2019 Season

The Lady Matador’s Hotel

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adapted from her novel
by Cristina García
directed by Gary Graves
Oct 12–Nov 10

World Premiere #65: a Central Works Method Play

We are currently  fully reserved for the performances on 10/17, 19 & 20 and have limited availability on 11/3 & 10.

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Author of last season’s hit, King of Cuba!

Cristina García returns to Central Works to adapt another one of her lush, sensual novels.  The Lady Matador’s Hotel follows the denizens of a luxurious hotel in the capital of an unnamed Central American country in the midst of political turmoil.  There is the matadora in town for a bullfight.  There is an ex-guerrilla now working as a waitress in the hotel.  And there is a colonel who committed atrocities in the country’s long civil war.  Each day, the pull of revenge and desire draws them closer and closer together.

“Has the energy of an obsessive tango.  Or, indeed, a bullfight.”—NY Times

 

Production Sponsors: Lisa Esherick and Erica Nietfeld

The Lady Matador’s Hotel is also made possible with the generous support of the Bernard Osher, Fleishhacker & RHE Foundations; the Warrior Artists Fund (Horizon’s Foundation), the Zellerbach Family Fund; and the City of Berkeley Civic Arts Grants program.

 



We got the “Datebook Pick” in the  SF Chronicle!

 

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

(note new 7pm showtime on Saturdays!)

Thu Fri Sat Sun
Oct 10
8pm
Preview
PWYC
11
8pm
Preview
PWYC
12
7pm
Opening
13
5pm
Talkback
17
8pm
PWYC
18
8pm
19
7pm
20
5pm
24
8pm
PWYC
25
8pm
26
7pm
27
5pm
Oct 31
8pm
PWYC
Nov 1
8pm
2
7pm
3
5pm
Talkback
7
8pm
PWYC
8
8pm
9
7pm
10
5pm

Running Time

2 hours with a 10-minute intermission

Rudy Guerrero*
Sylvia Kratins
Gabriel Montoya
Steve Ortiz
Neiry Rojo
Erin Mei-Ling Stuart

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

*member AEA

Cristina García (playwright) has been developing new plays and stage adaptations of her novels in the Central Works Writers Workshop for the past 3 years.  She is playwright-in-residence at the Brava Theater Center in San Francisco. Her first produced play, King of Cuba, was part of Central Works 2018 season.  García is the author of seven novels, including: Dreaming in Cuban, The Agüero Sisters, Monkey Hunting, A Handbook to Luck, The Lady Matador’s Hotel, King of Cuba, and Here in Berlin. García has edited two anthologies, Cubanísimo: The Vintage Book of Contemporary Cuban Literature and Bordering Fires: The Vintage Book of Contemporary Mexican and Chicano/a Literature. Two works for young readers, The Dog Who Loved the Moon, and I Wanna Be Your Shoebox were published in 2008 and a young adult novel, Dreams of Significant Girls, in 2011. A collection of poetry, The Lesser Tragedy of Death, was published in 2010. García’s work has been nominated for a National Book Award and translated into fourteen languages. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers’ Award, and a  Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University, among others. She is the founder and artistic director of Las Dos Brujas Writers’ Workshops and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

When asked is she’s afraid of death, the lady matador Suki Palacios (Erin Mei-Ling Stuart) replies, “Tell me how you die and I’ll tell you how you’ve lived.”

Central Works presents world premiere #65: The Lady Matador’s Hotel by Cristina García, Oct 12-Nov 10 at Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley.

 

Photo by Jim Norrena

As Suki Palacios (Erin Mei-Ling Stuart) prepares for the first Battle of the Lady Matadors in the Americas, she learns a breathtaking truth from a television psychic who advises Suki to devour calabazas morning, noon and night!

Central Works presents world premiere #65: The Lady Matador’s Hotel by Cristina García, Oct 12-Nov 10 at Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley.

 

Photo by Jim Norrena

When a reporter asks Suki (Erin Mei-Ling Stuart) if she fears death, the matadora replies, “Tell me how you die and I’ll tell you how you’ve lived.”

Central Works presents world premiere #65: The Lady Matador’s Hotel by Cristina García, Oct 12-Nov 10 at Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley.

 

Photo by Jim Norrena

All photos: ACT OUT Photography by Jim Norrena

Suki Palacios (Erin Mei-Ling Stuart) has come to compete in the first Battle of the Lady Matadors in the Americas.  In her hotel she meets an ex-guerilla rebel, a fascist military leader, an ex-pat Cuban poet, and a parrot named Che who spouts poetry and revolutionary quotes.

Central Works presents world premiere #65: The Lady Matador’s Hotel by Cristina García, Oct 12-Nov 10 at Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley.

 

Photo by Jim Norrena

“if political suspicion curdles everywhere in … The Lady Matador’s Hotel, so does desire. The push and pull of those two feelings gives the script, now in a Central Works world premiere, a streak of mystery” -SF Chronicle Datebook Pick

Learn more about playwright and novelist Cristina García from her website.

 

Watch an interview with Cristina García: