The Collectors

The Collectors

The Collectors

In 2013 I directed ‘The Collectors‘ (Los coleccionistas) written by my dear friend Ignacio García May.

There are objects that contain mysterious stories. Objects that open doors to the fantastical and give you access to strange worlds. It is through one of these objects, “An Extreme Red”, that Oesterheld the librarian encounters Rais, a mysterious and dangerous woman who takes him on an exciting adventure linked to the fetishistic power of relics that are highly desired by a select group of collectors.

Title: The Collectors / Original Title: Los coleccionistas / Playwright: Ignacio García May / Director: Beatriz Cabur / Actors: Pilar Gil, Luis González and Jorge Andolz / Video Designer: Alex Ríos / Assistant Directors: Isabel Morilla y Carmen Muro / Programme Management:Mirko Grewing / Technical Support: Fundación Dédalo, Mario Berdonces / Italian premiere date: February 21st, 2013.

Ronensbourgh in Italy

Ronensbourgh in Italy

Ronensbourgh in Italy

In 2013 I directed my play ‘Ronensbourgh‘ to be performed in Milán.

The Heibers are a regular family in an irregular situation. They live in a decadent world ruled by a system that no longer works. Meanwhile a group of aristocrats, ruled by Helmut Ronen, are creating the perfect city as an answer to all of society’s problems.Ronensbourgh is finally built and it works because it has a new language and form of communication that does not contemplate violence – but if you want to move to Ronensbourgh get ready to be lobotomized.

Title: Ronensbourgh / Playwright and Director: Beatriz Cabur / Actors: Jorge Andolz, Yolanda Blanco, Pablo Lagartos, Diego Lagartos, Alberto Esparza, Lorena Sierra, Andrea Pueyo, Ester Piñero / Video Designer and co-Director: Alex Ríos / Assistant Director: Isabel Morilla / Programme Management:Mirko Grewing / Premiere date: February 21st, 2013.

LDA: New York Edition

LDA: New York Edition

LDA: New York Edition

I am thrilled to announce that I will be writing one of the pieces for LONG DISTANCE AFFAIR that will première on February 5th, 2013 at the Gershwin in New York, US.

PopUp, the theatrical production company formed by Tamilla Woodard and Ana Margineanu are very happy to start preparing the third edition of LONG DISTANCE AFFAIR and they have invited me for the second time, to be part of this exciting project. In the previous edition, that premièred in México on October 24th, I participated as the director of one of the pieces, ADELA. This time I’ll be writing one of the plays. I’m really excited about exploring the strategies to approach and reach the audience, in this project, from the playwriting point of view.

LONG DISTANCE AFFAIR explores the question: “What can you get from one person when all the information you get comes through a computer screen?”. LONG DISTANCE AFFAIR is a one of a kind theatrical event: an on-line show for an audience gathered in one place with performances given by actors spread out around the world.

Both me and PopUp share the same interest in the collaborative side of this project and how different theatre makers from different cultures work together. We hope you will find this way of work as exciting as we do.

Check out a video of the previous edition of LDA here.

“LDA: ADELA”

“LDA: ADELA”

“LDA: ADELA”

LDA: ADELA will première on October 24th in Queretaro, Mexico.

PopUp, the New York Theater production company founded by Tamilla Woodard and Ana Margineanu are preparing the second edition of LONG DISTANCE AFFAIR (LDA) and I am directing ADELA as a part of it.  ADELA is a distopian play written specifically for this show by Mariana Carreño King, my talented Mexican playwright. She has created an exciting challenge for me: To direct a play in which there are three different dimensions of time and two dimensions of space.

María José Doiz, my actress from Navarra, is working tirelessly with me in our process of creating ways to show how time can move and be shaped in different forms and all this as a part of the creation of her character.

This play is not happening in the present and that is a rarity in the world of the Theater. It has already happened and it will happen again, and sometimes when we are in the present of ADELA it’s not our very same present. So in which time will the consequences of the events happening in this time take place? Will they affect the character or has she been already affected by them?

