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"...Rupert Reyes and Jorge Huerta met in 1974, when Reyes was a theatre major at UT-Austin and Huerta, who was just starting his academic career, was giving a talk on Chicano and U.S. Latino theatre and El Teatro de la Esperanza, a theatre group he helped found at UC-Santa Barbara..."
"...Petra Dominguez, the heroine of Rupert Reyes' comedic trilogy (Petra's Pecado, Petra's Cuento, and Petra's Sueno), is a scheming wife and mother who runs a tortilla factory. In Petra's Pecado, she has sinned, and the new priest at her church decides that her penance will be to direct a play based on the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe..."
"...In the case of Teatro Vivo, because the people involved are people I trust, I let them decide how to approach the piece. Rupert [Reyes, Teatro Vivo's artistic director] joined our company [San Francisco's El Teatro de la Esperanza] in the late Seventies..."
"...This weekend, Teatro Vivo follows up on that initial success with another trio of dramas fresh from the keyboards of Latino playwrights. For the second round, Artistic Director Rupert Reyes sought scripts from beyond the state's borders as well as inside them and made room specifically for younger voices..."
"..."This production is a way for the artists in our group to do something that relates not to them as Latinos but as artists," says Artistic Director Rupert Reyes, who is also one of the four playwrights. "We hope to show a little bit of flexibility in our company."..."
"...Teatro Vivo's current take on this 500-year-old, continuously reinvented yuletide drama is much in keeping with the lowly status of its wayfaring protagonists. In addition to their humble clothes (supplied by costume designer Anya Reyes), the set by Zac Crofford is a simple structure of plywood platforms with burlap netting laid over them to suggest rocky desert terrain..."
"...What playwright and director Rupert Reyes has managed with everyone's favorite yuletide skinflint in this new Teatro Vivo production is nothing less than a full-body makeover: dress, race, and gender. But his transformation of the 19th century Londoner into a latter-day Latina isn't merely cosmetic..."
"...Perhaps it's because the company so often does domestic comedies like this original script by Erica Saenz, the Austin writer-performer's first full-length play. Or perhaps it's because Teatro Vivo has always been a family thing, run by the team of Rupert Reyes and Jo Ann Carreon-Reyes..."
"...Mexican-American Silvestre Reyes was born in Texas, fought in the Vietnam War, and went on to fight illegal immigrants as chief patrol agent for the El Paso Border Patrol. Currently, he's a state representative and the "nation's leading illegal immigration expert" in the Texas House of Representatives..."
"...Aeschylus said, "Memory is the mother of all wisdom." It certainly served Tennessee Williams well, and indeed this story's young Samuel (Mario Ramirez) – who alternates between addressing the audience directly and living inside his family drama – shares a few technical commonalities with The Glass Menagerie's Tom Wingfield. Yet, while Tom looks back with some bitterness and a distinct lack of empathy toward his mother, Samuel is full of affection for his father, Roberto (Rupert Reyes), even in the elder's most curmudgeonly moments...."
"...Nelson teaches improv and performs regularly at The New Movement, 1819 Rosewood. Rupert Reyes..."
"...In "2 Souls & a Promise," by Artistic Director Rupert Reyes, the thread is woven into a vow between two lovers who believe their spirits will pass into new bodies after death. They promise to look for each other in their next lives, and after one dies unexpectedly, the other eventually finds himself face to face with his beloved's reborn soul, though not in the way he imagined..."
"...You may not understand every word being said, but you'll understand everything that's happening. Rupert Reyes, the writer, co-director, and one of the actors in the show, understands how to write comedy..."
"...Eventually, even Alice can't prevent time from moving forward, and something – not sure what, but something – goes disastrously wrong. A doctor (Rupert Reyes) visits, but he offers Heath very little that helps him understand what has happened...."
"...While at times quite realistic, EL also includes several out-of-its-own-world elements. About 20 minutes in, Cabeza (Rupert Reyes), a pink talking cow head, begins to speak to Gustavo..."
"...Just a girl alone in a basement acting out the Cinderella story, but the playing of it was pure enchantment, thanks to the charm of Rupert Reyes' script; the clever, witty use of household objects as puppets by Caroline Reck; and the vivacity of actor Gricelda Silva, who brings to every role a magic all her own. 8) The Christians (Hyde Park Theatre)..."
"...Cenicienta accomplishes what children's theatre should at its best: providing an imaginative tale that's captivating for children and adults alike, while incorporating cultural and educational facets that pique curiosity and invite further investigation. A collaboration with Teatro Vivo, with script by Rupert Reyes and Caroline Reck, who also directed, the production is rife with Spanish phrases, but not so many so that nonspeakers would find themselves confused..."
"...Hickey balances a warm playfulness with an abiding melancholy, while Duchene-Phillips reveals flickers of the passion that led her character to believe in Allende's Chile behind her matronly stoicism. All of the adults – the parents and Ignacio (Rupert Reyes) – are people whose stories are mostly in the past, which the actors convey with subtle notes of sadness...."
"...Her advice to use vegetable oil to make tortillas because it is good for the cholesterol is sanguine and picante. Rosita's familia might be related to Petra Dominguez, the matriarch in Rupert Reyes' series for Teatro Vivo..."
"...When Zoot Suit premiered, Teatro Vivo Artistic Director Rupert Reyes was working with another California theatre group, El Teatro de la Esperanza. "The play was a marker for me," he says..."