When: July 21-Aug. 26, 8 p.m. 2018
National Book Award finalist Cristina García is entering theater for the first time with King of Cuba, a new Central Works comedy starring queer comedian Marga Gomez and Grammy-winning bongo player Carlos Caro in an entirely Latinx cast. Based on García’s novel of the same name, King of Cuba follows two combative, elderly Cubans. One is the Cuban dictator struggling to maintain his power — “El Comandante,” played by Gomez, functions as a genre-bending, satirical homage to Fidel Castro. The other lead character, portrayed by Caro with his drums, was exiled to Miami and seeks revenge. For García, King of Cuba is her attempt at wrestling with the political divide in Cuba, which is also a personal matter — her grandmother supported Castro while her mother opposed him, and half her family fled Cuba due to the revolution while the other half chose to stay.