The fifth annual TEMFest, a Spanish-language theater festival, will open on Wednesday with a tribute to three local actors, followed by the opening on Thursday of Lo que el circo se llevó (Gone With the Circus), the first of six plays to be presented over the 18 days of the festival.
Wednesday’s opening ceremony at the On.Stage Black Box of the Miami Dade County Auditorium will honor three well-known figures of the Hispanic stage: actors Griselda Nogueras, Mario Martín and Julie de Grandy.
Nogueras started her career in her native Havana, acting on stage, radio and early television. Jailed for expressing her opposition to the regime, she left the island in the 1960s. Her performances in the plays La casa de Bernarda Alba (The House of Bernarda Alba), Damas retiradas (Retired Ladies), Las niñas ricas de Camagüey (The Rich Girls from Camagüey) andSarah — for which she received the Carbonell award — are well remembered, as is her work on the telenovelas El magnate (The magnate), Marielena, Guadalupe y Acorralada (Guadalupe and Cornered), among others.
Martín was also recognized in Cuba for his versatility, which allowed him to open doors in Mexico and Miami, where he arrived in 1966. For almost five decades the actor, writer and director has stood out in dubbing of movies to Spanish, radio, telenovelas, films and stage plays, including Fuenteovejuna, El médico a palos (The Beating of the Doctor), Divinas palabras (Divine Words) and Esperando a Godot (Waiting for Godot).Read more: TEMFest opens with Cuban play newly set in Miami