Absurd Celebration

August 17 – September 15

In celebration of the centenary of the birth of controversial Cuban playwright Virgilio Piñera, the University of Miami’s Jerry Herman Ring Theatre and the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures will present five of Piñera’s brilliant plays, produced by a combination of national and international companies and the UM College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Theatre Arts.

Virgilio Piñera Llera (1912-1979) is one of Latin America’s most important playwrights. He is credited for having brought modernism to Latin American theatre and for having written the first theatre of the absurd play. As the consummate artist and rebel, Virgilio has become a symbol for the quest of artistic freedom and renovation of styles in literature, the visual arts, and mass media.

In addition to the performances, a three-day international symposium called “Sexual and Cultural Politics in Virgilio’s Theater” will be held at the University of Miami Wesley Gallery, August 31 to September 2, and an exhibit of Piñera’s materials at the University of Miami’s Cuban Heritage Collection at the Richter Library from August 15 through December 15.

The five plays and their associated production companies are:

Aire Frío (Cold Air) by Argos Teatro, August 17-19

El juego de Electra (Electra’s Play) by Mephisto Teatro – Artes y Producciones Artísticas, August 24-26

Los siervos (The Serfs) by Teatro de la Luna, August 31 through September 2

Una caja de zapatos vacía (An Empty Shoebox) by La Má Teodora, September 7-9

Carrying Water in a Sieve, an Evening of Two One-Act Plays: You Always Forget Something and False Alarm by UM Department of Theatre Arts, September 14-22

Aire Frío, El juego de Electra, Los siervos,and Una caja de zapatos vacía will be performed in Spanish with English supertitles. Carrying Water in a Sieve will be performed in English with Spanish supertitles.

All performances are at UM’s Jerry Herman Ring Theatre, 1312 Miller Drive, on the Coral Gables campus. To purchase tickets, or for more information, call the Ring Theatre’s box office at 305-284-3355 or visit its website. (LINK this and above reference to Ring Theatre TO: www.miami.edu/ring)

Additional support for “Absurd Celebration” comes from the Joseph Carter Memorial Fund, City of Coral Gables, Centro Cultural Español, ABC Charters, Xael Travel, and from the following University of Miami entities: The Cuban Theater Digital Archive, Program in Women’s and Gender Studies, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for the Humanities, and the Richter Library’s Cuban Heritage Collection.
Virgilio Piñera