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El Festival ABSOLUT de Teatro Gay en Dublín : Programa 2009 (Espanol)

El único festival de teatro gay en el Mundo regresa por sexta ocasión.

Dublín, Abril 7 del 2009:

El Festival ABSOLUT de Teatro Gay presenta un diverso rango de 40 producciones con contenido o relevancia homosexual entre el 4 y el 17 de Mayo. Ahora en su sexto año el festival presenta 15 espectáculos por noche de diversas variedades que incluyen drama, comedia, teatro musical y danza, en locaciones del centro de la ciudad.

Aunque el festival ha quitado la palabra “Internacional” de su título debido al patrocinio de ABSOLUT, no significa que haya reducido con esto su contenido internacional. A pesar de la recesión global, el festival le da la bienvenida a Dublín a compañías que vienen desde Zimbawe, Sur África, Australia, Canadá y los EUA, además de las compañías Europeas y de la Gran Bretaña que nos acompañan.

El festival es el único de su clase mundialmente, dedicado exclusivamente a teatro homosexual y fue establecido en el 2004 para conmemorar el 150 Aniversario del nacimiento de Oscar Wilde en Dublín. La muestra del 2009 superará las 1,000 actuaciones dentro de su primera semana. Detalles de todos los shows y reservaciones en línea están disponibles en: www.gaytheatre.ie (Ver la sección de la descripción del programa abajo)

El festival fue lanzado por el Ministro de Artes, Deportes y Turismo, Martin Cullen, el senador David Norris y la celebridad Anna Nolan, una finalista de una de las primeras series de Big Brother en la Gran Bretaña en el 2000.

El ministro Martin Cullen TD dijo: “Este es un festival que ha crecido en número y calidad de sus producciones y ha desarrollado su propio nicho en la escena de las artes. El festival le ha dado voz a artistas gay o relacionados con la comunidad gay. El festival de teatro se ha mantenido veraz a sus convicciones incentivando uniones internacionales con teatros, actores y escritores de obras. La decisión reciente de designar al ganador del Tony a mejor escritor de obra Americana, Terrence McNally como su representante es una fuerte evidencia de esto.”

ABSOLUT ahora es el patrocinador titular del festival, y respecto al incremento de apoyo Brendan Buckley, de las destiladoras Pernor Ricard, distribuidores de ABSOLUT en Irlanda dice que “ABSOLUT es una de las primeras marcas en apoyar a la comunidad gay y lo ha estado haciendo por todo el mundo desde 1981. Cuando ABSOLUT decidió por primera vez hace 30 años respetar los derechos de los individuos fue acusado de ser atrevido. Hoy en día la marca puede ver hacia esos años y enorgullecerse de ello. Para nosotros, el patrocinio del Festival ABSOLUT de Teatro Gay en Dublín, es una manera natural de continuar inspirando personas, desafiar lo convencional y vernos en un mundo más inclusivo.”

Aunque las 40 producciones en el programa de este año están relacionadas por tener una temática o relevancia homosexual, el Director Artístico del festival Brian Merriman insiste que el festival es un evento inclusivo. “Todo el mundo es bienvenido a contribuir en el Festival ABSOLUT de Teatro Gay en Dublín. Nuestros participantes son tan diversos como nuestra audiencia; heterosexuales y homosexuales, hombres y mujeres, jóvenes y maduros de muchas razas y creencias. Nosotros proveemos dos semanas de empleo para actores, escritores de obras de teatro, técnicos, buenos precios y entretenimiento de calidad para las personas de Dublín y más. Este festival sobrepasa su límite cuando se toman en cuenta los recursos con los que cuenta, y agradezco a todos aquellos los cuales sus generosas contribuciones han hecho que este evento único, sea posible en la ciudad de Dublín.”

Después de celebrar un exitoso año en el 2008, el festival recibió un premio en la categoría de Cultura y Turismo de los premios “Irish Times Living Dublin Awards”, los cuales reconocen organizaciones que trabajan para incrementar la calidad de vida en la ciudad de Dublín.

