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El Merolico – a reworking of Cervantes’ comic interludes

Hosted by: Elon Fund for Excellence, All Things in Spanish at Elon University and the Department of World Languages and Cultures at Elon University

What: EFE Tres Teatro – El Merolico
Monday, October 15, 2018
Time: 7:30 PM – 9 PM
Where: McKinnon. Elon University
105 W Haggard Ave, Elon, NC 27244

Cost: Free/Gratis General Seating

El Merolico – a reworking of Cervantes’ comic interludes

Cutting-edge Mexican company EFE TRES will present El Merolico (The Mountebank), a reworking of Cervantes’ comic interludes as delivered by a single traveling performer in small-town in Mexico.

La empresa Mexicana de vanguardia EFE TRES presentará La obra  “El Merolico”,  unos entremeses de Cervantes, interpretados por un solo actor que hace todos los papeles. Es una maravilla. No se lo pierdan!

“El retablo” y “La cueva de Salamanca.”

About: The Merolico is a street merchant along the lines of a fortuneteller or medieval quack. He is a hustler who came to have a particular style in Mexico that is not seen in any other part of the world. Condemned to a solitary existence and eternal exile, the “Merolico” is relegated to the sidelines where he observes and reflects on human nature. No matter what his mood is, each day he has to face a new audience that awaits his best performance.

El Merolico interprets the stories told in the following entremeses by Miguel de Cervantes:

  • El retablo de las maravillas – Chirinos and Chanfalla are always looking for a new way to trick people. Their new joke is to make people think they see “marvelous things” on their small, traveling puppet stage when, in fact, there is nothing there.
  • La cueva de Salamanca – Leonarda and her maid, Cristina, have affairs with the town’s barber and sacrist respectively. Then, they try to deceive Leonarda’s husband, Celindo. (Source: NPS.GOV)

Efe Tres Teatro

Efe Tres Teatro was formed 2012 by a group of performing artists coming together to playfully demonstrate that the classics, especially those of the baroque era, still have much to show us. Up to this point, their style has been to revive the ñaque style of theater in which a pair of actors during the Spanish Golden Age would play all of the parts of a complete work of theater. They seek to appeal to the spectator’s sense of fantasy, leaning toward theatricality and giving more importance to the imagination than a realistic portrayal. Based on these notions, they and each audience member create a unique world together.

Compañía conformada en 2012 por un equipo de artistas escénicos que se reúnen con el afán de mostrar de una forma
lúdica que los clásicos, sobre todo de la época barroca, aún tienen mucho que decirnos. Hasta ahora sus montajes rescatan el estilo del ñaque: pareja de actores que durante los Siglos de Oro en España representaban a todos los personajes de una obra teatral. Buscan apelar a la fantasía del público apostando siempre por la teatralidad y dando más importancia a la imaginación que al realismo ilustrativo. A partir de estas ideas, en cada función, crean un universo único junto con cada espectador.

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