Miami Dade College’s Teatro Prometeo Revives and Updates a Classic
Miami, March 18, 2019 – Miami Dade College (MDC)’s acclaimed Teatro Prometeo presents La Verdadera Historia de Pedro Navaja, created by Puerto Rican playwright and director Pablo Cabrera and music by Pedro Rivera-Toledo. This legendary musical returns to the stage for the first time in 15 years—running Friday, April 5 through Sunday, April 14 at MDC’s Koubek Center Theater in Little Havana. This play is in Spanish.
Inspired by John Gay’s The Begger’s Opera and the iconic song by salsa legend Ruben Blades, the musical was first performed by Teatro del 60 in Puerto Rico in the early 1980s before heading to New York. Produced by Joseph Papp and The Public Theater in New York City, it made its way to Broadway, garnered critical acclaim (richly nostalgic … richly textured. … ironic and ingenious.” –The New York Times), and boasted sold-out performances across Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Cuba, Ecuador and many other Latin American and Caribbean countries.
Prometeo is entrusted with its celebrated revival—and is adding its own twist. More than 25 dancers, actors, and singers will grace the stage, including acclaimed actress Beatriz Valdés (La Bella de la Alhambra, Azul y no tan Rosa), singer-songwriter Manolo Ramos (Ser tu Amigo, Dueña y Señora), powerhouse singer Karen Martello, and a live salsa band directed by international musician, Yusa. The show is directed by Teatro Prometeo’s Edgar García.
The story is told from the point of view of the anti-hero, but in this new take, for the first time, a woman will play the role of the Street Hustler (Martello). Her character will come from Calle Ocho in Little Havana and will be completely androgynous. Prometeo also incorporates social critique about the effects manipulated media has on society and the fight for equality between men and women.
WHAT: Teatro Prometeo Presents La Verdadera Historia de Pedro Navaja
WHEN: Friday, April 5 – Sunday, April 14. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 4 p.m.
WHERE: MDC’s Koubek Theater | 2705 SW Third St.
TICKETS: $40 general admission; $20 seniors & students; $10 MDC Students
Valet parking $6. Purchas tickets at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3576453 or call 800-838-3006
About Teatro Prometeo:
MDC’s Teatro Prometeo celebrates Hispanic culture through offering high quality Spanish or bilingual theater productions with a social perspective, while supporting new, cutting-edge work. With more than 45 years as a cultural treasure in Miami, Teatro Prometeo enters an exciting new phase with a fresh focus on producing relevant, thought-provoking theater experiences that reflect its dynamic community.
The programs of Teatro Prometeo are made possible with the generous support of: Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs; the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
For more information on Teatro Prometeo, please call 305-237-3262.