WHAT: Fortunato, a play by Joaquin and Serafin Alvarez-Quintero
WHEN: April 27th through May 12, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm, Sundays at 2 pm
WHERE: Teatro Paraguas Studio, 3205 Calle Marie (new location)
HOW MUCH: $12 general, $10 seniors and students; Sundays pay-what-you-wish
INFO/reservations: 424-1601; www.teatroparaguas.org
“No amount of love can make up for bringing one’s children into the world and letting them starve.”
Teatro Paraguas presents Fortunato, a biting social commentary written 100 years ago by Joaquin and Serafin Alvarez-Quintero, popular Spanish playwrights of the early 20th century. Fortunato, who works very hard trying to find work in order to feed his family, grows ever more desperate as the pangs of hunger become unbearable. On the brink of madness, he discovers his innate dignity and transcends his fate with the help of the circus performer Amaranta the Triumphant.
Teatro Paraguas will present a bilingual version of the play, and has set the action in Santa Fe. Directed by Argos MacCallum, the cast includes Marcos Maez as Fortunato and Juliet Salazar as Amaranta, as well as Sara Arana, Elyssa Trevino, Liberato Salaz, Chloe Torbaa, Bianca de la Garza, Patrick Roessner, and Yves Lucero. Karmela Gonzales and JoJo Sena de Tarnoff will play New Mexican music between the scenes.
The play runs Friday, April 27 through Saturday, May 12, with performances Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm. Ticket prices are $12 general, $10 seniors and students, and Sunday performances are pay-what-you-wish.
A benefit performance for Bienvenidos, a Santa Fe food bank and help center, is set for Sunday, April 29 at 2:00 pm. All proceeds from the ticket sales will be donated to this worthy cause.
The Álvarez Quintero brothers collaborated on almost 200 dramas depicting the life, manners, and speech of Andalusia. Serafín Álvarez Quintero (b. March 26, 1871, Utrera, Sevilla, Spain—d. April 12, 1938, Madrid) and Joaquín Álvarez Quintero (b. Jan. 20, 1873, Utrera, Sevilla, Spain—d. June 14, 1944, Madrid) produced work that was among the most popular in Spain during the early 20th century and greatly added to the revival of the Spanish theatre. Their dramas are remarkable for a vivacious and skilled presentation. Among the brothers’ better-known plays are Los galeotes (1900; “The Galley Slaves”), El amor que pasa (1904; “The Love That Passes”), and Malvaloca (1912), a serious drama that received the prize of the Spanish Royal Academy.
Fortunato is the first production to take place in the new Teatro Paraguas Studio, which is located at 3205 Calle Marie. Calle Marie intersects with Henry Lynch Road, which is an extension of Richards Avenue between Rufina and Agua Fria Streets.
Contact person: Argos MacCallum
Fortunato, an unemployed clerk, tries desperately to find work to feed his family, but bad luck, con men and cold weather conspire against him. He finds his salvation with Amaranta the Great, a circus sharpshooter.