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

EXTENDED FOR 4 MORE PERFORMANCES:
Aug 23, 24, 25, 26!

World Premiere #60: from the Central Works Writers Workshop

We are currently fully reserved for all performances!
We begin taking a waiting list for each performance 30 minutes prior to curtain time.  Subscribers get priority for cancellations and for the waiting list, but there’s still a chance to get in or that tickets may open up (keep checking).

For more information call 510.558.1381


“It’s delectable to watch machismo get hoisted on its own petard again and again” –SF Chronicle

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?

 

Theatre Bay Area Awards recommended!

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
23
8pm
PWYC
24
8pm
25
8pm
26
5pm

Running Time

120 minutes with an intermission

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

Locked in a strangle-hold: (l to r) El Comandante  (Marga Gomez) and Goyo (Steve Ortiz) in Cristina García’s world-premiere play, King of Cuba.

Photo by J. Norrena

Angel (Ben Ortega), in Cristina García’s world-premiere play, King of Cuba.

Photo by J. Norrena

Grammy winning bongocero, Carlos Caro, provides percussive ambience 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

“Machismo gets hoisted by its own petard again and again … and it’s always a thrill to be in the breath-holding intimacy of Central Works’ tiny space in the Berkeley City Club.” -L. Janiak, SF Chronicle

King of Cuba unfolds with a cartoon-like charm that transfixes us…Garcia’s play fits our terrorized political moment.” -T. Jeffreys, Theatrius

“When [the] actors…cut loose with García’s beautifully composed, riotously funny monologues, magic happens.” -C Kruger, TheatreStorm

King of Cuba Tickles, Triumphs, at Central Works” -M. Volmer, Theatrius

“Cristina García puts the “dic” in dictator in the theatrical adaptation of her own novel” -J. Edalatpour, SF Weekly

“In the intensely intimate space where Central Works stages its productions, director Gary Graves has done marvelous work.” Patrick Thomas, Broadwayworld

Theatre Bay Area Awards Recommended!

Click here to get to the press release!

 

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

Visit Marga’s website!