On Friday (Oct. 31), CalArts School of Theater faculty Marissa Chibas’ Daughter of a Cuban Revolutionary, which premiered at REDCAT in 2007 and has since been performed in numerous cities in three countries, returns to Los Angeles as part of Encuentro 2014, Los Angeles Theatre Center’s National Latino/a Theater Festival.
Presented by CalArts Center for New Performance and Duende CalArts, an initiative to explore Pan-American work and issues, the solo show explores Chibas’ personal history within the context of Cuba’s tumultuous past. Propelled by a near-drowning in the Venezuelan Amazon, Chibas explores self and exile through the lens of her intriguing family: Her uncle Eduardo Chibas was a presidential contender before denouncing Batista and committing suicide during his influential radio show in 1951; her father, Raul, helped write the manifesto for the Cuban revolution with Fidel Castro, and her mother Dalia was an actress, socialite and runner-up for Miss Cuba 1959.
“[Chibas] hooks us emotionally at the outset, and we’re right with her for the rest of her journey of self-discovery,” writes the Los Angeles Times. What’s On Stage remarks, “This terrific, essential show offers a touching tale of a daughter desperate to find her roots and a fascinating insight into the inner workings of a revolution.”
Daughter of a Cuban Revolutionary is directed by Mira Kingsley (Theater-Dance MFA 07) and produced by faculty Miranda Wright (Theater MFA 09), with Sal Mannino (Theater MFA 17) as the associate producer. Other CalArtians involved in the production are stage/production manager Julianne Figueroa (Theater MFA 13), sound designer Daniel Barsky (Theater BFA 09), video designer Adam Flemming (Theater MFA 07), lighting and assistant stage manager Jocelynn Suarez (Theater BFA 13) and lighting consultant Adam Hunter (Theater BFA 07).
The show runs through Nov. 8. Below is a video of Chibas promoting Daughter of a Cuban Revolutionary for Encuentro.