Based on the short story, “Anacleto Morones,” The Foolish Disciple is the third in a series of plays begun in 2007 and adapted from Mexican writer Juan Rulfo’s El Llano en Llamas (The Burning Plains).
The work is performed by Mexican immigrant laborers, including members of Make the Road New York from Staten Island, Brooklyn and Queens. Throughout the development of the production, these new actors have worked alongside professionals from Latin America to create images and awareness of their cultural heritage. The production seeks to engage and promote solidarity among members of their communities and to educate new audiences.
This fall’s presentation also coincides with the celebration of 200 years of Mexican Independence and 100 years of the Mexican Revolution:
“Mexicans are, from one day to the next, the most rapidly growing minority in New York, and Staten Island is one of the nuclei of settlement for the community. Germán, following his poetic instinct, has embarked on the search for Rulfo’s universe among the Mexican day laborers of this island, gathered in turn around the organization Make the Road New York… Far beyond the theatrical recreation of several stories of the writer, a fundamental part of the experience is to verify how these performers encounter and recognize themselves in Rulfo’s universe which, by means of their art, they make their own and bring alive for us, the spectators.” – Gaspar Orozco, Poet and Mexican Consul in NYC.
Following the run at Theater for the New City, The Foolish Disciple will tour throughout the city and beyond, and the full trilogy will be performed in 2011.
Thursday-Saturday 8:00 PM, Sunday 3:00 PM (All performances in English)
Tickets $12/$10 Student | Buy Tickets Online
Ramiro Sandoval as Lucas Lucatero
with Pedro Espinosa, Anita Guzmán, Jimena Ladino, Juanita Lara, Wilmar Saldarriaga, Juan Esteban Vélez and Jorge Luis Vera
Choreography: Daniel Fetecua (José Limón Dance Company)
Set Design: Luis Roldan
Original Music: Pablo Mayor
Lighting Design: Miguel Angel Valderrama
Costume Design: Felix Ciprian
Translation: Linn Cary Mehta
ID Studio Theater Performance and Research Center (ID Studio) is a 501(c)(3) that uses the performing arts to explore the rich artistic resources of Latin America and the US and to establish a dialogue between cultures through high-quality new artistic works that emerge from collaborations between important artists and writers from Latin America and migrant diasporas in New York. ID Studio promotes the performing arts as a vehicle for knowledge, voice, and transformation in immigrant communities, and has a history of seven years’ work in community and professional theater; its directors and principal actors come from some of the leading theaters of Latin America. More information: www.idstudiotheater.org
Make the Road New York (MRNY) is the largest participatory immigrant organization in New York City with 7,800 members. With vibrant community centers in the immigrant neighborhoods of Bushwick, Brooklyn; Jackson Heights, Queens; and Port Richmond, Staten Island; MRNY gives voice to thousands of immigrants and their families through community organizing, educates tomorrow’s leaders and provides services to support families. To find out more, please visit our website: