AENY-El Puente, Spanish Artists in New York, announces WEARING LORCA’S BOWTIE at The Duke on 42nd Street, a New 42nd Street® project December 8 – 17, 2011

AENY-El Puente, with the support of the Consulate General of Spain in New York, announces WEARING LORCA’S BOWTIE, an innovative, multi-disciplinary piece inspired by internationally acclaimed Spanish poet and playwright Federico García Lorca’s trip to New York, which changed his life and art forever.

WEARING LORCA’S BOWTIE runs from December 8 – 17, 2011 at The Duke on 42nd Street, a New 42nd Street project, 229 West 42nd Street, New York, NY. All performances are at 8pm with a 2 pm matinee on Saturday the 17th. Tickets are $35 and are available at Dukeon42.org or by phone at 646-223-3010.

In 1929, Federico Garcia Lorca, perhaps Spain’s most well known poet and dramatist, spent nine months in New York as a guest lecturer and student at Columbia University. The experience changed both his life and his work. His collection of poems “Poet in New York” revolutionized his style and electrified the literary community in both Spain and the U.S. In the ground-breaking theater piece WEARING LORCA’S BOWTIE, 15 individual artists find themselves in New York, dreaming of Lorca and wondering why it is that we continue to be drawn to this city to make our life and our art and exploring the peculiar brand of loneliness that this city can evoke. The piece blends fantasy with actual moments from Lorca’s work and trip – such as his famous witnessing of the 1929 stock market crash – with today’s experience of trying to make a life in New York during the biggest economic crisis since Lorca’s visit.

WEARING LORCA’S BOWTIE unites some of Spain’s most celebrated and award-winning writers, actors, musicians, dancers and directors with a Tony, OBIE and Drama Desk Award-winning team of American designers to create a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience. The piece will be created by the company in rehearsal using devised theater techniques, directed by Josh Hecht and Ignacio García-Bustelo. Text by Mar Gómez Glez and Judith Goudsmit. Story by Josh Hecht and Mar Gómez Glez. Scenic design by Robin Vest, lighting by Clifton Taylor, sound design by Robert Kaplowitz and composition by Javier Moreno.

AENY-El Puente Spanish Artists in New York is a multidisciplinary collective of artists joined not only by their common heritage, but also their mission – to produce cutting-edge, interdisciplinary contemporary work that reflects the needs, longings and uncertainty of the cross-cultural society in which we live. AENY aims to bring together Spanish artists in all disciplines to examine the overlaps, collisions, similarities and differences between Spanish tradition and modern New York culture, and to create a mutually enriching artistic dialog between the two countries. www.aeny-elpuente.org

Josh Hecht (Director) won the Drama Desk Award for his innovative production CHRISTINE JORGENSEN REVEALS, which played for almost a year at New World Stages. His productions have been seen in New York at MCC Theater, The Cherry Lane, New World Stages, regionally at the Humana Festival, The Guthrie Theater, The Berkshire Theatre Festival, the Kennedy Center, the Boston Center for the Arts and internationally at the Dublin Arts Festival and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, among many other local and regional venues. His productions have also been nominated for the GLAAD Media Award and the IRNE Award (Boston). He regularly works with the countries most exciting playwrights developing new plays at theaters like NYTW, Playwrights Horizons, Primary Stages, MCC Theater, The Public, LAByrinth, the New Group, and at play development Institutions like New Dramatists, The Dramatists Guild, New York Stage and Film, among others. He is a NYTW Usual Suspect, a member of the SoHo Rep Writer/Director Lab and the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab and is formerly the Director of Playwright Development at MCC Theater and the Director of New Play Development at WET.

