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Contact: Angelita Moraga
Join iconic 20th
century surrealist Salvador Dalí on his journey through the afterlife in the
play, “To Be Dalí”
CA – June 26, 2019 -A
mere 30 years ago, the iconic Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dalí left us.
Or did he?
The play “To Be
Dalí” begins as Dalí takes his last breath and is then transported through
space to the afterlife where he is met by two angels who are there to determine
his fate. Will he rise to enlightenment, or be sent back to Earth as a lower
The show will
be presented at CASA 0101 Theater in Los Angeles July 19 through August 11,
actor Salvador Benavides directs and plays his namesake in the role of Dalí.
Benavides, who bears a striking resemblance in appearance to the painter,
co-wrote the play with Eric Yost.
“To Be Dalí celebrates
the genius, madness, joys and sorrows of the wild and beautiful artist that was
Salvador Dalí and reminds us of our shared humanity,” says Benavides.
explores Dalí’s complicated relationships with his family, his wife Gala, the
art world, and himself. The show uses original music, dance, movement,
puppetry, and song as it takes the audience on flashbacks to Dalí’s childhood,
memories of fame and fortune, moments of loss and mourning, and a wild dream
with images of Dali’s own artwork brought to life.
he feels a “spiritual connection” with Dalí. The actor has appeared as the
famed surrealist for art auctions and has portrayed the artist in the
award-winning film shorts, “Cabeza De Coliﬂor” (Best Short, International
Hispanic Film Festival, Palm Desert) and (Best Actor, NOSOTROS Film Festival, Los Angeles.)
have praised Benavides for his award-winning portrayal of the artist in “The
Death of Salvador Dalí.”
Benavides steals the show as the over-the-top great known as Salvador Dalí.” -FILM THREAT Eric Campos.
IS Dalí. A must see.” -FILM
AUSTIN Angela Lee.
years, Benavides has embodied Dalí in surprise appearances to the delight of
overwhelmed audiences. In true Dalí form, Benavides (in full costume) crashed a
sold-out party at LACMA in 2004 celebrating the 100th anniversary of the
surrealist’s birth. He quickly found himself taking pictures with Roy E. Disney
(there to present the animated short “Destino,” a collaboration between Dalí
and Walt Disney), the Spanish Council General, and museum ofﬁcials. He was even
asked to cut the night’s dessert-- a melting cake!
January 1989, the true Spanish artistic icon made his last public appearance
before his death. In a wheelchair at a press conference in Spain, Salvador Dalí
made his last public statement:
“When you are a
genius, you do not have the right to die, because we are necessary for the
progress of humanity,” Dalí said.
self-proclaimed significance in the scheme of world events has proven
prophetic. Before Andy Warhol, Madonna, Lady Gaga, and The Met Gala’s CAMP
fashion show, there was Dalí. His outrageous tentacles have infused all
modern-day art, marketing, fashion, film and more.
Most people may
only know the “handle-bar mustache” or the “melting clocks.” But “To Be Dalí”
compels us to meet the artist on the “other side,” and ride with him through an
unbridled and surreal adventure through space and time.
To Be Dalí
When: Friday, July 19 (Opening Night) @ 8 p.m.;
Fridays and Saturdays @ 8 p.m. Sundays @ 5 p.m. through August 11.
Where: CASA 0101 Theatre, 2102 E. 1st. St., Los Angeles, 90033
Tickets: $20-$80; $25 General Admission, $20 Student/Elder/Boyle Heights
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CASA 0101 is dedicated
to providing inspiring theater performances, art exhibits and educational
programs to Boyle Heights, thereby nurturing the future storytellers of Los
Angeles who will someday transform the world.
CASA 0101 was founded by Josefina Lopez, author
of Real Women Have Curves, in
2000 to fulfill
her vision of bringing art and live theater programs to the community. She grew
up in Boyle Heights.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PRESS CONTACT: Angelita Moraga
21, 2005 562-293-7619
PROMOTES NON-VIOLENCE BY PUTTING “HAMLET IN THE HOOD”
Big H…. Lil’ H…. Trudy… Jorge… Larry-all cast members in a teen play
that takes Hamlet to the “Hood” where he must struggle to choose the
right path despite the murder of his father, trouble with his girlfriend
and the prospect of living with a stepfather whom he resents.
in the Hood” will be performed as a dinner theater on Thursday,
December 8, 2005,
from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Alternatives, Inc.
Youth Center, 4730 N. Sheridan Road. The menu includes Soul Food and
Mexican entrees. Admission is free, but reservations are required by
e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
or by phone to 773-506-7474, ext 220, by December 1, 2005.
“Hamlet in the Hood” is the creation of Senn High School students who
participate in Alternatives, Inc.’s programs for youth. The teens wrote a
successful grant proposal to the Illinois Violence Prevention Authority
and received a $5,000 grant to produce the project. The Authority
awards money yearly to creative youth-driven projects that promote
non-violence in their community.
“A lot of kids are going
through the same things Hamlet went through,” says Alan McDuffy, 18,
student director and co-writer. “Not getting along with their
girlfriend, not having their fathers, death in the family, someone not
liking you. The message we are intending to deliver is that dealing with
these things through violence doesn’t solve the problem. It actually
makes it worse.”
“Hamlet in the Hood” is an urban
rendition of Shakespeare, which sprinkles drama with hip comedy, break
dancing and Hip-hop. Hamlet raps his soliloquies and asks the audience
for their take on his plight. This version has two endings. The first
conforms to Shakespeare’s original plot; the second is a “rewind” or
“what if” take.
“If we’re going to show non-violence
we have to do it in a way the audience can relate to,” McDuffy says. “If
you show it in the old form, they won’t pay attention.”
“Hamlet in the Hood” is cast with students from area high schools,
including Senn High School, Uplift Community School and Amundsen High
School, as well as youth participating in Alternatives’ Juvenile Justice
Diversion Program for first-time offenders.
Although the play is the first for the student scriptwriters, they have
big plans for the production: They hope to take their “Hamlet” on the
road to other high schools in Chicago and the Midwest and possibly make a
movie version. Already, they have received positive feedback from
community directors who have read the play and have years of experience
“It’s a brilliant concept and
well-written play,” says Michael O’Rourke, artistic director of Scrap
Mettle Soul, a community performance group in Uptown, Edgewater and
Ravenswood. “I’m very impressed. This has a lot of potential.”