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DESCRIPCIÓN DEL PROGRAMA 2009

Uno de los puntos culminantes de este año es la obra irlandesa de Frank McGuiness, El refugio de las Aves (The Bird Sanctuary), la cual ha sido aclamada por los críticos. Sin haber sido vista desde su premier Irlandesa en el Abbey, se presentará en “The Project Arts Centre” durante la primera semana. Será seguida cada noche por la obra ganadora de premios Loupe, una valiente producción desde Zimbabwe. Una obra que ilustra las matices de las políticas del país bajo el mando de Mugabe. Loupe muestra una vista de cerca de una sociedad problemática, sexualidad, SIDA y amor de hermanos. En el mismo establecimiento la segunda semana, Un Perro Llamado Rescate (A Dog Called Redemption), cuenta la conmovedora e hilarante historia de una amistad inverosímil formada por dos vagabundos la cual fue ganadora al premio de la Mejor Nueva Obra en los premios del 2008 Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards. También esa misma semana en “The Project” se presenta Silenciados desde Madrid, cinco historias independientes en diferentes tiempos y diferentes partes del mundo atadas por la temática de la discriminación sexual. Un agasajo visual de tetro físico a la que se le une en el programa por otras poderosas producciones las cuales incorpora baile como La Esposa de Tchaikovsky’s (Tchaikovsky’s Wife ), y Perro de Toda la Creación (Dog of All Creation).

Los temas de educación, juventud y homofobia son presentados fuertemente en el programa del festival. Junto con ellas la nueva obra por la Compañía de Teatro Joven Independiente de Dublín, Muerte por Curriculum (Killed By Curriculum), así como Cuidadores (Care Takers) y Phi Alpha Gamma. La oscura Te Amo, Hermano (I Love You, Bro) muestra la vida de un adolescente en sitios de chat en Internet. Dioses Menores (Minor Gods) nos enseña un giro inesperado en la vida de un chico que se prostituye y Las Nueces me Recuerdan a mi Madre (Walnuts Remind me of my Mother) es una historia de dos lesbianas llegando a la madurez.

Este año se muestra una fuerte selección de obras ligadas a Oscar Wilde con una adaptación del El Retrato De Dorian Gray (The Picture of Dorian Gray), la mágica El Príncipe Feliz (The Happy Prince) y el ensayo infame de Wilde en Más Vidas que Una – Oscar Wilde y el Negro Douglas (More Lives Than One – Oscar Wilde and the Black Douglas). Otro escándalo gay del siglo XIX se muestra en, La Cama de Lord Arthur (Lord Arthur’s Bed).

Con títulos como La Mujer Maravilla – El Musical (Wonder Woman – The Musical) y Santa Claus Sale del Closet! (Santa Claus is Coming Out!) dejan muy poca duda de que el teatro musical y la comedia van a estar representados fuertemente en el programa de este año. La “mammy” irlandesa del infierno es vista en Buenas Noches Alice (Goodnight Alice), una opera de rap en Bash’d y una voltereta de eventos extraños se muestran en Cuento de Cerdos – Una historia de Hadas Urbana (Pig Tale – An Urban Faerie Story). La cómica pero sexy Dos Chicos en Una Cama en una Noche Fría de Invierno (Two Boys in a Bed on a Cold Winter’s Night) y las canciones de David Friedman en Escucha a Mi Corazón (Listen to My Heart) demuestran que también hay clásicos en esta mezcla.

Teniendo de todo desde Títeres Polacos (Uñas Rotas [Broken Nails]) un cabaret de Berlín (Las Pestañas de Acero – Después del Muro [The Iron Eyelashes – After the Wall]), y la Noche de Premios y Gala llevan al festival a su fin el 17 de Mayo en “Button Factory”. Habrá más de 250 actores, organizadores y voluntarios para finalizar el evento de dos semanas.

El jueves 30 de Abril sera la fiesta de lanzamiento ABSOLUT Drama Queen en “The Front Lounge”. Una taquilla dedicada al festival será abierta dentro del Centro Cultural de Información Temple Bar el día 25 de Abril.

Para más detalles y reservaciones en línea visite la página www.gaytheatre.ie

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Festival Brochure Available for Download

The Festival Brochure is available now in venues across Dublin city. You can also download a PDF version here.

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Festival 09 Officially Launched

The 2009 Programme was officially launched last night in the Gaiety Theatre as ABSOLUT were welcomed onboard as title sponsors.
The Festival Brochure will soon be available throughout Dublin and on our website.

Press Launch 2009: View Press Release >>>

Above: (l-r) TV star Anna Nolan, Senator David Norris & star of the ‘Short Shorts’ Fraulein von Klinkerhoffen at the Festival Launch.