Borges meets The Wachowskis in ADELA.  Watch the audience’s opinions after seeing the show.

 

LONG DISTANCE AFFAIR

LONG DISTANCE AFFAIR

LONG DISTANCE AFFAIR

I am thrilled to announce that I will be directing one of the pieces of LONG DISTANCE AFFAIR that will première on October 24th in Queretaro, Mexico.

PopUp, the new theatrical production company formed by Tamilla Woodard and Ana Margineanu are very happy to start preparing a new edition of LONG DISTANCE AFFAIR and they have invited me to be part of this exciting project.  LONG DISTANCE AFFAIR explores the question: “What can you get from one person when all the information you get comes through a computer screen?”. LONG DISTANCE AFFAIR is a one of a kind theatrical event: an on-line show for an audience gathered in one place with performances given by actors spread out around the world.

The show itself is planned to take place around the world, but the Mexico audience will view it via Skype. Each audience member is assigned a computer with a ready made connection to one actor located in, let’s say… Paris. The actor will perform a 9 minutes interactive show for this single audience member. When this show is concluded, the audience member will move to another country (computer). There, the audience will find another actor from let’s say… Hong Kong. PopUp pairs each director with a country, an actor and a playwright. Each play will be created specifically for that country and there will be actors from 5 different countries as the US will have two representatives.

In my team, the talented Mexican playwright Mariana Carreño King and the great actress from Navarra, María José Doiz, member since 1998 of (As de T, teatro). I can’t wait to start working with them. Both me and PopUp share the same interest in the collaborative side of this project and how different theatre makers from different cultures work together. We hope you will find this way of work as exciting as we do.  Check out the first edition of LONG DISTANCE AFFAIR which premiered in New York City on November 12, 2011, here.

“THE HUMMINGBIRDS” THE AUTHOR’S STATEMENT

“THE HUMMINGBIRDS” THE AUTHOR’S STATEMENT

“THE HUMMINGBIRDS” THE AUTHOR’S STATEMENT

On June 22nd, I was in Zaragoza for the first presentation in a series of six or more presentations as part of my winning the Internationalists Global Playwriting Prize for my play, “The Hummingbirds.”

I had left San Francisco the day earlier, and travelled by plane through Amsterdam to Madrid, arriving by train to Zaragoza just two hours before the presentation, and hurried to the theatre.

It was a magnificent evening, wonderfully directed performances from each of the actors and dancers, fascinating videography that informed and enhanced my script and a rapt audience that could not take their eyes off of the stage the whole performance. Beatriz Cabur worked tirelessly from the moment she knew she had the space (the first event in this theatre), and brought this play to Spain, as fully realized as possible.

What Beatriz did that was particularly remarkable was make the play uniquely Spanish. The play itself is for two actors of any age, race or gender, and I wrote it with an eye to my own world, not thinking the play would ever have a life outside of the United States. But Beatriz really worked to make it important to the population of Zaragoza and all of Spain, where unemployment is so high and meaningful work is not always attainable. After the play, I had many people in the audience discuss the play with me, and even though I don’t speak Spanish, they felt like many of the conversations I’ve had with audiences in America about the play. This is a testament to the skill of Beatriz as a translator and director, to take the text and move it into the Spanish vernacular for a Spanish audience.

I urge you to support Beatriz and her actors in their efforts to further the life of the play. If I can provide any further information to assist in their efforts, please feel free to contact me directly.

Sincerely,

Garret Jon Groenveld

 

Playwright – “The Hummingbirds”

 

 

“THE HUMMINGBIRDS”

“THE HUMMINGBIRDS”

“THE HUMMINGBIRDS”

As a part of the worldwide presentations produced by The Internationalists, and directed by Beatriz Cabur, “The Hummingbirds” by Garret Jon Groenveld, was presented in Zaragoza, Spain on June 22, 2012 at the Armas Center.

