Caborca: Distant Star [WORLD PREMIERE]

The year is 1973. In Chile, a group of young poets meet to write, argue, critique and flirt. Days later, the government collapses and the president is shot. Amidst the brutality, one poet rises to fame as a skywriting daredevil—and, possibly, as a killer. An eerily relevant drama unfolds in Brooklyn-based theater company Caborca’s adaptation of Roberto Bolaño’s novel Distant Star, a harrowing tale of fascism and its aftermath.

The work, written by Javier Antonio González and directed and co-conceived by Shira Milikowsky, weaves the author’s memories of life (and death) under Pinochet’s American-backed dictatorship into a perverse, seductive noir of urgent political necessity.

Yaremis Félix, Jon Froehlich, Anne Gridley, Tania Molina, Luis Moreno, Laura Butler Rivera, and David Skeist
Producer Madeleine Foster Bersin
Dramaturg Kyoung Park
Production Stage Manager Sarah Ford
Assistant Stage Manager Rachel Winfield
Assistant Director Alex Tobey
Sound Designer Bozkurt Karasu
Associate Sound Designer Keenan Hurley
Scenic Designer Jian Jung
Assistant Scenic Designer Erica Zhang
Lighting & Video Designer Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew
Associate Video Designer Simon Harding
Associate Lighting Designer Christina Tang
Costume Designer Sarah Cubbage
Assistant Costume Designer Annie Hoeg
Fundraising Coordinator Eleanor Regan
Events Producer Madeleine Goldsmith

Company, Cast and Crew Bios:
Hailing from Puerto Rico, the United States and beyond, Caborca makes sprawling, adventurous works in theatre and film. Combining epic auteurship with a tuned ensemble of actors and a flux of collaborators, we bridge language, background and media, inviting our audience, guest artists and members alike, to delve into the pleasure of seeing anew.

Shira Milikowsky (Director) recently returned to New York City after five years at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA. Projects there included The Lily’s Revenge, by Taylor Mac, listed by The Boston Globe as one of the top ten theater events of 2012. Other productions in the Boston area included Bride*Widow*Hag by Kim Rosenstock (A.R.T. Institute) and She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen (CompanyOne). Milikowsky specializes in new plays and radical re-imaginings of musicals and classic texts. She also develops original work, bringing together outstanding groups of actors and designers to create collectively devised projects. Her recent, gender-bending production of Jules Feiffer’s 1967 dark comedy Little Murders was presented as a “pop-up show” and performed in an empty restaurant space in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. Shira is a Drama League Fellow, a recipient of Williamstown Theatre Festival’s Boris Sagal Fellowship, and a Henry Luce Scholar, through which she lived in Seoul, South Korea as a visiting artist at the Seoul Metropolitan Theatre. A Lecturer in Theater, Dance & Media at Harvard University, Milikowsky holds an MFA in directing from Columbia and a BA in Theater Studies from Yale.

Yaremis Félix Colón is founding member of Caborca, and ensemble member of Pregones + Puerto Rican Traveling Theater. Other artistic collaborations include: The Encuentro Theater Festival at Los Angeles Theater Center (LATC), CA; Othello Project with Limon Dance Company, NY; The Performing Arts Marathon at Iati Theater; Mestizo Dance Company and Thalia Spanish Theater in Queens; INTAR Theater; Teatro Sea (Latino Puppet and Children’s Theater); The International Puppetry Festival at the Center for Puppetry Arts, GA; Puerto Rican Traveling Theater Summer Tours; The Spanish Repertory Theater, and R.Evolución Latina/Broadway Cares Equity Fights Aids. NY Community Trust Leadership Fellow, NALAC ELI Fellow, and CTI Alumna.

