In 1929, Federico Garcia Lorca, perhaps Spain's most well known poet and dramatist, spent nine months in New York as a guest lecturer and student at Columbia University. The experience changed both his life and his work. His collection of poems "Poet in New York" revolutionized his style and electrified the literary community in both Spain and the U.S. In the ground-breaking theater piece Wearing Lorca's Bowtie, 15 individual artists find themselves in New York, dreaming of Lorca and wondering why it is that we continue to be drawn to this city to make our life and our art and exploring the peculiar brand of loneliness that this city can evoke. The piece blends fantasy with actual moments from Lorca's work and trip - such as his famous witnessing of the 1929 stock market crash - with today's experience of trying to make a life in New York during the biggest economic crisis since Lorca's visit.
Wearing Lorca's Bowtie unites some of Spain's most celebrated and award-winning writers, actors, musicians, dancers and directors with a Tony, OBIE and Drama Desk Award-winning team of American designers to create a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience. The piece will be created by the company in rehearsal using devised theater techniques, directed by Josh Hecht and Ignacio García-Bustelo. Text by Mar Gómez Glez and Judith Goudsmit. Story by Josh Hecht and Mar Gómez Glez. Scenic design by Robin Vest, lighting by Clifton Taylor, sound design by Robert Kaplowitz and composition by Javier Moreno.