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Cumbia de mi coraz??n

German Jaramillo, critically acclaimed international director and actor, directs, Cumbia de mi coraz??n.

Published on LatinoLA: April 1, 2010


Cumbia de mi coraz??n


German Jaramillo born in Manizales, Colombia, in 1952, was one of the founders of the Teatro Libre de Bogot?í (Free Theater of Bogota) in 1973, the first repertory theater company-owned playhouse and actor's training center in that country,

His extensive theater repertoire includes works by Shakespeare, Ram??n del Valle Incl?ín, Bertolt Brecht, Murray Schisgall, Jairo Anibal Ni??o, Esteban Navajas, Reynolds And??jar, and Jorge Plata's award-winning play La Agon?¡a del Difunto (The Agony of the Deceased); Jaramillo gave 3,000 performances in the leading role of Agon?¡a's Agustino Landaz?íbal.

Jaramillo additionally is well-known for his role as Fernando Vallejo in "Our Lady of the Assassins", La virgen de los sicarios, directed by Barbet Schroeder.
In 2001, Jaramillo founded ID Studio Theater and Research Center in New York where he currently resides.

Cumbia de mi coraz??n, is Jaramillo's theatrical directorial debut in Los Angeles. The play is produced by C. Raul Espinoza and Espinoza Theatricals with the support of About Productions and written by Toby Campion. Performances begin Friday, April 30 and run through Sunday, May 23 at the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts in Los Angeles.

In Cumbia de mi coraz??n, two angelic hosts are determined to bring their unwilling client to the celestial "Big House" and earn their wings. They muse over various plans to convince Don Heriberto to finally enter the door to heaven.

But Don Heriberto, dead these 50 years, is determined to remain in an outer valley between the terrestrial and heavenly worlds until he can reunite with the owner of his soul, his wife Maruca, 80. When he finally encounters Maruca in the spiritual world, she is lost and confused. His task, then, is to reawaken her heart--a heavenly courtship. This he does with the cumbias that were current during their original courtship back in the 1930s and 1940s.

"The title and the two protagonists captured me," Jaramillo said. "It is not a musical but music is a driver of the story. The plot and music are intertwined. For me it is above all, a love story. But one where the main characters are advanced in age and have shared many years of love. This is neither an ordinary nor common theme. And it is a profoundly human story, although it takes place in a possible heaven."

C. Raul Espinoza is a theatrical marketing consultant/producer. He spent seven years as Audience Development Manager of Center Theatre Group (Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Kirk Douglas Theatre).

This is the second play produced by C. Raul Espinoza for Toby Campion. The other was Hands on Therapy at the Secret Rose Theatre in North Hollywood in 2008.

C. Raul Espinoza's producing credits include Culture Clash in AmeriCCa by Culture Clash, Assistance League Theatre; Summertime directed by Michael Michetti, Theatre @ Boston Court; The Dining Room directed by Kay Cole and Guys and Dolls directed by John Rubenstein, Interact Theatre Company; La Virgen de Guadalupe, Dios Inantzin, Cathedral of Our Lady of The Angels for the Latino Theatre Company; That Certain Cervantes starring Henry Darrow, El Portal Theatre; The Versus of Ogden Nash starring Peter Massey, the Coronet Studio Theatre and currently Becoming Norman at the NoHo Arts Center. He is currently consulting on the Los Angeles run of the 1st National Tour of the 2008 Tony Award Winning musical In The Heights coming to the Pantages Theatre in June 2010.

Toby Campion's other plays include The Queen and The Bishop, about Her Majesty Lili'uokalani, which was work-shopped at Whittier College. The Queen and The Bishop also won the 2004 writer's award at Kumu Kahua Theatre in Honolulu. His play The Doctors Chekhov was part of ClassicsFest 2006 at the Antaeus Theater Company in North Hollywood. His play Felicidad, Inc. was work-shopped at the John Anson Ford Theatre in 2005.

"Cumbia in its origins represents the fusion of the three cultures of the Americas--Indigenous, African and European." Campion said. "It exudes deep feeling and awakens the heart--including my own as I came to this material. As such, the play pays homage to the American grain while celebrating the eternal balm of love in all of us."

The company of Cumbia de mi coraz??n represent diverse origins across Latin American including Colombia, Honduras, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Spain and Venezuela. The cast includes Eliezer Ortiz as Heriberto, Carla Valentine as Maruca, Fanny Veliz as Gabi, Daniel Restrepo as Uri, and Sergio Bruna as El Supervisor. There will also be 2 young Angels (Angelitos).

What: Cumbia de mi coraz??n
Performed in Spanish with English Supertitles.
When: Friday, April 30, 2010 through Sunday, May 23, 2010.
Show times: Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 3 p.m.
Where: Bilingual Foundation of the Arts, 421 N. Avenue 19th, Los Angeles, CA 90031
Tickets: Cumbiademicorazon.tix.com or (323) 786-6281
$25 General Admission; $40 Opening Night Performance and Gala Saturday May 1st; $15 Groups of 10 or more
Bilingual Foundation of the Arts (BFA), founded by Carmen Zapata, Margarita Galvan and Estela Escarlat, has served the Los Angeles community for more than 35 years. It specializes in mounting Spanish classics and contemporary plays from Latin America.

For more questions about Cumbia de mi coraz??n, contact Angelita Moraga 562-293-7619; angelita@cumbiademicorazon.com

Performance Schedule
"Cumbia de mi coraz??n"
April 30-May 23, 2010

Bilingual Foundation of the Arts
421 N. Avenue 19th
Los Angeles, CA 90031

Cumbia de mi coraz??n
Written by: Toby Campion
Directed by: Germ?ín Jaramillo
Produced by: C. Raul Espinoza, Espinoza Theatricals

Fri. 4/30/2010 (Preview) at 8:00 PM
Sat. 5/1/2010 (Opening) at 8:00 PM
Sun. 5/2/2010 at 3:00 PM
Fri. 5/7/2010 at 8:00 PM
Sat. 5/8/2010 at 8:00 PM
Sun. 5/9/2010 at 3:00 PM
Fri. 5/14/2010 at 8:00 PM
Sat. 5/15/2010 at 8:00 PM
Sun. 5/16/2010 at 3:00 PM
Fri. 5/21/2010 at 8:00 PM
Sat. 5/22/2010 at 8:00 PM
Sun. 5/23/2010 at 3:00 PM

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