El Coronel No Tiene Quien Le Escriba (No One Writes to the Colonel), a world premiere play based on the novella by Nobel Prize-winning Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez, will be presented at Repertorio Español with previews beginning February 23 before an official press opening on February 27. Tickets are on sale through May 12. Adapted for the stage by Verónica Triana and Jorge Ali Triana, the play is directed by Triana.
Written in 1956-57 while García Márquez was living in Paris, El Colonel No Tiene Quien Le Escriba is the story of an impoverished retired colonel, a veteran of Colombia's Thousand Days' War, who still hopes to receive the pension he was promised 15 years earlier. The action is set during the years of martial law, rampant corruption, and censorship, known as "La Violencia" in Colombia.
The ensemble will include German Jaramillo as the Colonel, and Zulema Clares as his wife. Scenic design is by Raul Abrego, with lighting design by Manuel Da Silva and costume design by Fernando Then.
Repertorio Español is now celebrating its 50th season as one of off-Broadway's longest continually running theaters and the only company that presents Spanish-language/English translated (simultext) plays in NYC.
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