Cuban theater coming to Winston-Salem

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Wake Forest University is pleased to welcome the highly acclaimed Cuban theater troupe, Teatro de la Luna, or Moon Theater, to Winston-Salem for a performance of Delirio Habanero, or Havana Delirium, a remarkable musical that, through song, dance, and memory, takes the audience back to the decades of the 1940s and 50s.

Teatro de la Luna, will deliver  a bilingual performance of Alberto Pedro’s musical under the direction of Raul Martin for one night only on October 6, 2011 at the Stevens Center in downtown Winston-Salem. The play begins at 7:30 P.M. Amongst the cast members will be Laura De La Uz, Amaryllis Núñez and Mario Guerra.

Havana Delirium is set in 1990s Havana during the Special Period in Times of Peace, marked by the collapse of the Soviet Union and Cuba’s free fall into economic, social, and moral chaos. The play embarks upon the Special Period and flashes back to Cuba’s Hey Day of the 1940s and 50s when casinos and cabarets were at their peak, featuring nightclubs such as The Tropicana. Three tattered souls who believe they are Celia Cruz, the Queen of Salsa, Beny Moré, the King of Rhythm, and Varilla, the famous barman of the Bodeguita del Media, made famous by Hemingway in the 1950s, sing, dance, and banter about their lives and troubles to escape from the crumbling world outside. Memories and song help them to relive glorious experiences as they face an inevitable fate. These interactions comment on political and racial divisions and fragmented societies yearning for reconciliation.

Since the mid-1990s, the award-winning, internationally acclaimed Teatro de la Luna has performed dynamic plays presenting the identities, histories, memories, and current problems of Latin Americans and their immigrant populations. The company has traveled throughout the world, but in 2004, travel to the US was restricted. In 2010, those restrictions were lifted, allowing one of the best theater companies in Cuba to premiere the musical.

The event is open to the public. Tickets will be available for adults at $12.00 and $8.00 for students. Tickets can be pre-ordered online through the University of North Carolina’s School of the Arts ($5.00-$8.00 transaction fee incurred for all tickets purchased online) or by calling (336) 721-1945 between the hours of 11:00 A.M. and 6:00 P.M (no transaction fee charged). Free shuttles will be available to transport students from the Reynolda Campus to the Stevens Center and back.

The play is sponsored by Wake Forest University’s Latin American and Latino Studies Program, Department of Romance Languages, Cuba Project, and Office of the Provost.

For more information, please contact Dr. Linda Howe, Associate Professor of Spanish in the Department of Romance Languages and Director of the university’s Cuba Project, via e-mail at howels@wfu.edu or via phone at (336) 758-4905.

Please be sure to visit and like the homepage and Facebook page of the Cuba Project.

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