La Tempestad

The Tempest

Muskitia Sinska Theatre Group (Honduras)

filmed stage production with English subtitles

A production of The Tempest, in collaboration with community actors from The Mosquito coast, Adapted and directed by Tito Ochoa with Inma Lopez.

The Tempest is the last work by the William Shakespeare. It is the only work dealing with the territories colonized by the Europeans. During six months of work, the company of community actors, working with Director Tito Ochoa adapted the work to locate the production within the context of the Mosquito Coast and to portray the two worlds of the colonists and colonized.

Here’s a trailer about the making of the project:

Synopsis:

Prospero becomes a ruler opposed by his brother Antonio and by the queen of Jamaica, who forced him to leave his homeland with his daughter. He arrives on an island where he meets Calibán and despite being a victim of his brother has no compuction about enslaving the Aboriginal. Thus begins a process of colonization where Prospero imposes on the colonized Caliban and the island, his way of life, culture and language.

Prospero, which is a metaphor for prosperity, assumes that only his culture can be called civilization. By a chance of fate his enemies travel on a ship near to the island where he is confined. Prospero, with the help of the spirit of the water Liwamairy, causes a storm and forces his enemies to remain on the island where he will make them repent for their betrayal of him. But he will also have to deal with Calibán, who’s not willing to be a slave in his own land.

On Sunday 30 May, the festival team and colleagues from York will be conducting a zoom conversation with the cast and creative team in Honduras, exploring the nature of Shakespeare and Community Playmaking. The link to the footage will be here, once the conversation has been recorded.

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In more than 35 years of theatrical work Tito Ochoa has combined acting, direction, writing and teaching. During his studies in Prague with Frantisek Stepanek, he undertook workshops with directors including Peter Brook, Ariane Mnouchkine, Augusto Boal, Ramon Pareja, Alejandro Luna and Declan Donellan, among others.

He has over 30 productions of major world authors to his credit including works by Strindberg, Ibsen, Brecht, Lorca, Moliére, Beaumarchais, Lope de Vega, Gogol, and many productions of Shakespeare.

In Honduras he was founder of the Rascaniguas Theatre, director of the National School of Dramatic Art and president of the Memorias Cultural Association. In Colombia he has been a professor at the Javeriana University, the Universidad el Externado and the Universidad del Rosario. Guest Director at the National Theatre of Colombia to direct Miss Julia de Strindberg, he was Co-Founder of the School of Dramatic Art of The House of the National Theatre.

He currently resides in Tegucigalpa Honduras where, along with his wife Inma López, he has founded “La Casa del Teatro Memorias”, a theatrical institution sponsored by Swiss Cooperation in Central America which carries out training, research and theatrical creation.

Inma López is an actress and producer of “La Casa del Teatro Memorias”. She is also the producer of The Central American Theater Exhibition “Memories of Central America” in Honduras. She studied at  the Higher School of Dramatic Art of Malaga (Spain) specialising in the Pedagogical Adaptation of Theatre. IN addition her performing career, which has taken her to Spain Columbia and Honduras, Inma López teaches drama within universities and trains young actors at high school, and in cultural centers and private drama schools.

As an actress she has performed in classic works by Moliere, Gogol, Durrenmatt, Goldoni, Dario Fo and Schnitzler and in contemporary repertore such as Even Ensler’s Vagina Monologues. As a director her credits include Lysistrata by Aristophanes and La Voix Humaine by Jean Cocteau.

The screening will be accompanied by a conversation with Tito Ochoa, which can be booked as a separate event

How to Book

Please book via our Ticketsource link at Riding Lights Theatre using this link. You will then receive an invitation to the zoom link for the event. If you can’t join us live, a recording of the event will be available on Vimeo for the following 24 hours. and your booking email will include this password.

Cast

Wilton Allen                       Próspero

Tony Manister                   Caliban

Helen Trino                         Miranda

Gloria Alemán                    Queen of Jamaica, Untadukia

Villalina Henriquez           Liwamairy

Jefersson Velásquez         Antonio, Pancha

Daniel Alemán                   Sebastian, Esteban.

Bairon Solis                         Fernando, Gonzalo

Creative Team

Adaptation and Direction Tito Ochoa

Co-direction                                     Inma López

Scenery                                             Marcos Licona

Costume Design                             Inma López

Costume making                            Bartollini and Diana Avila

Lighting Design                               Tito Ochoa

Music                                                 Inma López

Musical Realization                        Alfredo Corrales and Marianito Rodriguez

Video                                                 Mario López

Photography                                   Clarissa Donaire