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MFA Student Directs Bilingual Community Play

July 2, 2018

Members of the cast and crew for La Tempestad. Far left: Tatyana-Marie Carlo, far right: Orlando HernandezMembers of the cast and crew for La Tempestad. Far left: Tatyana-Marie Carlo, far right: Orlando HernandezNow in it’s third year, Trinity Repertory Company has again partnered with Rhode Island Latino Arts (RILA) to present Teatro en El Verano (Theatre in the Summer), with a production of The Tempest (La Tempestad). Brown/Trinity Rep MFA student Tatyana-Marie Carlo was selected to direct the show by RILA, which includes a diverse cast of actors from the community, the Brown/Trinity MFA program, and Trinity Rep staff and faculty.

In choosing a play this year, Carlo considered, “What is the Latinx community dealing with right now?”

She was drawn to The Tempest because “it felt like a great play for people to see on a summer night under the stars. Further, issues that Latinos face on a regular basis --like immigration, identity, power and ownership -- are really at the center of the piece. It was a perfect fit."

Carlo is excited to see The Tempest performed in both languages and stresses that even if you only understand one of the languages, it’s easy to follow along. “For those whose first language is Spanish, they can enjoy the play as a family and identify with the story.”

Carlo enjoys the opportunity directing gives her to “get outside the Brown bubble” to get to know the community and embrace Providence, while also giving back to the Latinx communities where the play will show (Providence, Pawtucket, and Central Falls).

Guest artist with Trinity Rep, Orlando Hernandez, translated the bilingual production, and shares Carlo’s excitement for the play and sharing it with the Latinx community, “I am excited to see how the languages and text come to life in new ways.”

Carlo is a native of Miami, FL and entering her second year in the acting and directing program at Brown. While coming to Brown and Providence was a culture (and weather) shock for her, she’s enjoyed embracing both Brown and the greater Providence Latinx community.

From left to right: Marcel Mascaro '18 MFA, Lindsey Steinert (current MFA student), Rudy Ru, Arturo Puentes, James KaneFrom left to right: Marcel Mascaro '18 MFA, Lindsey Steinert (current MFA student), Rudy Ru, Arturo Puentes, James KaneShe received her bachelor’s degree from the New World School of the Arts in Miami. While Brown didn’t seem realistic when Carlo was considering graduate school, her friends and family encouraged her to apply and Carlo was ecstatic to be one of two directing students selected for the 2017 cohort.

Carlo hopes to continue working on bilingual theatre once she graduates, “There is nothing like working with and listening to my first language on stage,” she says.

MFA students Lindsey Steinert and Alexander De Vasconcelos Matos and alum Marcel Mascaro ’18 MFA star in the play as Alonso, Caliban and Ferdinand/Antonix respectively. The show runs June 30-July 27. All performances are free, open to the public, and appropriate for all ages.  Learn more.