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August Wilson’s
JOE TURNER VINO Y SE FUE
JOE TURNER’S COME AND GONE
Translated by/Traducia por Constanza Romera with/con la asesoría de Fernando Luna
Directed by/Dirigida por Constanza Romero
Dramaturg and Assistant Director/Dramaturgia y Asistente de Direccion: Fernando Luna
Presented in association with/Presentada en Sociedad con: Latino Theatre Projects

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Set in a Pittsburgh boarding house in 1911, a disparate collection of strangers wanders in and out of the Holly home as they travel north in search of a better life during the Great Migration of the early 20th century. This Spanish translation provides access to August Wilson’s work for Spanish-speaking audiences for the first time and investigates the intersecting experiences of the African American population in the United States with the Afro Latino population in Latin American countries. It has been translated into Spanish by renowned theater artist and executor of the August Wilson estate, Constanza Romero, with Fernando Luna. The linguistic goal of this ongoing project is to translate the musicality in Wilson’s words to the Spanish Language.

Supertitles in English will be provided.

La historia se ubica en Pittsburgh, Pensilvania en 1911, durante la época de la gran migración norteamericana del sur al norte. La acción ocurre dentro de una casa de huéspedes propiedad de Holly. Esta peculiar casa de huéspedes sirve como marco a una colorida colección de personajes extraños y un tanto disparejos que transitan y deambulan mientras continúan su viaje hacia la región noreste en busca de una vida mejor. Esta traducción al español proporciona acceso y conocimiento al compendio literario y teatral de August Wilson. Este proyecto está enfocado hacia la audiencia de habla Hispana local y global, al mismo tiempo que investiga las intersecciones y experiencias entre la población Afrodescendientes de Los Estados Unidos y América- Latina. Ha sido traducido al español por la renombrada artista teatral y albacea del legado literario de August Wilson, Constanza Romero, con la asesoría de Fernando Luna. El objetivo lingüístico de este proyecto en curso es traducir y encontrar la resonancia musical de las palabras de Wilson en el idioma español.


Colombian-born Constanza Romero is a theater designer, artist, and producer. She designed the costumes for many of the original August Wilson plays both at regional and Broadway theaters. For Gem of the Ocean (Ovation Award) and for Fences, she received Tony Award nominations. Her costume for the character of Aunt Ester in Gem of the Ocean is currently on display at the new Smithsonian National Museum for African American History and Culture. Other plays she designed on Broadway are The Mountaintop, Seven Guitars, and The Piano Lesson.

Romero married playwright August Wilson in 1994. After his passing in 2005, she became the Executor of the August Wilson Estate. Under her leadership, she has overseen many productions of the 10 plays comprising her late husband’s body of work, The American Century Cycle. Both the productions of Jitney in 2016 and Fences in 2010, which she also produced, won Tony Awards for Best Revival of a Play.

Currently, Romero is committed to bringing Wilson’s work to global audiences. She is actively collaborating with British directors on two upcoming Wilson productions in London. In June 2019, she will direct a Spanish translation of Joe Turner’s Come and Gone/ José Turner Vino y Se Fué, in association with Latino Theatre Projects at the Seattle Rep.

In regional theater, she has designed costumes for many of the major LORT theaters around the country. Some of her favorite shows include Hamlet at Indiana Rep, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf at The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Clybourne Park at Seattle Rep.

During the promotional tour of the feature film Fences in 2017, Romero participated, along with Viola Davis and Denzel Washington, in the post-preview discussions about the play’s journey from stage to screen. In collaboration with the estate, Washington has also announced his aim to produce and film the plays for HBO.

Romero has taught theater design at University of Washington and University of California–Santa Cruz. She holds an M.F.A. from Yale School of Drama, and a B.A. from UC Santa Cruz. In Seattle, she shares her home with her supportive daughter, Azula Carmen Wilson. She is proud to be on the board of Latino Theatre Projects to expand the presence of Latino stories in the Seattle theater landscape.

 

Constanza Romero, artista de origen Colombiano,  es diseñadora de vestuario teatral, y productora. Diseñó los trajes para muchas de las producciones originales de August Wilson, tanto en teatros regionales así como en Broadway. Durante su carrera a recibido varias nominaciones a premios teatrales. Fue nominada al premio Tony por la obra Fences. Es ganadora del premio Ovation por su diseño en la obra Gema del Océano. Actualmente el traje diseñado para el personaje Tia Ester dentro de esta obra se encuentra en exhibición en el nuevo Museo Nacional Smithsoniano de historia y cultura afroamericana.

Romero se casó con el dramaturgo August Wilson en 1994. Después del fallecimiento de Wilson en 2005, Romero se convirtió en la albacea de su legado literario y teatral conocido como el Ciclo del Siglo Americano.

 Bajo su liderazgo, ha supervisado la mayoria de las producciones de las diez obras que componen el compendio literario de su difunto marido, tales como las producciones en Broadway de Jitney en 2016 y Fences en 2010, que también produjo. Esta produccion fue ganadora del premio Tony al mejor re-montaje del año.

