7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
World Premier Set to Open in Door County
Rogue Theater is honored to announce the English premier of Policy, a Spanish play written by Antonio Muños De Mesa of Madrid, Spain. The play, La vista, was translated to English by Phyllis Zatlin and is being brought to the stage of The Depot Performing Arts Center in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. Policy (La vista) premiered in Spain in April 2013. Since then it has been translated to English, French, Italian, among other languages. Rogue Theater will be the first in the world to bring its English translation to the stage.
Playwright Antonio Muñoz de Mesa was born in Madrid, Spain, in 1972 and graduated from RESAD (Real Escuela Superior de Arte Dramático) in 1994. Antonio has written numerous plays for children and adults. As a playwright he recently premiered Otro Gran Teatro del Mundo, a musical adaptation of Calderon de la Barca's, The Great Theatre of the World, and Policy, translated by Phyllis Zatlin. He is now studying musical theatre writing at ANMT in Los Angeles with a scholarship from Fundación SGAE, and is honored that Rogue Theater is presenting Policy.
Phyllis Zatlin, is delighted that Rogue Theater is presenting her translation of Antonio Muñoz De Mesa’s Policy. Born in Green Bay, WI, Zatlin has been coming to Door County all her life and currently resides part of the year in Jacksonport, where her mother was born. She wrote her doctoral thesis at the University of Florida on contemporary Spanish comedy. At Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, she was coordinator of translator/interpreter training. Her play translations from Spanish and French of various authors, including José Luis Alonso de Santos, Jean-Paul Daumas, Eduardo Manet, Itziar Pascual and Paloma Pedrero, have been performed in professional and university theaters across the United States as well as in the U.K. and Australia. She is a member of The Dramatists Guild and SGAE (Sociedad General de Autores y Editores). She hopes that audiences in Sturgeon Bay will be as excited about Policy as she was when she saw its original production in Madrid in April 2013.
Policy will be directed by Henry Timm, and includes a cast of two: the priest, Father Damián (Stuart Champeau), who is in charge of a Catholic school for boys and a summer camp, and a female insurance agent, Esther (Lola DeVillers), who for some dozen years has handled policies for the diocese. Father Damián reviews the school’s insurance policy with Esther, whose son attends the school. In their episodic cat-and-mouse game, carried out over a period of weeks, the priest wants to add two new clauses to the policy: confidentiality and a definition of sexual abuse of children as a work-place accident. The action of Muñoz de Mesa’s play takes place in Spain, but the insurance clause is based on a real lawsuit from the Netherlands in which the insurance company lost its case and was required to pay the victims’ families. The several scenes end with surprises and contain moments of humor while dealing seriously with an international problem. The priest proclaims that he and the agent are engaged in a game where winning is the only thing. That game is a conflict between his love of money and her sense of morality.
Actors Stuart Champeau and Lola DeVillers, co-founders of Rogue Theater and The Depot Performing Arts Center, will perform Policy on The Depot stage Nov. 13-30. DeVillers has performed for various theater groups throughout the county, as well as many of Rogue Theater’s productions, including Lady Luna Cee in Eclipsed, Maude Mix in A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking, Theada Blau in It Had to Be You, Edie Buffet in Talk About A Murder ,Vera Riche in The Belgian Detective, and Evelyn in Alabama Bound. Champeau’s acting career spans over thirty years of community and professional theater, television, and radio. He was the director of the original DC Comedy Club and has an extensive improv comedy background, including nine seasons with Paul Sills, the director of Chicago’s pioneering The Second City improve troupe. Champeau has directed many Rogue Theater productions and has performed in Rogue’s productions of Lone Star, It Had to Be You, Talk About A Murder, and The Belgian Detective.
Zatlin, a follower of Rogue Theater productions, approached Champeau and DeVillers several months ago explaining that the intimacy of The Depot PAC and their passionate portrayal of so many characters would be the perfect fit for Policy. Champeau and DeVillers, both Catholic, debated whether the show would be the right fit for Rogue and The Depot, but ultimately decided that the raw power of the show and the challenge of doing it was too great an opportunity to pass on.
Opening night of Policy will be Thursday, November 13 at 7:30. Shows following will be Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Nov. 14-30. Friday and Saturday at 7:30, Sunday the 16th & 23rd at 4:00, and Sunday the 30th at 1:00. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at Greco Gallery, 24 N. 3rd Ave. in Sturgeon Bay or by calling The Depot at 920-818-0816. The Depot PAC has limited seating so reservations are strongly recommended.