Saturday, May 17, 2014

LORCA: An Intense Look at His Life & Works

by Jenni Morin

There is one more chance to catch Teatro Faralito artist José Rubén De León perform the English version of his one-man show, LORCA, presented by Matari Café Teatro at their Starcrest studio at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 17.  The Spanish version of the performance will run Saturdays at 8 p.m. June 21 through July 12.

Written and performed by De León, LORCA covers the life and works of one of the most significant writers of the 20th century, Spanish poet and dramatist Federico García Lorca. The Spanish Civil War serves as a political background for the play, which introduces audiences to García Lorca’s prose, poetry, theater, and songs, as well as people who played significant roles at different stages of his life. LORCA is set on a definitive moment in the writer's life, the day of his arrest prior to his assassination on August 19, 1936 by anti-Republican rebels. His books were destroyed and works banned for almost twenty years.

"One of the reasons he became a target is because the Catholic priests disliked his plays," says De León. "They considered them immoral and an attack on traditional values. The priests claimed his work was dangerously subversive."

As one of San Antonio's most talented artists and performers, De León presents this work with a signature intensity worthy of its namesake. "The play ends with Lorca on his knees trying desperately to remember a simple prayer his mother taught him when he was a child," De Leon explains. "But his time is up, Franco's soldiers are coming up the stairs to arrest him. He will be taken to an olive grove and shot three times in the ass because he was a homosexual."

"Lorca's life was as remarkable as his work," says De León. "He was not only a poet and playwright, but also a pianist, artist, actor, and lecturer."

De León's works are a source of beauty and tragedy, celebration and mourning as audiences discover the depths of the characters he portrays.

LORCA plays Saturday, May 17 at 8 p.m. in English and Saturdays at 8 p.m. June 21 through July 12 in Spanish at 11950 Starcrest Dr., Suite 210. Call 410-499-0922 for reservations and more information. There is a suggested donation of $10 for the performance.

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