Country Chile

Discipline Theater

Audience Youth | Adults

Recomended for +16

Duration 66 minutes

Language Spanish

Dates January 18 and 19, 21.30h / January 20, 19.00h

Keywords Platea 19

Unmissable, without a doubt

El Desconcierto

“Félix is a man growing old alone, even though he’s surrounded by people. He’s the only we see getting older though. Time hangs over him like a prison sentence. Félix the fetus, Félix the newborn, Félix the child, Félix the young man, Félix the adult, Félix as middle aged and the old Félix will all run into each other, teach each other, accompany each other and abandon each other in an intimate and heartbreaking relay of affection and shared stories in which a man like Félix (which means ‘happy’ in Latin) gets closer to death”. This is how playwright Isora Stevenson summarizes Alejandro Moreno’s text, winner of the XVIII National Theater Exhibition. This production about broken families and the clashes between generations - which brings together important figures from the Chilean theater scene, including director Cristián Plana and actors Alejandro Sieveking and Marcelo Alonso – has an innovative format and discourse. It tackles underlying issues such as the poetic emergence of life, dysfunctional families, the comedy of solitude at different stages of life, the ravages of sexuality, social isolation and narcissism as an opportunity for self-compassion and abuse.

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Direction

Cristián Plana

(Chile)

A theater director who trained at the Teatro La Memoria Research Center, he has worked as a theatrical creator since 2003. His pieces have emerged from dramatic texts, some of them classics, although he has also adapted literary works. Partido, Comida alemana, La señorita Julia, Castigo, Paso del Norte, No despiertes a los niños and Locutorio are some of the plays he has put on in Santiago and at festivals abroad.

Dramaturgy

Alejandro Moreno

(Chile)

He has a PhD in Literature and a Masters in Creative Writing from the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of New York (NYU) and a Masters in Hispanic Philosophy from the Spanish National Research Council in Madrid (CSIC). He graduated in Arts from the Theater Department at the University of Chile (DETUCH). He’s the author of an important number of dramatic works, including La amante fascista (2011) and Gastos de representación (2015), both winners at the National Theater Exhibition.

Written by Alejandro Moreno | Directed by Cristián Plana | Cast Alejandro Sieveking, Marcelo Alonso, Héctor Morales, Camilo Navarro, Elisa Vallejos, Guilherme Sepúlveda, Sofía Fajardo, Pamela González, Pedro Fontaine | Score Diego Noguera | Set, costume and lighting designer Claudia Yolín | Technical manager David González

Play premiered at and winner of the XVIII National Theater Exhibition, Chile.

  • Alejandro Moreno is one of the most outstanding playwrights on the Chilean scene. Among his scripts are Norte, Ojo blanco, Berlín no es tuyo, La amante fascista, La mujer gallina and La vagina de Laura Ingalls. He has written around 20 theater plays and his scripts – several of which have been compiled into books – have been translated into English, Mapudungun, German, Italian, French and Portuguese. He currently lives and works in New York.

  • La Tercera critic Rodrigo Miranda described the play, saying “the characters rebuild their broken family relationships, there are generational clashes reflected in the wobbly table, they get drunk on pisco, they even kiss. They’re always cloistered away in confined spaces like the mother’s womb, an incubator, their childhood bed, a school desk, the family’s dining-room table, the bathroom or a taxi. Since they can’t forget or get over the past, there’s relief in confinement, a relief that condemns them to remembering”.

  • This is a poetic, intimate and challenging play that cuts short a person’s life, from birth to death. It also brings together outstanding figures from the Chilean theater scene, such as director Cristián Plana and actors Alejandro Sieveking and Marcelo Alonso.

  • The play’s script won the XVIII National Theater Exhibition in 2018.

  • The play uses every dramatic resource available in a cohesive way, with the actors’ reflecting the poetic nature of the script through their bodies, all connected in the pursuit of telling a common story.
  • The National Theater Exhibition. This initiative is organized by the Theater Department of the Ministry for Culture, the Arts and Heritage in Chile, which aims to encourage the emergence of new playwrights in the country. It is held biannually and its main aim is to encourage contemporary Chilean creations that can then be performed in the rest of the country to encourage decentralized citizen participation. Last year, its artistic directors were the actresses Paulina García and Nona Fernández and, among its winners have been Yo soy el cartón que hace que la mesa no cojee by Alejandro Moreno and scripts by Andrés Kalawski, Gabriela Aguilera, Mónica Drouilly and Carlos Briones

  • The play’s origins. Alejandro Moreno wrote this script back in 1998, when he was studying at the University of Chile’s Theater School. He returned to it 20 years later, rewriting and updating it with details from today’s world.

«The psychological depth of each human being is perhaps the play’s greatest achievement, with the different Felixes embracing each other, kissing each other, masturbating each other, fighting each other, tearing each other apart, snapping at each other and biting each other. It’s the ominous thousand-headed monster that we all have the potential to become»

El Desconcierto

«Alejandro Sieveking, that magnificent bastion of Chilean theater, stands out just for his presence and, together with the masterful Marcelo Alonso, brings traces of humor and tenderness to this harsh, dark and stifling reflection of the passing of time»

La Tercera

Unmissable, without a doubt

El Desconcierto

«The psychological depth of each human being is perhaps the play’s greatest achievement, with the different Felixes embracing each other, kissing each other, masturbating each other, fighting each other, tearing each other apart, snapping at each other and biting each other. It’s the ominous thousand-headed monster that we all have the potential to become»

El Desconcierto

«Alejandro Sieveking, that magnificent bastion of Chilean theater, stands out just for his presence and, together with the masterful Marcelo Alonso, brings traces of humor and tenderness to this harsh, dark and stifling reflection of the passing of time»

La Tercera