Teófilo Torres es Pateco en Loisaida (in Spanish)
December 28th, 2017 – 8:00 pm at Loisaida Inc. Center
NEW YORK, NY, DECEMBER 13 2017– The most recognizable monologist in Puerto Rico; Teófilo Torres with an acting career that spans over 40 years has come to Loisaida with his new creation; Pateco el Sepulturero-“Pateco the Gravedigger”.
The character’s concept is borrowed from long time folk tale. Legend tells that after hurricane San Ciriaco hit Puerto Rico in 1899 it left so many people dead or close to dying, mainly because of illness following the hurricane, that in the city of San Juan citizens started to leave the dead bodies pile up at the front gate of the local cemetery, the gravedigger’s name at that time was said to be Pateco. From then on the people of Puerto Rico started to say that when someone had passed away it was because “Pateco had taken them under” and so the saying goes; “…a fulano se lo llevo Pateco”.
Teófilo’s take on Pateco has come back to life in 2017, this time after hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico, to take to the grave those “dead bodies” now piling up in the San Juan congress. Teófilo’s Pateco character is portrayed as a half-drunk, half-political pundit that has found a new devotion to singing jíbaro folk music “Décimas”. Pateco is a jokester, chauvinistic character that takes a swing at killing us (the audience) softly with his rimes, as well as to make us aware of the current political situation and fiscal crisis facing the Caribbean island.
Teófilo Torres (born 6 March 1954 in Ponce, Puerto Rico) is a Puerto Rican actor, director and professor of theatre. He has acted for both television as well the big screen, and has performed in Puerto Rico and internationally.