First Rhode Island International Hispanic Theater Festival in the United States will pay posthumous tribute to Cuban intellectual Roberto Fernández Retamar, president of the House of the Americas until his recent death, and will also pay tribute to two Matanzas: actress Fara Madrigal and playwright Jesus Del Castillo.
Etnias Global is an entity that supports the development of performing arts in the State of Rhode Island and is directed by Dominican theater director Elvys Ruiz. For this purpose, he recently opened his Freddy Geneva Giudicelli Theater Hall and organizes the First. Rhode Island International Hispanic Theater Festival, to be held from September 7th to 9th.
Among the guests will be Freddy Geneva himself, director of the Theater House of Santo Domingo; the Cuban Vivian Martínez Tabares, director of the Joint magazine, of the House of the Americas; the playwright Frank Disla and the theater writer Bienvenida Polanco.
Fara Madrigal and Jesús del Castillo have twice visited Rhode Island, invited by ECAS, the first Spanish-speaking theater company in that state.
The first was in 2014, to attend the premiere of the National Sports, winner of the Poetry Ocean State contest, in its 2013 edition, contest sponsored by the Cuban Cultural Association of Rhode Island and Providence Community Libraries. The work was under the baton of Francis Parra, artistic director of Ecas.
The show was presented for two full-room weekends in the auditorium of the South Side Cultural Center, in Providence, capital of Rhode Island.
On that occasion the Matanzas taught puppet making, dramaturgy and acting workshops, and the actress took the stage with her one-person Pueblito de Cuentos, which honors her hometown, Sancti Spíritus, and which was presented at the awards contest Small Authors, in the Night Memorial Library, Rhode Island.
And in 2017 they attended the celebrations for the 20 years of Teatro Ecas y Fara presented Floripondín y Azucena, by Jesús del Castillo himself, a text that deserved the Milan Milan Prize 1997, as a gift to the two decades of Ecas.
The imprint of the Cuban theater will set guidelines in the first edition of the International Hispano-American Theater Festival of Rhode Island, in the next September.