Times Square International Theater Festival Presents 'A Time to Dance,' written and performed by Libby Skala at Theatre 500
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Libby Skala portrays the life and soul of her great aunt, Austrian modern dancer Elizabeth "Lisl" Polk, in the dancer's own words. A dazzling story-teller, Lisl dances to her own stories of a turbulent life spanning the 20th Century, beginning with her premature birth in 1902 Vienna under the Hapsburg Empire. The daughter of a Catholic mother and Jewish father, she deals with the conflicting forces of anti-Semitism in her own home as she dreams of becoming a famous dancer. Met with opposition from her autocratic father, she finds unexpected ways to negotiate and fulfill her dream, while struggling to emerge from the shadow of a famous older sister (architect and Oscar-nominee Lilia Skala). Lisl longs for true love with the man of her dreams, and instead settles for Harry, a former WWI prisoner of war whose bathroom is big enough to dance in. They immigrate to New York where she secures safe passage for her extended family, becomes a mother and pioneers dance therapy (for which she wins a lifetime achievement award). Looking back over a century, she discovers a true love she always had and never realized. Libby Skala wrote and has performed "A Time to Dance" at St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival's Sunday Series in Ontario. It had a three-week run at Vancouver's Pacific Theatre and opened Fire Exit Theatre's 2011-2012 season in Calgary. In Germany, it was performed at the University of Dresden and at Theater im Greenhouse in Berlin. The show won Skala the "Best Solo Performer" award at the 2007 London Fringe Theatre Festival and an award from The Pandella Cultural Fund in Switzerland. Charleston City Paper (Rachel Ward) wrote, "Skala captivates from the moment she leaps on stage to address the audience in a convincing Viennese patois...surrendering herself to an uninhibited portrayal that captures her subject's spunky attitude and resilient spirit....her commitment is infectious." Ms. Skala's first one-woman play, "LiLiA!" (about her grandmother, actress Lilia Skala), has been performed across North America and in Europe. She played Viola in the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival's production of "Twelfth Night." In Washington, D.C., she appeared in Jeffrey Sweet's "Value of Names" at Theatre J. She appeared in Jonathan Glazer's film "Birth," starring Nicole Kidman. (www.LibbySkala.com)
This play by noted Cuban-born playwright Jose Triana (who has lived in Paris since 1980) is performed in Spanish. The assassins are three brothers who unfold a macabre game, dream about the murder of their parents, develop a generational conflict, and are accompanied by a hatred exacerbated to the abuse of the paternal power and the heavy oppression that feels. The three characters become, unfold and multiply into diverse characters (parents, neighbors, police, judges, assassins); taking the work to a circular drama with moments that clear the comedy. These universal character reflects human and familiar conflicts like the same mentally ill society that chooses to represent, to remember and to review facts on understanding impossibility, universal subjects that they breathe within those dangerous plays. The characters play at being able and cruel. In spite of the past time, they show in them an infantile face, locked up in an imaginary world created by them with a glance of upset and foolishness of its reality. The scenes reflect on infantiles and naive in this simple game and how the game is planned and conscious in the adults. These facts drive the point of the drama even more extreme than triggering the most perverse feelings, when the sadness, the joy, the wrath or the desperation are the detonators. Directed by Orestes Amador, designed by Christian Martinez. With: Mileny Estévez, Wilson Ureña, Yorlla Lina Castillo.
The play, originally produced in 1965 in Cuba, was invited to an international theatre festival in France, which catapulted it to world-wide critical acclaim. But it has been banned in Cuba for 40 years due to its insurgent undertones. It is described as the most frequently produced Latin American play in the Spanish-speaking world, which has historically been ruled largely by dictatorships. Reviewing a production at INTAR in 2000, The New York Times (Lawrence Van Gelder) wrote, "If there is anything to be said for repression, it is that it breeds brave, worthy art, and 'Night of the Assassins' is but one more example."