By La Caja de Fósforos
A moving piece, based on a journalistic book, which delves into the complex reality of those suffering from schizophrenia and their families, aiming to help us empathize.
Hay que tirar las vacas por el barranco is a theatrical adaptation of the book Voces del laberinto, by Spanish journalist Ricard Ruiz Garzón (2005), bringing together 15 testimonies from both patients suffering from schizophrenia and their families. In the play, different monologues run the gauntlet of the disease, from the first symptoms to a cure or death, aiming to try and disperse the stigma, myths and prejudice surrounding this illness. “Sometimes theater needs to shed its skin and get rid of some of its most elemental devices in order to be able to talk about certain realities”, say its creators, the Venezuelan company La Caja de Fósforos, They wanted to talk about schizophrenia because it’s an illness that affects communication and relationships with other people. “By listening to patients who are suffering from the disease; by listening to family members who are also victims of the disease; by using actual voices that reflect the most pure and human form of desperation and with the bare minimum of artistic arrangements, we might be able to break down the barriers that prevent us from identifying our own fears and anxieties in these people and to share the same – human - head space”.
Cast and crew
Play based on the book by Ricard Ruiz Garzón | Written and directed by: Orlando Arocha | Cast: Gretel Stuyck, Haydee Faverola, Diana Volpe, Ricardo Nortier, Rafa Cruz | A La Máquina Cultural Association and La Caja de Fósforos (Caracas, Venezuela) production.
Representing Venezuelan theater worldwide
An Ethnology graduate and post-graduate theater student at the New Sorbonne University, he’s the founder of the Teatro del Contrajuego and one of the most renowned theater directors in Venezuela. He has put on more than 40 plays including some of the classics, as well as ones by contemporary international authors and Venezuelan playwrights. He has also enjoyed a career as an operatic stage director in his country, as well as in Brazil, France, Portugal and Spain, including Catalonia. He was performing arts director of and directed different seasons of the Ópera Breve at the Ateneo Center in Caracas and artistic director of the Caracas International Festival.
La Máquina Teatro
A slice of Venezuelan theater in Spain
This center for creation founded in September 2016 in Valencia, Spain with the aim of encouraging theatrical and dance training, research and the creation has premiered Vittoria by Marc Rosich and now Hay que tirar las vacas por el barranco to both critical and public acclaim.
La Caja de Fósforos
A duality of styles
This Venezuelan theater group is run by Orlando Arocha, Diana Volpe and Ricardo Nortier, former members of the Contrajuego company (1987). Its name comes from the tiny space behind the Bello Monte amphitheater in Caracas that the group started to use after the closure of the Ateneo Center, where Contrajuego used to perform its plays. This small venue puts on productions ranging from ones by important literary figures like Shakespeare, Moliere and Ibsen to ones by new figures in Venezuelan and international theater. La Caja de Fósforos has two lines of action: artistic expression in its different forms and a cultural promotion model (theater, music, audiovisuals, etc.) that connects the arts and recreation with education.
“Orlando Arocha forms part of a tenacious group of directors that are still involved in the theater and who conceive their work and role in the crisis in Venezuela as an exercise in cultural resistance”.
“Hay que tirar las vacas por el barranco sheds its geographical context to concentrate on human beings”.
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