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GiveBIG to eSe Teatro!

GiveBIG to eSe Teatro!

GiveBIG to eSe Teatro!

Dearest Friends/Queridissimos Amigos,
As you may or may not know, tomorrow, May 15, is a special day: The Seattle Foundation’s annual and amazing GiveBIG fundraiser, designed to inspire generosity and support in the many deserving, unique forces for change (be it artistic, social, political, etc. or all of the above!): Seattle’s non-profit organizations, big and small.
We here at eSe Teatro encourage you, if you are able, to give as much as you can to as many of these deserving organizations as you can! No gift is too small (or too BIG). Non-profits are always in need of goods and services, and even $10 is a great head start towards achieving something that might actively make a difference in someone’s life.
For example, $10 within eSe might buy a child of immigrant parents his a ticket to the a first theatre experience, to see people who look like him or herself telling stories that might be familiar. This might, in turn spark an interest in storytelling, in the arts, in making a difference. $10 within eSe might buy a homeless audience member a small hospitality kit (containing toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo and soap among other things) at a special screening of Rose Cano’s Don Quixote & Sancho Panza: Homeless in Seattle. $10 might buy an hour of rehearsal space towards a performance like Luis Alfaro’s Electricidad or Oedipus El Rey.
If this is what $10 does, imagine what can happen with $25, $100, $1000? In the past, we’ve taken Electricidad to South Park where audiences could most like those portrayed in the production could see it for free; we’ve taken readings of Don Quixote to homeless shelters as well as RN workshops, and we’ve brought notable guest artists to Seattle to both hold workshops and direct productions like Oedipus El Rey.
We hope you will consider giving big tomorrow, to eSe Teatro, and to other organizations that are near and dear to your heart – and maybe take a chance on some you’ve only recently become aware of! A little bit goes a very long way, and you might discover some very significant, personal rewards along the way.
GiveBIG, amigos!!!
eSe Teatro:
Rose Cano (Artistic Director)
Meg Savlov (Outreach Coordinator)
Carolynne Wilcox (PR Coordinator)
Caroline Castro (PR Coordinator)
Jennifer Tee (Volunteer Coordinator)
Mandy Canales (Production Manager)
Learn More HERE.
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Posted by on May 14, 2013 in News


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eSe Taller Presents: Two Workshops with Daniel Jaquez (INTAR in NYC)

Director’s Lab

Thursday, May 9, 7-10pm
Saturday, May 11, 11am-2pm
Washington Hall, 153 14th Ave Seattle, WA 98122
Cost: $75 (per registered director)

Under the guidance of director/choreographer Daniel Jáquez, emerging and intermediate level directors will have a chance to hone their skills in a safe environment.

Are you tired of waiting for a chance to work on your craft? Are you looking for an forum to show your peers what you are working on? Are there actors in Seattle you have been wanting to work with? Is there a play or performance you have been wanting to delve into? This is an opportunity to work on the staging of a play or scene you have in mind with actors of your choice.
Directors will bring in 5 – 8 minutes of material previously rehearsed. If there is text, actors must be off book. 2 – 3 person scenes maximum. No self-direction.

Design elements must be used including lights and music (during or between scenes). eSe Teatro will provide a CD player, a clip light with a few basic gel colors, chairs and a table. Actors can bring in anything they feel is necessary to tell the story of the scene as they see it.

In this Lab setting renowned director Daniel Jáquez will help you evaluate your work in terms of communication with actors, focus, artistic intent, point of view and other key directorial elements. In that process of working on your feet, changes will be made and incorporated into the work. You might be asked to consider spacing, more interesting staging and other creative and aesthetic solutions. All directors will present their work at least one day. Their actors must be present.
Directors must send the script to Daniel Jaquez via at least one week prior. This gives Daniel a chance to study each director’s script.

Class size: 8 Directors

Please register online for this workshop HERE.
Adaptations – Creating New Work Based on Classics
Friday, May 10, 7-10pm
Saturday, May 11, 4-7pm
Washington Hall, 153 14th Ave Seattle, WA 98122
Cost: $75

Something Borrowed, Something New–Adaptation is a marriage of ideas with a rebirth of style. Using the classical script as a path, writers, directors and actors will tease out and explore the important issues of a chosen play as a group. Participants will learn the tools for creative analysis and improvisation, freeing themselves to find creative solutions.

“As a class, we will explore the classic “The House of Bernarda Alba” by Federico Garcia Lorca. (The play must be read prior to class.) We will begin by digging into the original text, its purpose, structure, ideas, and value in today’s world. We will then reach into our current world and life experiences to come up with parallels that are important to us. Structured improvisations will help to generate dialogue. For the second day of the workshop, participants will write a response (a scene, a monologue)to what was explored. These will be read/ performed in class.
Writers that want to create from improve are strongly encouraged.
This workshop is open to all with the desire to explore and come up with creative solutions. This is not a traditional writing workshop.”

Class size: 8 to 12 participants.

Please register online for this workshop HERE.
About Daniel Jaquez, Workshop Instructor
Daniel Jaquez, Teaching!

Daniel Jaquez, Teaching!

