Having implemented strict safety precautions in keeping with the Mayor’s plan,, GALA is proud to open its 45th Anniversary Season, with The Dog in the Manger (El perro del Hortelano) by Lope de Vega, master of Spain’s Golden Age. Adapted by Paco Gámez and directed by José Zayas, The Dog in the Manger opens October 29 and runs through November 22. GALA Theatre is located at 3333 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20010, one block from the Columbia Heights metro station on the Green and Yellow lines.
Parking is available at a discount in the Giant parking garage off Park Road, NW.
First produced in 1618, this smart comedy explores love, fidelity and class with wry wit. After Diana, a Countess, scorns proposals of marriage from several aristocratic suitors, she falls for her male secretary who she discovers is wooing Marcela. To pursue this forbidden love, Diana must sabotage her suitors, deceive her friends, and concoct ever more elaborate schemes. So begins an emotional love triangle familiar to those who have fallen in love with someone outside their status dictated by social norms. “Four hundred years later,” says Hugo Medrano, GALA’s Producing Artistic Director, “the power of Lope’s stories and his insight into the pain and joy of the human experience still speak to us today.
“Lope de Vega,” remarked director Jose Zayas, “wrote about how individual acts of rebellion against the status quo moved the world forward one small step at a time. I want the audience to reflect on how our idea of how we love and who is allowed to love changes based on shifting paradigms of social structure. The context of the play may be historical but its interior emotional landscape is unexpectedly immediate and presents a complex vision of our ability to connect with other people through love in all its strange mutable power.”
The Dog in the Manger is performed in Spanish with English surtitles on Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 pm, and Sundays at 2 pm. The Noche de GALA is Friday, October 30, 2020 at 8 pm, followed by dessert reception hosted by His Excellency the Ambassador of Spain to the United States Santiago Cabanas Ansorena. Press Night is Saturday, October 31 at 8 pm. This production is made possible with generous support from the Embassy of Spain in Washington, DC, SPAIN arts & culture, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
Félix Lope de Vega Carpio was born in Madrid in 1562. Recognized as the most popular and prolific writer of 17th century Spain, he wrote nearly 1,000 plays, of which more than 400 have survived. Along with Pedro Calderón de la Barca, Lope dominated the era of the Spanish Golden Age and was known as the “Monster of Nature” for his dramatic romances, pastorals, epics, and Spanish comedias. From early youth, literature and a series of amorous liaisons provoked a turbulent life. One of his affairs led to his imprisonment and banishment from Madrid for eight years, but it provided him with subject matter for one of his masterpieces, La Dorotea.
Lope was a passionate believer in the Catholic faith and the glorious destiny of his beloved Spain. In his last days, professional frustration, as well as personal grief enveloped him. Following the medieval practice of atonement, he flagellated himself regularly. He died on August 27, 1635, mourned by all Spain.
Paco Gámez, author of the adaptation, is a Spanish playwright, actor, and director. Gámez holds degrees in English Literature and Interpretation, and a post-graduate degree in Theater Production and Sciences. He has been widely recognized as a playwright and received numerous awards, among them the Pedro Calderón de la Barca Award, the LAM Award from the General Society of Authors of Spain (SGAE), and the Award from the National Association of Playwrights. His most successful works include Inquilino (Tenant), which was produced by the National Drama Center and was a finalist for the MAX Award to Best Author Revelation. Others are Katana, which premiered at the Kamikaze Theatre; and Chapman, funded by the Ministry of Culture, about the assassination of John Lennon. Gámez’s texts have been translated into English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, and German.
When theaters open up again in Spain, Gámez will premiere his versions of Las Calatravas at the National Theatre of the Zarzuela, and La Eneida at the Circo Price Theater, under the direction of José Luis Arellano.
ABOUT THE PRODUCTION
Featured in the cast are guest artists Soraya Padrao as Diana and Ariel Texidó as Teodoro. from Miami. Ms Padrao, who appeared last season in GALA’s La vida es sueño is from New York. Mr. Texidó resides in Miami and made his GALA debut in Exquista Agonía last season. The cast also features GALA company members Luz Nicolás (Caridos) and Catherine Nunez (Marcela), who appeared in Exquisita Agonía and numerous other shows; Carlos Castillo (Tristan) and Delbis Cardona (Fabio), who performed in Como agua para chocolate, among many others; and Oscar Ceville (Ricardo), who last appeared in GALA’s production of Yo también hablo de la rosa and has been in several classical shows.
José Zayas (Director) has directed over 100 productions in New York, regionally and internationally. At GALA he directed En el tiempo de las mariposas, Crónica de una muerte anunciada, Cancún, and La casa de los espíritus. Among his credits are The Magnetic Fields: 50 Song Memoir (BAM, Mass MoCa, US and European Tour), A Nonesuch Celebration (BAM), Undocumented (Joe’s Pub), Blind Spot, In The Name of Salome, Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter (Ace and Hola awards for best production and direction), Burundanga, The House of the Spirits (Ace Awards, Hola Award and Ovation awards for best production and direction), Your Name Will Follow You Home, La Nena Se Casa, Love in the Time of Cholera, Madre (el drama padre), Besame Mucho, Nowhere on the Border, and Barcelo on the Rocks (Repertorio Español); Washed Up on the Potomac (Flea Theater, San Francisco Playhouse); Pinkolandia and El Coqui Espectacular and the Bottle of Doom (Two River Theatre); Corazon (M Eterno ixed Blood); Southern Promises and Strom Thurmond is not a Racist (PS 122, Brick); Useless (IRT); Father of Lies and Vengeance Can Wait (PS122); P.S. Jones and the Frozen City, Feeder: A Love Story (TerraNOVA Collective); Okay, Mrs. Jones and the Man From Dixieland (EST); The Idea of Me (Cherry Lane Theatre); The Queen Bees (Queens Theatre in the Park); Children of Salt (NYMF); Wedding Dress, The Island of Lonely Man (Teatro Espressivo, Costa Rica). Born in Puerto Rico, he graduated from Harvard and Carnegie Mellon University.
Scenic design is by Clifton Chadick, who designed sets for the Helen Hays award-winning Fame and Exquista Agonía. Lightin design is by Alberto Segarra, who designed Yo también hablo de la rosa, and costumes are byJeannette Christensen, who designed Que las hay, las hay for GALita. Sound design is by David Crandall, who designed Exquisita Agonía, Stage Manager is P. Vanessa Losado and Tony Koehler is Production Manager.
Reservations are necessary, as only 25 patrons will be seated. Single tickets are $45. Noche de GALA are $50 each. Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays evenings and Sunday afternoons. Senior tickets (65+), Student and Military tickets are $30. Groups (10+) are $30. To purchase tickets, call 202-234-7174 or visit www.galatheatre.org. Tickets are also available on Goldstar.