Upcoming: Sleeping Beauty Dreams

The Kennedy Center presents the U.S. Premiere of
Marionetas de la Esquina’s
Sleeping Beauty Dreams

Co-Commissioned by Marionetas de la Esquina and the Kennedy Center

February 16 – 17, 2013
In the Family Theater

(WASHINGTON, D.C.)—The Kennedy Center presents the U.S. premiere production of
Sleeping Beauty Dreams in the Family Theater from February 16 – 17, 2013. Co-
commissioned with puppet theater company Marionetas de la Esquina of Mexico, the play is
written by award-winning playwright Amaranta Leyva and directed by Lourdes Pérez Gay.
Sleeping Beauty Dreams is recommended for ages five and up. The performance on Saturday, February 16
at 11:00 a.m. will be held in Spanish.

Sleeping Beauty Dreams reimagines the famous princess as an overprotected daughter
looking for a way to break free of her castle walls in order to search for true love…and her true
self. A contemporary look at this classic tale, Marionetas de la Esquina’s humorous storytelling and whimsical puppetry awake this sleeping princess as never before.

In 2004, the company was recognized by
CONACULTA and included in the program México en Escena (Mexico on Stage), a program
that supports experienced and renowned groups. In 2006, company member and playwright
Amaranta Leyva received the Mexican National Prize for Children’s Theater for her play the
dress. Also, in 2006 the company was awarded by the National Critics of Mexico. The
company’s history has been published in a book called Marionetas de la Esquina, Tras
Bambalinas (FONCA, Cal y Arena, México, 2004) (“Marionetas de la Esquina, behind the

Lucio Espíndola (Founder). Author, actor, director, puppeteer, and puppet-maker, Lucio
Espíndola has dedicated himself to the production, exhibition, teaching and diffusion of the art of
puppetry since 1973. He has written 13 plays, built more than 400 puppets, and has acted in
approximately 10,000 performances.


Performances of Sleeping Beauty Dreams run in the Kennedy Center Family Theater on February
16 at 11:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 5:00 p.m. and February 17 at 1:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. The
performance on Saturday, February 16 at 11:00 a.m. will be held in Spanish. All seats are $18.
Please visit the Kennedy Center website at www.kennedy-center.org or by calling Instant Charge at
(202) 467-4600. Patrons living outside the Washington metropolitan area may dial toll-free at (800)