After our recent tour of Fourth Arts Block (FAB), we decided to take a closer look and check out one of the block’s leading, East Village theater companies, Teatro Circulo which is headed by artistic director, José Cheo Oliveras.
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A long-time resident of New York City, Oliveras and his passion for Spanish classical theater helped found the Company 15 years ago. As part of the City’s classification of the FAB block on 4th Street between Second and Third Avenues as a Cultural District a few years ago, Teatro Circulo was able to buy the building in which it resides for $1 in 2005. New renovations are set to begin in January of 2009.
Oliveras said that the East Village theater’s goal is to become a leading cultural institution in the City serving the latino community. He adds that expanding the theater’s programming as well as training classes for actors and neighborhood children, alike, will be an important focus in the years to come.
Like many of the theaters on the block, Teatro Circulo at 64 East 4th Street is a frenzy of artistic exploration these days offering a range of shows – from classical to contemporary. ACE award winner, “La Celestina” by Fernando de Rojas, is the Theater’s current, classical production whose themes of avarice and seduction may resonate today considering Wall Street’s recent crumbling and general economic woes according to Oliveras.
Beginning on November 12, Boundless Theatre Company in collaboration with Teatro Círculo, will present a contemporary play by Shelagh Stephenson and directed by Tlaloc Rivas called “Five Kinds of Silence” whose dark plot is described on Teatro Circulo’s website as follows: “After so many years of obsessive control, two daughters shoot their father during an epileptic fit.”
Rivas, who is originally from L.A. said, “It’s great that the hispanic-latino community has theaters around the city to showcase not only Latin American work, but also work that can be easily transcribed.”
November 3rd, 2008
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