Country Chile

Discipline Theater

Audience Youth | Adults

Recomended for +14

Duration 70 minutes

Language Spanish

Dates January 14, 22:00; January 15 and 16, 20:00 and 22:00

Keywords Drama | Women | Platea 19

An unmissable play for those willing to look deep into the horror of decline and anguish. The very title says it all: Prefiero que me coman los perros is to die slowly and painfully
Paula Magazine

Prefiero que me coman los perros tells the story of something that could happen to anyone. Ten years after a work accident, Eugenia tries to find closure on a psychologist’s couch. She establishes an intense and ridiculous relationship with her psychologist and discovers that she’s not the only one to blame. As renowned playwright and writer Nona Fernández, one of the actresses in the play explains, the play is a reflection of these stressful and demanding times. “We’re always going against the clock, trying to make the most of every minute, scrambling to be on time, to give an answer, trying not to step out of line. We’re stuck in a routine that depresses us and drives us crazy. Prefiero que me coman los perros brings to the stage the consequences of our own madness and our desperate desire to remain part of something that traps and crushes us”. An Art Critics’ Circle award winner in 2017, this play talks about out unstable employment system, in which negligence and frustration abound, as well as going deeper into loneliness and the desire to meet people, two things typical of our times.

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Direction

Jesús Urqueta

(Chile)

Jesús Urqueta is an actor, academic and theater director. He is the director of Teatro Versión Oficial, a company that tackles subjects and political events that have occurred in the last 40 years in Chile. With them, he developed the Chile: pentalogía teatral fragmentada del bicentenario project, directing the productions H (honor), Ele (la oficina) and C (civil) and also writing the last two. He has also worked as an independent director on plays such as Taská (2013), Prefiero que me coman los perros (2017) and Cuestión de principios (2018). He’s a professor at several universities and theater schools.

Dramaturgy

Carla Zúñiga

(Chile, 1986)

Carla Zúñiga is an actress, director, playwright and teacher. She studied as a playwright under Juan Radrigán and took part in the Royal Court Theater in Latin America’s workshops, an initiative involving the Teatro a Mil Foundation and institutions in Argentina and Uruguay. She has put on productions of more than a dozen scripts, consolidating herself as one of the most interesting voices on the Chilean theater scene. Founder of La Niña Horrible company, Zúñiga has no qualms about using her creations to laugh at certain Chilean bad habits - such as social climbing, discrimination or appearances - in order to show the existence or breakdown of mediocrity in the current system.

Directed by Jesús Urqueta | Written by Carla Zúñiga | Cast Nona Fernández, Monserrat Estévez, Cristián Keim, Nicolás Zárate | Set and lighting designer Belén Abarza | Produced by Ana Cosmelli | Video technician Francisco Herrera | Costume designer Tatiana Pimentel | Sound designer Álvaro Pacheco | Graphic designer Javier Pañella | Video Eduardo Bunster | Set construction Manuel Morgado and Nicolás Muñoz | Photographs Francisco Herrera and María Paz González

  • Prefiero que me coman los perros brings together three outstanding names from the Chilean theater scene: director Jesús Urqueta, actress and writer Nona Fernández and playwright Carla Zúñiga, one of today’s most promising young creators, author of plays such as Sentimientos and Historias de amputación a la hora del té. Her style was described in Qué Pasa Magazine as "a farcical world featuring characters who, in the words of playwright Juan Radrigán, seem 'to have emerged from the river of the dead’".

  • News of the play was spread by word of mouth: its functions were always sold-out and it became one of the most talked about plays by audiences. “Little by little, word spread; the performance had something that really made it one of the season’s unmissable pieces”, said Paula Magazine.

  • The production deals with topics that are typical in today’s climate of alienation: “Unstable employment, frustration, extreme loneliness in a world crammed full of stimulae. At the end of the day, we’re in extremely fragile mental health”, says critic and writer Alejandra Costamagna. At the same time, it aims to paint a picture of the vulnerable country we live in, where the rhythm of daily life and unstable employment has increased our levels of anxiety and depression.

  • Jesús Urqueta has been involved in theater with a critical approach to social and political reality for years. In this respect, he has said “I like making theater as a citizen’s right to reply. I feel that the people who dedicate themselves to the performing arts have to make use of the opportunity they have to present conflicts and questions to the social critical spectator, doing the job the media doesn’t”.
  • Nona Fernández. The star of this play is an actress, playwright, writer and co-founder of La Pieza Oscura company. As well as other books, she has published Av. 10 de Julio Huamachuco (2007), Fuenzalida (2012), Space Invaders (2013) and Chilean Electric (2015). El taller (2012), her first theater piece, was included in the volume called Bestiario (2013) and was chosen as one of the best plays of the year, winner of an Altazor Award in 2013 for best script and of the Nuez Martin Award in 2014 for best play. Some of her latest work as an actress has been in Allende, noche de Septiembre and Liceo de niñas. In 2017, she received the prestigious Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Award in Mexico for the novel La dimensión desconocida.

«Prefiero que me coman los perros - a nightmare of a story - is Nona Fernández’ best theater performance to date»

Alejandra Costamagna, Qué Pasa Magazine

«A disturbing and distressing production that is worth seeing»

Paula Magazine

«An ironic and outrageous look at today’s society»

La Hora Newspaper

An unmissable play for those willing to look deep into the horror of decline and anguish. The very title says it all: Prefiero que me coman los perros is to die slowly and painfully
Paula Magazine

«Prefiero que me coman los perros - a nightmare of a story - is Nona Fernández’ best theater performance to date»

Alejandra Costamagna, Qué Pasa Magazine

«A disturbing and distressing production that is worth seeing»

Paula Magazine

«An ironic and outrageous look at today’s society»

La Hora Newspaper