Synopsis Montera is a theater monologue that takes the audience through the adventures of its main character, La Guiri. From Montera, a lonely street, La Guiri uses a comical and unconcerned point of view to stimulate the observation of the society values that surround her profession. Through the ethic foundations of her own situation, her point of view is clear and honest, leading to the understanding of a whole range of feelings that go from sadness, loving, giving up or dying. All of them, as part of a life that canÂ´t be modified, and should be accepted, not with meekness but with courage. This piece is a human analysis of the most antique profession in History and the most de-humanized in present times. The character will show the multiple and complex layers that constitute her being, all through her beliefs, dreams and living memories, besides provoking the audience to question the value of decency, and all the preconceptions and judgments based on a double-moral society. Between laughs and modesty, the audience will have to answer if itÂ´s necessary to humiliate a human being whose only job is to give pleasure and to face a shameless conception of prostitution. The truth is, we all have a role in society so accepting it with dignity itÂ´s the only thing that will make a difference.
"I believe that sex is one of the most beautiful, natural and integral things that the money can buy"
Stage and stage requirements The stage design of this piece can be characterized with the simplicity of the elements. The character will develop the story in the same environment through the four acts of the play. That way, it references the monotony of the atmosphere, but not the stories which are sometimes extreme.
A desolated street, represented by a hallway or a street door. A lamppost, a wooden bucket, seven clothe racks with shoes on the floor and wigs on the upper hooks of the racks, that limit the space of Montera street. A main feature of the piece is the physical work of the character, not only in the transformation between scenes but with the choreography, that will have a main role on the story supporting the main character while she is telling it.
The play has got the potential to be represented in not conventional spaces such as public plaza, college halls, clubs and parks. The play is presented in Spanish with English subtitles, depending on the main language of the audience. In such case, a slide projector and a screen will be needed.
Music The music, main support of the physical work, becomes the third character of Montera. It has been chosen carefully to enrich the crucial moments of the story and the transitions of the main character. To accomplish this target, the play counts with the help of known DJ Walter Miller, NYC artist whom, delicately, has created a sound track recreating the daily life noises of Montera Street.
Credits Producción y dramaturgia Director Coreografía Casting Diseñador de luces Diseñador de sonido Escenografía Traducción y subtítulos Operador de luces Ayudante de dirección
Loren Escandon Marisol Rozo Marisol Rozo, Loren Escandon Loren Escandon Miguel Valderrama Walter Miller Jose Prieto Monica Mosquera A.B Lugo Basil Rojas
Links Web http://monteratheplay.webs.com Trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhO2CrilKnc Entrevista Univisión http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhO2CrilKnc
Marisol Rozo Actress, dancer, playwrighter and theatre director, Marisol constantly works combining literature and performing on a very passionate and dedicated effort. She started her training at the Teatro Experimental de Cali en Colombia, but her curiosity took her to Europe, where she received lessons from acclaimed directors like Will Ken, Owen Horsley (Declan Donnellan), Andres Lima from Animalario ( Madrid), Ana Redi ( Napols), Enrique Vargas( Barcelona) o Romeo Castelucci de la Bienalle de Venecia (Italia) Her long and intense professional career has allowed her to work, as an actress and dancer, with outstanding drama directors as David Ottone, Ricard Salvat, Tino Fernández, Pablo Vergne, Sergio Cabrera, Álvaro Rodríguez, Federico Restrepo, Antonio Rodríguez, Carlos Jaramillo or Jorge Muñoz. Up to the present day, Marisol has participated in the shooting of the publicly acclaimed Báilame el agua (2000) from Josecho San Mateo, and Secret agents (2004), from French director Fréderic Schöendoerffer. As a playwright, she´s written and directed multiple shows with violin virtuoso Ara Malikian. She has also taken care of the lyrics that are included within the recordings of Malikian´s Manantial, Vivaldi: Mis primeras cuatro estaciones, 24 caprichos de Paganini and Sarasate. Obviously, this multidisciplinary education has allowed her to explore and configure an aesthetic and scenic language of her own: light but deep, soulful but dynamic and, over all, contemporary. Based on a constant study of the tools and resources of the performers, Marisol experiments and plays with movement, voice, musicality of the body, in search of new theatrical ways. This search took her to the creation in 2005 of a theater company called Dragones en el andamio, with another actress, Esther Blanca. Together, they have taken on stage several plays like 3xques, from Quim Monzó, The Empire Builders or The Schmürz from Boris Vian, Venice from Jorge Acame or The cat that walked its way from Rudyard Kipling.
Nowadays, Marisol works at the direction of Los Divinos, launched at Teatros del Canal and programmed at the Teatro Español de Madrid; and Caprichos para violin y cuerpo, where contemporary dance and violin go together. Both shows are developed together with violin player Ara Malikian. In 2008, Marisol was the winner of the 2nd place award for Best Direction at the XI Certamen nacional de Teatro para Directores de Escena, ciudad de Torrejón de Ardoz. Since then, she´s directed three awards ceremonies of this contest. From Dragones en el andamio, she´s written, coproduced and directed the play Don´t kill it with the IATI Theater in New York during 2011 . In 201 2, she wrote, co-produced and directed the play Montera with the actress and produced Loren Escandón at LATEA Theater in New York. Nowadays, Marisol keeps working hardly at the development of creative shows and projects to be soon launched at national and international stages.
Loren Escandon Loren is a Colombian Actress and Ballerina living in NYC. She holds a B.A. in Theater from Universidad Del Valle’s Drama School in Colombia; and she is also a professional ballerina from the National Ballet School. She has worked with recognized choreographers such as Gustavo Herrera and Ivan Tenorio, Clara Carranco and Gloria Padron from Cuba, Gloria Castro and Marisol Rozo from Colombia. As an actress Loren has had the opportunity to work with great directors from around the world as Ma Zhengongh from China, Everett Dixon from Canada, Jorge Holovatuck and Debora Astrosky from Argentina and the well-known writer and director Gustavo Meza from Chile. In NYC she has worked with Repertorio Español on productions like La fiesta del Chivo and Crónica de una muerte anunciada, both directed by Jorge Ali Triana. Her most recent credits include Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet directed by Jose A. Esquea at Teatro LA TEA and Geneva by A.B Lugo as well as Mo(u)rning play and short film both directed by Arian Blanco Loren participated in Spain as an actress and dancer in the 2011 edition of the National awards for best female theater directors of Spain. Her latest work is as an actress and producer of the play No lo Mates (Don’t kill it) a co production between Dragones en el Andamio (Spain) and IATI Theater (USA) premiered during the 2011 fall season in IATI Theater. She has also played lead roles in independent films such as “Emociones,” “People from the third floor” and “Mo(u)rning.” Currently, Loren is the lead actress of the webnovela Madres y Comadres in You Tube directed by Alberto Ferreras. She appeared in multiple commercials for the Spanish market, at the same time she is the voice of multiple commercials for radio and TV.
Contact Loren Escandon (USA) Tel. +1 - 91 7-309 9689 Email:email@example.com Santi Mazarrasa (Espa単a) Tel: +34.687.224.883 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Published on Apr 29, 2013