultural imperative to bring Latin American theater works to Houston. In 1987 she began her stage work as a participant in groups and workshops, and in 1988 “Esperando la carroza” by Jacobo Langsner signals her theatrical debut. Since then she has engaged in a number of theatrical endeavors including Joseph Rumbaut’s film “Marianao Kid.” In 1995, together with Marcela Walter Salas and Esteban Gago, she founded Gente de Teatro, a group whose mission is to make Latin American and Spanish plays more widely known in the original. Soroka has not only been the Executive Director of the organization for all of its 25 years of existence, but has acted in each its theatrical productions. In 2011, Gente de Teatro staged Fernández Tiscornia’s “Made in Argentina” at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts to great acclaim. In the role of “La Yoli,” Soroka reached a landmark of her acting career by performing in the play that had been her original inspiration. Soon after that she embarked on her next challenge: playwrighting, and the result of such endeavor is “Madenusa.” Not necessarily autobiographical, the play does, however, reflect the vicissitudes of leaving one’s old life behind and adapting to a totally new one. Such was the creative impulse for “Madenusa” that will run in Houston on October 31 & November 1-3.