Caja Negra’s Final Two for 2017[P1]

CAJA NEGRA

By Warren Jacobs

Caja Negra has a growing list of productions in Mexico, especially in San Miguel de Allende. Their mandate is “theater dedicated to a provocative exploration of society and a celebration of humanity.” But who is Caja Negra?

In the past four years, Caja Negra has presented the following productions; House, I Am My Own Wife, Diary of a Madman, By the Waters of Babylon, The Tricky Part, and An Act of God. In February 2018, Caja Negra will present Kiss of the Spider Woman.

The talented actors that have helped create Caja Negra are Jill Gottlieb, Erik Zavala, Don Krim, Sebastian Vallin, Rodrigo Demian, Cynthia Simmons, David Galitzky, and Alan Jordan.

The wonderful artists and artisans who have added their talents are Juan Ezcurdia, Tomas Burkey, Sylvia Ramirez Vazquez, Francisco Patlan, Jose Rodriguez Yanez, Rogelio Flores, Roberto Avendano, Luis Manuel Soria Chavez, Kauil Mayel, Guadalupe Cruz, and Michael Gottlieb—and of course the “angels” that have contributed financially to some of our productions.

The brilliant writers of the above-mentioned plays as well as the theaters in Mexico City, Ajijic, Guadalajara, and San Miguel de Allende that have hosted the productions also contribute to create Caja Negra.

Caja Negra means black box. A black box theater is a theatrical space with a very simple, unadorned design that makes it flexible for rehearsals and productions. These theaters began to proliferate in the 1960s, as part of a groundswell of interest in experimental theater in Europe and the US. Today, black box spaces are common and used for everything from experimental theater to kids’ plays to the kind of classical repertoire you would normally find in a typical proscenium-style theater.

Caja Negra productions have been presented in all types of spaces, from a restaurant in Ajijic, to an antique furniture gallery at La Aurora, to a black box space in Mexico City and a proscenium stage in Guadalajara and currently at the Shelter Theater in San Miguel de Allende. The Shelter is the closest thing we have to a true black box space in San Miguel. Shelter Theater provides an intimate atmosphere that suits our current productions.

John Wharton, the owner of Shelter Theater, and David Johanssen, the incredible theater manager, have welcomed our productions and provided us with an uncomplicated and safe home. They seem to strive to present quality concerts, cinema, and theater with a variety of English and Spanish presentations.

So, who is Caja Negra? All of the above!

Playwrights, actors, artists, and angels have helped create Caja Negra, and to them we are eternally grateful. We hope to continue to present interesting and unique productions that we hope will satisfy a taste for thoughtful plays featuring talented actors, supported by dedicated artists.

And last, but not least, thank you, San Miguel theater enthusiasts. You are the final, essential, piece of the puzzle that makes the theater experience vital.

 

Theater

An Act Of God

By David Javerbaum

Fri and Sat, Nov 17 and 18, 7pm

Sun, Nov 19, 3pm

Shelter Theater, Vicente Guerrero 4

Tickets 250 pesos

sheltertheater.com

Tesoros Boutique/Biblioteca

Theater

Building the Wall

By Robert Schenkkan

Wed-Sun, Nov 29–Dec 3

 

 

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