A world premiere by EDUARDO MACHADO
mariquita f (plural mariquitas) /mari?kita/: Noun. 1. A ladybug. 2. A fried plantain chip. 3. (Slang) Queer, homosexual. Diminutive of marica “magpie, gay man,” from María “Mary”.
This spring Theater for the New City will present the world premiere of Eduardo Machado’s play Mariquitas, directed by Michael Domitrovich.
Set in a gay-friendly bed and breakfast in Old Havana, Mariquitas focuses on a group of Cuban jineteros (hustlers) and their older European clients as they satisfy the desires of their bodies, minds, and souls in a country with limited resources.
In the last 5 years, LGBT Cubans have experienced unprecedented freedom of expression due to the support of sexologist, psychologist, and politician Mariela Castro Espin. Still, the country’s history of marginalizing, persecuting and interning homosexuals makes faith in this new period of growth tentative at best. Mariquitas uses the struggles of a specific slice of contemporary Cuban life to illuminate a larger historical dynamic – the continued tradition of cultural and sexual imperialism between Cuba and its former colonizers.
The cast includes Omar Chagall, Matthew d'Amato, Ricardo Dávila, Oscar Hernandez, Begonya Plaza, Liam Torres, Ed Trucco, Carlos Valencia, and Ana Valle.
Set design by Mikiko Suzuki MacAdams, lighting design by Alex Bartenieff, costume design by Michael Bevins, sound design by Betsy Rhodes, production stage manager Michael Alifanz.
Mr. Machado wrote and directed the film Exiles in New York, which played at the A.F.I Film Festival, South by South West, The Santa Barbara Film Festival and The Latin American International Film Festival in Havana, Cuba. . He has taught playwriting at Columbia University (where from 1997—2007 he was the Head of Playwriting), the Public Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Sarah Lawrence College and the Playwrights Center. From 2004—2010 he was the Artistic Director of the off-Broadway INTAR Theatre in NYC. Mr. Machado is a member of the Actors Studio, The Ensemble Studio Theater, and an alumnus of New Dramatists, and has served on the boards of TCG, New Dramatists and Theater for the New City.
Mr. Machado is currently the Head of Playwriting in the Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. “Tastes Like Cuba: An Exile’s Hunger for Home,” a food memoir by Eduardo Machado and Michael Domitrovich, was released by Gotham Press in 2007. A new collection of his plays entitled Havana is Waiting and Other Plays was published by TCG in Spring 2011.
Thursday - Sunday, April 27 - May 19
Thursday - Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 7pm
Additional Performances Wednesday, May 8 and Wednesday May 15 at 8pm
All Seats $15
Students & Seniors $10
TDF Vouchers Accepted
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