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Fuente Ovejuna

By Lope de Vega 

Directed by Mark Valdez

Translated and adapted by Curt Columbus

When: MAY 11 - JUNE 11, 2017

Where: The Chace Theater

Run time: Approximately 2:30 minutes, including a 15-minute intermission



About the Show

A modern, music-infused retelling of the classic Spanish story of tyranny overthrown. In 15th-century Spain, a menacing Commander terrorizes a small town’s citizens—especially the women. Pushed to their limit, the people of Fuente Ovejuna rise up against their oppressor in a fierce act of unity and bravery. Based on actual events, the story was immortalized by one of Spain’s greatest and most influential Golden Age dramatists. Now, Trinity Rep’s adaptation of this timeless masterpiece reverberates with fresh urgency.

“Obligatory viewing for anyone who truly loves the theatre… a rich, seething saga about the evil Guzmán, who holds a small town in terror, raping and murdering the population as he sees fit. One day, he goes too far and the tale of what happens next is heart-stopping in its excitement and spine-chilling in its terror.” –Toronto Star

Upcoming events for Fuente Ovejuna:

Open Caption Performance
Thursday, May 18 at 7:30 PM
Open Captioning is live text displayed simultaneous to the performance, provided by c2 captioning service. As opposed to closed captioning, open captions do not require the user to have any special equipment for viewing the text and are always "open" to anyone. Tickets are $25 each with the code "OC:" For more information regarding Open Caption Performances and other accessible programming, click here or contact the box office at 401-351-4242.

Lunch and Learn
Friday, May 19th at 12pm
Bring your lunch, and join us in the theater for conversation and demonstrations of how the artistic, scenic and design elements come together to make theatrical magic. We'll let you know how the actors, directors, designers and technicians collaborate to leave the audience wondering, "How did they do that?" Now you'll have the answers! Free to attend, just RSVP to events@trinityrep.com with your name and contact info. Don't forget to BYOL (bring your own lunch!) For more information, please contact Rebecca Noon at rnoon@trinityrep.com.

Post- Show Talkbacks
Sunday, May 21st and Wednesday, May 24th after the matinee

We believe in keeping the conversation going, and so we offer 20-minute post-show talkbacks immediately after the show for two performances per production. It’s a chance for the audience to dig deeper into the play they just witnessed with a member of Trinity Rep’s staff, actors from the show, and each other. Free with your ticket!

Teens Talk Back
Friday, May 26th after the evening performance

The "Teens Talk Back" series provides an extra special conversation hosted by a panel of teenage theater-goers after the curtain goes down led by a Trinity Rep High School Ambassador. Join these lively discussions on the play, production, theater in general, and generational differences after the show to hear what some of the brightest young theatrical minds have to say. The conversation is free to any and all, but a ticket is required to the preceding performance.

Great Writers: Shakespeare and Lope de Vega
Monday, June 5th at 7 pm
Join us as we take a clsoer look at all things classical. Local artists and scholars will compare and contrast two of history's most prolific writers: Shakespeare and Lope de Vega, along with discussion on how the baroque style affected not only what was being created in England and Spain during their lifetimes, but how that still affects the art we make today. Speakers to be announced.

Free and open to the public! A $10 donation is encouraged to support the development of new work at Trinity Rep. RSVP to events@trinityrep.com. For more information on the Great Writers Series, contact Kate Kataja at kkataja@trinityrep.com or (401) 521-1100 ext. 172.

Ovation & Conversation with Christina Bevilacqua
Sunday, June 11th after the matinee performance

Following the final performance of Fuente Ovejuna, Conversationalist-in-Residence Christina Bevilacqua will host a wrap party backstage with the cast and audiences to toast the closing night of the show and lead a dynamic conversation about the production, what the play means to us today, and more.

All audiences who see the show throughout the run are invited to return for this unique post-performance event.

As always, and included with your ticket purchase, our new pre-show Prologue series takes place one hour before every Fuente Ovejuna performance. Join us for this 30 minute pre-show discussion, which will examine the history of the production and the playwright, peek into the rehearsal process, and give reasons for why we're passionate about programming this show here and now. Each Prologue ends with a short participatory Q&A session.


The Artistic Team

Music direction by Jerediah Gonzalez, music performed by musicians Jerediah Gonzalez, Casey Belisle, Evan Carley, and Jake Menendez. Set design by Michael McGarty, costume design by Garry Lennon, sound design by Peter Sasha Hurowitz, lighting design by Karin Olson, fight choreography by Craig Handel, wig design by Emily Christoffersen, props by S. Michael Getz, dramaturgy by Patricia Ybarra, with Addie Gorlin as assistant to the director and Kristen Gibbs as stage manager.

Cast & Contributors

VILLAGERS: Angelique Dina, Kafui Glover, Wenricka Griffith, Valearie Kane, Yanasia Tarr, and Bedros Kevorkian.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
National Endowment for the Arts
To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov
Trinity Rep's 53rd season is sponsored by Ocean State Job Lot and RISCA.


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