Country United States

Discipline Theater

Audience Youth | Adults

Recomended for +12

Duration 90 minutes

Language English, Persian, Turkish, German, Cantonese, Finnish, Hungarian, Serbo-Croatian and Russian, with subtitles at specific times

Dates January 15, 20.00h

The New Colossus holds a theatrical mirror to the United States

Los Angeles Times

Twelve refugees speaking twelve different languages are the stars of The New Colossus, an intense and emotional play in which the actors tell the stories of their immigrant ancestors. From twelve different eras and travelling from different places, they are all united by the same dream: that of leaving suffering, persecution and misery behind and finding a better life. Renowned director and actor Tim Robbins, together with the cast of The Actors' Gang, created this piece full of poetry and live music during the humanitarian crisis caused by the war in Syria, as a homage to the refugees and immigrants who risk their lives for a better future. The play, which takes place between 1864 and the present day, encourages us to question our own humanity and, at the same time, to ask ourselves about our own role in societies that are becoming more and more multicultural. After each performance, the renowned director leads an open discussion with the audience.

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Director

Tim Robbins

United States, 1958

Tim Robbins is a movie and theater director, winner of an Oscar for his performance in Mystic River (2003) by Clint Eastwood and of several Golden Globes, including one for best director for the movie Dead Man Walking (1995), as well as the award for best actor at the Cannes Film Festival. For the last 36 years, he has been artistic director of The Actors’ Gang, a company founded in 1981 with more than 200 productions and multiple awards under its belt. He has worked with filmmakers such as Steven Spielberg, Brian de Palma, Robert Altman, Spike Lee and Joel and Ethan Coen.

The Actors' Gang

By The Actors' Gang Ensemble and Tim Robbins | Director Tim Robbins | Cast Pierre Adeli, Onur Alpsen, Quonta Beasley, Kayla Blake, Kathryn Cecelia Carner, Jeanette Horn, Dora Kiss, Stephanie Lee, Mary Eileen O'Donnell, Mashka Wolfe, Paulette Zubata | Lighting designer Bosco Gerard Flanagan | Projection designer Cihan Sahin | Musical director David Robbins | Stage director Danielle Powell | Assistant stage director Luis Quintana Garcia Musicians David Robbins (percussion and guitar) and Mikala Schmitz (cello)

  • Tim Robbins is a world famous actor who, as well as working with Hollywood greats on movies such as Jungle Fever (1991), High Fidelity (2000) and Mystic River (2003), has also directed several series for HBO and movies such as the award-winning Dead Man Walking, for which he won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Oscar for best director.
  • The New Colossus tackles an incredibly relevant topic nowadays: immigration and the refugee crisis. The play was written at a time when the civil war in Syria was causing a wave of immigration that put the solidarity and empathy of the rest of the world to the test. In today’s Trump era, when racism and xenophobia are also on the increase in Chile, it’s essential to talk about this subject humanely and tactfully, like the play does.

  • Including some of the immigrants and refugees living in Chile in the cast gives the production a local flavor, highlighting the importance of multiculturality in today’s society. The play encourages us to look at both our family history and ourselves in the mirror and become aware of a undeniable reality: our faces, skin and surnames hide a past on which migration has made its mark.

  • After the performance, the Chilean audience will have the chance to talk to renowned director and actor Tim Robbins, renowned in the United States for both his career and his strong political opinions.

  • The Actors' Gang is a legendary company in the United States, emerging in the eighties as an experimental project influenced by avant-garde European theater. Some of the people to have guest-starred in their performances include the famous writer Gore Vidal, actresses Zooey Deschanel and Sarah Silverman, actor William H. Macy, Rage Against The Machine musician Tom Morello and singer Pink.
  • Commitment. The Actors' Gang has always had four main aims: to put on new, original plays without making any concessions, ingeniously reinterpretating classic pieces; to once more turn the stage into the sacred shared space it used to be; to introduce children to the theater and help them find their creative voice and to give prisoners back their freedom of expression. For the company, theater isn’t just entertainment but also a means of starting a dialogue about society and culture.

  • The New Colossus. The play’s title was taken from the sonnet written in 1883 by the poet Emma Lazarus, which is engraved on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty that for centuries welcomed immigrants arriving in the United States. Part of it reads: "Give me your tired, your poor, / Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, / The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. / Send these, the homeless, the tempest-tossed to me”.

  • Community theater. The Actors' Gang understands that theater can be an agent of social change as an art form capable of having an impact on the community, particularly among the most deprived, prisoners and low-income families. This is why the term ‘community theater’ has been coined when talking about this company: for them, theater is an opportunity to involve and integrate the people in their community and, at the same time, to create social cohesion.

«The characters come from different corners of the world, but all have suitcases loaded with fears and packed with dreams. Together they embody the tenet of e pluribus unum that has made America unique»

Los Ángeles Times

«The result is a dozen separate stories that span the globe over several centuries yet are connected by a common thread: the need to escape oppression and danger»

LA Weekly

The New Colossus holds a theatrical mirror to the United States

Los Angeles Times

«The characters come from different corners of the world, but all have suitcases loaded with fears and packed with dreams. Together they embody the tenet of e pluribus unum that has made America unique»

Los Ángeles Times

«The result is a dozen separate stories that span the globe over several centuries yet are connected by a common thread: the need to escape oppression and danger»

LA Weekly

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