Place: Spain - Time: 18th Century
A tale by the celebrated Spanish author, Federico García Lorca. Although he was executed at age 38 during the Spanish Civil War, Lorca’s works survive and are now considered the best Spanish plays of the twentieth century. This play, characterized as an erotic lace-paper valentine in four scenes, centers on the relationship of an old man and his young wife. In this dark-edged farce the old Don Perlimplín awakens the morning after his wedding night wearing cuckold’s horns and finding evidence that there have been five visitors in the night. He then chooses a most unexpected course of action to deal with his wife’s suitors. —Dramatic Pub. Co. Catalog.
Director's Notes about The Love of Don Perlimplin
At first glance, you may be wondering why these two plays (along with Simply Maria) should be performed together in the same evening. Although they display different types, styles and time periods, below the surface, they share more in common than a balcony. Both Belisa in Don Perlimplin, and Maria in Simply Maria face the idea of forced marriages while they struggle to find their own sense of fulfillment; for Belisa it’s true love and for Maria it’s college and independence. Also, both Don Perlimplin and Carmen are willing to endure their partner’s infidelity for the fleeting promise of love from the spouses they adore.
When I read Josefina Lopez’s notes on Simply Maria, I knew that she was writing specifically about the culture she grew up in, but her experiences struck a chord of recognition within me. The character of her father, Ricardo, reminded me a lot of my own Irish immigrant grandfather - different accent, same point of view. My first-generation American mother, who was the salutatorian of her graduating class, was offered a full scholarship to Rosary College, but her parents did not let her accept it. She was the eldest of six children, and they were waiting impatiently for her to graduate so she could go to work and help out the family. In honor of her sacrifice, and the journey of all immigrant women and their daughters who struggle to recreate their identities in the American dream, I dedicate this show to my mother, Terese O’Keefe.
Special thanks to: Rodney Higginbotham, Anna Antaramian and Dan Wirth for their support, Michael Montenegro for the spectacular masks in Simply Maria, and Ruthann Schallert Wygal for her lovely arrangements of music in Don Perlimplin.
Candice Liapis (Sprite 2) is a junior at NEIU, majoring in Communication and minoring in Theatre. This is the first time she has ever been on stage and she is very excited. She was also the assistant stage manager for Buried Child last semester. She would like to thank Ellen O’Keefe for giving her a shot! And give a peace sign to all my friends! You too mom!!
Alexis S. Ginay (Belisa's Lover) is an accomplished artist who likes to work in pastels (although jeans and a white t-shirt will suffice). This is Mr. Ginay’s second appearance in a mainstage production at NEIU having made his first mainstage appearance in Life is a Dream, after his home planet exploded and his spacecraft mysteriously landed in the college parking lot! He would like to thank the director and cast for teaching him the earthly ways!
Juan Nezahualcoytl Montaño (Belisa's Lover) is a freshman at NEIU. His long overdue return on stage is shadowed by a very long absence. Having played a minor part as Putnam in The Crucible and the lead in Romeo and Juliet, he believes it is time to return to the spotlight. An aspiring poet and actor, his love for theatre is ever growing. Shakespeare, Neruda, Lorca, Poe, Piñero, Baudelaire, Luis J. Rodriguez and Valdez are among the influences in Juan’s dreams and aspirations. He would like to thank all his friends and family for their support, friendship and love. Being part of a great, talented, and good looking cast is a privilege he is grateful for.
Jesse Menendez (Belisa's Lover) is a student of the game. He has been an actor for the past 3 weeks and has appeared in the one man show the Three Men and a Baby. Jesse was also best boy on the set of Muppets Take Manhattan. He hopes to one day star as Balki Bartokomous in the stage version of the popular 90s sitcom Perfect Strangers. Among Jesse’s many accomplishments are learning to crawl and eventually walking at the tender age of 11. Jesse would like to thank Ellen O’Keefe and the cast for telling him that acid washed jeans are a thing of the past and sporks are not to be used at fine dining events.
Bryan Edward Avis (Belisa's Lover) will be finally graduating this semester and he couldn’t be more thrilled. He was last seen in We Won’t Pay, We Won’t Pay and The Case of the Crushed Petunias. He also directed a studio series last year, Water and Wine. In addition to acting and directing, he is also a runway/print model. After graduation, Mr. Avis will take a much needed vacation touring the South Pacific in May. He wants to thank all positive cast and crew members (except Candi who kept sticking out her tongue and making him laugh, just kidding, love ya babe!) as well as send a special thank-you to Anna Antaramian, Melanie, Freddy, Tom & his grandmother Victoria for all positive and constructive criticism (no matter how much he hated it) throughout the years and lastly, my dogs, Loo-e, Mina and Moonflower, i love you. “I know God exists because I can see Him in you!”
Eric Lopez (Belisa's Lover, Guitarist) has been spelling words since 1987. After receiving his first pictionary at the tender age of 4, he’s been enamored with the art of spelling ever since. As a Junior Achiever he joined the cut-throat spelling bee circuit at his elementary school. With his extensive vocabulary in hand, and the thirst of correct spelling in his soul, Eric can often be found at junior high spelling bee tournaments annihilating his competition, marring their home videos and… their dreams. If you walk down the halls of NEIU, you can hear Eric explaining the difference between their, there, and they’re to his grammatically challenged peers. Eric challenges anyone to ask him to spell mnemonic, pterodactyl, and xylophone. His spelling bee background has helped him to perfectly articulate his lines during NEIU theatre productions. Eric would like to thank Sesame Street, Webster’s Dictionary, the makers of the kids toy “Spell and Check,” goawaykids, needle$$, his family, and all of the people he’s outspelled over the years.
Linnea Carrera (Vocalist) is in her third year of higher education and having finally decided on Communications as her major, she may actually graduate in under seven years, although that is not likely. This is her second show here at NEIU; she played Mrs. Drudge in The Real Inspector Hound in the fall. Linnea is very excited to be a part of this production and a member of this fantabulous cast. She most particularly wants to thank Lorena and her mom for saying words at her over the phone till she got them right and also wants to thank her friends and family for being just so darn cool.
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