By Kike Gorena
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Can music save a family from falling into stupidity and inertia? This bold Bolivian play chooses heavy metal as a way of breaking the cycle … although it may not be enough.
In Los Maderfakers, a family of metalheads comes up with a way of surviving by any means possible in a world full of stupidity, apathy and neglect. This way of life has seriously damaged their social skills and all they want to do is form a rock band. Head of the family is Apa, an old-school rocker who sadly sees himself reflected in each of his four children. Overwhelmed by this, Apa tries to change how they’re turning out, thus speeding up their regression as a family. Los Maderfakers is a black comedy in which music seems to be the only way out, although perhaps it’s already too late. “Human stupidity shouldn’t be understood as a simple lack of intelligence; even less so as a low level of intelligence. Modern stupidity is fundamentally the standardization of the human being”, says Kike Gorena, this play’s director and writer.
Cast and crew
Written and directed by: Kike Gorena | Cast: Erika Andia, Miguel Valverde, Mauricio Toledo, Pedro Grossman, Winner Zeballos, Kike Gorena | Art and technical designer: Carlos del Águila.
Director and playwright
The voice of new Bolivian theater
Born in 1978, he’s carved out a career under the wing of his Teatro La Cueva company and in theatrical research workshops with important masters such as Guillermo Cacace, Alejandro Tantanian, Arístides Vargas, Cesar Brie, Fiore Zulli, Rolf Abderhalden and Antonio Araujo. Together with Darío Torres, he has directed La Cueva since the year 2000, producing plays such as Antípoda, Alasestatuas, El libertador en su abrigo de madera and Monsieur Mariposa. He’s also worked independently with guest casts in the cities of La Paz and Santa Cruz, developing projects such as Usted una cama y mis intenciones, Radio Paranoia, De Retro en un Rolls Royce and Los Maderfakers.
“A doorway to exploring our fascination for stupidity and idleness; it’s a warning against the worst kind of legacy we could leave, without actually meaning to”.
“Los Maderfackers is the feeling that – faced with superficiality - it might just be better to put on a Tool record, go to sleep and not just go with the flow”.
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