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Chamizal National Memorial and Friends Group Announce 2013 Siglo de Oro Festival and Events

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Date: February 1, 2013
Contact: Anne Doherty-Stephan, 915.532.7273 x124

Cambalache Teatro - La Vengadora de Las Mujeres
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Chamizal National Memorial and Los Paisanos de El Chamizal partners are excited to announce details about this year's 38th Annual International Siglo de Oro Drama Festival and pre-Festival events.


There will be several free showings of the film "Lope" about the life of Lope de Vega, the most prolific playwright of Spain's Golden Age of art, literature, and drama or the Siglo de Oro and a contemporary of famous English playwright William Shakespeare. This is the world premiere of this film outside of Spain.  This year's Festival will include two plays written by Lope de Vega. A member of Los Paisanos de El Chamizal will be selling advanced tickets for the Siglo de Oro Festival performances at each showing of the film. Showings at Chamizal National Memorial are scheduled for:

·        February 1 at 7 p.m.

·        February 16 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

·        February 24 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

·        March 1 at 7 p.m.

·        March 3 at 1:30 p.m.

There are additional "Lope" showings scheduled at other venues around El Paso as well. For a complete film schedule listing all dates and locations, please visit our Friends Group's website at www.los-paisanos-chamizal.org.


On Saturday, February 23 the Memorial will be hosting a free teacher workshop in preparation for the Festival. The workshop will provide teachers with information and lesson plans related to the Siglo de Oro to help prepare their students for educational outreach programs and feature performances by Eden Enterprises. This workshop is being sponsored by a generous grant from our partners at Western National Parks Association. To register or for more information, teachers should contact Education Specialist Martin Christiansen at 915-532-7273 x130 or via email at e-mail us.


The 38th Annual International Siglo de Oro Festival is scheduled for March 6-10, 2013 at Chamizal National Memorial. Tickets for each performance are just $5 each and can be purchased at any "Lope" showing or through our Friends Group, Los Paisanos de El Chamizal. The Siglo de Oro Festival at Chamizal National Memorial is the longest-running festival of its kind in the world. We are excited to announce this year's Festival performance schedule with theater troupes from Mexico and Spain.


Wednesday, March 6 at 7 p.m. Shake & Falstaff from Puebla, Mexico will be performing "El caballero de Olmedo" written by Lope de Vega. This performance is being sponsored by Los Paisanos de El Chamizal and our partners in Ciudad Juarez. There will be a catered opening reception from 5-7 p.m. during which there will be the opportunity to meet some of the artists who submitted works to this year's annual Siglo de Oro art contest to be featured on the 2013 Festival poster. The reception catering is being sponsored by Western National Parks Association.


Thursday, March 7 at 7 p.m. Cambalache Teatro from Murcia, Spain will be performing "La vengadora de las mujeres" written by Lope de Vega.


Friday, March 8 at 7 p.m. Nao d'amores from Segovia, Spain will be performing "El Misterio del Cristo de los Gascones," a unique and interesting compilation work that features a life-size articulated wooden Christ figure.


Saturday, March 9 at 7 p.m. Morfeo Teatro from Cuevas de San Clemente, Spain will be performing "El Coloquio de los perros" written by Miguel de Cervantes.


Sunday, March 10 at 3 p.m. Morfeo Teatro from Cuevas de San Clemente, Spain will be performing "De burladores y burlados," a series of entremeses or short plays written by various playwrights of the Siglo de Oro period.


The annual Siglo de Oro Festival Art Exhibit will also be on display in the Memorial's Abrazos Gallery during the month of March, featuring the original painting by local artist Rodolfo Razo that was selected as this year's First Place winner and the image featured on the 2013 official Festival poster.

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