Thursday, June 30, 2016

Long time Artes de la Rosa Artistic Director is stepping down

Artes de la Rosa Board of Directors President, Tanisia Castillo-Queppet, today announced the departure of Artistic Director Adam Adolfo who will step down this fall from the 17 year old non-profit. He joined Fort Worth’s only Latino arts organization late in 2009 serving first as Executive Director and eventually being named Artistic Director.
A moment from rehearsal for Into the Woods
Photo by Vishal Molhotra
“We all knew one day Adam might make the difficult decision to continue his artistic journey and explore new opportunities. It is hard to say goodbye, but we are grateful for the exciting work he has brought to Artes de la Rosa’s gallery and theatre. He will be a hard act to follow and we wish him nothing but the best in all his future artistic endeavors,” said Tanisia Queppet, Artes de la Rosa’s first female Board President.

During his time, Adolfo has overseen 7 seasons of programming featuring film, festivals, and of course theatre.  Some of his directing credits at Artes de la Rosa include, In the Heights, The Fifth Sun, Twelfth Night, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Romeo & Juliet, A View From the Bridge, Man of La Mancha, and the Tango Opera, Maria de Buenos Aires.
A captured moment from Romeo & Juliet
directed by Adam Adolfo
Winner of Fort Worth Weekly’s Visionary Award, Adam Adolfo even appeared on the Rose Marine Theater stage serving as the Narrator in the wildly reimagined ‘theatrical’ staging of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods. Prior to Artes de la Rosa, Adolfo served as Executive Artistic Director for The Living Opera, General Manager for Ohio’s Weathervane Playhouse, and was a Production Associate at the Arizona Theatre Company. His work as a director has been seen throughout North Texas including productions for QLive, Runway Theatre, Grand Prairie Arts Council, Onstage in Bedford, and The Stolen Shakespeare Guild. Adolfo previously studied with the Texas Shakespeare Festival and holds his theatre degree from Stephen F. Austin University.

“I have been fortunate enough to be able to work in the arts community and be a part of Fort Worth’s theatre scene because of Artes de la Rosa. I am proud to have made my home here for the last 7 years,” said Adolfo. “My focus when I arrived was innovation, artistically, but also within what we perceived as “Latino” art. We have challenged our audiences by exploring new worlds and energizing old genres - and I’m proud of that.”

Adam Adolfo’s final day will be Friday September 30th.  Adolfo will next stage the Regional Premiere of the musical, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown adapted from Spanish Filmmaker Pedro Almodovar’s film. The production’s opening night is Saturday July 23rd.  
A moment from the Artes de la Rosa production of
Twelfth Night: A Musical Comedy Carnival

The Artes de la Rosa Board of Directors will begin a search for an Executive Director in the coming months. 

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Artes de la Rosa Finds It's Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Artes de la Rosa Finds Its

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown


Artes de la Rosa is proud to announce principle casting for the REGIONAL PREMIERE of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown receiving its first North Texas staging this July. The musical comedy features a book by Jeffrey Lane, with music and lyrics by David Yazbek and is adapted from the Academy Award Nominated cult film of the same name by Pedro Almadovar. The cast of 18 features 5 Artes de la Rosa debuts at the historic Rose Marine Theater. This regional premiere will utilize the full West End production orchestration.

Set in late 80’s Madrid, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown tells the story of the intertwining lives of a group of women whose relationships with men lead to a tumultuous 48 hours of love, confusion, and passion. Originally based by Almodóvar on Jean Cocteau’s The Human Voice, the show follows Pepa, Candela and Lucia struggling for power over their own lives. The production is adapted from the Spanish Pedro Almodovar film which will receive a screening at The Rose Marine Theater on June 18th at 7:30 pm.

Leading the cast is Artes de la Rosa veteran Alden Bowers Price in the role of Pepa, a woman whose life has been turned upside down by a man. You may remember Alden from her moving and powerful performance as The Baker’s Wife in Artes de la Rosa’s critically acclaimed production of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods. Playing the role of Lucia, originated on Broadway by Patti Lupone, is Kristin Spires, last seen on the Rose Marine stage in Twelfth Night: A Musical Comedy Carnival. Rounding out the female principle cast are Rachael Blizzard as Paulina and Louis Zapata Resident Acting Company members Emma Leigh Montes and Elizabeth Thresher as distractible model Candela and no-nonsense Marissa, both seen in Welcome to Arroyo’s. James Worley and Jordan Justice play father and son Yvan and Carlos respectively with former Louis Zapata Resident Company member Jason Solis acting as the narrating Taxi Cab Driver. The Women on the Verge ensemble will include Trey Cardona, Loagan Vince Hudson, Haven Isom, Mindamora Rocha, Suzann Schultz, Bo Sickling, Celeste Spangler, Kyle R. Trentham, Fidencio Vazquez, and Samantha Whitbeck.

The production is directed by Artes de la Rosa Artistic Director Adam Adolfo who is also serving as Costume Designer. Frequent collaborator and Column Award winner Kristin Spires serves as Music Director with Welcome to Arroyo’s dancer Nathan Scott as Choreographer. Bradley Gray who designed Artes de la Rosa’s Twelfth Night, Welcome to Arroyo’s, and Man of La Mancha serves as Scenic Designer with Big Fish: 12 Chairs Lighting Design is by Kyle Harris with Sound Design by Mark Howard. Production begins July 22 with a single preview and opening night July 23 at the Rose Marine Theater in Fort Worth for a strictly limited 3 week engagement.



Both touching and hilarious, Women On The Verge is a story about women and the men who pursue them... finding them, losing them, needing them, and rejecting them. At the center is Pepa whose friends and lovers are blazing a trail through 1980s Madrid. Along with Pepa, there's her missing (possibly philandering) lover, Ivan; his ex-wife of questionable sanity, Lucia; their son Carlos; Pepa's friend, Candela, and her terrorist boyfriend; a power-suited lawyer, and a taxi driver who dispenses tissues, mints and advice in equal proportion. Mayhem and comic madness abound, balanced by the empathy and heart that are trademarks of Almodóvar's work.


WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN: The Musical begins performances Friday July 22 with official opening night Saturday July 23. Performances are Thursdays 7:30 pm, Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00 pm. There will be a single Sunday Matinee on August 7 at 3:00 pm.  General Admission tickets are $16 for adults and $13 for students, teachers, & seniors. Opening Night Tickets are $20 and include a party with the cast and crew following the performances. Tickets will go on sale on Wednesday June 22. For tickets or more information, call the Rose Marine Theater Box Office at (817) 624-8333.  Special ticket prices are available for groups of 10 or more. Tickets can be purchased online at  


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