April 19 & 20 2023
Empeños / Trials
Empeños is a free adaptation of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz's Los empeños de una casa. Coming to U of A and MacEwan from Mexico City! No tickets needed, limited seating on a first come, first serve basis.
April 19 2:00pm: Show at University of Alberta, Corner Stage, 2nd floor of Fine Arts Building
April 20 4:30pm: Show at MacEwan, Allard Hall near Round House (main floor, to the right of the maindoors)
Empeños tells the story of four travelers, played by Lizeth Rondero, Montserrat Angeles, Fernando Villa Proal and Galo Balcazar, who are left in the middle of a train platform with many strangers. When they notice the train isn't departing, they decide to pass the time by telling a story composed by a singer who's doing all the sounds, a teacher reciting the texts, and two actors that will play each character from the play in total silence, so as to not ruin the teacher's storytelling.
Together they perform Trials of a House by Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. This adaptation emerged thanks to the collaboration between Efe Tres Theatre and Dr. Erin Cowling from the MacEwan University in Edmonton, Canada. The adaptation of the classic text was a High Impact Practice for the Spanish 341 class students at MacEwan, who translated the original Spanish text into more modern English subtitles. Efe Tres Teatro invited the company Teatro de los Sotanos into their international co-production and received aid funds from "Just in Time", from the faculty of Arts & Sciences, MacEwan for a digital short in 2021.
The partnership between both companies is essential, due to both bringing specialized talents, and being willing to accomplish; from an artistic point of view, a virtuous montage of the production in an organic and playful way. Working together, the companies have achieved an original project, rich in content and form. Efe Tres Theatre brings the dramatic resources and actors versed in playing multiple roles, while Teatro de los Sotanos specializes in musical narratives with social/political content, in addition to both vocal and acting virtuosity of the performers. The project dates back to July 2021, when the play presented a "work in progress" at the annual Association for Hispanic Classical Theatre Symposium, which was carried out virtually, at the 44th Almagro's International Festival of Classic Theater, with two open rehearsals to the public on the esplanade of the CCU Teatro UNAM in March 2022. The play will take place in Alberta, Canada; thanks to the incentive from the "System of Supports for Creation and Cultural Projects" (Sistema de Apoyos a la Creación y Proyectos Culturales or SACPC) and a SSHRC Internal Grant awarded to Dr. Cowling by the Office of Research Services of MacEwan University.
Montserrat Ángeles Peralta
Montserrat Ángeles Peralta is a Mexican actress who studied in "Escuela Nacional de Arte Teatral" in Mexico and also studied a Master's Degree in "Universidad de Lleida" in Spain. She has more than 22 years of experience in Theater and started in Movies under the direction of Sebastian Hiriart in "A Tiro de Piedra", and a series directed by Juan José Campanella.
As an actress, she has worked in Theatre, Cabaret, Movies, Television, Circus, Musicals and different artistic interventions in public spaces. She has presented her work to public audiences in Ecuador, Chile, Brasil, Argentina, United States, Spain, and all around Mexico.
Fernando Villa Proal
From a very young age he studied singing and music at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México where he participated in several operas and recitals as a soloist and choralist to later consolidate himself as a bass-baritone at the Schola Cantorum in Mexico.
From the opera he discovered his taste for the stage and, especially, for the theater, an area in which he has not stopped training (Acting, stage voice, Speech articulation, Linklater, RoyHart, COSART, conducting, locution, sports columnist, acting for singers and singing for actors, IMPRO theatrical improvisation, corporal expression, Mime for actors, Puppet Management, etc.).
Producers & Assistants
Graduated from the University of London, Mexico City with a major in acting. In 2013 she worked at The Mexican Film Institute in the area of international projects and events; That same year, she joined the EFE Tres Teatro company, as executive producer, in which they have staged the Golden Age. In 2017 she worked in the sociocultural area as a producer at the Chapultepec Sports Center. She recently participated in the staging Crónicas Anacrónicas of three rogues from New Spain, under the direction of maestro Antonio Algarra. Project invited to the Almagro Festival in Spain.
(Executive Producer of Teatro de los Sótanos)
Graduated with a degree in Dramatic Literature and Theater from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. He received the Honorable Mention in the Gerardo Mancebo del Castillo National Young Dramaturgy Award 2011. Scholarship holder of the Stage Creators Program (FONCA 2017). He is co-artistic director and founder of the Teatro de los Sótanos company, a group that has been awarded numerous scholarships and support from national and international programs. He has more than 30 productions combining his work as a playwright, actor, director and producer. As a playwright, he has premiered seven plays (four of which are written for Teatro Cabaret) and four plays published by TIERRA ADENTRO / CONACULTA. In 2017, the work of his authorship WE LEAVE THE SEA AND DREAM THE WORLD, received the award for "Best Theater for Children and Adolescents" by the ACPT. The work of his authorship FOR FEAR THAT WE SING FREE, was the winner of the 2022 Metro Awards, in the category of Best Cabaret Show and twice nominated for the 2019 ACPT Awards.
Violeta “Violeta” García (Costume Design)