Country Peru

Discipline Theater

Audience Youth | Adults

Recomended for +12

Duration 140 minutes

Language Spanish

Dates January 14, 15 and 16, 20.00 h

One of the best plays of the year

La República, Peru

More than 400 years after his birth, Shakespeare’s still very much alive, as Peruvian director Chela De Ferrari proves in Mucho ruido por nada, an original adaptation of the English playwright’s romantic comedy. In Elizabethan theater, the roles of women were played by men and the same happens here, but with a twist: there are no wigs or make-up and no hiding the fact that men are playing women. “We worked with a less stereotypical image of what’s male and female”, says De Ferrari, “to highlight that love is genderless”. Like the original, the audience becomes part of the stage and the actors form a group of musicians, this time playing samba-inspired versions of The Beatles’ songs. In this daring production, the director – who returns to Santiago a Mil after putting on La cautiva in 2016 - uses a classic to raise contemporary issues such as gender equality and homophobia.

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Chela De Ferrari

Chela De Ferrari

(Peru, 1956)

Chela De Ferrari is a Peruvian theater director and playwright, who has been artistic director of the Teatro La Plaza - one of Peru’s main theater centers - since it was founded in 2003. In 2013, she created Sala de Parto, a program to encourage local productions and new Peruvian writers. Her latest pieces as a director have been Savia, La Cautiva and Ricardo III. Her plays have been performed at important venues and festivals in Latin America and Europe.

Company: Teatro La Plaza | Directed and adapted by: Chela De Ferrari | Assistant director: Fernando Castro | Written by: William Shakespeare | Producer: Jordana Cova | Cast: Paul Vega, Pietro Sibille, Rómulo Assereto, Sergio Gjurinovic, Ricardo Velásquez, Javier Valdés, Carlos Tuccio, Ismael Contreras, Luis Sandoval, Óscar López-Arias, Emilram Cossío, Pablo Saldarriaga, Rodrigo Sánchez Patiño, Claret Quea | Musical director: Santiago Pillado-Matheu | Set designers: Luis Alberto León and Chela De Ferrari | Costume designer: Gustavo Valdez | Lighting designer: Jesús Reyes | Stagehand Andrés Caquimbo | Tour manager Roxana Rodríguez

  • Many versions of Shakespeare’s work exist and Chela De Ferrari’s takes the opportunity to raise issues that are of the utmost importance in current Latin American society: the rights of sexual minorities, gender equality, machismo and the debate on civil unions, a legal statute that doesn’t yet exist in Peru. According to the La República newspaper, the play was premiered at a theater whose audience was usually extremely conservative because "some people only went to see the play to see the shows of affection between the actors”. Actor Sergio Gjurinovic said to the press that “Chela wanted to talk about civil unions with humor, celebrating love”.

  • The play was not only described as the best of the year by important theater critics in Peruvian newspapers such as El Comercio and La República but it also won several awards: for best play at the 2017 Aibal awards, for best theater actor (Pietro Sibile) and best theater play at the 2016 Luces de El Comercio awards (voted for by the public) and the jury’s special award at the 2016 El Oficio Crítico awards, which specialize in theater that has a social and political content.

  • As far as the intended audience for Mucho ruido por nada, its team says: “The play’s for anyone who doesn’t believe in same-sex couples’ right to love, for conservative people and those adverse to change, for macho men, for women who allow people to treat them violence, for Peruvian politicians who refuse to approve gay civil unions and for each and every supporter of Fujimora. In Chile, it’s for their equivalents. Anyone different to those described will love this play”.

  • In the words of Peruvian playwright and journalist Mariana de Althaus, Mucho ruido por nada manages "something that few theater plays do: a collective catharsis, an emotion that explodes all at once among a group of people in a utopic experience that welcomes the truth. It confronts us as a society and, at the same time, celebrates our capacity to embrace a more civilized and tolerant world”.

  • Chela De Ferrari’s plays have been performed at important venues in Latin America and Europe, including the Buenos Aires International Festival; the Mirada Festival in Brazil; the Cervantino Festival in Mexico; the Festival of Iberian-American Theater in Germany; the International Festival of the Living Arts in Loja, Ecuador; Temporada Alta in Buenos Aires; the Iberian-American Festival in Bogota and the Cadiz Festival in Spain.
  • Civil unions in Peru. Peru is one of six Latin American countries where this legal statute giving people the right to form a family does not exist. In fact, there is no register of same-sex couples and no census data or any kind of official record of how many same-sex couples exist. Former President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski included civil unions in his 2016 campaign and there’s currently a bill in congress waiting to be passed. However, Peru is still a conservative country in this respect: according to recent surveys, 68% of the population rejects civil unions and 82% are against same-sex marriages.

  • Teatro La Plaza. Founded in Lima in 2003, this theatrical center for creation aims to research and interpret reality, developing a critical approach that involves the community. In 2013, Chela de Ferrari, its artistic director, created Sala de Parto, a program to encourage the creation and emergence of Peruvian plays and writers, with 10 plays given awards as part of an annual competition.

  • Much Ado About Nothing. Also known as Mucho ruido y pocas nueces in Spanish, this comedy by William Shakespeare was written between 1598 and 1599 and tells the story of a group of men who return home victorious from the war to stay in a villa in Mesina. Benedick, known for his witty anti-marriage comments, meets up again with Beatrice, an older woman who treasures her freedom as much as he treasures his. While they swear blind that Cupid’s arrow won’t ever be aimed at them, young Claudio and innocent Hero meet and fall madly in love. The small group of friends – and enemies – do everything possible to matchmake Beatrice and Benedick, which unexpectedly leads to Claudio and Hero breaking up. A play full of comedy, irony and misunderstandings, it’s been adapted multiple times to film and the theater.

  • Chela De Ferrari and Chile. Considered one of the best Peruvian plays of 2014, La cautiva was premiered at Santiago a Mil in 2016, telling the story of a girl involved in the armed conflict between the Shining Path and the Peruvian armed forces. The play was enthusiastically received by the Chilean press. “It’s (a) marvelous, startling, harrowing and much-needed (piece). An essential piece of Peruvian theater”, said Chilean critic Pedro Labra at the time.

«A delightful production (...) Its merits make Mucho ruido por nada the play of the year»

El Comercio, Peru

«An unforgettable, colorful, entertaining and intelligent Shakespeare adaptation»

La República, Peru

«We haven’t seen Shakespeare come alive like this in a long time. Chela de Ferrari has created the most emotional homage to the Sweet Swan of Avon»

El Comercio, Peru

One of the best plays of the year

La República, Peru

«A delightful production (...) Its merits make Mucho ruido por nada the play of the year»

El Comercio, Peru

«An unforgettable, colorful, entertaining and intelligent Shakespeare adaptation»

La República, Peru

«We haven’t seen Shakespeare come alive like this in a long time. Chela de Ferrari has created the most emotional homage to the Sweet Swan of Avon»

El Comercio, Peru

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