Cuba Libre

Featuring Music by Tiempo Libre
Book by Carlos Lacámara
Music & Lyrics by Jorge Gómez
Choreography by Maija Garcia
Directed by Dámaso Rodríguez

October 3, 2015 – November 15, 2015

Portland'5 Winningstad Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway Ave.

The irresistible rhythms of Cuban music drive this riveting, universal story of a man caught between countries, losses and loves, and his search for freedom. Set in America and Cuba, this timely tale reverberates across politics, ambition and romance with quick-witted dialogue, joy-filled dance and Latin-fusion beats. This Broadway-scale, contemporary musical features the internationally acclaimed, three-time Grammy-nominated band Tiempo Libre with a company of 21 actors, dancers and musicians in a not-to-be-missed theatrical event.

  • Portland’s Broadway-scale World Premiere

RUN TIME: Approximately two hours, with one 20-minute intermission.

AWARD-WINNING MUSICAL!

Portland Area Musical Theatre Awards
Outstanding Original Musical - Artists Repertory Theatre
Outstanding Original Score - Jorge Gómez
Outstanding Choreography - Majia Garcia

Oregon Public Broadcasting's program Oregon Art Beat has been documenting the making of Cuba Libre since October, 2014.

Part 1: WATCH HERE
Part 2: WATCH HERE
30-minute TV documentary: WATCH HERE

Cast and Production Team

Cast

German Alexander +

Alonso

Janet Dacal +

Lisandra

Nick Duckart +

Ignacio

Sara Hennessy +

Annie

Jose Luaces +

Rudy

Luisa Sermol +

Olga

Julana Torres +

Ensemble

Ensemble

Sun-Tzu Dunmore

Ensemble

Jeff George

Ensemble

Poundo Gomis +

Ensemble

Nican Robinson

Ensemble

Oscar Trujillo

Ensemble

Band

Jorge Gómez

Musical Director, Piano

Luis Beltran

Saxophone, Flute

Wilber Rodríguez

Bass, Vocals

Leandro González

Congas, Vocals

Creative

Tiempo Libre

Featuring Music by

Jorge Gómez

Music and Lyrics by

Dámaso Rodríguez *

Director

Maija Garcia *

Choreography by

Production

Scenic Designer: Christopher Acebo #

Lighting Designer: Peter West

Projection Designer: Kaitlyn Pietras #

Costume Designer: Gregory Pulver ^

Sound Designer: Sharath Patel ^

Properties Master/Production Assistant: Cecily Madanes

Voice & Language Consultant: Mary McDonald-Lewis ^

Dramaturg/Musical Consultant: Nick Blaemire

Composer & Sound Designer: Rodolfo Ortega ^

Scenic Designer: Megan Wilkerson #^

Assistant Stage Manager: Olivia Murphy +

Assistant Stage Manager: Carol Ann Wohlmut +^

Production Assistant: Karen Hill ±

Lead Wardrobe: Jamie Hammon

Board: Dave Petersen

Production Engineer: Jon Plueard

IATSE Steward/Board: Jen Raynak

Casting Director: Amy Lieberman

+ Member of Actors Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the U.S.

* Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society

# The scenic, costume, lighting, projection & sound designers are represented by United Scenic Artists

± Equity Membership Candidate

^ Artists Rep Resident Artist

Production Media

Photos

Press

omantic interest, hustle, love and death–everything one needs for a great musical. - See more at: http://www.judynedry.com/1595-2/#sthash.ppmWggtg.dpuf
omantic interest, hustle, love and death–everything one needs for a great musical. - See more at: http://www.judynedry.com/1595-2/#sthash.ppmWggtg.dpuf

