Primitive Grace Theatre Ensemble
Primitive Grace Theatre Ensemble
Primitive Grace is a New York City based Theater Ensemble producing original & established, classic & contemporary plays designed to create a shift in the audience´s paradigm of reality to allow Duende to take over.
Primitive Grace's Co-Artistic Directors are Paul Calderon and David Zayas.
We draw on Federico Garcia Lorca´s concept of “DUENDE” to produce plays infused with a “PRIMITIVE GRACE”, in order to shift the audience´s paradigm so they will experience reality in a new, profound life altering way.
IN LORCA'S CONCEPT OF DUENDE, AT LEAST FOUR ELEMENTS CAN BE ISOLATED:
(3) A HEIGHTENED AWARENESS OF DEATH
(4) A DASH OF THE DIABOLICAL.
DUENDE is an Earth Spirit that helps the artist see the limitations of intelligence, and brings the artist face-to-face with death, and assists him to create and communicate memorable, spine-chilling art.
DUENDE seizes not only the performer but also the audience. It creates conditions where art can be understood spontaneously with little conscious effort. It is in Lorca´s words, , "a sort of corkscrew that can infuse art into the sensibility of an audience. It is the most dynamic gift that can be offered to the "intellectual."
A performance infused with DUENDE dilates the mind´s eye, so that the intensity becomes almost unendurable. There is a quality of reality so heightened and exaggerated that it becomes unreal.
According to Lorca DUENDE is a power, not a work. It is a struggle, not a thought.
It is an ancestral energy that is dark and appealing and that is able to elevate the common to the magical.
GO PRIMITIVE AND DISCOVER YOUR OWN DUENDE. COME SEE WHAT WE’RE ALL ABOUT!
244 West 54th Street, NYC
SYNOPSIS: In the ghettos of Baton Rouge, Louisiana Cornbread, an African-American Iraqi War veteran suffering from PTSD, holds hostage a man who he has mistaken for an Arab, threatening to crucify him in retaliation for the horrors he experienced in the war. Cornbread's ex-wife Yolanda (frayed to her own breaking point by the stress of being the lone support to their interracial teenage daughter and son) stumbles upon the plot. She tries to enlist the aid of Cornbread's stable, church-going brother Jim-Bo, also an Iraqi War Vet. At first unwilling to help Yolanda with another of Cornbread's "craziness" Jim-Bo finally succumbs to her pleas when she discloses that Cornbread has several assault rifles and hand guns with which he promises to "rain fire and fury on one and all" after he's done crucifying his "Arab." As Jim-Bo ventures forth to save the man from Cornbread and Cornbread from himself, he's confronted by a heart of darkness that reaches back generations and now threatens his sanity.
"In the rundown Caballeros Divinos social club in Spanish Harlem a petty criminal, a down-and-out dreamer and a washed up ex-major league baseball player lay out an outrageous scheme to get rich quick. When their plan comes to fruition, greed and individual conflicts and desires lead them all to a tragic end."
Written and Directed by Paul Calderon
Co-Directed by Catherine Calderon
Willie- Paul Calderon
Iffy- David Zayas
Benny- Robert Lee Leng
Raffi- David Deblinger
Jojo/The Kid- Sebastian Mitre "Baz"
(First seen in a LAByrinth workshop production 22 years ago featuring David Zayas, Paul Calderon, John Ortiz, Johnny Sanchez & Philip Seymour Hoffman).
This is be the world premier of a full production by Primitive Grace Ensemble in co-production with Access Theater.
This production is dedicated to the memory of Philip Seymour Hoffman who originated the role of Raffi in the workshop production by LAByrinth Theater Company.
JANUARY 9 THRU JANUARY 27TH
380 Broadway, NYC
WHERE: Access Theater NYC @ 380 Broadway. Click MAP for directions.
FRINGE OF HUMANITY
Primitive Grace's first full production will be Fringe of Humanity; written and directed by Paul Calderon, premiered January, 2017 at Access Theater in NYC.
In the capital city of a lawless Third World country, a film director, in recovery from heroin addiction; a PTSD addled cinematographer; a washed-up movie star; a megalomaniacal producer and his ex-starlet wife; and the rest of the motley crew gather in a hotel suite to put the finishing touches on a script scheduled to start principal photography in a few days. Plans spin out of control as conflicts erupt. Then the violence of the city penetrates into the hotel suite and puts everyone’s humanity into question.
Our Co-founders in an awesome interview on BK Live TV. Check it out!
Primitive Grace's second MainStage production, QUOTIDIAN is written and performed by the ensemble cast and directed by Bruce Baek premiering May 19-21 @ 8pm and 3pm on the 21st at Alchemical Laboratory Theatre in NYC.
Creator and director Bruce Baek developed Quotidian to illustrate the psychological warfare between the passing of time and identity. Through 12 original stories, interwoven with sight and soundscapes, and crafted by the ensemble about some of the most defining and pivotal moments of their lives, Quotidian invites the audience to examine their own lives with simple questions - How do you define your identity? How is your present influenced by your past? How are you cultivating your soul to step into a better tomorrow? Whether its the past, present or future, the stories presented have occurred, are occurring and will occur, everyday... they are Quotidian.
Primitive Grace's Theater Ensemble has been granted a One Year Artistic Residency at Access Theater which will begin in February 2017.
We need your support!
We need your support!
Primitive Grace Theatre Ensemble is just starting out and has a tremendous need for your support.
Online donations will go directly into our first full production of "Fringe of Humanity".
We will keep you posted about our fundraising efforts through special events, parties, and sponsorships.
*Donations to our theatre ensemble at the moment are not tax deductible. As soon as this changes, we will keep you posted.