CONTACT: MARY GERAGHTY
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Release: Jan. 26, 2000
UI to host Cuban playwright Abelardo Estorino Feb.
IOWA CITY, Iowa The eminent Cuban playwright
Abelardo Estorino will visit the University of Iowa Feb. 2-5 and will give
a public presentation Thursday, Feb. 3 about his current work being staged
at the Repertorio Espanol in New York City. His presentation will begin by
showing a video of one of his current New York productions, "Parece blanca,"
at 1 p.m. in Room 315 Phillips Hall on the UI campus. This will be followed
by a lecture and discussion of Cuban theater today beginning at approximately
Estorino was born in Matanzas, Cuba in 1925 and has
had a brilliant career in Cuban theater since the early 1960s. His first works
for the theater were written in the 1950s, but he is pre-eminently associated
with the experimental theater that developed after the Cuban Revolution. An
early work, "El robo del cochino" (The Theft of the Pig) (1961) portrays conditions
in rural areas of Batista's Cuba.
In 1964 he became one of the artistic directors of
Teatro Estudio, which sought to deal with social issues while experimenting
with theatrical time and structures. Some of his best known plays include
"La dolorosa historia del amor secreto de don José Jacinto Milanes"
(The Painful Story of Don José Jacinto Milanes' Secret Love) (1974)
and "Vagos rumores" (Vague Rumors) (1992). His plays have been produced in
Spain, Mexico, the U.S. and other countries. His "Morir del cuento" (Death
by Short Story) (1984) won the grand prize at the Sitges Theater Festival
in Spain in 1985.
Estorino lives in Havana, but has been in New York
since September with the Repertorio Espanol working on the Nov. 1999 world
premiere of, "El baile" (The Ball), and the Jan. 2000 U.S. premiere of "Parece
blanca" (She Looks White), his adaptation of the classic Cuban novel "Cecilia
The International Writing Program, the Latin American
Studies Program, and the department of Spanish and Portuguese are co-sponsoring