Dublin, Wednesday, April 1st 2009: Actress Rachel Devlyn, star of ‘Fraulein Von Klinkerhoffen’, one of 40 shows in this year's ABSOLUT Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, launches the sixth annual festival. The festival runs from May 4th to 17th in city centre venues. For details and online-booking, visit: www.gaytheatre.ie. Picture Jason Clarke. No Repro Fee.

Dublin, Wednesday, April 1st 2009: Actress Rachel Devlyn, star of ‘Fraulein Von Klinkerhoffen’, one of 40 shows in this year’s ABSOLUT Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, launches the sixth annual festival. The festival runs from May 4th to 17th in city centre venues. For details and online-booking, visit: www.gaytheatre.ie. Picture Jason Clarke. No Repro Fee.

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Win 10 Festival Tickets with Metro

See Metro, pg 14, April 1 2009 for more details of this limited offer.

For a chance to win tickets for 10 events of your choice, email life@metroireland.ie by noon today:
Email Subject: Hot Tickets
Email content: Answer the question: When was the Dublin Gay Theatre Festival inaugurated?
A: 2002 B: 2004
(See ‘About’ section of the website for the answer)

Also, include your name, address and a number where you can be contacted between 1pm and 3pm today. One entry per person, over 18s only.

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2009 Festival Press Launch

RELEASE

Dublin Gay Theatre Festival has revealed ABSOLUT as its new headline sponsors at the official announcement of this year’s programme. The fortnight long festival which returns for its sixth year on the May Bank Holiday, will now be known the ABSOLUT Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, ‘ABSOLUT’ replacing the word ‘International’ in its title. Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism, Martin Cullen TD launched the programme of the festival, the only one of its kind worldwide dedicated solely to gay theatre, at an official reception in The Gaiety Theatre. Taking place in city centre theatres between May 4th and May 17th, the festival will present a diverse range of 40 productions, including drama, comedy, musical theatre and dance. The omission of International from this year’s festival title is by no means an indication of a reduction in the festival’s significant international element. In spite of the global economic situation, the festival welcomes to Dublin, companies from Zimbabwe, South Africa, Australia, Canada and the USA, in addition to many from Europe and the UK. Established in 2004 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Oscar Wilde, the 2009 run will see the festival surpass its 1,000th performance within its first week.

Speaking of his company’s decision to increase their support of the festival to that of title sponsor, Brendan Buckley of Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard, the distributors of ABSOLUT in Ireland said that “ABSOLUT was one of the first mainstream brands to support the gay community and have been doing so all around the world since 1981. When ABSOLUT first decided to support the rights of the individual some 30 years ago, it was considered bold. Today the brand can look back on those days and that decision with pride. For us, our sponsorship of the ABSOLUT Dublin Gay Theatre Festival is a natural way to continue to inspire people to challenge convention and to see the world in a better, more inclusive light.”

Minister Martin Cullen TD said: “This is a festival which has grown in the number and quality of its productions and has developed its niche in the arts scene. It has given a voice to gay and gay-related artists. The Theatre festival has stayed true to its stated ambition by fostering international links with theatres, performers and playwrights. The recent decision to appoint Tony award-winning American playwright Terrence McNally as its patron is strong evidence of this.”

Although the 40 productions in this year’s programme are connected by having a gay theme, character or relevance, the festival’s Artistic Director, Brian Merriman insists that the festival is an inclusive event. “Everyone is welcome to contribute to the ABSOLUT Dublin Gay Theatre Festival and many do. Our participants are as diverse as our audience; gay and straight, men and women, young and old, of many races and beliefs. We provide a fortnight of good employment for actors, playwrights and technicians, good value prices and quality entertainment for the people of Dublin and beyond. This festival punches way above its weight when you look at the resources we have to draw upon, and I thank all those whose generous contributions make it possible for this unique event to happen in Dublin city.”

Among the highlights of this year’s festival is Frank McGuiness’ critically acclaimed play, The Bird Sanctuary. Not seen in Dublin since its Irish premiere at the Abbey, it is staged at The Project Arts Centre during the first week. It is followed nightly by the award winning Loupe, a brave production from Zimbabwe. A play that illustrates the nuances of that country’s politics under Mugabe, Loupe takes a magnified look at a troubled society, sexuality, HIV and brotherly love. In the same venue in the second week, A Dog Called Redemption tells of the unlikely friendship formed by two homeless men. Winner of the Best New Play Award at the 2008 Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards, it is a hilarious and touching story. Also that week at The Project is Silenciados from Madrid; five separate stories from different times and across the world tied together through the common theme of sexual discrimination. A visual treat of physical theatre, it is joined in the programme by other powerful productions incorporating dance in the form of Tchaikovsky’s Wife and Dog of All Creation.

