Teatro ConAmor
Cathy Morrison

Bishop’s Spanish teacher Dr. Marda Rose co-founded a Spanish language theater group called Teatro ConAmor. Having worked with the Amigos del REP, the Latinx branch of the San Diego Repertory Theatre, the time was right for a group of volunteers to establish an avenue for Spanish language performances. Their first show will be a virtual event on Saturday, July 10, 2021.

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It’s a livestream presentation of two one-acts and one monologue by Charo González Casas (a playwright from Spain) and a conversation with the author. This will last about an hour. Saturday, July 10, at 11 a.m. PDT / 8 p.m. Spain,” shares Dr. Rose, adding, “It will be followed by a live Zoom reception.” The July 10 event will be a fundraiser for Feeding San Diego, although admission is free, and a donation is not required to attend.

The three pieces being performed in Spanish include “Sopa de Sobre,” “Umberto” and "Talgo con destino a Murcia.” The actors are professional and semi-professional. Herbert Siguenza, who appeared in the movie Coco, is performing in two pieces.

Dr. Rose served as the director and producer, and will perform the monologue. Rising senior Ellie Hodges created the artwork for the show, and performing arts department chair Lara Korneychuk served as technical advisor. Dr. Rose also directed Bishop’s students in performing "Talgo con destino a Murcia” for the annual Bishop’s Shorts Festival in 2019.

Offering an opportunity for “playwrights to share their works with new audiences, and promote cross-cultural understanding,” the San Diego based Teatro ConAmor aims to “produce Spanish-language theatre in our community and beyond through online and in-person events that celebrate Hispanic culture and the Spanish language by presenting works from around the world,” explains Dr. Rose. She hopes to further develop relationships with Spanish language educators and give students of Spanish an opportunity to use their language skills. From a historical perspective, her group intends to explore how pieces from different time periods and countries speak to our lives today.”