|Barceloneta, De Noche
| Open: 07/09/09 Close: 07/12/09
A small house, in a small town, on the small island of Puerto Rico; an ancient Nazi lies on his deathbed surrounded by his three young caretakers, as well as a gardener, a German professor, and the ghost of Marlene Dietrich. A secret love, a fortune, a will, and a murder plot. The sun is setting. Welcome to Barceloneta, at night.
A dark comedy performed in Spanish with English Supertitles
|Open Up, Hadrian
| Open: 09/13/12 Close: 09/29/12
Open up, Hadrian is an immersive promenade production that jumps more than 2,000 years and 20,000 square feet, transforming the Sunset Park warehouse into Ancient Rome by way of an excavated film set not so long abandoned.
In the years between the fall of the gods and the rise of Jesus, a young man named Hadrian emerged as Rome’s most philosophical emperor, caught in the midst of two bloody wars of expansion. He loved poetry, theatre, and all things Greek. He was also gay. Open up, Hadrian imagines the life of this highly successful but deeply frustrated man with elements of Greek drama and dark comedy—his anguished love, lofty ideals, and his big, famous wall.
Open up, Hadrian is an irreverent and contemporary play that looks back to a world 2,000 years younger and reads it variously as the nadir of imperial exploitation, a hotbed of radical political thought, a renaissance of engineering, and a raunchily naïve adolescent sex party. As “downtown theatre” comes more and more to mean “outer borough theatre,” this production celebrates an anarchic artistic “empire” throughout New York, voracious as ancient Rome itself. Says Kevin Laibson, Co-Artistic Director of Magic Futurebox: “we were thrilled when Caborca came to us with Open up, Hadrian. To work with artists of such integrity and humor on a piece as high-flying as this is exactly why we started making theater in the first place.”
About the Company: Caborca
CABORCA is a gang – not a group, troupe, or movement, but a gang that looks through irony to find sincerity, through humor to find sadness, through despair to find hope and vice versa. Caborca is something else. It is a theatre company without genre, without gender, color blind, accent blind, and body-fat blind. Caborca turns an unapologetic imagination into a mental ramification, creating theatre for its audience while refusing to compromise on its behalf. Caborca is bilingual, for now. By fortuitous encounter we’ve come together to explore opposing perspectives on our common space. We strive to create theatre of our time and place, uniquely New York, uniquely now, and uniquely ours – drawn from the political and social landscape of our incessantly altering age.