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    The Cook

    The Cook takes place in the luxurious kitchen of a mansion in Havana over the course of four tumultuous decades, as seen from the point of view of Gladys, the cook. The play begins as Batista flees Cuba and Castro enters Havana. When the mistress of the house flees to New York, Gladys promises to remain behind as the caretaker. Time passes as she and her husband live there and raise a family, but she is always true to her pledge, even though this is a difficult position to take in Communist Cuba. When the mistress' daughter finally returns to see her family's old home in 1997, it turns out that the family can barely remember the cook and regards her as an illegitimate usurper of their property. Gladys, caught between two irreconcilable worlds, decides to claim the place, finally, as her own. EDUARDO MACHADO (playwright), author of over 27 plays, several movies — writer, director, actor, filmmaker and professor — has written his most personal play. Exiled from Cuba at 9 years of age, a Peter Pan Airlift kid, he finally returned because of a growing cultural exchange between the US and Cuba that transcends the embargo. Machado is currently Head of the Columbia University Graduate Playwriting Department and a highly respected teacher of new playwrights. His works include Havana is Waiting, The Floating Island Plays, Cuba and the Night, Stevie Wants To Play the Blues, Rosario and the Gypsies, Across A Crowded Room and Don Juan in New York City. His films include Exiles in New York (directed from his own screenplay); China Rios and Her Name Was Lupe (HBO), Crossing the Border, Home Free (CBS); he worked on The Perez Family and Scarface; and he was featured in the film Pollock. MICHAEL JOHN GARCS (director) recently directed Recent Tragic Events by Craig Wright (Playwrights Horizons). Other credits include Havana is Waiting by Eduardo Machado (The Cherry Lane); Force Continuum (Atlantic Theatre Co.) and Breath, Boom (Huntington Theatre and Yale Repertory Theatre) by Kia Corthron; Finer Noble Gases by Adam Rapp, As Five Years Pass (INTAR), The Passion of Frida Kahlo; A Bicycle Country, King Without a Castle, When it's Cocktail Time in Cuba (Cherry Lane); La pr — xima parada (Repertorio Espa — ol); and has acted in solo performance pieces including agua ardiente (APT).

    Dates:  Nov. 20, 2003 - Jan. 4, 2004
    Previews start: Nov. 11, 2003
    Schedule:  Tues.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 3 p.m.
    Venue:  Intar53, 508 West 53rd St. at 10th Ave.
    Price:  $25
    Tickets/info:  (212) 279-4200


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