Ralph Lee
A Popol Vuh Story

The Public Theater
September 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
(World Premiere)

Commissioned and Produced by INTAR, Hispanic American Arts Center Artistic

Director: Max Ferra
Managing Director: David Minton
Conceived and Directed by Ralph Lee
Written by Cherrie Moraga
Music and Musical Direction by Glen Velez

Musicians:
Iris Brooks, Flutes
Glen Velez, David Simons, Percussion

Set Design by Donald Eastman
Costume Design by Caryn Neman
Lightning Design by Katy Orrick
Puppet Mask and Prop Design by Ralph Lee
Mask Making Assistants: Yona Levin, Jonathan Cross, Anne Ellsworth, Julia Berman, Sybil Dawkins, Robin Succar Choreographer: Sigfrido Aguilar
Stage Manager: Jesse Wooden, Jr.
Production Manager: Ken Allaire
General Manger: Steven M. Levy
Costume Assistant: Olivia Aldin
Scenic Artist: Tavia Ito
Set Constructed by Red Dot Scenic
Bass Drum loaned by Ralph Lee
Additional Musical Instruments loaned by Mettawee River Company
Casting by Orpheus Group: Ellyn Long Marshall & Maria E. Nelson

Mettawee Design Collaborator with Ralph Lee: Casey Compton

Cast
Daykeeper/Ixmucane, Grandmother Earth: Hortensia Colorado
Ixpiyacoc, Grandfather: Will H╣ao
Hunapu, their twin sons: Joe Herrara
Vucub: David Noro˝a
Cucumatz, the Plumed Serpent: Sam Wellington
Tecolote, The Owl Messenger: Julie Pasqual
Blood Sausage, the Lords of Death: Will H╣ao
Patriarchal Pus: Sa Wellington
Iquic, the Blood Woman: Adriana Inchaustegui
Hunapu II, twin sons of Hunapu I & Ixquic: Joe Herrara Xbalanque: David Noro˝a
Rat: Julie Pasqual
Understudy: Doris Difarnecio

A Popol Vuh Story was developed in association with The Mettawee River Company. Casey Compton, Managing Director, Ralph Lee, Artistic Director

This presentation of A Popol Vuh Story was made possible, in part, by a grant from AT&T. All Actors and Stage Managers in this production are members of Actors╣ Equity Association.

Special thanks to Robert and Mimi Laughlin, Sna Jtz îBajom Mayan Writers Collective, Dennis Ferguson Acosta, Eva Brune, Max Ferra, Maria Irene Formes, Spider Woman Theatre, Materials for the Arts, Wilson Heredia, Dale Spencer Weeks, Liza Colon, Ellen Abrams and Eva Atsalis for the contribution to the development of the piece.

RALPH LEE is an internationally respected designer and puppet-master whose low-tech style brings folktales to life with haunting masks, puppets of all sizes and shapes, and ingenious effects wrought with dazzling simple simple means. He founded the Village Halloween Parade, and is Artistic Director for his Mettawee River Company. For the past six years, he has worked with a Mayan writer╣s cooperative company in San Cristobal de las Casas (Chiapas, Mexico), assisting them in the development of an acting company and the direction of original plays.

INTAR HISPANIC AMERICAN ARTS CENTER emerged in New York City in 1966 as a response to the Existing-language stage which had failed to encourage interest in the multi-cultural richness of our nation. Their mission is to identify, develop and present the work of Hispanic-American theatre artists and multi-cultural visual artists, as well as to introduce American audiences to outstanding works by internationally respected artists.