Coming in 2022
The Dark Stone (La Piedra Oscura), by Alberto Conejero, is a pulsing story of difference and reconciliation set against the turmoil of Spain’s Civil War. After many months without live performance, we are eager to bring our devised theater work back to the New York stages. The Dark Stone, featured in our Staged Reading Series 2018 and the Spotlight on Contemporary Spanish Theater in 2021, is a tribute to the victims of the Spanish Civil War and a homage to Lorca, one of the greatest poets and playwrights from Spain.
The Dark Stone premiered at the Centro Dramático Nacional (National Theatre) in Madrid on January 15, 2015. The play received 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 (The 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.