For the first time playwright and actor Herbert Siguenza will offer performances in Spanish of his play "Un Fin de Semana con Pablo Picasso" (A Weekend with Pablo Picasso) on the stage Sept. 7 to Oct. 6 at the San Diego Repertory Theater, where he will portray the Spanish painter at his studio in France in 1954.
Siguenza said that though the company is known for supporting the work of Hispanic authors, it has never put on a show completely in Spanish, the first language of a large segment of the city's population.
"This is a chance to prove that if we produce a play of professional quality, audiences will support it," Siguenza, a member of the influential comedy group Culture Clash and an artist in residence at the San Diego REP, said.
The play, written by and starring Siguenza, shows the renowned groundbreaker of modern art as he dances, sculpts, shares secrets, draws pictures and imitates a bullfighter and a satyr in his studio.
The play, directed by San Diego REP associate artistic director Todd Salovey, will premiere formally on Sept. 15 after its preparatory presentations, and will have three performances in Spanish Oct. 5-6.
Siguenza said he created the play in San Diego in 2010, honing it in its successive productions in Los Angeles, the Bay Area, Houston and Denver, until he achieved its final "state of maturity" that he will present in San Diego. EFE