El viejo, el joven y el mar

  • Performing arts
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Thu, February 07 —
    Sun, March 03, 2019
El viejo, el joven y el mar

GALA Hispanic Theatre continues its 43rd season with the world premiere of “El viejo, el joven y el mar,” a play presenting Miguel de Unamuno struggling to find more about truth, freedom of speech, and political liberty.

The Old Man, the Youth, and the Sea

  • Directed by José Luis Arellano.
  • Presented in Spanish with English surtitles.

Forced into exile for political reasons, Spanish writer and philosopher Miguel de Unamuno confronts a general, a young fisherman, and a journalits about their beliefs regarding freedom, reason, and faith while he plans his escape from the island of Fuerteventura. Based on historic events, this new play by Irma Correa, one of Spain’s rising young playwrights, explores conflicting loyalties to one’s country and one’s morality in the battle for a just society.

About Irma Correa

Irma Correa is a Spanish playwright, director, educator, screenwriter, and actor. Among her plays are Hablando (Último aliento), Un burro volando, Mariana, El tiempo de Bernardo P., Desde lo invisible (Max Award for Best New Play (Spain), Friday (19th Sociedad General de Autores y Escritores Theatre Award), and Los mares habitados (Premio Réplica for Best Production). She taught History of Dramatic Art in Bogotá, Colombia, and has led various workshops in dramaturgy and playwriting.

About the production

El viejo, el joven y el mar is directed by José Luis Arellano, acclaimed stage and television director from Madrid who won the 2016 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Direction of Yerma at GALA. Since 2009, he has directed El caballero de Olmedo, Ay, Carmela!, Cabaret Barroco, and Cervantes: El Último Quijote at GALA, which was nominated for five Helen Hayes Awards. He is the director of the Theater School of the City of Parla and co-founder of La Joven Compañia.

Featured in the cast are Horacio Peña as Unamuno from Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Victor De La Fuente as Cisco from Madrid, Spain. An internationally acclaimed actor, Peña has performed in Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Colombia, Spain, France, England, and Germany in productions of Ceremony of Absence, La muerte y la doncella, Henry IV, Part 2, and La Biblioteca de Babel, among others. De La Fuente has appeared in numerous plays in Spain, including Barro, Punk Rock, Fuenteovejuna, and Metamorfosis. Both actors are making their GALA debut.

Also appearing in El viejo, el joven y el mar are GALA company members Luz Nicolás and Delbis Cardona, who were recently seen in Como agua para chocolate. Nicolás also appeared in Cervantes: El Último Quijote and Yerma, for which she received a 2016 Helen Hayes Awards nomination. Cardona was also seen last season in En el tiempo de la mariposas.

Meet the playwright and the director on Wednesday, February 6 at 6:30 pm, at thr Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain. RSVP.


Venue map

GALA Hispanic Theatre, 3333 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20010


More information

GALA Hispanic Theare


Presented by GALA Hispanic Theatre and La Joven Compañía with the support of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the Embassy of Spain in Washington, D.C., SPAIN arts & culture, and Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) through its Programa de Internacionalización de la Cultura Española (PICE)



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