Cherry Artists' Collective to present US Premiere of Alejandro Ricaño's Hotel Good Luck 2/12-2/20
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 08:00 pm EST 01/05/21




The Cherry Artists' Collective (Samuel Buggeln, Artistic Director) will present the English-language United States Premiere of Hotel Good Luck, a play with music by celebrated Mexican playwright, Alejandro Ricaño, translated by Jacqueline Bixler and directed by Samuel Buggeln. The play will be live-streamed from the historic State Theater in Ithaca, NY on Friday, February 12 at 7:30pm, Saturday, February 13 at 7:30pm, Thursday, February 18 at 7:30pm, Friday, February 19 at 7:30pm, and Saturday, February 20 at 7:30pm. Tickets ($15 minimum; $25 suggested; $45 supporter) are available for advance purchase at www.thecherry.org . The performance will run approximately 75 minutes, with no intermission.

Hotel Good Luck tells the moving and dizzying story of Bobby, a late-night radio DJ who is confronted with an upsetting event which plunges him into a rabbit hole of parallel universes in an attempt to regain what he has lost.

Hotel Good Luck, written by one of Latin America's most brilliant and celebrated young writers, received its Spanish-language premiere at the Teatro Milán of Mexico City in 2015. This livestreamed production, which will integrate live music, is the second international play in The Cherry's season, following the success of Gabrielle Chapdelaine's A Day. Co-Producing Sponsors, Donald Spector & Stacia Zabusky.

Alejandro Ricaño (Playwright) is one of Mexico's most successful and well-known playwrights. He began writing plays at an early age and by the time he was thirty had won several of Mexico's most prestigious awards for dramatic writing: Premio Emilio Carballido for Más pequeños que el Guggenheim/Smaller Than the Guggenheim (2008); Premio Víctor Hugo Rascón Banda for Fractales/Fractals (2011); Premio INBA for El amor de las luciérnagas/Love of Fireflies (2011). Another play, Un riñón de cerdo para el desconsuelo/Pork Kidneys to Soothe Despair (2008), was a finalist for the Premio Geraldo Mancebo del Castillo (a translation by Daniel Jáquez appeared in The Mercurian, vol. 5, no. 4, Fall 2015). Ricaño has also been the recipient of several grants, among them FONCA's Young Creators program, the Antonio Gala Foundation in Spain, the Lark Play Development Center in New York, and CONACYT (Mexico's National Council on Science and Technology). His plays have been staged in many parts of Mexico as well as in Spain, Hungary, Belgium, New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Peru, and Buenos Aires. His most successful play, Más pequeños que el Guggenheim, earned him instant recognition in Mexico and was later staged in other parts of Latin America and in Europe and the US. Other plays by Ricaño include Un torso, mierda y el secreto del carnicero/A Torso, Shit, and the Butcher's Secret (2006), Cada vez nos despedimos mejor/We Say Goodbye Each Time Better (2014), and Un hombre ajeno/An Outsider (2014). http://alejandroricano.com/

Jacqueline Bixler (Translator) is a Distinguished Professor of Spanish at Virginia Tech, where she teaches courses on Latin American literature and culture and the occasional course on translation. She also serves as the Editor of the Latin American Theatre Review, a journal devoted to the study and dissemination of Latin American and Latinx theatre. A specialist in Latin American and particularly Mexican theatre, Bixler has published books on Emilio Carballido, Sabina Berman, Víctor Hugo Rascón Banda, Mexico's women playwrights, and trans-acting, as well as over sixty articles on Mexican, Argentine, Peruvian, and Chilean theatre. Rather a novice in the art of translation, she has published only one previous translation, Photograph on the Beach, by Emilio Carballido, in The Mercurian, vol. 5, no. 2, 2014.

Samuel Buggeln (Director) is a Canadian director, translator, and designer and the founding Artistic Director of the Cherry Artists' Collective in Ithaca, NY, with whom he has shepherded over 20 international and experimental theater works to US audiences. In NYC he is an Artistic Associate at the New Ohio Theatre: directing credits at the New (and original) Ohio include the world première of The Eyes of Others (Bulgaria); the Off-Broadway première of Conor McPherson's Rum & Vodka; the Drama Desk-nominated Cressida Among the Greeks, and for the Obie Award-winning Ice Factory Festival, his adaptations of Queneau's Le Vol D'Icare and Duras' Les Yeux Bleus Cheveux Noirs, as well as Hater (his translation of Molière's Le Misanthrope, since published and multiply produced). Recently translated and directed George Kaplan by French playwright Frédéric Sonntag, and co-translated recent works by Argentine playwrights Santiago Loza and Rafael Spregelburd (all published or forthcoming from The Mercurian, Oberon, and/or Seagull Books). He is an alum of the Lincoln Center Directors' Lab, a member of the international theatermakers' network The Fence, co-chair of the English-language committee of Eurodram, and has been a faculty guest artist at NYU/Tisch, Hunter College, SUNY Albany, Ithaca College, and Cornell University. www.buggeln.net

The Cherry Artists' Collective is a self-governing ensemble of professional artists based in and around Ithaca, NY, creating new performance works that are radically local, radically international, and formally innovative. The Collective has premièred new plays from El Salvador, France, Germany, Serbia, Argentina, and Quebec, and commissioned boundary-expanding new works including headphone walking-plays and multimedia performances from Collective writers. The Collective is sustained by the Cherry Arts Inc, a non-profit who bring artists and audiences together across boundaries of language, artistic discipline, and form, hosting works in the waterfront Cherry Artspace in Ithaca NY. The Cherry is proud to be embracing these tough new circumstances as a challenge to create new, fully embodied artistic experiences to once again safely bring our community together around the arts.
Link http://www.thecherry.org

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