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Teatro El Público: The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant (part of Artes de Cuba)

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - Thursday, May 17, 2018

ARTES DE CUBA: From the Island to the World

Carlos Díaz, one of Latin America’s most well-known theater directors, brings his uniquely post-modernist Cuban sensibility to this award-winning production of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s work, in which the three main female characters are all played by male actors. In Spanish with projected English titles.

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“A rousing standing ovation of several minutes served as the final testament to the power of Teatro El Público’s performance—and its significance.”—Miami Herald

Teatro El Público
The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant
Written by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Directed by Carlos Díaz

Teatro El Público, a Havana institution since its inception in 1992, presents its theatrical reinterpretation of playwright Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant. Carlos Díaz, one of Latin America’s most well-known theater directors and winner of the 2015 National Theater Award, brings his uniquely post-modernist Cuban sensibility to this award-winning, actor-driven production, in which the three main female characters are all played by male actors. The story follows Petra Von Kant—an arrogant fashion designer prone to mistreating her secretary, maid, and co-designer—as she falls in love with an icy young beauty who wants to be a model.

Performed in Spanish with projected English titles. Recommended for age 18 & up. No intermission.

Hang around for late-night fun with “Noches Cubanas”!
Every Thursday and Friday during Artes de Cuba from 9:30 p.m. to midnight, head to the Atrium after your evening show to enjoy spontaneous, free live entertainment with one or more of the artists featured during the festival! Purchase a cocktail at the Atrium bar, explore the visual art installations, and mingle with some of our very special guests in this exciting late-night lounge atmosphere. Please note capacity in the Atrium is limited each evening, so be sure to make your way to the Roof Terrace Level as early as you can.

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