The Loisaida Center is proud to announce

2016 Theater Co. Residency Recipient:

Casa Cruz de la Luna

Casa Cruz de la Luna Theatre at the Loisaida Center

Proposed project for the residency:

“Soltando la lengua / Lo(o)sing your Tongue”  

Time frame of Residency @ Loisaida: February 1st 2016 to April 28th 2016

Loisaida Inc.Center welcomes the Puerto Rican experimental theatre company Casa Cruz de la Luna in a new residency:“Soltando la lengua / Lo(o)sing your Tongue.”

For the past decade, Casa Cruz de la Luna Theatre has been studying how “poor” quotidian technologies related to language (such as text processing, dictation, messaging and translation programs) can be integrated into new ways of creating theatre. Through different workshops, talks and presentations, group members Aravind Enrique Adyanthaya, Alejandra Maldonado and Christopher Cancel Pomales will explore with participants how passages (pases) between written and  spoken words, virtual and embodied presences, familiar and fluctuating codes can generate the stage as a space of multiple lines of communication.

The residency starts with a FREE and OPEN public workshop-laboratory, “Escritura Acto:  The Poetics of Live Writing”

Registration is Open, Space is Limited! 



Words & Images – Intensive Workshop for Youth

Dates:  April 16 and 17 (Saturday and Sunday): 1:00-5:00 PM

Location: 710 E 9th St., Lower East Side, New York 10009

Overview: Come and explore how bodies in space create theatrical pictures that can be linked in many ways to spoken and projected words. This workshop combines Brazilian director Augusto Boal´s notions of image theatre with “escritura acto” (computerized writing projected live), a practice we have developed at Casa Cruz de la Luna Theatre. Using the texts generated by the participants some of the exercises will take the form of individual poetry presentations or collective performative sketches.

Instruction will be conducted in English but participants can work in whatever language they choose.


-Targeted for ages 15-18 years old

-Participants should be able to attend the full two sessions

-Wear clothes comfortable for movement. Bring pen or pencil and notebook.

Facilitated by Casa Cruz de la Luna Company members: Aravind E. Adyanthaya, Alejandra Maldonado and Christopher Cancel.

This workshop is free, but space is limited!



Escritura Acto/The Poetics of Live Writing

Dates:  February 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18 (Tuesdays and Thursdays): 6:30-9:30 PM

Location: 710 E 9th St., Lower East Side, New York 10009

Overview: Focusing on “escritura acto”-or the act of live computerized writing projected onstage- this workshop will develop  a consciousness of the performer as another medium (medio, mediumnidad) interacting physically and energetically with other mediums (actors, spectators, objects, apparatuses, locations, programs) in performance.  Exercises will explore the different mechanisms for generating tension through escritura acto, such as:  disjunction (writing one content while speaking another); precognition (playing with expectations on how words and sentences are going to be completed): body kinetic responses to the writing as it is being produced; and the movement of texts through translation / dictation / reading /copying chains. The lab process will culminate in a presentation open to the public on the last day of class.


-18 years and older (we will also have a workshop for younger participants, stay tuned)

-Participants should be able to attend the 6 sessions since the work is cumulative and leading to a final performance.

-Participants will be asked to memorize short texts as assignments.

-Especially useful for theatre makers; performance, visual and sound artists; writers; students focused on literature and/or the performing arts; and people interested in transmedia narratives

Facilitator:  Aravind E. Adyanthaya

This workshop is free, but space is limited!

Company Profile:

English: Casa Cruz de la Luna. Originally based in an old house in the historical district of the town of San Germán in the Southwest of Puerto Rico, Casa Cruz de la Luna, has as its mission the continuous study of the limits of the theatrical experience. Founded in 1998 by Aravind Enrique Adyanthaya, the group has engaged in experimental stagings of classical works by Jorge Luis Borges, Cervantes, García Lorca, Oscar Wilde and  Maeterlinck, as well as the development of new plays by Puerto Rican authors such as José “Pepe” Liboy, Mayra Santos Febres, Carlos Canales, Jaime Carrero, Fátima Santana, Lina Nieves Avilés and Manuel Ramos Otero.

