- By Cherry Arts
This Spring, The Cherry Arts will present the English-language première of two one-act plays by Argentine playwright and filmmaker Santiago Loza. Winter Animals and Nothing To Do With Love are co-translated by Cherry artistic director Samuel Buggeln, working respectively with Buenos Aires playwright Ariel Gurevitch and Alejandro Tantanian, Artistic Director of that city's Teatro Cervantes.
Santiago Loza is a masterful teller of mysterious, lyrical and moving stories. This production will bring his theatrical voice to the English-speaking world for the first time. In Winter Animals, an aging rural rancher makes a trip to the tiny Buenos Aires apartment of his bookish son and finds a truly unexpected roommate; in Nothing To Do With Love, a small-town dressmaker recalls her greatest triumph from a startling perspective.
Loza is one of the leading contemporary playwrights of Latin America, as well as a celebrated filmmaker. His films have screened at festivals including Berlin, Rotterdam (where Extraño won the Tiger Award for best film) and Cannes (where Los Labios received the Un Certain Regard prize). He is no less prominent in theater; his plays have been awarded the Teatro XXI, Trinidad Guevara and Konex Letras prizes, and are widely produced throughout Latin America and increasingly in Europe. (At the time of this writing, four of Loza's plays are running concurrently in Buenos Aires, and one at the Teatro de la Abadía in Madrid.) The Cherry Arts is thrilled that this production of LOZA PLAYS will mark the first time Santiago Loza's theatrical writing will appear in the English language.
Loza Plays will also mark The Cherry Arts' final itinerant production before moving into the Cherry Artspace, now completing construction on Cherry Street in Ithaca. For this production the Cherry will create a striking duo of theatrical installations in the Martha Hamblin Hall at the Community School of Music and Arts in Ithaca (330 E. State St.) LOZA PLAYS will run Tuesday April 25 through Saturday April 29 at 7:30PM, with an additional matinee at 2:30 on Saturday.
**Please note: This production contains nudity.
Winter Animals is directed by Samuel Buggeln, and stars Helen T. Clark, Dean Robinson*, and Johnny Shea. Nothing To Do With Love is directed by Norm Johnson and is performed by Susannah Berryman*. (*appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association). The creative team for LOZA PLAYS includes Daniel Zimmerman (environment), E.D. Intemann (lights), Brock Viering (costumes) and Sergey Levitskiy (sound).