Ignacio Garcia-Bustelo (Director) BFA, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in Madrid (Spain) and MFA, The New School for Drama in New York City (USA). Ignacio has worked for the National Theater in Spain (both for Centro Dramático Nacional and Compañía Nacional de Teatro Clásico) and other important theaters in Madrid (Teatro Bellas Artes, Teatro Galileo, Teatro de Cámara, Teatro María Guerrero, Teatro Pavón). He has performed in all major theater festivals and venues in Spain, and has also toured internationally in Morocco and Puerto Rico. A Fulbright Scholar, Ignacio moved to New York in 2008 to further develop his understanding of American Theater. He has been fortunate to work with directors such as Maurizio Scaparro, Arin Arbus, Titus Groenestege & Ria Marks (Orkater) or Angel F. Montesinos. Theater credits include: Titus Andronicus, Hamlet, Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Broken Jug, Hecuba, Agamemnon, Don Juan Tenorio, In Love but Discreet, The Chioggia Scuffles, Kaspar Hauser, Private View, Frank V. He is a founding member of AENY, where he serves as Artistic Director.

AENY Artists include: Benita Beneitez, Adela M. Bolet, Freia Canals, Maria Cuartero, Beatriz de la Cruz, Sebastian Galvez, Juan Carlos Lopez, Puela Lunaris, Pep Muñoz, Soraya Padrao, Amara C. Perez, Nuria Rabanillo, Lourdes Ramirez, Carlos Renedo, David Riley, Yago Vázquez.

Creative team:
Directors: Josh Hecht and Ignacio García-Bustelo
Text: Mar Gómez Glez and Judith Goudsmit
Story: Josh Hecht and Mar Gómez Glez
Designer: Robin Vest
Lighting Designer: Clifton Taylor
Sound Designer: Robert Kaplowitz
Composer: Javier Moreno
Production Manager: Amanda Raymond
Production Associate: C. Golden
Line Producer: Vicky Graham

Box Office Info:
Single tickets are $35.00. Tickets may be purchased via phone at 646-223-3010 or online at www.dukeon42.org.

About the theater: The Duke on 42nd Street
The Duke on 42nd Street is an intimate 200-seat black box theater built and operated by The New 42nd Street. Since opening in 2000, the theater has been available on a rental basis to international and domestic nonprofit organizations to present their work. Companies that have presented at The Duke on 42nd Street theater include: Theatre for a New Audience; Playwrights Horizons; Lincoln Center Great Performers; The NYC Tap Festival; and 92nd Street Y’s Harkness Dance Project. In October 2008, Lincoln Center Theater launched “LCT3” at The Duke on 42nd Street. NEW 42ND STREET presentations at The Duke on 42nd Street have included: Karole Amitage’s Armitage Gone! Dance; Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s Rose Rage; Naked Angels and Dan Klores’s Armed and Naked in America; and Classical Theater of Harlem’s production of Langston Hughes’s Black Nativity. Notable NEW VICTORY® presentations at The Duke on 42nd Street include Joan McLeod’s The Shape of a Girl, Steppenwolf Theater Company’s The Bluest Eye and the smash hit Once and For All We’re Gonna Tell You Who We Are So Shut Up and Listen presented by The New Victory Theater in cooperation with The Under the Radar Festival,and Nearly Lear, co-created with initial development in association with Kneehigh Theatre. In January 2012, The New Victory will present Zoem! New Dutch Theater, a series ofdaring, artistic and challenging work for young audiences from the Netherlands. Stella Den Haag’s Rumplestiltskin and Het Filiaal’s Miss Ophelia, two of the four U.S. premieres, will perform in The Duke on 42nd Street.

About the organization: The New 42nd Street
Founded in 1990, The New 42nd Street is an independent, nonprofit organization charged with long-term responsibility for seven historic theaters on 42nd Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues. In addition to running The New Victory Theater, The New 42nd Street built and operates the NEW 42ND STREET® Studios a ten-story building of rehearsal studios, offices and a 200-seat theater named The Duke on 42nd Street for national and international performing arts companies. Since its opening on June 21, 2000, the NEW 42ND STREET Studios has been fully occupied by both nonprofit and commercial theater, dance and opera companies. With these institutions and the other properties under its guardianship, The New 42nd Street plays a pivotal role in fostering the continued revival of this famous street at the Crossroads of the World.

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