Another staging, also directed by Beatriz Cabur, was also presented in Zaragoza at the Arbolé Theatre.

‘Los Colibríes’ is a comedy of menace that takes place in a very near future where, if you are out of work, you are assigned a job by the unemployment office. Odds are, you’ll hate the job, but as the two employment officers say “If you can walk, you can work!” One day, their routine is broken after a fatal act of violence, and delicate questions arise about responsibility, loyalty and killer hummingbirds.

Title: Los Colibríes / Original Title: The Hummingbirds / Playwright: Garret Jon Groenveld / Director and Translator: Beatriz Cabur / Actors: Jorge Andolz, Pablo Lagartos and Carmen Cuello / Video Designer: Alex Ríos / Assistant Directors: Eva Aznar / Costume Designer: Ana Sanagustín / Venue: Teatro Arbolé, Zaragoza, Spain.

DESIGNING “THE HUMMINGBIRDS”

DESIGNING “THE HUMMINGBIRDS”

DESIGNING “THE HUMMINGBIRDS”

Designer Raquel Burgueño has created a poster for the Spanish presentation of “The Hummingbirds”.

Raquel will also design the posters for the rest of the presentations of “The Hummingbirds” that will take place in New York, Mexico City, The Hague, Berlin and Moscow. Once the presentations are finished, all posters will be published together in a collector’s series.

DIRECTING “THE HUMMINGBIRDS”

DIRECTING “THE HUMMINGBIRDS”

DIRECTING “THE HUMMINGBIRDS”

I am thrilled to announce that I will be directing THE HUMMINGBIRDS by Garret Jon Groenveld, winner of THE INTERNATIONALISTS 2012 Playwriting Contest.

I will direct a full staging of the play which will première at the Centro Musical y Artístico “Las Armas” in Zaragoza, on June 22 at 22:00.

 

“If you can walk, you can work.”

The Hummingbirds – a comedy of menace – takes place in the very near future where, if you are out of a job for too long, you are assigned one by the unemployment office. Having their routines broken after an act of violence, two employment officers, one single, one married, react quite differently in the aftermath. The Hummingbirds explores the world that might be if we continue to do nothing about creating meaningful work, continue to do nothing to change our rate of environmental destruction, and continue to deny the real root of war and domestic terrorism. Funny, Fast and Foreboding.

Garret Jon Groenveld is a poet and playwright living in San Francisco, CA with an MFA in Poetry and an MA in Playwriting from San Francisco State University. He’s a founding writer of PlayGround and an inaugural member of the Writers in Residence program at the Playwrights Foundation. His plays have appeared in San Francisco, Amsterdam and New York. He teaches playwriting at the New Conservatory Theatre Center.

The Internationalists is a collective of directors from around the world whose mission is to create a more open, sustainable and interactive global theatrical community. They foster creative diplomacy in order to build bridges between artists and audiences of all nations. By developing a global network of artists, they promote the creation of contemporary performance with an emphasis on cross-cultural exchange and collaboration.

The 2012 Playwriting Contest was for a ground breaking new play that addressed the theme of ‘Presence/Absence’. There were 165 submissions from 26 countries.

The Internationalists made a public announcement on Saturday, June 16, 2012 at TheatreLab NYC that “The Hummingbirds” won the 2012 Playwriting Contest. This announcement was followed by an excerpted reading from the play. This presentation took place as part of The Internationalists’ 5th Anniversary Celebration. A live stream of this ceremony was broadcasted online.
On June 22, 2012, The Internationalists, in collaboration with the Centro Musical y Artístico “Las Armas” in Zaragoza, Spain, presented the first full performance of the play as the first full performance the brand new center for music and art. Director and Translator, Beatriz Cabur, will stage the play in the open air, in the courtyard of the theatre, so that anyone from the community can engage with this spectacular show.

Over the course of the next year, the play will be presented in New York, Berlin, the Hague, Bucharest, Mexico City and Zaragoza.

