Country Chile

Discipline Theater

Audience Youth | Adults

Recomended for +14

Duration 60 minutes

Language Spanish

Dates January 8, 9 and 10, 21:00 h

A piece that deals with a contemporary issue – what happens on stage happens in today’s society – plus dramatic tension and performances that touch both your heart and mind

Radio Biobio

Lobo tells the story of a couple trapped in a relationship in which violence and contempt have become the norm. Mario is an older man who has fallen in love with a younger woman. We come to understand they’ve been together a long time and that they’re in a co-dependent love-hate relationship. The woman however will do whatever it takes to make her partner pay for his actions and admit the fears that plague him. The play, however, is also a struggle between Mario and his conscience: it takes place in Punta Peuco, a controversial prison where the prisoners - active agents under the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet - have several privileges. “We’ve gotten used to making people disappear, just like in those times. We’re constantly trying to make the other disappear. Reality goes on around us, but we choose to ignore it”, says Luis Dubó, the actor who plays Mario. A quick-witted production shot through with comedy, Lobo takes us into the everyday life of a former torturer and questions how the same intolerance and lack of understanding are replicated around us day in, day out.

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Direction

Andrea García-Huidobro

(Chile, 1985)

Andrea García-Huidobro is a theater director and actress. She has directed plays including Locos de amor by Sam Shepard and 12 horas de amor con Cata Valdivieso by the Contadores Auditores. As an actress, she has taken part in numerous productions, including Tribus by Nina Raine, directed by Manuela Oyarzún; Edmond by David Mamet and Distinto, directed by Alfredo Castro. She was a cast member for the movies La Nana by Sebastián Silva and Machuca by Andrés Wood. She currently teaches at the Arcos Professional Institute.

Direction and dramaturgy

Patricio Yovane

(Chile)

Patricio Yovane is a playwright, actor and theater director. He studied scriptwriting at La Factoría del Guión in Madrid. As an actor, he has taken part in productions such as Karen by the Contadores Auditores, Ricardo III by Teatro del Terror and La estructura del fracaso by Andrea García-Huidobro.

Directors Andrea García-Huidobro and Patricio Yovane | Written by Patricio Yovane | Cast Valentina Acuña, Luis Dubó | Music Felipe Lehmann, Alejandro Miranda | Lighting Víctor Villaseca | Designer Mary Ann Smith

  • Lobo involves an experienced cast that was critically acclaimed. Leopoldo Pulgar highlighted the way in which actor Luis Dubó managed to weigh his body down with the daily routine of the former torturer (“he knows how to move realistically”, he said). He also pointed out Valentina Acuña’s “great stage presence” which, he said, added an extra dimension to the piece. “She combines an expressive strength, subtle nuances, sensuality, a conscience, a thirst for justice”. Joining them are directors Andrea García-Huidobro and Patricio Yovane, two young talents from the local scene.

  • The play tackles certain sensitive and unresolved issues in Chilean society, such as pacts of silence about the dictatorial past, preventing justice from being done. “In Chile, we’ve learnt to coexist with hate, on the streets, in our relationships, at work. That’s not normal. We’d love Lobo to be an opportunity, an option that helps us to heal. If a couple has secrets, their relationship’s going to suffer. The same happens in society. If secrets still exist, they’ve got to come out into the open so we can move forward”, Andrea García-Huidobro has said.

  • The script deals with the historical problem that is the Chilean dictatorship but from a contemporary perspective, reflecting on how what it left behind – rage, resentment, violence – affect us today. “It’s not a play about the past; it’s about how the past affects the present”, says Patricio Yovane. Luis Dubó adds, “Chile’s sick. There’s abuse against consumers, in the workplace, between people, from the political classes. Crazy people are on the streets, filled with rage. A failing system is coming to its end, which is why it’s really important to think about these things”, reflects Dubó.

  • The set aims to draw the audience in by involving all five senses. In the same way, the acting is realistic and informal, with touches of humor and theatrical collusion.
  • Punta Peuco prison. Also called the Punta Peuco Preventative Detention and Special Sentencing Unit, this prison complex houses retired military officers and former agents of the state convicted for human rights violations during Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship. It was opened in 1995 by President Eduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle and is located in Til-Til. At the beginning of 2017, President Michelle Bachelet announced the prison’s closure and the transfer of its prisoners to Colina, triggering an important debate in society about the prisoners’ future. This measure, however, has yet to be enforced.

«Dramatic tension and performances that touch both your heart and mind»

Radio Biobio

«A pre-meditated piece, legitimately political (...) an interesting script and a well-assembled set»

El Mostrador

Impeccable acting (…) Excellent use of the stage

Tuiteros Cultura

A piece that deals with a contemporary issue – what happens on stage happens in today’s society – plus dramatic tension and performances that touch both your heart and mind

Radio Biobio

«Dramatic tension and performances that touch both your heart and mind»

Radio Biobio

«A pre-meditated piece, legitimately political (...) an interesting script and a well-assembled set»

El Mostrador

Impeccable acting (…) Excellent use of the stage

Tuiteros Cultura