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.

“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.

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…

Online References

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.

 

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