The themes of education, youth and homophobia feature strongly in the festival’s programme. Among them the new play by Dublin’s Independent Youth Theatre, Killed By Curriculum as well as Care Takers and Phi Alpha Gamma. The dark I Love You, Bro looks at a teenager’s life in internet chat-rooms, Minor Gods at an unexpected twist in the life of a rent boy and Walnuts Remind me of my Mother is a lesbian coming of age tale.

This year also sees a strong selection of plays with links to Oscar Wilde with a reworking of The Picture (of Dorian Gray), a magical The Happy Prince and Wilde’s infamous trial in More Lives Than One – Oscar Wilde and the Black Douglas. Another true 19th century gay scandal features in Lord Arthur’s Bed.

With titles such as Wonder Woman – The Musical and Santa Claus is Coming Out!, there is little doubt that musical theatre and comedy feature strongly in this year’s programme. The Irish mammy from hell is seen in Goodnight Alice, high-octane ‘rap opera’ in Bash’d and a strange turn of events in Pig Tale – An Urban Faerie Story. The comic but sexy Two Boys in a Bed on a Cold Winter’s Night and the songs of David Friedman in Listen to My Heart mean that classics are also added to this mix.

Following everything from Polish puppetry (Broken Nails) to Berlin cabaret (The Iron Eyelashes – After the Wall ), the Gala Night and Awards draws the festival to a close on Sunday, May 17th in the Button Factory. It will take over 250 actors, crew, organisers and voluntary staff to stage the two week event.

Preceding the festival on Thursday, April 30th will be the ABSOLUT Drama Queen Launch Party in The Front Lounge. A dedicated festival box office will open inside Temple Bar Cultural Information Centre on the same week.

After celebrating a fifth successful year in 2008, the festival received a highly commended award in the Culture & Tourism category of the 2008 Irish Times Living Dublin Awards, which recognise organisations that work to improve the quality of life in Dublin city.

For more details and online-booking, visit the new-look website at www.gaytheatre.ie

ENDS//

For Further Information & Images:

Connell A. Kennedy, Public Relations Officer, ABSOLUT Dublin Gay Theatre Festival

Tel: 00 353 (0)86 1620503, E-mail: pr@gaytheatre.ie

For further information about the sponsor, ABSOLUT, please contact
Tara O’Connor at FD on mobile: 086 236 6936 or Liz Burke at FD on mobile: 087 955 1655

left to right: Brendan Buckley of ABSOLUT, Senator David Norris and TV star Anna Nolan

Dublin, Wednesday, April 1st 2009: Actress Rachel Devlyn, star of ‘Fraulein Von Klinkerhoffen’, one of 40 shows in this year's ABSOLUT Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, launches the sixth annual festival. The festival runs from May 4th to 17th in city centre venues. Pictured at the launch was Brendan Buckley of ABSOLUT, Senator David Norris and TV Star Anna Nolan. For details and online-booking, visit: www.gaytheatre.ie. Picture Jason Clarke. No Repro Fee.

Dublin, Wednesday, April 1st 2009: Actress Rachel Devlyn, star of ‘Fraulein Von Klinkerhoffen’, one of 40 shows in this year’s ABSOLUT Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, launches the sixth annual festival. The festival runs from May 4th to 17th in city centre venues. Pictured at the launch was Brendan Buckley of ABSOLUT, Senator David Norris and TV Star Anna Nolan. For details and online-booking, visit: www.gaytheatre.ie. Picture Jason Clarke. No Repro Fee.

 

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New Website Launched

Our new-look website was launched today. Check out the latest Festival news, reviews and previews or click on a slide to find out more about our shows.

A big thank you to our web designers, Birdie, for all of their hard work. We hope that you enjoy the new website!

If you have any comments or questions, do let us know – webmaster@gaytheatre.ie

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Festival Wins Living Dublin Award

The Festival received a ‘Highly Commended’ award in the Culture & Tourism category of the 2008 Irish Times Living Dublin Awards held in the Westin Hotel.

The awards seek to recognise organisations who work to improve the quality of life in Dublin city.