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An Evening with Director Ruben Polendo, Theater Mitu, New York

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Mar 6, 2006
Mar 6, 2006
Segal Theater

Discover the New York ensemble company Theater Mitu and its Artistic Director Ruben Polendo. Described by the New York Times as “Outside the boundaries of Western drama,” Polendo and Theater Mitu aim to “use the power of the theatrical to strengthen the soul of the community” and “explore and transliterate ancient ritual and performance traditions to generate a vibrant theatrical vocabulary . . . call[ed] Whole Theater.” Whole Theatre is“defined as a theatrical experience whose form is rigorously visual, aural, emotional, intellectual and spiritual” (www.theatermitu.org).

Ruben Polando, Theater Mitu’s artistic director, has written and directed original plays and adaptations, including The Ramayana, The Mahabharata, The Odyssey, Four Saints in Mexico (inspired by Gertrude Stein), Opheliamachine (inspired by Heiner Müller), The Shakespeare Project (an adaptation of Macbeth and King Lear), The Noh Cycle (inspired by Zeami), La Donna Serpente (inspired by Gozzi’s writings and the Japanese myth of the white snake), Catholica Book I and II, But Above All…(inspired by Anton Chekhov), Frida Kahlo: Self-Portrait of Pain (based on the diary of Frida Kahlo), The Tutor (based on texts by Brecht, Büchner and Lenz), and Dhammashok (RMT/Mark Taper Forum, 2004). Upcoming projects include Everyman (an adaptation of the medieval morality play), Thomas and Magdalene (an exploration of the Apocryphal books of the Bible), and Sister Sarah, Brother Sky (an investigation of the American Myth/Musical Guys and Dolls).

Theater Mitu will hold an open rehearsal and discuss the process of creating their latest production: The Myth Cycle: Ahraihsak.

Co-sponsored by Theatre Mitu.

6:30 p.m., Monday, March 6, 2006, Martin E. Segal Theatre

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Courtesy of Theatre Mitu
Courtesy of Theatre Mitu
Ruben Polendo
Courtesy of Theatre Mitu