Pangea World Theater & Teatro del Pueblo presented “Lorca In a Green Dress” at the Ritz Theatre in Northeast Minneapolis this April. Thankfully, I was able to see it before it closed this past weekend. Sometimes I enjoy walking into shows blindly which is exactly what I did with this play. It allows me to be open and have no expectations. Federico Lorca was a Spanish poet and dramatist who was assassinated in 1936. His gay lifestyle was not welcomed and he was constantly criticized for his political beliefs. The playwright of this show was clever. There were many thought provoking lines on life, death and dreams. The word green was repeated throughout the show. It seemed Lorca saw the world in that color.
Ricardo Vazquez played the “real” Lorca. He was my favorite due to his embodiment of his character. The cast was compiled of other “Lorca’s”: Lorca with bicycle pants, Lorca in a green dress, Lorca as a woman, and Lorca in a white suit. Other characters include a general, a guard, a flamenco dancer and guitarist. These characters were helping him in somewhat of a purgatory state. They re-created his life through memories, song, dance and more. Virginia Robinson, the flamenco dancer, did a lovely job moving in her red dress. It was a very interesting idea for a show and worked well.
The stage had scaffolding, boxes of memories, and parts of picture frames hung from the ceiling. To me, the set was a bit odd. I liked the boxes idea but some things didn’t really make sense such as the picture frames. I would have preferred a much more scaled back set so I could focus on the actors more. To the side of the stage were Spanish captions which was nice to tie in.
I’m not completely sure why the show was called “Lorca In a Green Dress”. My only inclination is that green was a color that he liked, there was a character in a green dress and green symbolizes renewal in many forms. The play has closed but take a look at the Pangea World Theater’s website for upcoming plays: http://pangeaworldtheater.org/ and also Teatro del Pueblo: http://www.teatrodelpueblo.org/