Don Cristobal

A twisted tale of bilingual barbs and billy clubs.

Don Cristóbal is the worst hombre! His puppet show comes to the nation’s capital for one final, offensively illuminating performance. Experience the Punch and Judy tradition through the whimsically distorted lens of Pointless puppetry and an original, multilingual story! It’s crass. It’s violent. Who would do such a thing?

Don Cristóbal freely adapts Federico Garcia Lorca's iconic puppet show El Retablillo de Don Cristóbal.

AUGUST 10 - SEPTEMBER 8, 2018

All performances take place at Dance Loft on 14
4618 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20011

Run Time: 90 minutes, no intermission


Once again, Pointless Theatre delivers an innovative take on an outrageous classic work rarely staged.
— DC Metro Theater Arts

PRESS & RECOGNITION

The show is inherently and unapologetically bilingual and the directors have chosen to go without supertitles. Such a bold choice is to be commended, especially given that it runs the risk of having the largely English-speaking audiences check out. However, the actors are so committed to the work that not only does the non-Spanish speaking audience still understand the scenes (with help from the occasional translations via a response in English). It is hard not to feel a sense of vindication for everyone whose first language is not English; those who have been spoken to in a language they did not know, and had no choice but to do their best to keep up and understand. DC Theatre Scene

If one opts to take great liberties with a classic, this is the way to do it—and one hopes that Kalil, Menyuk, and Swartz's script has a life beyond this production, in the hands of other similarly adventurous companies. Washington City Paper


PERFORMANCE DATES
5 Weeks Only

Friday, August 10 @ 8PM - Pay What You Can (PWYC) Preview
Saturday, August 11 @ 8PM - $18 Preview
Sunday, April 12 @ 7PM - $18 Preview

Thursday, August 16 @ 8PM - $18 Preview
Friday, August 17 @ 8PM - Opening Night
Saturday, August 18 @  3PM + 8PM
Sunday, August 19 @ 7PM

Thursday, August 23 @ 8PM
Friday, August 24 @ 8PM
Saturday, August 25 @ 3PM + 8PM
Sunday, August 26 @ 7PM

Thursday, August 30 @ 8PM
Friday, August 31 @ 8PM
Saturday, September 1 @ 3PM + 8PM
Sunday, September 2 @ 7PM

Thursday, September 6 @ 8PM
Friday, September 7 @ 8PM
Saturday, September 8 @ 3PM + 8PM
 

ENSEMBLE & CREATIVE TEAM
Adaptation by Patti Kalil, Rachel Menyuk, Eric Swartz

RACHEL MENYUK & ERIC SWARTZ Co-Directors
MEL BIELER Set Design
FRANK LABOVITZ Costume Designer
FRANCISCO BENAVIDES Puppet Design
AMY KELLETT Props Design
NIOMI COLLARD Lighting Design
EVAN COOK Sound Design

Ensemble
VANESSA CHAPOY
ADRIAN IGLESIAS
ADRIANNE KNAPP
PAZ LOPEZ
THAIS MENENDEZ
MATTHEW SPARACINO
SCOTT WHALEN

HAYDEN MORRISETT Stage Manager
ANTONELLA PEREZ FERRERO Assistant Stage Manager
NAVID AZEEZ Production Manager