On April 24, Teatrotaller will present “King Kong Palace” by Chilean author Marco Antonio de la Parra in Willard Straight Hall’s Cornell Cinema.
Teatrotaller produces plays in Spanish and “Spanglish” as part of a course in Hispanic Theater Production. Class productions are augmented by volunteers from Cornell, Ithaca College and the wider community.
King Kong Palace, written by Marco Antonio de la Parra and directed by Casey Minella ‘14, draws inspiration from Tarzan, Mandrake the Magician, Shakespeare, and politics to create a startling mixture of cultural elements which questions our values and beliefs in an increasingly difficult world situation replete with dangerous politics and intrigue.
“It’s a social commentary with a mystery at its heart,” faculty adviser and Emerson Hinchliff Chair of Hispanic Studies and professor of comparative literature Debra Castillo says. “It takes place in a run-down hotel where comic book characters like Tarzan and Jane and Mandrake the Magician keep running into each other.”
In the play, Tarzan (Jacob Zapata), now a decrepit deposed leader in exile from an African country, is a guest at the King Kong Palace Hotel. Accompanying him is his wife Jane (Marcela Fernandez), who has been transformed from the woman in the comics and cinema into a scheming, adulterous, power-hungry woman. Seeking new employment due to his failed career as a magician, Mandrake (Tobenna Attah), sulks the halls of King Kong Palace Hotel while pleading with the hotel’s Administrator (Octavio Tellez) for any type of work. Ada (Mandy Esch) and Eva (Carolina Osorio Gil) are maids at the hotel who at times become soothsayers attempting to prevent impending tragedy. This seemingly Bizzaro World, as in the comics, comes to life as the drama unfolds.
Tickets are $5 and are available at the door, at the Cornell Latino Studies Program Office
(4th Floor Rockefeller Hall), or from any Teatrotaller member. For more information contact: Casey Minella (email@example.com)