El bolero fue mi ruina (2006)

El bolero fue mi ruina (2006) Lorie Novak

"El bolero fue mi ruina" (The Bolero Was My Downfall) is an acclaimed adaptation of Manuel Ramos Otero's "Loca la de la locura." The play's protagonist is an aging transvestite fulfilling the last days of a long prison sentence for murder. The production deploys the aesthetics of torch song and kitsch to convey a subtler message about love, abuse, and the relationship between perpetrator and victim. Since its premiere in 1997, "El bolero" has been performed throughout the U.S., and in Puerto Rico, Peru, Mexico, and France. New sets and costumes were introduced for the Spring 2006 run at the New Pregones Theater. The performance is dedicated to all who continue to devote their life to advancing the struggles for equality, inclusion and justice, and most significantly, to the legacy of Silvia Rivera --a true crusader and pioneer of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender civil rights movement in the US. Silvia was one of a group of drag queens who fought police during a raid on the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street in 1969, an event that sparked the gay rights movement in NYC. She died on February 19, 2002, of liver cancer, at the age of 50.



Additional Info

  • Title: El bolero fue mi ruina
  • Alternate Title: The Bolero Was My Downfall
  • Holdings: photo gallery, video
  • Duration: 01:07:53
  • Language: Spanish
  • Date: June 2006
  • Location: Pregones Theater, The Bronx, New York City.
  • Type-Format: play, performance
  • Cast: Jorge B. Merced (protagonist) ; Desmar Guevara (musician), Jorge Castro (musician).
  • Credits: Pregones Theater, producer ; based on the story 'Loca la de la locura' by Manuel Ramos Otero ; Jorge B. Merced with Rosalba Rolón, adaptation for the stage ; Rosalba Rolón, director ; Desmar Guevara, musical director ; Ricardo Pons, music ; Yanko Bakulic, sets ; Esteban Lima, lights ; Harry Nadal, costumes ; Jessica Moya, stage manager ; Flora Rodríguez, sound operator ; Roxanna Ricardo, titles operator.