The Stranger from Seville
Based on the novel The Mapmaker’s Opera by Béa Gonzalez. Executive Producers: Perry Street Theatricals, New York; Co-Producer: Music Theatre Melbourne. The Stranger From Seville was first performed Off-Broadway as a grand jury selection of the 2014 New York Musical Festival. It was subsequently accepted as one of six new musicals for the 2018 2nd. Florida Festival of New Musicals prior to a successful, and critically well-received, industry reading in New York City. Directed by Martin Platt.
Set in the Yucatán, on the eve of the Mexican revolution, the story centers around of a pair of star- crossed lovers – Diego Clemente, a young artist recently arrived from Seville, and Sofia, daughter of Roberto and Gabriela Duarte whose fate is sealed by Diego’s rash quest to liberate a collection of exotic, wild birds belonging to the rich plantation owner, Don Victor Blanco Torres. From the young couple’s first encounter their budding romance is thwarted at every turn by the actions of those around them: Roberto, helplessly in debt to Don Victor; Gabriela, keen for her daughter to marry a young gentleman of wealth; Carlos, Don Victor’s son, who lusts after Sofia and, not least, the slave workers on Don Victor’s henequen plantation who, unable to endure any more suffering, will rise up in rebellion.
Development on the musical is continuing. You can listen to some tracks from the show here.