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Culture, The Exhibitionist <em>Bruja</em> at the Magic Theatre: A Contemporary, Bewitching Take on the Plight of Immigrants

Bruja at the Magic Theatre: A Contemporary, Bewitching Take on the Plight of Immigrants

Luis Alfaro and Loretta Greco have done it again. The playwright-director collaboration last triumphed at the Magic Theatre in 2010 with Oedipus el Rey, a taut, Will Glickman Award-winning drama that reimagined the Oedipus myth in a contemporary Hispanic…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Interview: <em>Bruja</em> Playwright Luis Alfaro on Assimilation, Teen Felons, and Witchery

Interview: Bruja Playwright Luis Alfaro on Assimilation, Teen Felons, and Witchery

Poet, playwright, community activist, and MacArthur fellow Luis Alfaro is no stranger to Greeking out. Bruja is his third in a series of plays adapted from Greek myths, the first two being Electricidad (Electra) and Oedipus El Rey (Oedipus…
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Culture, Stage "Seagull" still strikes a nerve in Shotgun's modern-day adaptation

"Seagull" still strikes a nerve in Shotgun's modern-day adaptation

I'm not sure why anyone assumes that we need modern rewrites of powerful plays. A few months back, I saw Luis Alfaro's much-praised adaptation of Oedipus Rex at Magic Theatre, which reimagined everyone's favorite incestuous monarch as an ex-con. That…
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Culture, Stage Hello mother, goodbye father: <i>Oedipus el Rey</i> doesn't work as a tragedy

Hello mother, goodbye father: Oedipus el Rey doesn't work as a tragedy

Luis Alfaro isn't the first playwright to apply an ancient Greek template to a modern American story. Nor will he be the last to end up with an uneven play on his hands as a result. In Oedipus el Rey,…
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