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A woman calls on the power of Oyá…
A boat is caught in a mysterious storm…
A young woman fights to choose her own path….
This original Spanish-language musical is inspired by the Cuban Zarzuela and Shakespeare’s The Tempest. It tells a story of the power of love, compassion, and forgiveness.
The World Premiere is based on a treatment by Rodolfo Ortega of Rebecca Martinez’s book. Music and Lyrics by Rodolfo Ortega, Directed by Estefanía Fadul.
About the Composer, Rodolfo Ortega
Rodolfo Ortega is an award winning composer for film, television, and theatre. Rodolfo received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music from the University of Arizona and his Master’s of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music where he studied piano and composition. He has composed music for indie films such as the The Good Lot among others. For television he composed music for the National Public Broadcast of the documentary No Perfect Answers: The Life and Architecture of Pietro Belluschi. He has sound designed and composed for some of the most prestigious theatre companies in the United States, including The Oregon Shakespeare Festival (The Tenth Muse) and Denver Center Theatre Company (The Three Musketeers, Romeo & Juliet). Rodolfo is also an Associate Artist with Santa Cruz Shakespeare (Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Man in the Iron Mask, Henry IV, Parts I & II). Since 2008, he has composed an original musical every year for Northwest Children’s Theatre including Hansel and Gretel, Snow White, Pinocchio, Peter Pan, The Little Mermaid and El Zorrito (which was published by Dramatic Publishing in 2014). For the 2000-2001 Portland theatre season, Rodolfo was awarded a Portland Drammy Award in Sound Design and Composition for an entire season of outstanding work.
About the Librettist, Rebecca Martinez
Rebecca Martinez is a long-time Milagro collaborator and most recently wrote and directed American Sueño, which toured nationally. Other Milagro produced works she has written or directed include: Oyá: Call the Storm, La noche eterna, and Xandu’ Ya’. Now based in New York, she has worked with the One Minute Play Festival, the 52nd Street Project, FringeNYC, Hybrid Theatre Works, and on developmental works for the Lark, Cherry Lane, and Working Theater among others. Rebecca is an ensemble member of Sojourn Theatre, a Co-Curator of Working Theater’s Directors Salon, a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, INTAR’s Unit52 and the SDCF Observership Class. Awards include four Portland Theater Drammy Awards (Ensemble Acting: 7 Great Loves and The War Project: 9 Acts of Determination – Sojourn Theatre; and Choreography: 7 Great Loves – Sojourn Theatre and The Brother/Sister Plays – Portland Playhouse) and the Lilla Jewel Award for Women Artists.
About the Director, Estefanía Fadul
Estefanía Fadul is a Colombia-born, New Hampshire-raised, New York City-based director and producer. Directing credits include The House of the Spirits by Caridad Svich (SUNY Purchase), Cell by Cassandra Medley (Drama League DirectorFest), asi van los fantasmas de méxico, primera parte by Matthew Paul Olmos (Repertorio Español), El Laurel de Apolo by Pedro Calderón de la Barca (Repertorio Español), and Well by Lisa Kron (Pleiades Productions). Her current and upcoming work includes collaborations with playwrights Fernanda Coppel, Gina Femia, Elisabeth Frankel, Krista Knight, and Tatiana Suarez-Pico. Estefanía has worked as assistant director at the Public Theater, Classic Stage Company, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, among others, and was the assistant producer for Soho Rep.’s first all-ages site-specific production, Washeteria (NYTimes Critics’ Pick). She is an alum of the Drama League Directors Project and the Van Lier Fellowship at Repertorio Español, a New Georges Affiliated Artist, and a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab. B.A. Vassar College.