GALA Hispanic Theatre’s 42nd season will feature four mainstage plays, including two world premieres, as well as films, dance, and a weekend of solo shows.
GALA will open its season with a commissioned adaptation by Fernando J. López (Yerma) of José Zorilla’s Don Juan Tenorio, a story of how the famed seducer and killer fell in love with a young woman about to take holy vows. José Carrasquillo will direct this adaptation, which will run from September 7 to October 1, 2017.
GALA kicks off the 2018 portion of its season with another world premiere, Gustavo Ott’s La Foto. The photograph is a selfie, which is sent to one person, lands in the hands of another, and then…well, you know. Abel Lopez directs; from February 1 to 25 of next year.
Caridad Svich’s adaptation of Julia Álvarez’s nonfiction novel In the Time of the Butterflies will run from April 12 to May 13, 2018. Butterflies tells the story of the Mirabel sisters, who resisted the Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo at great risk and high cost. José Zayas directs.
Magdalena Gómez’s bilingual musical, Dancing with my Cockroach Killers, will close out the GALA season with a run from June 7 to July 8 of next year. The New York Daily News’ Zayda Rivera calls Dancing “a series of poems, monologues and reflections that stem from real-life challenges and issues.” Rivera says that “Gomez was inspired by such Latino figures as musician Joe Cuba, ’70s sex symbol Iris Chacon and Puerto Rican nationalist Lolita Lebron.” GALA will present Dancing in collaboration with Pregones Theater of New York City.
The GALA season will also feature the Fuego Flamenco Festival, curated by Edwin Aparicio. a festival of Bolivian dance; Puerto Rico ¡Wepa!, a weekend of two solo presentations by Ángel Vázquez: Hecho en Puelto Rico, which ran successfully at GALA last year, and Macho Menos, which examines domestic abuse. GALA will also be conducting its 6th annual Reel Time at GALA, a festival of films from Mexico, Argentina, and Colombia.