Since 2012,  the company has begun to establish a second home-base in New York City, collaborating in joint projects with  New York Theatre Workshop, Theatre for the New City, The Organization of Puerto Rican Artists (OP Art), LA TEA at the Clemente Soto Vélez Center, Pregones/PRTT and now The Loisaida Inc.Center.

Website: Click here.

Spanish: CASA CRUZ DE LA LUNA se fundó en 1997 con la visión de proveer un ámbito de movimiento para las artes y las humanidades en el área suroeste de la Isla. En el 1998 empieza a funcionar desde su base en la Calle Luna, Esquina de la Cruz en el distrito histórico del pueblo de San Germán. Su actividad se ha extendido desde actividades educativas y de presentación hasta la creación de una compañía profesional de teatro experimental. Desde el 1999, la Casa ha crecido como foro donde discursos sobre arte, sociedad y teoría se materializan a través de conferencias, exposiciones, talleres, proyectos de investigación y puestas escénicas. La inauguración de la Casa como galería (1999), la organización de la Biblioteca Marcos A. Ramírez (2001-3) y la participación de la compañía de teatro en giras y proyectos internacionales (desde el 2000) han servido de puntales para nuestra labores presentes y aspiraciones futuras.


Alejandra Maldonado Morales is a stage manager, designer and performer born in Puerto Rico and a new resident of Brooklyn.  She graduated from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez with a B.A. in Art History.  Alejandra has been a member of Casa Cruz de la Luna since 2009, participating in the company productions of:  The Marquis de Sade is Afraid of the Sea at the Yagüez Theatre (as performer), La Mano:  Tales of the End of the World  at Theatre for the New City  (performer), Garuda´s Glove at Puerto Rico´s Museum of Contemporary Art (performer and stage manager), La Clase Viva  at the Perry Grade School in Lajas, Puerto Rico (production manager), Maeterlinck´s Interieur at Casa Cruz de la Luna´s planta noble (lighting design and performer), Wilde´s Salomé at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras  (technical director) and Hagiographies at Pregones Theatre (performer and stage manager).   Work with other companies includes:  Awilda Rodríguez Lora´s El Velorio de la Comay (BAAD-NY), Teach, Teacher, Teachest (One-Eight, INTAR) and All That Dies and Rises (M-34, Cloud of Fools, IATI).

Christopher Cancel Pomales works in set and lightning design.  He has also been an actor with Casa Cruz de la Luna since the site-specific production of Jorge Luis Borges’ The Library of Babel at the Santa María Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery in Old San Juan (2009).  Other projects with the company include:  Quisimos tanto a Lydia (performer), The Marquis de Sade is Afraid of the Sea (technical director), La Mano:  Tales of the End of the World (technical director), Garuda´s Glove (performer), The Story of the Woman of the Sea (lighting designer), Salomé (lighting designer) and Hagiographies (performer and lighting designer).  In New York Chris has also collaborated with M-16 and Cloud of Fools in All That Dies and Rises at IATI, with One-Eight and INTAR in Teach, Teacher, Teachest and with Columbia University in the Columbia Playwriting Festival at the Signature Theatre.  Recently he played the lead role in a staged reading of Aravind Adyanthaya´s Fausto Angleró at Repertorio Español.   Christopher is a graduate in social sciences from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez and an MFA candidate in theatre design at Brooklyn College, CUNY.

Aravind Enrique Adyanthaya, Puerto Rican writer and theatre artist.  Founder and director of Casa Cruz de la Luna.  His works have been presented by the company at Casa de las Américas in La Habana, the Ibero-American Theatre Festival in Lima, the Latin American Theatre Festival in Morelia, the LIBER 2010 event in Barcelona, Ulrike Quade’s performance cabaret in Amsterdam, Essex University in the U.K. and the Feria del Libro in Santo Domingo.  In the U.S. he has has been a Jerome and McKnight fellow at the Playwrights’ Center, a Joyce grantee at Teatro del Pueblo and Pangea World Theatre in Minneapolis, a directing fellow at New York Theatre Workshop and currently, a resident artist at the Center of Book Arts, New York.   Aravind holds a Ph.D. degree in theatre historiography from the University of Minnesota and an M.D. degree from the Mayo Clinic.