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 running every weekend Thursday to Saturday through Sept. 29th at the Mexican American Cultural Center in Austin, Texas.
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.
The playright that has more than 15 plays published, Barbara Colio, is the first Mexican playwright to win the María Teresa León International Prize for female playwrights. She 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. Colio’s work has won the grant of Fondo Iberoamericano Iberescena along with the National Award “Premio Nacional de Bellas Artes” for her play Cuerdas (Strings).
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.
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. ALTA is 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.
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By Monica Pena