Artes de la Rosa, the Latino arts organization whose home base is Fort Worth's Rose Marine Theater, has announced its ninth season, for 2011-'12. Among the films, literary, dance and music events, you'll find four theater productions, double the numbers of theater in the 2010-'11 season.
It begins with a classic from Arthur Miller, in what is the second of artistic director Adam Adolfo's dedication to revisiting American classics from a Latino point of view. The inaugural production in 2010 was Tennesee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
The theater also has a new play from Quiara Alegria Hudes, the libretto writer for the musical In the Heights. The play, 26 Miles, would have been an area premiere, except that Kitchen Dog Theater has just announced its next season, and will open that same play a few weeks earlier. The theater season also includes an adaptation of Electra by Luis Alfaro and a "tango opera."
Here's the complete rundown of the 2011-2012 for Artes de la Rosa:
A View From the Bridge by Arthur Miller
August 26, 2011 – September 11, 2011
This fast-paced production of Arthur Miller’s 1956 award winning drama soars on the strength of the story of Eddie, a Brooklyn longshoreman, obsessed with his 17-year-old niece Catherine. When Catherine falls in love with a newly arrived immigrant, Eddie’s jealousy erupts into a rage that consumes him, his family, and his world exploring the trials of immigration and how a family becomes tangled in a web of misplaced honor and possessive desire. English Event.
Dies y Seiz de Septiembre Celebration
September 16, 2011 from 7:00 - 10:00 pm
Honoring Mexico’s Independence Day, our Diez y Seis celebration will feature live music, folclórico dancing, face painting, and local artists selling their work alongside food vendors from Local Northside. Perfect for the entire family! Free Bilingual Event.
The Devil's Backbone (El Espinazo del Diablo)
October 21, 2011 at 7:30 pm
An imposing stone building set on a desolate plateau, the school shelters the orphans of the Republican militia and other abandoned children. Upon his arrival, 10-year-old Carlos is confronted with the young caretaker Jacinto. Aggressive and greedy, he is filled with hatred for the school that houses him and the teachers that raised him. Gradually, Carlos uncovers the dark ties that bind the inhabitants of the school, including the secret that haunts them: Santi, a student who was brutally murdered, and whose pale ghost now wanders the grounds. Free Spanish Event.
Dia de los Muertos Festival
October 29, 2011 – Procession beginning at Marine Park at 7:00 pm
Celebrate Día de los Muertos with our annual celebration featuring a drum and puppet procession from Marine Park to the Rose Marine Theater Plaza. Filled with music, dancing, face painting and pan de muerto, this family event is a perfect way to celebrate Mexico’s rich culture. Make sure to visit all the altars and vote for Audience Favorite in our first-ever Día de los Muertos Altar Competition. Free Bilingual Event. Rain or Shine.
SLAM: Poets & Passion in Performance
November 18 – 19, 2011
It’s been said the pen is mightier then the sword, and in this intense 90-minute passionate and intense distillation of words, you’ll gain a deep appreciation for the art of SLAM. What is slam poetry? Slam Poetry is when the way you say the words means just as much as the words themselves. Slam poetry is when sound adds energy to words, and physical expression is layered deeply into the essence of the spoken word, making it more than just words on a paper. Experience real life and soul on a stage!
26 Miles by Quiara Alegria Hudes
December 2 – 18, 2011
From the writer of the Tony Award Winning musical, In the Heights, comes this tender family comedy about an American teenager and her estranged Cuban mother who drive cross-country in an '83 Buick Regal exploring the relationships we have with our parents. While an old Buick may be an unlikely place to find out what family really means, Beatriz and her estranged daughter head west on a spontaneous road trip, neither prepared for what lies ahead. 26 Miles reminds us that the best souvenirs on the road of life are the relationships we make along the way and that sometimes all it takes to find yourself is the power of family... and a herd of buffalo. Bilingual Event.
