Luckily theater folks are masters at improvisation. Last year Sarraín and Manzor, with the help of others, presented a first-rate event on a shoestring. This year the show will go on too, billed as a minifestival of small-format works. With such stumbling blocks, it's apropos that Victor Varela, founder and director of Teatro Obstáculo (Obstacle Theater), is a key player. Varela, originally from Cuba and now living in Argentina, founded the first independent theater group in his native land. His play Monodrama Fourth Wall II will debut in Miami on Saturday, April 20. Accessible to non-Spanish speakers, the work is gestural in nature.
Mini or not, the occasion boasts plenty of offerings: El Ultimo Bolero, a drama penned by Cuban playwrights living in Miami, and featuring celebrated Cuban actress Verónica Lynn; a screening of the award-winning Cuban film Video de Familia (also starring Lynn); Parece Blanca (She Looks White), a production by Miami's Teatro La Má Teodora, written by prominent contemporary Cuban playwright Abelardo Estorino; and a host of panel discussions and symposia.