Country Chile

Discipline Theater

Audience Youth | Adults

Recomended for +16

Duration 52 minutes

Language Spanish

Dates January 11 and 12, 22.00h / January 13, 21.00h/ January 15, 16 and 17, 22.00h

The playwright and director provide details of the background to this dramatic crime of passion, in a country where people have actually reported police aggression

Radio Biobio

Franco is the reconstruction of a crime of passion: a cop is locked up at the station where he works after savagely attacking a transvestite in the center of Santiago. He originally joined the force in order to escape his past and avoid following a path into crime. Franco is a repressed man who became a cop to earn respect, but what was supposed to save him will also be his downfall when he comes face to face with his first love again. The play reconstructs the main character’s past and, little by little, he remembers flashes of what has happened. In a powerful visual and auditory piece, outstanding director Alexandra von Hummel portrays the collapse of the life Franco constructed for himself. The story is told using partial flashbacks and the actor’s voice is sometimes artificially altered in order to show the different versions of him that co-exist and grate against each other. Franco is the first part of the Rabia trilogy and was part of the 2017 Lápiz de Mina Theater Festival at the GAM Center.

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Direction

Alexandra von Hummel

(Chile)

Alexandra von Hummel is an actress, director and teacher and, together with Alexis Moreno, founder of the Teatro La María Company, with which she has put on 19 productions, including Trilogía negra, La tercera obra, Los millonarios and El hotel. Their productions have been put on at different venues both in Chile and abroad, in countries such as Germany, the United States, Portugal, Peru, Japan, France and Italy. As well as working with the company, she has taken part in independent projects with directors such as Cristián Plana, Rodrigo Pérez and Rodrigo Soto.

Dramaturgy

María José Pizarro

(Chile)

María José Pizarro is an actress, journalist and playwright. In 2014, she did a playwriting diploma at the University of Chile and in 2015 she studied under Juan Radrigán as part of an intensive course at the Siglo XX Workshop. In 2017 she took part in the seventh version of La Rebelión de las Voces by Santiago Off with Lucas Barfuss and Samuel Gallet. In December of the same year, Franco, the first part of the Rabia trilogy, was performed as part of the Lápiz de Mina Festival at the GAM. In 2018, she was chosen for the 2018-2019 version of The Royal Court in London’s international program.

Director, sets and costumes Alexandra von Hummel Written by María José Pizarro Lighting designer Rodrigo Ruiz Sound designer Daniel Marabolí Cast Juan Gálvez, Javiera Mendoza, Alejandro Fonseca, Martín Flores Producer María José Pizarro

  • Alexandra von Hummel is one of the most interesting voices in recent Chilean theater who, as co-founder of the Teatro La María company with her partner Alexis Moreno, has put on almost 20 plays that have caught critics’ attention and been performed at venues in countries such as Germany, France and the United States. Their approach has been described as “an original type of theater, somewhat subversive and completely visual … something innovative”, according to the El Mercurio newspaper.

  • Although this play does not belong to the Teatro La María company, it does reflect the permanent themes of Alexandra von Hummel’s work: characters who are aware of their failures, a certain degree of rage and a balance between discourse and esthetics, as she herself has said.

  • Franco tackles several contemporary issues: on one hand, it questions the police at a time when the Chilean force is going through one of the most difficult times in its history and, on the other, it brings to the fore gender violence, homophobia and the harsh discourse that still exists in society about masculinity, a concept steeped in violence and oppressive virility.

  • Franco is noteworthy from an esthetic point of view, since it’s based on memory and how we reconstruct and portray it. In a piece that, from a visual perspective, concentrates on how we see flashbacks, von Hummel creates an esthetic experience that, for her, is fundamental to the relationship with the audience. “It’s something that changes in the mind and in the whole body, like synapses: you forge relationships you never would have before”, the director has said.
  • The Rabia Trilogy. Franco is part of this trilogy by playwright María José Pizarro. Rage as a concept is, for Alexandra von Hummel, something that defines her understanding of theater. “Beyond its current relevance, I wonder about the phenomena we’re part of, maintaining a sensible distance. I create theater from a state of rage. If people don’t have rage, they’ve got no drive”, she claims in the El Mercurio newspaper.

  • Teatro La María. This is a Chilean company whose history spans almost 20 years and which was founded in 2000 by Alexandra von Hummel and Alexis Moreno. Among their most famous productions are the plays Trilogía negra, La tercera obra, Los millonarios (performed at the Sala de Parto Festival in Peru) and El hotel. The latter was part of Santiago a Mil in 2018 and is a story based on the life of a group of former torturers and murderers from the time of the dictatorship, who are imprisoned in Antarctica. Several of their productions have been performed abroad. Franco was not written by Teatro La María but is a piece von Hummel created independently.

«Franco is the journey to hell that is within each and every one of us (...) A splendid social portrayal of the less well-off in a country in which segregation is the norm»

Tuiteroscultura.com

The playwright and director provide details of the background to this dramatic crime of passion, in a country where people have actually reported police aggression

Radio Biobio

«Franco is the journey to hell that is within each and every one of us (...) A splendid social portrayal of the less well-off in a country in which segregation is the norm»

Tuiteroscultura.com