“…to anyone with a pulse, it is irresistibly appealing.” “…packed with 18 exhilarating musical numbers, performed by the high-octane Cuban band Tiempo Libre (whose engaging members also play small roles), a cadre of potent and ingratiating singer/actors, and thrilling dances by Cuban-American choreographer Maija Garcia (who was  Bill T. Jones’ associate  choreographer for Broadway’s Afro-beat wonder Fela!).”
By Misha Berson
American Theatre Magazine
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“The music -- oh wow the music! It's high-energy Latin-beat-filled awesomeness. Tiempo Libre is onstage doing their thing through the whole show. You will be dancing in your seat (and if you can get there fast enough, on stage at the end). The dancing -- double-wow!"
By Krista Garver
BroadwayWorld.com
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“Cuba Libre brought every inch of the intimate Winningstad Theatre alive with music, with dance, with laughter and with tears.”
By Rebecca Block
EDGE Media Network
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“…more than a Tiempo Libre concert: It's a reminder of the power of music to transcend pain, and a warning not to use escape as an excuse to forget.”
By Thomas Ross
Portland Mercury
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“Timba! That crazy, syncopated rhythm coming from a high-energy, kick-ass band on stage for the whole show is worth the ticket price alone.”
Portland Monthly Magazine
By Fiona McCann
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“I’d see Cuba Libre again, to feast my eyes on Maija Garcia’s intricate, gleeful choreography.”
Portland Monthly Magazine
Ramona Denies
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“…Cuba Libre already has the advantage of sharp direction and choreography, spiffy design and projections, exhilarating dancing, incendiary music and, crucially, crack timing: a musical about Cuban emigres to America arriving at a time when emigration is the hottest national political topic and the President has finally begun normalizing relations with Cuba.”
ArtsWatch
By Brett Campbell
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‘Cuba Libre’: A man torn between two countries, Cuba-born musicians inspired story
Bend Bulletin
by Kim Himstreet
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“…romantic interest, hustle, love and death–everything one needs for a great musical.”
by Judy Nedry, Judy Nedry Reviews
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"Theater is thriving in Oregon, and New York is paying attention”
by Jamie Hale
The Oregonian/OregonLive.com
READ FEATURE HERE


Oregon Public Broadcasting Oregon Art Beat video features

Oregon Public Broadcasting, Oregon Art Beat final 30-minute documentary
WATCH HERE

Janet Dacal (Lisandra)
WATCH HERE

Christopher Acebo (Set Designer) feature
WATCH HERE

Brandon Contreras (Hector) feature
WATCH HERE

K103 I Heart Radio
News and Public Affairs Director John Erickson interviews director Dámaso Rodríguez about the show.
by John Erickson
LISTEN HERE

KBOO Community Radio ‘Stage and Studio’ 
Interview with Artists Rep Artistic Director/Cuba Libre director Dámaso Rodríguez and Tiempo Libre/Cuba Libre music director Jorge Gomez.

by Sarika Mehta
LISTEN HERE

"...just about the best party imaginable."
by Barry Johnson, Oregon ArtsWatch
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"Passionate! Energetic! Historic! Viva, Cuba Libre!"
by Dennis Sparks, Dennis Sparks Reviews
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"...like a supermoon lunar eclipse, the chance to catch a Broadway-bound musical in Portland — and one with so much heart and promise — is a must-see."
by Lee Williams, The Oregonian/OregonLive.com
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Artslandia Magazine Opening Night Photo Booth
SEE PHOTOS

"Tiempo Libre & Artists Repertory Premiere Cuban-Infused Musical 'Cuba Libre' in Portland."
by Ian Holubiak, Classicalite.com
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OPB ‘State of Wonder’
Oregon Art Beat’s Robe Imbriano interview about Cuba Libre and what he’s learn by filming the project.
By April Baer
LISTEN HERE

Oregon Music News Photo Gallery
Dress Rehearsal
By John Rudoff
SEE PHOTOS

"With the momentum of an island storm gathering intensity as it makes its way to port, the Caribbean-flavored, Portland-created original musical "Cuba Libre" promises to be the show to beat this season."
By Carol Wells, The Oregonian
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"Directed by Artists Repertory Theatre's artistic director, Dámaso Rodríguez, the bilingual world premiere tells the story of a fictional musician struggling through life during Cuba's "Special Period"—Castro's name for the era of economic desperation in his country after the Soviet Union fell. But it's more than fiction for the show's many collaborators."
By James Helmsworth, Willamette Week
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Cadence Magazine
Artist Profile: Jorge Gómez
READ ARTICLE Page 70

A group of Cuban American talent—a musician, a producer, a director, a writer, a choreographer, and an actor—bring the story of Jorge Gómez to the Portland stage.
by Fiona McCann, Portland Monthly Magazine
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Tiempo Libre in Concert, Cuba Libre celebration at Director Park.
by Briauna Skye McKizzie, GoLocalPDX
READ ARTICLE

 

Resources

Cuba Libre Study Guide - for teachers, students and interested audience members.