Who is that handsome man in the picture above? His name was Antonio Brener and he was my grandfather (my mother’s father). I never met him. Last December and January I visited my family in Argentina after 10 years or not being back there. It was quite an experience and you’ll hear more about it. I also met with a new side of the family (connected to Antonio) that I have never met before. I got to learn more about him through stories and pictures his children, my new aunts and uncles, shared with me. You will also learn more about this stories as well. But the time was short and there were so many other questions I wanted to ask. If you ever had the chance to learn about a family member through stories, pictures and question to his/her children, what would you ask? Do you have a similar story to share with me? Leave a comment.
As many of you know this year I have been honored to be part of a Naked Stages: A multi-layered program designed to empower artists to be their most bold and creative and to challenge artists and audiences alike to push past their previous boundaries. Nakes Stages is a 7 to 9 month development program that provides four distinctive artists the time and money to bring their visions to life on stage.
I am at the end of this process and I will be presenting a raw, real and completely original performance called “Don’t Cry for Me” (see info at the end of this post)
I am very proud of my performance and I hope to share with all of you. But “Don’t Cry for Me” will be just one more piece of the puzzle in the whole process. As Laurie Carlos (NS Artistic Director) and Molly Van Avery (NS Administrative Director) explain in a psot in the City Pages, Nakes Stages is all about the process. And they are so right!
I have had the chance to work with many directors, take workshops, perform in shows in my life but this experience has been the most powerful and enriching so far. Through a series of workshop and feedback sessions I was invited (and challenged) to explore my own voice, discover or confirm my aesthetic, give and receive constructive feedback, collaborate and more. All that in a very nurturing and encouraging environment.
But that’s not all. I was also provided with tools that really helped my creation process (access to a studio for rehearsals, workshops with professional performers, etc.) and other valuable production assets that I can use for my porftolio (professional pictures, video, communication/promotion strategies, etc.)
I am deeply thankful to Jerome Foundation, Pillsbury House Theater and their staff, all the awesome mentors and guest artists in the Naked Stages program, my fellow Naked Stages colleagues: Moe, Max, Ephraim. A very special thanks to Dario, a great director and teacher who help me a lot in the development of this piece. A thank you to everyone to encourage me to apply to this program.
“Don’t Cry for Me” is dedicated to my family.
Dec 7-10 @ 7:30 pm
DON’T CRY FOR ME by Paulino Brener
A tall Argentine leaves his mother land to come to the U.S. and discovers that changing the language you speak might change who you are. Don’t Cry For Me uses satire, movement, and storytelling to explore connections between language and identity. Performed by Paulino Brener. Directed by Dario Tangelson.
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Pay what you want every night. (Regular price = $15)
More information and tickets at 612-825-0459 or pillsburyhousetheatre.org