2018 Season

King of Cuba

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written by Cristina García (based on her novel)
directed by Gary Graves
Jul 21–Aug 19

World Premiere #60: from the Central Works Writers Workshop

National Book Award finalist Cristina García, gender-bending comedian Marga Gomez, and Grammy-winning “bongocero” Carlos Caro team up with a full cast of Latinx actors to bring Garcia’s colorful portrait of the Cuban cultural and political landscape to the stage.

Two combative octogenarians: one in Cuba, a ruthless dictator, “El Comandante,” maintains an ineffectual grip on power while pretending that neither his crumbling nation nor his rapidly deteriorating health are headed for disaster. The other, in steamy Miami, irascible exile Goyo Herrera plots revenge, hell-bent on staying alive long enough to see the dictator to his grave. Both are coming to terms with loves lost, people wronged, failing health, and the legacies they’ll soon enough be leaving behind. What will get El Comandante first—old age, or old Goyo?

 

Production Sponsors: The RHE Foundation and Wilder Green Arts Fund

King of Cuba is also made possible with the generous support of the Actors Equity, Kenneth Rainin and Sam Mazza Foundations, and the East Bay Fund for Artists.

Ticket Prices

Advance tickets: $30-$38
(Advance sales by phone thru Brown Paper Tickets: 800.838.3006)

At the door: $38–15 sliding scale

Pay-what-you-can: preview performances and every Thursday, at the door as available

Information & subscriber reservations: 510.558.1381

Performance calendar

Thu Fri Sat Sun
July 19
8pm
Preview
PWYC
20
8pm
Preview
PWYC
21
8pm
Opening
22
5pm
Talkback
26
8pm
PWYC
27
8pm
28
8pm
29
5pm
Aug 2
8pm
PWYC
3
8pm
4
8pm
5
5pm
9
8pm
PWYC
10
8pm
11
8pm
12
5pm
Talkback
16
8pm
PWYC
17
8pm
18
8pm
19
5pm

ENSEMBLE:
Marco Aponte
Leticia Duarte
Elaina Garrity
Ben Ortega
Steve Ortiz
and Marga Gomez as “El Comandante”

Percussive Accompaniment: Carlos Caro (bongocero)

Stage management: Vanessa Ramos
Costume design: Tammy Berlin
Lighting design: Gary Graves
Prop design: Debbie Shelley
Sound design: Gregory Scharpen

King of Cuba was developed in the Central Works Writers Workshop

Marga Gomez is “El Comandante” in Cristina García’s world-premiere play, King of Cuba.

Photo by J. Norrena

Marga Gomez is “El Comandante” in Cristina García’s world-premiere play, King of Cuba.

Photo by J. Norrena

Marga Gomez is “El Comandante” in Cristina García’s world-premiere play, King of Cuba.

Photo by J. Norrena

All photos: ACT OUT Photography

Marga Gomez is “El Comandante” in Cristina García’s world-premiere play, King of Cuba.

Photo by J. Norrena

Listen to Cristina and Marga interviewed on KALW

 

 

 

Click here to get to the press release!

Reviews are on the way soon!

Listen to Cristina and Marga’s interview on KALW’s Open Air:
KALW-7.12.18-KingofCuba


Learn more about award-winning novelist and playwright, Cristina García




photo by Anne Whitman

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