Dr. Sybil Williams’ (Roberts) “Searching for Gabriela” @ Source Theate April 16th – 23rd

one of the giants of DC-theater Dr. Sybil Williams (Roberts) has a new play coming up at The Source, let’s support this!

Here is the excerpted info:

For full press release click here

Contact information
(202) 204-7760 / inseries@inseries.org
Contact: Emily Morrison or Mattias Kraemer

The In Series presents
Searching for Gabriela
Searching for Gabriela, a theatrical evening about poet Gabriela Mistral – produced by the In Series, at Source, 1835 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009.

Friday April 16 at 8pm,
Saturday 4/17 at 8pm,
Sunday 4/18 at 3pm,
Thursday 4/22 at 7:30pm,
Friday 4/23 at 8pm
and Saturday 4/24 at 3pm.
Tickets: $31 (General Admission) $28 (Senior) $16 (Student) Box Office: 202-204-7763 or www.inseries.org.

Thursday 4/22 performance followed by Audience Discussion as part of OUT at InSeries.
Saturday 4/24 performance includes announcement of winners of the Finding Gabriela DC Youth Poetry Contest, followed by an informal gathering. Half of the proceeds for the Sunday April 18 and Friday April 23 shows will be donated to the Chilean American Foundation (CAF) to support
children affected by the February earthquake in Chile.
Washington DC (March 24, 2010) – The In Series announces Searching for Gabriela, directed by Abel Lopez with an original storyline in English by DC playwright Sybil R. Williams. The work brings to life the passionate poetry of Gabriela Mistral, Latin America’s first Nobel Prize winner (1945 for Literature) in a bilingual tapestry of words, music and movement, performed alternating English and Spanish.

“Mistral was a fierce feminist warrior of the mid 1900’s, whose poetry celebrates the spirit of women in the beauty of the land, the laughter of children, and the redemption of loss,” says writer Sybil Williams,who draws inspiration from Ursula K. Le Guin’s powerful translations of Mistral’s poetry. This 21st century look at her magnificent work is revealed in performance by Jenifer Deal, Monalisa Arias, Karen Morales, Lorena Sabogal, vocalist Cecilia Esquivel and pianists/music directors Carla Hübner and Jose Caceres.

Both legend and myth in her home country of Chile, Mistral, born in1889, began writing poetry as a child. Her celebrated poetry about children and motherhood has long been a standard part of the school curriculum throughout Latin America and her memory is honored in Chile with streets, squares and schools in her name. Although her formal education ended at age 12, she began teaching at 15 in remote rural schools, was eventually nominated to direct several liceos (including the most prestigious girls’
school in Chile) and attained international fame and recognition as an educator. Five collections of her poetry and prose were published in her lifetime, and she wrote all her life in a consistently intense and passionate voice on themes of nature, betrayal, love, sorrow and recovery, travel, and Latin American identity. She left Chile in 1926, and like many Latin American artists and intellectuals, served as a consul working in Naples, Madrid, Lisbon, Nice, Petrópolis, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Veracruz and New
York. She was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1945, and returned to her beloved Chile a few times, only as a much acclaimed visitor, living out her life in essence as an exile. Gabriela Mistral died in New York in 1957.

Sybil R. Williams (Writer) – is a DC based playwright and dramaturg. Her work has been professionally produced by ETA Creative Arts Theatre (Chicago), National Black Theatre (New York) and Kuntu Theatre (Pittsburgh). For the In Series, Ms Williams most recently wrote the script for the highly successful historical/musical play From U Street to the Cotton Club. Her play Dream of Ophelia was nominated for a prestigious JEFF award in 2000, and Liberating Prayer: A Lovesong For Mumia has been published in August Wilson And The Black Aesthetic.

The In Series (www.inseries.org), in its 10th Season as an independent organization, is Washington, DC’s home for distinctive performing arts programming, encompassing original, innovative approaches to
classical music, with generous helpings of theatre, poetry and dance.

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