• THE PROSTITUTES WILL PRECEDE YOU INTO THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN
  • THE PROSTITUTES WILL PRECEDE YOU INTO THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN

Production Details

  • Dates: Friday May 28 2010 to Sunday Jun 27 2010
  • Tickets: Tickets $22; Students & seniors $20.

THE PROSTITUTES WILL PRECEDE YOU INTO THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN

BILINGUAL AMERICAN PREMIERE of an award-winning one-woman play. A PROVOCATIVE TRAGICOMEDY written by Jose Luis Martin Descalzo. English version by Daniel Sherr. Directed, Designed & Produced by Angel Gil Orrios

LAST CHANCE-
FINAL WEEKEND!  

The TRUE STORY of a "working girl"
who will make you LAUGH & CRY.  

A provocative tragicomedy

starring
AWARD-WINNING ACTRESSES:

KATHY TEJADA in English

(Fridays 8pm and Saturdays 3pm)

and

SOLEDAD LOPEZ in Spanish

(Saturdays 8pm and Sundays 4pm)


Produced, Designed & Directed by
ANGEL GIL ORRIOS  


Based on a true story, a 20th century "Mary Magdalene" hides in the attic of a shuttered bordello, sharing her life story with her “boyfriend”, a larger-than-life statue of Christ.
The church wants it back.  Who does Jesus
really belong to?

A story of LOVE and LONELINESS. 
Written by the acclaimed Spanish playwright (and priest) Jose Luis Martin Descalzo. 

FIVE WEEKS ONLY!
FROM MAY 28 TO JUNE 27, 2010.

TICKETS $22 regular
$20 students & senior citizens

The production is under consideration for an award from the New York Innovative Theatre Awards.  Audience members are allowed to vote!  We hope that you will participate. Please click on this link to vote: http://www.nyitawards.com


SELF-CRITICISM
by the playwright [and Priest]
J.L. MARTIN DESCALZO


What I wanted was simply to tell a story.  A story that surprised me when I was told the real-life incident on which it is based (I have done nothing more than place it in a contemporary setting), a story that I hope will also be able to surprise others, stir their emotions, and give them cause for thought when they read it or see it on stage.  This is a tremendous story, one that I have tried to recount in its entirety, without pulling any punches.   It is increasingly clear to me that the purpose of theater is not to “indoctrinate” anyone, but rather, to bring the audience face to face with some facts, situations, and characters that will force it to confront and reflect upon reality.

My story is one of loneliness and love.   It is the story of a loneliness that is too often shared and a love that is nonsensical and practically impossible, but very authentic.  A love I feel envious of.  Because I discovered a long time ago that there are “murky” loves that are more profound – and, deep down, perhaps purer – than many empty loves that are supposedly the paradigm of order.

This is also a story of being crushed.  Anyone who sees ROSA just as a prostitute is being naive.  Actually, she is one of the many “innocent” people who are trampled on in this world by “well meaning” officials.  This woman’s cry is, strictly speaking, the cry of a child who can’t find a place in an adult world, in a world of smarties, in a world of the well off, in a world of important people.  I am not putting up ROSA as a model of anything.  ROSA is just a character, a distorting mirror perhaps, a distorting mirror in which it would be a good idea for many “upstanding members of society” to contemplate themselves until they discover that it is quite a bit easier to judge and to condemn than to love oneself.

I know that many will be disturbed by the things my main character says.  It is my belief that a playwright should not “try” to disturb anyone, but on the other hand, he shouldn’t be too worried if putting things on paper the way he sees them ends up bothering a few people.  That’s how the reality game goes.  In any case, it seems to me that this play had to have the language it has, simply because that is how “that” character had to talk under “those” circumstances.  Not lying, not deforming reality, is a much higher priority than not bothering anyone.

Some are disturbed by the things that ROSA says about priests and nuns (NB, not about the Church, about which she never speaks), since they fail to understand that a person could be free enough to criticize the defects of that which she loves and to which she has devoted herself unreservedly.  Aside from that, ROSA and I agree on a few things, among others, on clearly distinguishing between the Christ-like and the human aspects of the Church.  I feel extremely proud of the Church because it contains Christ. I feel extremely ashamed because it contains me and people like me, and I am very very happy because it accepts or puts up with people like us and because in this Church, thank God, we have the freedom to publicly say how far removed we are and feel from what Christ would deserve.

I hope that theatergoers will come to feel affection for this little creature of mine.  I hope that they will be capable of understanding her love and courage.

   

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