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Piedra del Sol

Adapted and directed by María Morett

The Center for New Performance at CalArts (CNP) and the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) School of Theater in association with the Getty Villa present a Duende CalArts production, Piedra de Sol (Sunstone). Conceived by Marissa Chibas and adapted and directed by Méxican playwright/director María Morett, Piedra de Sol (Sunstone) is produced as part of Duende CalArts.

This production integrates the poetry of surrealist poet André Breton and warrior/philosopher king Nezahualcóyotl. Morett’s staging immerses the audience in the ellipsoidal perspective of the original poem and is brought to life by the performing ensemble of CalArts actors and musicians and a design team of current CalArts students and alumni.

Octavio Paz, awarded the 1990 Nobel Prize in Literature, wrote Piedra de Sol (Sunstone) in 1957. The poem was praised as a magnificent example of surrealist poetry and serves both as an autobiography and portrait of a generation. Piedra de Sol (Sunstone), observes director Morett, “considers the defense of the love force, the footprint of shattered illusions and the search of communion and explores the mysteries of time, love, desire, nature and history.”

María Morett is founder of Mxteatro and has written more than twelve plays which have been produced by the Festival Internacional Cervatino, National Institute of the Beauty Arts of México, National Autonomous University of México (UNAM) and the National Fund for the Culture and the Arts (FONCA). Morett has received national and international awards such as the Excellence Award of the New York International Fringe Festival. She was part of the Directors Lab of the Lincoln Center in New York. She has been a resident artist of La MaMa Experimental Theater Club and Voice and Vision in New York, and of East Bay Center for the Performing Arts in California. Her plays have been presented in México, the United States, Canada, and Europe, and have been translated into English, German and Romanian. In August 2006, she became part of the National System of Art Creators, one of the most important distinctions in México.

Production Team

María Morett, Conception, Adaptation, Direction
Marissa Chibas, Dramaturgy
Joshua Foy & Odeya Nini, Music
Erin Brewster, Scenic Design
Jackie Gudgel, Costume Design
Rachel Levy, Lighting Design
Patrick Janssen, Sound Design
Jeffrey Elias Teeter, Video Design
Byung Lee, Technical Director
Lupe Lucero, Stage Manager
Lisa Maydwell, Production Stage Manager
Natalie Lim, Production Manager
Mauricio Lomelín, Producer
Michael Vanderbilt, Producer
Shawn Allen, Performer
Anthony Rodrigo Castillo, Performer
Cristina Frias, Performer
Rafael Hermoso, Performer
Alexandra Kustin, Performer
Rafael López-Barrantes, Performer
Mireya Lucio, Performer
Sharon Mae, Performer
Gabriella Rhodeen, Performer
Erskine Richie, Performer
Andrew Walke, Performer
Sophia Mikaila Wang, Performer
Tatiana Williams, Performer
Rafael Lopez-Barrantes, Vocal Coach
Marvin Tunney, Fight Choreography
Malini Nadadur, Choreography
Maria Morett, Poem Translation
Juan Parada, Mireya Lucio, Anthony Castillo, Mauricio Lomelin, Gabriela Trigo-McIntyre, Translation Assistants
Katherine Grode, Assistant Production Manager
Joceylyn Turcotte, Assistant Stage Manager
Gregory Anderson, Assistant Scenic Designer
Jennifer Foldenauer, Assistant Costume Design
Martha Ferrara, Headdress Construction C
hristian Cummings, Properties Artisan
Frances Angevine, Assistant Properties Master
Brittany Plourde, Scenic Artist
Dorisz Tatar, Katie Wertz, Assistant Scenic Artists