Suite 207

Suite 207

Suite 207

Beatriz’s worked as playwright and director for the Hotel Project. “Hotel Project” is a theatrical experience for one spectator at a time, performed in and inspired by a hotel and created by local and international teams of playwrights and directors.  Check out all the artists working on it.

Adapted for local hotels in major cities around the world, this performance offers audiences a view of contemporary international artists and emerging theatrical forms. The uniqueness of the project consists in the relationship between performer and spectator. Audience members will travel through several rooms revealing the unseen lives of others. In this exclusive performance, you get to be a fly on the wall. Closed doors will be open.

The US premiere of “Hotel Project” at The Grand Summit Hotel, was on January 27th – 29th, 2012. Just 30 minutes from New York City and situated in one of the most prestigious towns in the state of New Jersey, The Grand Summit Hotel has established a reputation for charm and elegance through unique accommodations in an intimate setting.

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Spain Culture of New York    Romanian Cultural Institute of New York

 

 

The Empiricist

The Empiricist

The Empiricist

Selected in 2011 by the FilmDemic Screening Series to screen in Los Angeles, New York and other cities across the USA. Now its script is available for you to read here:

I, Richard Hartmann, am above all, two things, one, an Empiricist, that is to say, a firm believer that knowledge arises from experience, and two, a person with a very real interest in the process people undergo as they’re about to die. Hospitals satisfied me for a certain time, but the situation was always the same, and how could I confirm my hypothesis if I was unable to take control of the sample and the environment in which the process developed? My frustration grew until I was forced to leave a project incomplete for the first time in my life.  Clearly it was time to take the next step, I would carefully choose my own patients, creating my own environments and conditions patient by patient, year after year until I reached my own conclusions. I observed, analysed and studied, you see? My method was standard my procedure, not so. But I was ready to end it, this was going to be my last experiment. I’d had enough, it no longer interested me, in the end… yes, it’s always the same, denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and finally, acceptance, last breath and death. Mystery solved. How disappointing. I just couldn’t believe that this was what would happen to me, yet maybe I was just living in my own denial. The human kind revolted me.  And then… she appeared, my queen, I always knew that true love arose from the admiration. She was utterly perfect. A single moment of fear and then no more, no phases, nothing. She became the goddess of dignity… and died as such. I’m so in love. I can’t take my eyes off her. But Love confuses and alters your purposes, I guess, and now I don’t know if I continue this to complete my study or to find her once again in the eyes of another.  You showed me that it is possible. You reconciliated me with mankind. Oh, Elizabeth, I owe you so much… I need to find you again… Maybe tonight…

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Erika Adler

Erika Adler

Erika Adler

Written for the “Es Generador Festival, 2006” in Mallorca. “The Rise and Fall of Erika Adler” premièred as a part of the opening acts of the festival. It’s a documentary theatre piece.  The creation of a fictional character around real historical events and real characters creates the illusion of reality. Erika Adler was accepted as part of the history. Staging this mockumentary was a game of genres, also directed by Beatriz Cabur, “The Rise and Fall of Erika Adler” casted a violinist, a dj, a skater, a ballet dancer, 3 actors and a narrator. The final assembly was very nice.

 

Rollerblading

Rollerblading

Rollerblading

In the year 2004 I became fascinated with a sport: Aggressive Rollerblading. While teaching Acting at the TAI, I wrote and directed a 19 characters play: “Rollerblading”. The play involved stunts, flying characters, big screens and aggressive rollerblading live, it end up being so big that it had to be staged in an unconventional space. “Rollerblading” premiered in Joy Eslava, in Madrid, on June 13th, 2005.

“Rollerblading” is about achievements, it is about effort, love, desire and friendship, it is about evolving and working hard, about the private companies trying to acquire personal values and discovering that everybody has their price. It is about becoming the best version of yourself and about realizing how hard it is. How lonely you will be when you are on top of the world. How far the top of the world is from any other place, so far that perhaps you won’t ever be able to come back.

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