 La Sra. Romero esta comprometida a ampliar y orientar el trabajo de Wilson hacia audiencias globales. Actualmente, colabora activamente con directores británicos en dos próximas producciones en Londres, así como la dirección de a la primera lectura y traducción al español Joe Turner come y Gone/José Turner vino y se fué, en asociación con Latino Theatre Projects y Seattle Repertorie Theatre.

En el teatro regional, ha diseñado trajes para muchos de los principales teatros por todo el país. Algunos de sus diseños favoritos incluyen Hamlet para el Indiana REP, Quién Le Teme a Virginia Wolff  para el Oregon Shakespeare Festival, y Clybourne Park para el Seattle Rep.

Durante la gira promocional y pre-estreno de la película Fences en 2017, Romero participó, junto con Viola Davis y Denzel Washington, en el proceso de llevar esta joya teatral a la pantalla grande. Actualmente colabora con Danzel Washington quien a  anunciado su objetivo de producir y filmar el compendio teatral de Wilson.

Romero ha participado tambien como docente de diseño teatral para la Universidad de Washington y La Universidad de California – Santa Cruz.  Obtuvo un MFA de la escuela de drama de Yale, y un BA de la UC -Santa Cruz. En Seattle comparte su casa con su hija y apoyo, Azula Carmen Wilson.

 Ms. Romero está muy orgullosa de pertenecer a la junta directiva de Latino Theatre Projects y contribuir en la promoción del teatro latinoamericano en los circulos teatrales de Seattle.


Fernando Luna is an actor, director, cultural entrepreneur, and community advocate. Fernando’s work as a social worker and social justice advocate has focused on disadvantaged and marginalized populations that struggle for justice and human dignity in the face of persistent structures of injustice, inequality, and the abuse of power.

Fernando’s artistic vision is to produce plays from Latin America and the Caribbean that introduce diverse cultural worlds, which allow audiences to more fully understand the Latinx experience in the 21st century and the complexities that arise from the intersections with non-Latinx cultures.

He is co-founder of Latino Theatre Projects, directed five of its 10 productions since 2011, including its recent run of Brainpeople by Jose Rivera at Theatre Off Jackson. A graduate of Freehold’s Ensemble Training Intensive, he has appeared on local professional stages and in Mexico. He has directed music and dance programs at Benaroya Hall, Moore Theater, 12-Minutes Max, and On The Boards. He was selected for the Chicago Directors Lab in 2016. In 2018, he was invited to study with internationally renowned Teatro Linea de Sombra and holds a Masters of Public Affairs degree from The Evergreen State College.

Fernando Luna es un actor, director, emprendedor cultural y trabajador comunitario. La carrera de Fernando como trabajador social y apasionado de la justicia social se ha centrado en  poblaciones desfavorecidas y marginadas que luchan por la justicia y la dignidad humana frente a las persistentes estructuras de injusticia, desigualdad y abuso de poder.

La visión artística de Fernando es la de producir obras de América Latina y el Caribe que introducen al público en diversos mundos culturales que permiten comprender más plenamente la experiencia de los Latinoamericanos en el siglo XXI y las complejidades que surgen en las intersecciones de la diversidad.

Es cofundador de LTP, dirigió cinco de sus diez producciones desde 2011, incluyendo la mas reciente producción  Brainpeople de Jose Rivera en Theatre Off Jackson. Se graduado del programa Intensivo de Ensamble Actoral en Freehold Studio. A trabajado en producciones profesionales locales y en México. Ha dirigido programas de música y danza en el Benaroya Hall, Moore Theater, 12 minutos Max and On The Boards. Fue seleccionado por el Lincoln Center para participar en el laboratorio de directores de Chicago. En 2018, fue invitado a estudiar con la compañía de renombre internacional Teatro Línea de Sombra y tiene una Maestría en Politica Pública del The Evergreen State College.

 

The mission of Latino Theater Projects is:

We inform, enlighten, and engage audiences through presentation of thought-provoking literature, what we term “useful theater” or “Teatro Útil.” Furthermore, we seek to engage the Latino community in a variety of theater-based activities to empower and integrate its members through these artistic expressions.

Over our eight years, we have produced 10 mainstage productions, a performance piece, two reader’s theater presentations, produced major concerts, curated a Latino art “pop-up,” and have provided arts education for Latino elementary and middle school students. We are an integral part of the region’s rich Latino culture.

El objetivo y la misión de Latino Theatre Projects es:

Informar, inspirar conocimiento y engarzarse con el público a través de la presentación de literatura dramática generadora de pensamiento, por lo cual usamos el término "teatro útil".  Además, buscamos involucrar y conectar a la comunidad Latina en una variedad de actividades teatrales para empoderar e integrar a sus miembros a través de la expresión artística.

Durante nuestros ocho años de existencia, hemos realizado diez producciones pilares, un dispositivo actoral comunitario, dos presentaciones de teatro en atril, una serie de conciertos al aire libre, presentaciones de elementos experimentales emergentes de arte latinoamericano, así como danza contemporánea experimental. También hemos proporcionado educación artística para los estudiantes latinos de primaria y secundaria.

Somos una parte integral de la rica cultura Latina en la región Noroeste Estadounidense.

Latino Theatre Projects’ work on this project is supported by The Office of Arts and Culture.

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