The Arte Pa’ Mi Gente Series is sponsored in part by The Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment and the NYC Council Member Margaret Chin under the Cultural Immigrant Initiative.
* Recipient of a Jim Henson Foundation Family Grant (2015)
IPFFNYC is an expanded project of Teatro SEA’s Arts for All Festival/Arte Pa’ Mi Gente. After a full day of International shows, Teatro SEA will present their award-winning and revamped production, Sueño: A Latino take on Shakespeare’s – A Midsummer Night’s Dream, each evening of the festival at 7:30 PM completely free for the community. After a successful run in NYC (2015), the show traveled to Puerto Rico and was the main event of the 51st International Theater Festival. It was performed with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Puerto Rico and was staged outdoors in front the most iconic historical site in the country, El Morro. Unfortunately, after the tour in Puerto Rico, the majority of the puppets were lost at sea in transit back to NYC. We have spent the last two years revamping and improving the set, costumes and rebuilding the puppets.
Teatro SEA is excited to bring back Sueño just in time to be part of the IPFFNYC. Teatro SEA’s “Latinized” version of this theatrical classic aims is to spark interest in audiences, especially young and underserved audiences, that don’t have the opportunity to see the Shakespeare’s work. Sueño features a diverse group of 25 actors, singers, orchestra, dancers and puppeteers. The show includes over 65 carnival puppets, stilt walkers and masks including “Vejigantes and Cabezudos” … folkloric characters from Puerto Rico, used in festival celebrations. The presentation of Shakespeare’s work in Latin America dates back to the 1800s, but rarely do New Yorkers get a chance to see adapted Latino versions of the master’s plays.
For more information, please visit www.teatrosea.org or call 212 529-1545.
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