next! LOZA PLAYS: english-language premiere of argentine works

April 25 – 29, 2017

Santiago Loza Plays

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CHERRY ARTS INTRODUCES ARGENTINE THEATRE TO ITHACA AUDIENCES: LOZA PLAYS

This Spring, The Cherry Arts is thrilled to present the English-language première of two one-act plays by Argentine playwright and filmmaker Santiago Loza. WINTER ANIMALS and NOTHING TO DO WITH LOVE are co-translated by Cherry artistic director Samuel Buggeln, working with Buenos Aires playwright Ariel Gurevitch and Alejandro Tantanian, Artistic Director of that city’s Teatro Cervantes.

Santiago Loza is a masterful teller of mysterious, lyrical and moving stories, and The Cherry Arts is honored that this production will introduce his theatrical voice to the English-speaking world for the first time. In WINTER ANIMALS, an aging rural ranch hand makes a trip to the tiny Buenos Aires apartment of his bookish son and finds a truly unexpected roommate; in NOTHING TO DO WITH LOVE, a small-town dressmaker recalls her greatest triumph from a truly startling perspective.

Loza is one of the leading contemporary playwrights of Latin America, as well as a celebrated filmmaker. His films have screened at festivals including Berlin, Rotterdam (where Extraño won the Tiger Award for best film) and Cannes (where Los Labios received the Un Certain Regard prize). He is no less prominent in theater; his plays have been awarded the Teatro XXI, Trinidad Guevara and Konex Letras prizes, and are widely produced throughout Latin America and increasingly in Europe. (At the time of this writing, three of Loza’s plays are running concurrently in Buenos Aires, and one at the Teatro de la Abadía in Madrid.) Remarkably, the Cherry Arts production of LOZA PLAYS is the first time Santiago Loza’s theatrical writing will appear in the English language.

LOZA PLAYS will mark The Cherry Arts’ final “itinerant” production before moving into the Cherry Artspace, now finishing construction on Cherry Street in Ithaca. For the event, the Cherry will create an intimate studio theater in the Community School of Music and Arts in Ithaca (330 E. State St.) The production will run Tuesday April 25 through Saturday April 29 at 7:30PM, with an additional matinee at 2:30 on Saturday.

The Cherry Arts is committed to keeping theatre accessible to all, and operates with a “self-determined pricing” ticketing policy. Tickets to LOZA PLAYS start at $8, with a suggested price of $20 for the gainfully employed, and $40 suggested to support the artists. Tickets can be purchased at http://lozaplays.bpt.me/.

Please note: This production contains nudity.

WINTER ANIMALS is directed by Samuel Buggeln, and stars Helen T. Clark, Dean Robinson*, and Johnny Shea. NOTHING TO DO WITH LOVE is directed by Norm Johnson and stars Susannah Berryman*. (*appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association).
Loza Plays Helen T Clark Johnny Shea

The creative team for LOZA PLAYS includes Daniel Zimmerman (set design), E.D. Intemann (lighting design), and Sergey Levitskiy (sound design).

The Cherry Arts, Ithaca’s newest professional performing arts organization, is a not-for-profit theater company that provides Ithaca and surrounding area audiences with theater that is radically local, radically international, and formally innovative. The company creates works over long periods of time, developed by an ensemble of professional theater artists based in Ithaca. The Cherry Artspace, a multidisciplinary theater and arts venue, is in the final stages of construction at 102 Cherry Street, on Ithaca’s Cayuga Inlet waterfront, and will be opening to the public in late Spring, 2017.