Laura Butler Rivera is an international actor, director, and choreographer.  She has performed and offered theater workshops in Turkey, Berlin, Japan, Lithuania, Romania, Italy, US, Australia, Colombia, & Puerto Rico. She is an Artistic Director and performer of One-Eighth Theater (The Maids-an adaptation by José Rivera, Teach Teacher Teachest, UBU, The Proposal, & Cho H Cho developed at Mabou Mines), a member of CABORCA (The Entitlement-a Feature Film, Hamlet, Zoetrope, Open Up Hadrian, Las Minutas de Martí), and a co-founder of Cloud of Fools Theater (Dark Eyes, The Whistling Mortician, and EUROPA). She directed Cloud of Fools’s Dark Eyes, Platform Sanat’s Paroxysm of Film noir in Ankara, Turkey, and in April will direct Metamorfosis, an adaptation by Elia Chuaqui at Fordham College. She has choreographed for M-34 (All That Dies And Rises and Hymn To Life). She is currently Faculty at The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. She holds an MFA in Acting from Columbia University, and a BA in Drama from the University of Puerto Rico.

David Skeist is Caborca’s Producing Director, and has appeared in nearly all the company’s productions, including Hamlet; Zoetrope; Open up, Hadrian (dir. Meiyin Wang); Barceloneta, de noche; and FLORIDITA, my Love. Other appearances include Richard Foreman’s Old-Fashioned Prostitutes (Public); David Gordon’s Beginning of the End of the… (Joyce Soho), Uncivil Wars (Peak Performances), and Shlemiel the First (TFANA/Skirball); Dangerous Ground’s S., Paris Belongs to Us, and L’Amour Fou; Stolen Chair’s Kinderspiel, Kill Me Like you Mean It, and Potion, Liz Swados’s Political Subversities (Joe’s Pub) and Atonement; and Niky Wolcz’s production of Dr. Faustus Lights the Lights (HAU 3, Berlin). Film and Television work includes: The Entitlement (dir. Javier Antonio González), Memorial Day (dir. Josh Fox), Law and Order: SVU, Law and Order, and All My Children. David has taught acting and movement at Columbia and New York Academy for Dramatic Arts as well as in workshops in New York and abroad. He is also composer of theatrical choral music. MFA Columbia. 

Tania Molina has worked with Javier Antonio González in La edad de la ciruela and El deseo más canalla (Teatro de la UPR), Este único espectáculo violento (Teatro Coribantes), Uneventful Deaths for Agathon (Fringe NYC), Never as Happy-Oresteia (Theatre of the Riverside Church), DJ: A Remix of Moliere’s Don Juan, Un instante en una especie de flash (Teatro Yerbabruja) Cymbelin (Quality Meats at Shashama Space). With CABORCA: Hamlet (Jersey City Theater Center), Zoetrope (Pregones Theater; LATC), Open up, Hadrian (directed by Meyin Wang at Magic Futurebox), El médico de su honra and Las minutas de Martí (Repertorio Español), FLORIDITA, my Love and Barceloneta, de noche (LA TEA/IATI) and the film The Entitlement (2015).  Other important collaborations include the film The Sound of Ill Days (2014) written and directed by Rojo Robles. Distant Star (ART), theatrical adaptation by González, directed by Shira Milikowsky. El correo de la noche (IRT) directed by González y Eloísa Jaramillo. B.A. in Drama from University of Puerto Rico and an MFA in Acting from Columbia University.

Luis Moreno (Bibiano): with Caborca – Open Up, Hadrian (Magic Futurebox). NY: The Government Inspector (Red Bull Theater), Veritas (The Representatives), so go the ghosts of méxico, part one (LaMaMa), Three Sisters (Nature Theater of Oklahoma), The Age of Iron (Classic Stage Company), Fêtes de la Nuit (The Ohio), Into the Hazard [Henry V], (Walkerspace), Food For Fish (Kraine). Regional: Ropes (Two River Theater), Seven Spots on the Sun (Cincinnati Playhouse), Mary Zimmerman’s Arabian Nights (Berkeley Rep, Arena Stage), Peer Gynt (La Jolla Playhouse, Kansas City Rep), Anna in the Tropics (Capital Rep), The Acting Company. TV: “Good Fight”, “Mysteries of Laura”, “Daredevil”, “Madam Secretary”, “Blue Bloods”, “Person of Interest”. Film: Home, Red Right Return, Zzzzzzz. Luis narrates audiobooks for Recorded Books and others. For Pucho, who gave me Machado, Unamuno, and much more. MFA: Columbia

