The International Hispanic Theatre Festival turns 30 this year, a passion project of Teatro Avante founder Mario Ernesto Sánchez, who has brought artists from all over the Spanish-speaking world (and beyond) to South Florida for three decades.
This year’s edition runs July 9-26, involves a dozen productions and pays tribute to Brazil, though the participating companies also come from El Salvador, Mexico, Spain, Uruguay, Venezuela and the United States. Some performances are in Spanish, others in Portuguese, still others in English; some will have supertitles in another language, broadening the potential audience.
The festival launches July 9-12 in the Carnival Studio Theater at Miami’s Arsht Center with Peace Transcends/Aje, dance theater from the Los Angeles-based Viver Brasil. July 9-10, Miami’s Teatro Prometeo presents Cristina Rebull’s theater of the absurd piece Cena para seis (Dinner for Six) in Spanish with English supertitles.
Also on the opening weekend, El Salvador’s Teatro del Azoro will perform Los más solos (The Loneliest) by Egly Larreynaga and Luis Felpeto in Spanish July 10-12 at Miami-Dade County Auditorium’s On.Stage Black Box. Brazil’s Colectivo Artísticoas Trasvestidas will present Br-Trans by Silvero Pereira July 10-12 in Portuguese with Spanish supertitles at Miami’s Koubek Theatre.
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Mexico’s Teatro de Babel and Dramafest will present David Gaitán’s intense Simulacro de idilio (A Simulated Romance) July 17-19 in Spanish at the Arsht’s Carnival Studio Theater. New York’s Sinteatros Intimus is bringing Aminta de Lara‘s drama Swallows (Golondrinas) to the On.Stage Black Box July 17-19, performing it in English with Spanish supertitles. From New York’s Nettles Artists Collective comes Apple of My Eye (Menina dos meus Olhos), a multimedia piece written by and featuring Tathiana Piancastelli, who has Down Syndrome. It will be presented July 17-19 in Portuguese with Spanish supertitles at the Koubek.
Spain’s Zarzuguiñol is bringing Zarzuguiñol, zarzuela para niños (A Puppet Zarzuela), a Spanish show for kids, to the Key Biscayne Community Center July 18 and the International Children’s Day event July 19 at Miami Dade College’s InterAmerican Campus (both events are free).
Miami’s Teatro Avante will perform René R. Alomá’s Alguna cosita que alivie el sufrir (A Little Something To Ease the Pain) July 23-26 at the Carnival, in Spanish with English supertitles. Also on the closing weekend, Miami’s Adriana Barraza Black Box and Nobarte will present Eugenio Griffero’s Príncipe Azul (Prince Charming) July 23-24 in Spanish at the Barraza Black Box. Spain’s Cuartoymitad Teatro will perform Escriba su nombre aquí (Write Your Name Here) by María Prado and Fernando de Retes July 24-26 at the On.Stage Black Box, in Spanish with English supertitles. Uruguay’s Complot will present Gabriel Calderón’s Ex — Que revienten los actores (Ex — To Hell with the Actors) July 24-26 at the Koubek, in Spanish with English supertitles.
Tickets range from $30 to $34, depending on the venue, with $5 per ticket discounts for seniors, students and people with disabilities. For information, call 305-445-8877 or visit www.teatroavante.org.