BILINGUAL PLAY ‘CUERDAS’ OPENS TODAY

WHAT: Austin Latino Theater Alliance (ALTA) presents “CUERDAS” a play by Barbara Colio

WHO:The Austin Latino Theater Alliance

WHEN:September 13 – 29, 2012 with shows on Thursday, Friday & Saturdays 8:00 PM

(No show on September 15)

WHERE: Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC), 600 River Street, Austin TX 78702

COST:General Admission $18, Students and seniors $13, groups over 10 people $13.00

BUY TICKETS:http://www.altateatro.com http://www.eventbrite.com

Curra’s Grill, Señor Buddy’s, and at the theater box office the day of the performances.

Performances will take place in Spanish with English subtitlesand will run for 2 hrs with a 15-minute intermission

INTERNATIONAL AWARD WINNING PLAY IS STAGED IN AUSTIN BYRENEWED LATINO THEATER GROUP

“This is theater that goes beyond geographical boundaries and visible borders; it is theater that transcends the limits inhabited by our hidden, blurry, and impenetrable emotions. At this frontier is where CUERDAS begins.” B. Col

The Austin Latino Theater Alliance inaugurates its 2012-2013 season with the presentation of the play CUERDAS (strings) written by Barbara Colio, and directed by Daniela Ruiz. The play will preview on Sept. 12th at 8:00 PM,open to the public on Thursday, Sept. 13th at 8:00 PM, and continue every weekend Thursday to Saturday through Sept. 29th at the Mexican American Cultural Center in Austin, Texas.

On Wednesday, September 12th, Colio will be available to the general public for Habla Teatro, a special conversation regarding her writing process and perspectives on contemporary Latin American dramaturgy. This special “master class” will be held at the MACC at 4:00 pm. Tickets for HABLA TEATRO are $50 / Students $25. Tickets Include Master Class and admission to “Cuerdas” Performance (Pre-opening Night Show). The event is a collaboration between UT Theater Department, ALTA and MACC.

Barbara Colio (the playwright)

is the first Mexican playwright to win the María Teresa León International Prize for female playwrights.Barbara studied in “La Escuela de Letras de Madrid, Spain” and afterwards she was invited to the Royal Court Theatre International Residency for Emerging Playwrights in London. Currently she has had more than 15 plays published. In 2010, Colio’s work won the grant of Fondo Iberoamericano Iberescena. That same year, Barbara won the National Award “Premio Nacional de Bellas Artes” for her play Cuerdas (Strings). http://www.barbaracolio.com/html/__e_n_g_l_i_s_h___.html

The Play:

Cuerdas (Strings) is the story of a journey into adulthood by three brothers who receive a letter from their father, an internationally renowned wire artist, who is announcing his retirement from the show and invites them to see his last performance. The brothers, played by Alejandro Pedemonte, Chuy Velasquez, and Mario Zamora, reconnect on their journey with the holes left by their childhood, the ties that bind them together, and the imbalances of the daily life which weigh heavily on their experiences. Through humorous and sometimes poignant reminiscences, the brothers realize that this journey, and their individual lives, has become a balancing act of love and resentment.

This comedic drama, produced by The Austin Latino Theater Alliance and directed by Daniela Ruiz, sets a new beginning for the theater company whose commitment stems from a desire to bring quality Hispanic/Latin American plays and productions whose language, be it Spanish or English, transmits universal emotions and beliefs of cultural significance.

View our video trailer at:

http://vimeo.com/46095610

About ALTA:

The Austin Latino Theater Alliance was born 14 years ago with the intention of uniting and supporting the different Latino and Hispanic theater groups in the community. Today, ALTA has been reborn as a community of artists and volunteers who are firmly committed to fostering the development of new talents in the theater arts, promoting collaborative productions among local and international artists, and bringing the highest quality theater to the Austin and Texas audiences. http://www.altateatro.com

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT: Anjanette Gautier, Public Relations, agautier@altateatro.com 512.665.4560

ALTA: 512.537.ALTA (2582)

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