Jon Froehlich is an actor, artist, teacher, and explorer of physically-based performance styles. He is co-founder and artistic director of Cloud of Fools Theater Company, for whom he acts, writes, directs, and coordinates their movement training. He has performed in NYC with Caborca, Stolen Chair, Dangerous Ground, and more; regionally, at Arkansas Rep, and Baltimore Theatre Project; and overseas in Berlin, Essen, Arezzo, Spoleto, and San Juan, Puerto Rico. MFA Columbia University.

Anne Gridley is a performer, dramaturg, teacher, and artist. As a founding member of Nature Theater of Oklahoma, toured nationally and internationally: Poetics: a Ballet Brut; No Dice; Romeo & Juliet; Life & Times: Episodes 1-5. Since 2014, she has performed with a variety of companies, including Caborca: Hamlet; The Entitlement; Jerome Bel: The Show Must Go On; Ballet: NY; 7 Daughters of Eve: 12 Shouts to the Ten Forgotten Heavens; and Human Head Performance Group: Due to Events.

Jian Jung (Set Designer) designs sets for opera and theater. Her work in opera ranges from popular masterpieces such as Le Nozze di Figaro (Juilliard, 2009) to rare gems such as Moskva, Cheremushki (Long Beach Opera, 2011), and from large venues to the extremely intimate, Apollo e Daphne in a night club setting (Galapagos Art Space, 2012), among many others. Jung’s designs for theater have been in many downtown New York theaters including Classic Stage Company, Incubator Arts Project, The Living Theater, TBG Theatre, and educational institutions including Columbia University, Hofstra University, and The New School. Her collaborations with Javier Antonio González and Caborca have appeared in New York City theaters including INTAR, Repertorio Español, Teatro IATI, and Pregones Theater, as well as regionally in Los Angeles (LATC) and Cambridge (A.R.T.). Jung designed the set for Crimen Y Castigo in Caracas, Venezuela in 2014. Ludic Proxy, a devised theater piece she has worked on for years was performed at Soho Rep. in the Spring 2015. Jung received a 2015 Bel Geddes Design Enhancement Award for Ludic Proxy. She received an MFA in Theater Design from New York University. She also received an MFA in Environmental Design and a BA in Philosophy from Ewha Women’s University in Korea, where she grew up. Jung teaches Theater Design at SUNY Stony Brook.

Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew (lighting and video designer) is a lighting and video designer for opera, theater, dance, and installation. Her designs were at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Baryshnikov Arts Center, St. Ann’s Warehouse, La Mama ETC, The Kitchen, Manhattan School of Music, and internationally at Havana, Prague, Lima, Edinburgh, Graz Austria and South Africa. Recent: Mysterium Novum with The Nouveau Classical Project, Tom Lee’s Shank’s Mare, Aya Ogawa’s Ludic Proxy (Bel Geddes Design Enhancement award), Caborca’s Zoetrope (Encuentro 2014), Company XIV’s Rococo Rogue and Nutcracker Rogue (both Drama Desk nominations), Matthew Paul Olmos’ So Go the Ghosts of Mexico Part One (Best Lighting Design nomination) and Erik Ehn’s Soulographie: Our Genocides.

Bozkurt “Bozzy” Karasu (Sound Designer) began working on stage in 1991 in Istanbul, Turkey. He moved to NYC in 2003 to join The Wooster Group as a company member and production manager, joined MIT Theater Arts in Cambridge, MA in 2012 as a technical instructor and later in 2015 Center for the Art of Performance UCLA in Los Angeles, CA as a production manager where he currently works and reside. In his career besides The Wooster Group he collaborated with and designed for a wide array of artists and ensembles within last decade such as Wesley Savick, Findlay//Sandsmark, Armitage Gone! Dance, The Watermill Center, Richard Maxwell and the New York City Players, acted as a technical consultant for Koc Contemporary Art Museum and Beykoz Kundura in Istanbul.

