The Main Street Theater (MST) has extended its production of the English premiere of Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter, based on the novel of the same name by Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa. Obie Award-winning Caridad Svich’s loud and goofy romantic comedy will now air until June 12.
The production plays at MST – Rice Village, 2540 Times Blvd. Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3:00 p.m. There is no performance on May 29. Tickets cost between $36 and $55, depending on the date, section and availability. The production is available online until June 5. Tickets range from $20 to $40. All tickets are on sale by phone at 713.524.6706 or online at MainStreetTheater.com.
Customers will be required to present proof of a negative COVID test result (within 48 hours). A vaccination card can be presented instead of the test. Photocopies or a photo on your phone of medical records will be accepted. Masks are strongly recommended but not mandatory.
About Aunt Julia and the screenwriter
Based on the autobiographical novel by Latin American writer Mario Vargas Llosa, Nobel Prize winner, Aunt Julia and the Screenwriter follows the passionate love story between a young Vargas Llosa and an older divorced woman in the 1950s in Lima, Peru. A boisterous, high-spirited comedy with a big-hearted romantic story, Aunt Julia and the screenwriter is what playwright Svich calls “a coming-of-age story about performing everyday life, the wonderfully messy nature of love, and a tribute to the golden age of radio and the spirit of classic goofy comedies.”
On seeing the Spanish premiere at Repertorio Español in New York, Mario Vargas Llosa wrote, “I really enjoyed being with you the other night for the premiere of the theatrical adaptation of my novel, Aunt Julia and the Screenwriter. I found the adaptation to be true to the spirit of the novel…”
About Caridad Svich
Caridad Svich is a playwright, screenwriter, translator, editor, lyricist, essayist, educator and freelance arts journalist. His first independent feature film (as co-writer) Fugitive Dreams, based on his play, premiered at the 2020 Fantasia Film Festival, 2020 Austin Film Festival and 2020 Tallinn Black Nights Festival. Three of her plays were on the 2020 Kilroys list. She received the 2012 OBIE for Lifetime Achievement, the 2011 American Theater Critics Association Primus Award for The House of the Spirits, based on the novel by Isabel Allende, and the NNPN world premieres for RED BIKE and Guapa. His works in English and Spanish have been produced worldwide. She is the founder of the theater alliance NoPassport. www.caridadsvich.com
About Mario Vargas Llosa
Mario Vargas Llosa was born in Arequipa, Peru in 1936. He grew up with his mother and maternal grandparents in Bolivia. Vargas Llosa developed an interest in poetry from an early age. His vast and rich authorship consists primarily of novels, but also plays, essays, literary criticism and journalism. His works reflect his ardent love of storytelling. They are characterized by rich language and cover a range of genres – from autobiographical books and historical novels to erotic fiction and thrillers. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2010 “for his mapping of power structures and his cutting images of resistance, revolt and the defeat of the individual”.
Amelia Rico is the director. Ms. Rico directed The Book of Madeleine by Svich for MST in 2021. The cast includes Michael L. Benitez, Marissa M. Castillo, Armando Gonzalez, Ricardo Hernandez-Morgan, Amanda Martinez, Adriane Miller, Leandro Salazar and Michael Sifuentes.
The production design team consists of Jacob C. Sanchez (Set Design), Brianna Escobedo (Lighting Design), Laura Moreno (Costume Design), Yezminne Zepeda (Sound Design), and Rodney Walsworth (Properties Design). Debs Ramser is the production manager.
About Main Street Theater
The Main Street Theater offers theater experiences for all ages. Founded in 1975, our MainStage produces professional, intimate and literary adult plays and operates under an Actors’ Equity Association contract; our youth theater produces professional and engaging productions based on children’s literature for families and school groups, both in-house and touring Texas; and we offer education and outreach programs on-site and in satellite locations around the Greater Houston area for youth ages 4-high school.
Main Street Theater is a member of Theater Communications Group (TCG), the national service organization for nonprofit theaters, Theater for Young Audiences/USA (formerly ASSITEJ), the global theater network for children and youth, and founding member of Houston Arts Partners. The Main Street Theater is funded in part by the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance and the Texas Commission on the Arts.
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