Noche de Amor
February 14, 2012
Live, love, and laugh at our annual Valentine’s Day event with a dazzling buffet of decadent flavors that will delight your palate! Experience the best way to spend Valentine’s Day-- an evening concert to celebrate the joy of romance and love with your sweetheart. Featuring catering and party staging by Sylvia’s Signature Events, Noche de Amor is a night full of passion, kisses, and maybe a little chocolate. Snuggle up with your corazoncito and tell them, “Te quiero.”
February 24, 2012 at 7:30 pm
At 19, Miguel "Sugar" Santos, a serious kid from the Dominican Republic, signs with Kansas City. He is sent to the Class A team "The Swing" in Bridgetown, Iowa, where he lives with a farm family. Thus begins his odyssey: leaving his mom and girlfriend; living in a foreign culture; learning English; overcoming jitters; working hard; achieving early success; navigating friendships, occasional racism, and a woman's mixed signals; dealing with an injury; and trying performance-enhancing drugs while searching for his place in the world. Free Bilingual Event.
Electricidad by Luis Alfaro
March 9 – 25, 2012
Freely adapted from Sophocles’ Electra, this modern staging takes Greek theatre straight into the heart of our Latino community. Driven by love, loyalty, hate, and vengeance, Electricidad keeps a 24-hour vigil by her father's side in this award-winning adaptation. Written by one of the most prominent playwrights in the country, Alfaro uses Greek roots, Latino soil, and timeless psychological themes to portray a contemporary look at power and the consequences of revenge. Directed by Yvonne Duque. English Event.
The 2nd Annual Rose Marine Latino Film Festival
April 6 – 8, 2012
Back by popular demand, the 2nd Annual Rose Marine Film Festival will convene some of the best emerging cinematic artists in the country for a celebration of film and Latino culture. This festival was created to celebrate and revive the Latino cinematic history of Fort Worth's Rose Marine Theater by showcasing international and independent Latino films, fostering emerging filmmakers through an educational collaborative with professionals in the industry, and hosting community-oriented multi-arts events.
April 14, 2012 at 7:30 pm
Grupo Pakal, a Mayan performing arts group, proudly celebrates Mayan culture through ancient ceremonial dance rituals and traditional native music. Exhibiting stunning and uniquely crafted wardrobe and elaborately feathered headdresses, Grupo Pakal will deliver a powerful evening of ritual and art. Audiences of all ages and backgrounds will be amazed and delighted by Grupo Pakal’s performances as the Rose Marine Theatre stage transports the audience back to witness ancient Mayan civilization. Bilingual Event.
Día de los Niños Festival
April 28, 2012
In Mexico, Día de los Niños, is a special and fun day for children. Artes de la Rosa will celebrate with an all-day free, bilingual, family-oriented festival in our theatre and art gallery focused on learning and interactive activities designed to stimulate creativity while spreading joy and imparting a sense of community. Join us for performances, crafts, face painters, food, and so much more! Free Bilingual Event.
Maria de Buenos Aires; A Tango Operita
Theatre – Regional Premiere
May 11 – 27, 2012
“The passion, the power, the pulse…Maria and her ghost will tell you of the nightly death of tango…” Astor Piazzolla’s musical story tells the story of a woman… and the story of the tango. Part musical, part tango, part theatre, part ballet, and part opera, Maria de Buenos Aires caters to all the senses by pairing expressive, live orchestral music, the passionate rhythm of the tango, and the surreal poetry by Horacio Ferrer to creating a melting pot of Latin sensuality straight from the streets of Buenos Aires… Sung in Spanish with English subtitles.
Under the Same Moon (La Misma Luna)
May 4, 2012 at 7:30 pm
Join us for an evening under the moon in the Plaza for a screening of La Misma Luna. This heartfilled movie tells the parallel stories of nine-year-old Carlitos and his mother, Rosario. In the hopes of providing a better life for her son, Rosario works illegally in the U.S. while her mother cares for Carlitos back in Mexico. Unexpected circumstances drive both Rosario and Carlitos to embark on their own journeys in a desperate attempt to reunite. Along the way, mother and son face challenges and obstacles, but never lose hope that they will one day be together again. Free. Spanish Event.
For more info, call 817-624-8333 or visit www.rosemarinetheater.com.