Sarah Cubbage (Costume Designer). Recent projects include: Crazy for You, David Geffen Hall (dir. Susan Stroman); Beauty & The Beast, Disney Creative Entertainment/Disney Cruise Lines; Off-Broadway: Soho Rep, Theatre for the New City, Aquila Theatre Company, Urban Stages, Ohio Theatre, Atlantic Stage 2. Regional: Studio Theatre, Everyman Theatre, Center Stage, Rep Stage, Syracuse Stage, American Repertory Theatre, Hangar Theatre, Northern Stage, Premiere Stages, Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey. Associate/Assistant Broadway design work includes: Fish in the Dark, A Delicate Balance, It’s Only a Play, This is Our Youth, Bullets Over Broadway, Big Fish.  Film: A Clerk’s Tale (dir. James Franco), So Over You (dir. Karen Odyniec), Half the Perfect World (dir. Cynthia Arzaga Fredette. Dance: Dark Lark (BAM, Kate Weare Company); The Radio Show (Bessie Award, Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion). MFA: NYU. Member USA 829.

Kyoung H. Park (Dramaturg) was born in Santiago, Chile and is the first Korean playwright from Latin America to be produced and published in the United States. He is author of Sex and Hunger, disOriented, Walkabout Yeolha, Tala, Pillowtalk and many short plays including Mina, which is published in Seven Contemporary Plays from the Korean Diaspora in the Americas by Duke University Press. Kyoung writes and directs his own work as Artistic Director of Kyoung’s Pacific Beat, a peacemaking theater company, based in Brooklyn, New York. He is a member of the Ma-Yi Writer’s Lab, NYTW Usual Suspect, co-founder of The Sol Project, and serves in the Dramatist Guild’s Devised Theater Committee. Fellowships: Creative Mellon Fellowship, Field Leadership Fund, Edward Albee Foundation, Theater of the Oppressed (Brazil), Target Margin Theater Inst. for Collaborative Theater-Making; grants: Arvon Foundation (UK), GK Foundation (South Korea), Foundation for Contemporary Arts, TCG Global Connections, Princess Grace Special Projects; 2010 UNESCO Aschberg-Laureate. Kyoung has been a grant panelist for the NEA, TCG, and ART/NY. MFA: Playwriting (Columbia University).

Roberto Bolaño (1953 – 2003) was born in Santiago, Chile. He grew up in Chile and Mexico City, where he was a founder of the Infrarealist poetry movement. His first full-length novel, Los detectives salvajes (The Savage Detectives), received the Premio Herralde when it appeared in 1998 and the Premio Rómulo Gallegos in 1999. Bolaño died in Blanes, Spain, at the age of 50. His novel 2666 won the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction in 2009.

Simon Harding is an award-winning designer for live performance. He has designed nationally and internationally for theater, dance, and performance art work. Harding was a co-founder and the resident designer for SaBooge Theatre, designing all of their productions including the critically acclaimed shows Hatched, Fathom, and Every Day Above Ground. Upcoming/Recent: Echo Drift (Beth Morrison Projects/HERE), Custodians of Beauty (Palissimo), Strangers in Paradise (Opera Omaha)

Keenan Hurley is a playwright, theatre-maker, and sound designer. Most recently he worked as the sound designer for the workshop of Sibyl Kempson’s Sasquatch Rituals at Abrons Arts Center. He has also designed for Dawn Akemi Saito, Kelly O’Donnell, Church of the Millennials and assisted for designers Tei Blow, Bobby McElver, and Miles Polaski. His work as a playwright and theatre-maker has been presented in the city at JACK and 59E59 as well as in Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and at the Edinburgh Fringe. His writing has been published in The Dionysian Magazine. BA: Fordham.