|Jorge Martin, Cepp Selgas and Mercedes Mestre.|
In real life Clara Mortera is the magnificent Cuban painter: Clara Morera.
By the 70's decade Reinaldo was my next block neighbor in Havana. My neighbor across the street in Manhattan by the 80's.
Just by chance I was involved in making possible the historic meeting with Clara and renowned American artist-and-filmmaker Julian Schnabel at Gustavo Valdés NJ'ARS Atelier Galleries, when "Before Night Falls" (the movie) was about to hit production. "Before Night Falls" was Reinaldo's autobiographical novel, later becoming a movie and also an opera.
And just by chance again (at a recent party) I had the pleasure of meeting Cuban-born composer Jorge Martin, the musician and author of the beautiful and successful opera, based on "Before Night Falls".
Reinaldo Arenas committed suicide on December 7, 1990. A day like today, twenty two years ago.