Omar Aito's shrewd eye was right with the first assessment: his student Nicolás Cesare, then a teenager with some timid aspirations of becoming an actor, had the skills to start a respectable career on stage.
Until then he had only been encouraged to star in "The Red Balloon" at age 6, and the teacher was convinced that he was up for more.
Later, the promising actor that Aito had envisioned passed into the hands of Ricardo Miguelez, creator and director of the
Pepe Biondi Group
When Cesare had just celebrated his 17th birthday at his house in Lanús, an unexpected event would become the cornerstone of a career that today celebrates 30 years.
In April 1993, the theater group Fundación Rajatabla, from Venezuela, disembarked in Buenos Aires to present "El coronel no tiene quien le escriba" -the novel by Gabriel García Márquez adapted by director Carlos Giménez- at the Astral theater- and added to the cast to Cesare to replace a member who had not been able to travel.
30 years after his beginnings as an actor, Nicolás Cesare presents three plays, specially designed for secondary school students.
Thus, almost without intending to, Cesare made his way onto the local scene, until he ended up in the multifaceted cultural environment of
Lomas de Zamora
and surroundings, the place where this 47-year-old from La Plata belonged, who as a baby had to leave his hometown before of the March '76 coup, when his father Alfredo -a hard-working carpenter graduated as a geologist at the University of La Plata- glimpsed the brutal repression that was coming.
Although fragile, the south of the suburbs would provide them with that place of support that they were looking for in the bullfights.
Cesare also found a bright space in the classrooms of the primary level of the Nere Echea Institute.
“In seventh grade we read
Borges and Cortázar
It was incredible”, the artist, today the owner of a career spanning three decades as an actor, director, author and producer, gratefully acknowledges.
In 1998 -25 years ago-, Cesare decided to honor that learning past offered to him by the school, the teachers Aito and Miguelez and the teachings of Carlos Giménez during that unforgettable May of 1993 -when "El colonel..." was presented in performances daily from Tuesday to Sunday- with the inauguration of the Teatro El Refugio, in Banfield.
That bastion of the local scene -a showcase of vocational artists and consecrated figures-
left its mark in Maipú at 1100 and has been operating since 2002 at Maipú 540.
The current headquarters of the El Refugio Theater, at Maipú 540, Banfield.
Cesare was 22 years old and his resume already accumulated experience with Rajatabla, the staging with Miguelez of "Stefano", by Discépolo, at the Teatro General San Martín and the participation in the last five episodes of "Son de diez" in his first foray on tv.
“All of this meant a launching pad for everything that I was going to face later on”, Cesare values.
Among other works, he would dispense with long days of rehearsals to go on stage with versions of "Waiting for Godot" -by Samuel Beckett, directed by Omar Aita-, "La nona" -by Roberto Cossa-, "The Tell-Tale Heart" -by Edgar
"The Miser" -by Moliere-, Antigone -by Jean Anouilh- and even two classic pieces by Shakespeare: "Romeo and Juliet" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream".
Now he is preparing to celebrate his 30 years of experience as he knows best.
On the one hand, it offers the possibility of presenting the blind theater piece "From the Well, a story in the dark"
in schools or Memory Space ,
a moving reconstruction of life in the underworld of the clandestine detention center Pozo de Banfield, which premiered in September 2021 -supported by the testimony of Pablo Díaz, survivor of La Noche de los Lápices- at El Refugio.
Nicolás Cesare and a recreation of "The Little Prince".
The round date seems to have given Cesare new energy, driven to face other challenges at the same time, accompanied by the Lomas de Zamora Culture Department, such as the proposals for secondary level students “El accompaniment” -by Carlos Gorostiza- and
“ The Black Cat" by Edgar Allan Poe.
The famous tale of suspense and terror that Poe wrote will be represented by Cesare on Wednesday April 19 at 10 and 14, with free admission, at the Teatro del Municipio (Manuel Castro 262, Lomas de Zamora).
Meanwhile, Cesare is preparing to finish his degree in Cultural Management at the University of Avellaneda, without neglecting his passion for independent theater -free and cap-, with "The Little Prince" -by Antoine de Saint Exupery- and " Mr. Galíndez”, by Eduardo “Tato” Pavlovsky.
Public management also touched the long-term actor and director.
He served as general coordinator of the Municipal Theater and director of Culture of Lomas.
But his is on stage, just as a visionary perceived it more than thirty years ago.
Nicolás Cesare (the first from the right), with the cast that accompanied him in the play "El señor Galíndez", by Eduardo "Tato" Pavlosky.
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