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Celebrating Hispanic theater

Smi00_sanchez_lgal_hmg The lineup for the 23rd annual International Hispanic Theatre Festival, which runs July 9-27, has just been announced.  The enduring passion of Teatro Avante founder Mario Ernesto Sanchez (right) will feature a dozen productions this year: four from Spain; one each from Argentina, Brazil, Peru and Slovenia; and four from the United States. 

Most performances will be in either the Carnival Studio Theater at Miami's Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts or the Prometeo Theatre at Miami Dade College's Wolfson Campus. There will be performances in Spanish, English, and in Slovene and Spanish with English supertitles.

Spanish playwright Jose Sanchis Sinisterra will get the festival's lifetime achievement award on July 19 following the performance of his play Naque o de piojos y actores at the Carnival Studio Theater.  The Slovenian company, Ljubljana City Theatre, is also doing a Sinisterra play, Ay, Carmela.

For information on the festival or its educational component, phone Teatro Avante at 305-445-8877.