Coming in the Fall of 2020
The Dark Stone (La Piedra Oscura), by Alberto Conejero, sets a story of difference and reconciliation against the turmoil of Spain’s Civil War.
It rescues Rafael Rodríguez Rapún from obscurity, and it is ultimately a tribute to all the victims of the Civil War wo continue to lie in mass graves. Finally, it is also a beautiful homage to Lorca, one of the greatest poets and playwrights of Spain, whose spirit is present throughout the play.
The Dark Stone premiered at the Centro Dramático Nacional (National Theatre) in Madrid (Spain) on January 15, 2015. The play received numerous prestigious accolades including the 2015 Premio Ceres for Best Author, and the top five categories of the 2016 Premio Max Awards, including Best Playwright, Best Director, and Best Production. It was also a finalist for the Valle-Inclán Award.
The piece has been produced internationally in many different countries, including Russia, the United Kingdom, Chile, Mexico, Uruguay , Argentina and many others.
Alberto Conejero (Viches, 1978) graduated with a degree in Theater Direction and Dramaturgy from Real Escuela Superior de Arte Dramático and a doctorate from the Universidad Compultense de Madrid. His works have been shown in Spain, Greece, the United Kingdom, Chile, Mexico, Uruguay, Colombia, Paraguay, Argentina, Peru, and Russia, and regularly produced by the National Theatre in Spain. Recent highlights include Los Días de la Nieve (2017); La Geometria del Trigo (2018); Todas las noches de un Día (2015); La Piedra Oscura (DARK STONE) (2016), winner of a Premio Max for Best Playwright among many other awards; and Ushuaia (2013), winner of the Premio Ricardo López de Aranda.
Alberto has also translated and adapted for the stage several classics works, commissioned and produced by the National Theatre of Spain, Teatro de la Zarzuela and The National Ballet Company among others, such as Medea, Electra, The Trojan Women, The Odyssey, Fuenteovejuna, etc.
Paul Takacs is the founding Artistic Director of The Shop and most recently directed the New York premiere of David Harrower’s Knives in Hens for The Shop at 59E59 Theaters. Also for The Shop: The New York premiere of Philip Ridley’s Dark Vanilla Jungle at HERE Arts Center and the U.S. premieres of Jon Fosse’s I Am The Wind translated by Simon Stephens and Philip Ridley’s Tender Napalm, both at 59E59 Theaters. Other work: The world premiere of David Pinski’s Yiddish play Professor Brenner and the premiere of a new translation of Peretz Hirshbein’s Yiddish play Carcass both for the New Worlds Theatre Project at HERE Arts Center. He has also directed productions for the Stella Adler Studio and The New School for Drama. He Holds a BA in Drama from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and an MFA in Directing from The New School for Drama. He is currently on faculty at the Stella Adler Studio in New York & Marymount Manhattan College.