Daniel Jáquez (NYC) directs nationally and is a translator/adapter of classical scripts. His translations include “Fuente Ovejuna” which was produced at Miracle Theatre in Portland, where he is currently directing (and choreographer for) the World Premiere of “Dance For A Dollar”.
Daniel Jáquez is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, and is an Associate Artist at INTAR Theatre, where he is the director of the company Unit 52. He is also an Associate Artist at The Miracle Theatre in Portland, Oregon and at Teatro Vida in Springfield, MA as well as an Advisory Committee member for The Lark’s US/Mexico Playwright Exchange.
From 2003 to 2006 he was Director-Producer of INTAR Theatre’s NewWorks Lab and he is the co-founder of Calpulli Mexican Dance Theatre in Queens, NY and from 2003 to 2011 was its Artistic Director.
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Posted by on April 23, 2013 in News


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Rehearsal Report #1


L to R: Fernando Cavallo, Maristela Diaz, Carter Rodriguez, Erwin Galan & Javonna Arriaga. Photo by Tess Malone & Gisela Cardenas.

The rehearsal process has been physically intense and rewarding. Having this experience to work with Gisela Cardenas (director) on awaking our impulses as actors has made us explore our potential as an

The relevance of doing a Greek tragedy in today’s reality of gangs and cycles of violence, makes us examen the idea of destiny, fate and free choice in a different light.  Do all civilizations as these questions of themselves when violence erupts?  I am fascinated when theatre puts us face to face with society.  This is the reason we do theatre.

–Rose Cano, Cast: Jocasta in Oedipus El Rey; Artistic Director, eSe Teatro


OEDIPUS EL REY by Luis Alfaro runs Dec 7-16, 2012 with preview showings Dec 5 and 6. Performances at 7:30pm; Sunday matinees at 2pm. Purchase tickets here


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Posted by on November 21, 2012 in News


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REPRESENT! July 19-24 2011 Multicultural Playwrights Festival

SEATTLE, WA – The Hansberry Project, in a joint venture with eSe Teatro, SIS Productions and Pratidhwani, will host “Represent!: A Multicultural Playwrights’ Festival” July 19-24. The festival will feature staged readings of new 3 full-length plays, an evening dedicated specifically to showcasing the work of six very talented local writers and a panel about the role of ethnically specific theatres in the development of new work.

According to Hansberry Artistic Director, Valerie Curtis-Newton, “We have always been clear that the work of the playwright is central to all that we do. They are theatre’s true generative artists. Their vision, passion and craft call the rest of us to the process. The Hansberry Project is in committed to doing whatever we can do to support them. Last, year, we took a huge step forward – commissioning our first play. This year, we are showing support for playwrights by hosting our first new play festival. eSe Teatro, SIS Productions and Pratidwhani have accepted our invitation to join us in making a space for playwrights of color to be heard. We’re very excited by the energy that is being generated by this new collaboration. Our hope is that REPRESENT! will become an annual event. ”

A local writers’ showcase kicks off the week. The playwrights whose work will be included are: LaChris Jordan, Reginald A. Jackson, Danielle Villegas, Lonnie Tristan Renteria, Kathy Hsieh and Maggie Lee.

The heart of the REPRESENT! is a series of full length readings by some of the most exciting playwrights on the national scene. The selected plays are:
directed by Valerie Curtis-Newton
Built largely on the success of its Black middle class inhabitants (doctors, lawyers, school administrators), Negroville is fraught with dysfunction – loneliness, infidelity, and a loss of history. Over the course of a single day, the town’s well-educated African-American mayor, Cornell Gates, is caught in a series of events that challenge the truth about the town’s history and forever change the future for this set of middle class African-Americans. Presented by The Hansberry Project.

directed by Arlene Martinez-Vickers

Jeff, second generation Mexican-American, gives up his Law degree for Anthropology and a trip to Guatemala to study the Mayan’s religious believes. This study will initiate a journey of transformation, not only for Jeff, but also for the Mayan shamans he comes in contact with. This insightful text by Joann Farias explores the effect that two colliding cultures can have on each other, in this age of globalization. Presented by eSe Teatro.

SAMSARA by Lauren Yee
directed by Agastya Kohli

When American couple, Katie and Craig, make a last-ditch effort to create a baby of their own, their quest leads them to India to “rent” a surrogate. A hilarious, unsettling look at whether we can truly achieve intimacy in the face of shrinking worlds and expanding boundaries. Presented by SIS Productions and Pratidhwani

The festival will close with a conversation entitled REPRESENTING: Ethnically-Specific Theatre in the 21st Century. Valerie Curtis-Newton, Kathy Hsieh, Danielle Villegas, Arlene Martinez-Vickers and Agastya Kohli will discuss the role of ethnically specific theatre in the development of new work.

All events will take place in the Bullitt Cabaret at ACT Theatre. Tickets are $5 for individual events/$15 festival passes are available online at, or at the ACT Theatre Ticket Office at 700 Union Street, open daily M-F from 12 noon until 7 p.m., (206) 292-7676.

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Posted by on June 29, 2011 in News


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