Playing Together: Catalonia at HB Studio

Playing Together: Catalonia at HB Studio with Institut Ramon Llull

HB Studio collaborates with Institut Ramon Llull to present a series of Catalan plays with artist talks beginning in May

HB Studio is pleased to partner with Institut Ramon Llull to present Playing Together: Catalonia at HB Studio, a special showcase of select Catalan plays followed by discussions with the artists, hosted by HB Studio.

Institut Ramon Llull was founded with the purpose of promoting Catalan language studies at universities abroad, the translation of literature and thought written in Catalan, and Catalan cultural production in other areas like theatre, film, circus, dance, music, the visual arts, design and architecture.

Playing Together: Catalonia at HB Studio will feature screenings of three select plays, including English subtitles, followed by in-depth discussions with the artists about their work and creative process.

A.K.A. (Also Known As) play

Playing Together: Catalonia at HB Studio Kicks Off with an HB Public Conversation on A.K.A. (Also Known As)

Institut Ramon Llull and HB Studio bring together artists from the award-winning play A.K.A. for a discussion about their intentions and creative process. Join us!

The talk will feature: Daniel J. Meyer (playwright), Montse Rodríguez Clusella (director) and Lluís Febrer (lead actor). Moderated by HB Teaching Artist Maria Fontanals.

Saturday, May 22, 2021 | 2:00 P.M. ET / 8:00 P.M. CET

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A.K.A. (Also Known As) by Daniel J. Meyer

A.K.A. tells the story of Carlos’ adolescence and invites you to play the role of judge as well as audience member. We are transported to a moment in which, through no fault of his own, his foundations, his roots, his identity begin to break down. Carlos was adopted through a, let’s say, less than legal process. Being adopted is not a problem for him because he feels local, he is local. But the critical eyes of others make him question his true identity. Maybe he is not totally who he has decided to be. Are we what we feel we are or what other people think we are? This is the question we explore in A.K.A. by revealing how these seeds take root in the life of Carlos.

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

  • 2 MAX Awards (emerging theatrical text, lead actor)
  • 2 MAX nominations (direction, short play)
  • 4 Butaca Awards (theatrical text, short play, direction, lead actor)
  • 3 Barcelona Teatre Awards (theatrical text, short play, direction)
  • 1 Critics Award (best actor)
  • Audience Award: MIT RIBADAVIA, Galicia
  • Audience Award: Teatre del Mar, Mallorca
  • SGAE Foundation Express Theater Award

Daniel J. Meyer, playwright

Daniel J. Meyer is a theater director from Buenos Aires, Argentina. He completed Acting and Theater Direction at COSATYC/ANDAMIO in Argentina, courses at L’Obrador de la Beckett, Eòlia Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, and a postgraduate degree at the UB for Production. He is the author of the award-winning play A.K.A. (ALSO KNOWN AS) which has been translated in English, German, French, Greek, and will be translated in Polish, Romanian, Italian and Hindi.

He has directed and written all the works from Descartable Teatre: FUSELLS (an adaptation of SEÑORA CARRAR’S RIFLES by Bertolt Brecht), ABANS, and HISTORIA DE UNA REVENTADA ARGENTINA, among others. Other credits include: HISTORIA DE UNA REVENTADA (Versus Teatre, 2018); ABANS (Maldà Teatre, 2016 & Villarroel Teatre 2019); FUSELLS (Almeria Teatre, 2016); NESTEA CON VODKA (Café Salambó, 2013); COLA CON ANÍS (Café Salambó, 2013); DEFLACIONABLE (Nau Ivanow, 2012); DAIAN & GIGGY LIVE SEX (Fora de Temporada, Girona, 2011); DESCARTABLE (Nau Ivanow, 2011).

He has been the Assistant Director of Àngel Llàcer and Manu Guix for the last 10 years in musicals (SINGING IN THE RAIN, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, LITTLE PRINCE, GERONIMO STILTON, and more). He has also worked with Rosa Novell and Alexander Herold, among others.

A dramatic reading of his play SHOÀ was directed by Helena Pimenta at Sala Berlanga in Madrid. He is now writing and preparing three new plays to be released over the next year.

Montse Rodríguez Clusella, director

Montse Rodríguez Clusella is a theater director and actress with a degree in Dramatic Art from the Theatre Institute of Barcelona. In theater, she has performed in ¿BAILAMOS? and ESPERANTO with Sèmola Teatre; FIGURES D’AIGU, RINCONETE Y CORTADILLO by Cervantes, RETALLS DEL TER, LA CELESTINA by Fernando de Rojas, ENTREMESES by Cervantes and Lope de Rueda, PRECIPICI by Monse Albàs, and COR by Montserrat Mas with CorCila Teatre; NITS DE SERRALLONGA by Marc Angelet with Agraïts d’Aguantar-nos; AVI RAMON and SOMNIS D’ALÍCIA by Víctor Borràs with Theatre Nu; DIES IRAE; EN EL RÉQUIEM DE MOZART with Marta Carrasco; TRANUITES CIRCUS and NÀUFRAGS/LA CASA DE L’ÀNIMA by Lluís Danés with Lluís Danés; (SIN) PECAT with Víctor Borràs; and DANCE TO DEATH by Alberto Velasco with La Caldera.
In visual arts, she worked in DELINCUENTES TORPES by Ángel de la Cruz; CUBICLES by Jair Domínguez and Sergi Prat; EL SUEÑO DE ELANOR and TRANUITES CIRCUS by Lluís Danés; LA CONJECTURA and CON UN SEIS Y CON UN CUATRO by Xevi Vila, to name a few.
She directed A.K.A. by Daniel J. Meyer; ANTÍGONES 2077 by Aina De Cos Estrada; CAIXES by Marc Artigau; RICHARD DE 3RD by À trois teatre; NOÈ HAC, #LIKE_UNFOLLOW, SÓC UNA MÀQUINA and SALVEU LES NOSTRES ÀNIMES by Gerard Guix; PUNXES A LA SORRA by Jordi Roca; and RETALLS DE TER by herself.

Lluís Febrer, lead actor

Lluís Ferbrer is an actor and model born in Menorca. He speaks English, as well as Spanish and Catalan. His TV credits include MERLÍ, COM SI FOS AHIR and MAS DE 100 MENTIRAS. In 2020, he was part of the cast of the international feature film AMERICAN CARNAGE by Diego Hallivis, shot in English. Over the past year he was cast as a new member of A.K.A. (winner of two Max Theatre Awards) which allowed him not only to act in Barcelona but to go on a Spanish tour. He is still on the project, working to explore new frontiers with his performance.
His training as an actor began at the early age of 15 at the Escuela de Arte Dramático de Menorca and the Universidad de Arte Dramático de las Islas Baleares. At the age of 17, he moved to Barcelona where he began to use his training as an actor for his first professional jobs. He studied in different schools such as Laura Jou Estudi per a l’Actor and Nancy Tuñon. He continued his training in Madrid at the Escuela Internacional del Gesto and Work in Progress.

He has also been part of several theater companies such as Assaltem l’Escenari, where he performed three shows at the Teatre Tantarantana or the improvisation company Impromagia.