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Join Becoming Cuba playwright Melinda Lopez and director M. Bevin O'Gara for a special screening of Juan of the Dead starring Alexis Díaz de Villegas and Jorge Molina, followed by a conversation about the film and how it relates to the Cuban politics of the play. Part of the Stage & Screen series, a collaboration between the Huntington Theatre Company and the Coolidge Corner Theatre.

"From the War for Independence to the country's complex relations with Spain and the US, Juan of the Dead and Becoming Cuba use a lot of the same tropes. The protagonists of each are cut from the same cloth. They are smart, scrappy, and practical survivors who are at their most vibrant when faced with impossible obstacles and who make a stand against tyranny."Melinda Lopez, playwright

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About Juan of the Dead

Hailed by The New York Times as a "daringly irreverent satire" and "an improbable landmark in the gradual opening of Cuban culture," Juan of the Dead was a sensation when it premiered in Cuba in 2011.

Shot on location in Havana on a shoestring budget, the film imagines the island overrun by zombies, which, as one of the lead characters cheekily points out, is not too far from the reality that Cubans face every day. 

 

About Becoming Cuba

In 1897 Cuba on the eve of the Spanish-American War, spirited widow Adela runs a pharmacy, indifferent to the mounting conflict around her. But when the rebellion comes home to Havana, she must choose between loyalty to country or to family. By turns funny, steamy, and political, this powerful new drama from Playwright-in-Residence Melinda Lopez (Sonia Flew)  asks whether freedom is something we all want. Huntington Associate Producer M. Bevin O’Gara directs. 

"Since I arrived at the Huntington, people have asked when we would stage another new play by Melinda Lopez. Becoming Cuba is exuberant, passionate, and well worth the wait. It’s an incredible way to kick off Melinda’s new position as the Huntington’s playwright-in-residence."— Peter DuBois
Becoming Cuba takes me back to my favorite theatrical territory – mining big stories rooted in a shared history of the US and Cuba. I am thrilled to be returning to the Huntington, my artistic home, and I am especially excited to again work with Director M. Bevin O’Gara. Bevin understands my sensibility and my humor, and I trust her to wring the most and the best from my work. We are a terrific team.”— Melinda Lopez

 

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  • Juan of the Dead — Official Trailer

    Shot on location in Havana on a shoestring budget, the film imagines the island overrun by zombies, which, as one of the lead characters cheekily points out, is not too far from the reality that Cubans face every day. 

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