By Diamela Eltit In a version by Teatro La Memoria


  • Spanish
  • 75 minutes
  • +14

Sixteen years after its premiere, one of the most important plays of Chilean theater, based on the book by Diamela Eltit, returns at the hand of Alfredo Castro and the original cast more relevant than ever.

First premiered in 2003, Mano de obra is back on the stage in 2019 more relevant than ever. Based on the novel of the same name by Chilean writer Diamela Eltit, this production shows the gradual deterioration of the relationship between a group of supermarket employees who share a house and have set up a kind of emergency community. Hounded by the threat of unemployment, crammed together in the most basic kind of housing, the supermarket employees survive the system with the fierceness of a community united by neglect and in which soft spots, loyalties and solidarity - as values of humanism - have been lost. Mano de obra, once again put on in the framework of the re-opening of the Teatro La Memoria, is performed with the same cast as the original, with actors Rodrigo Pérez, Amparo Noguera, Taira Court, Paola Giannini and Marcial Tagle joined by actor Jaime Leiva.

Staging and adapted by: Alfredo Castro | Cast: Amparo Noguera, Taira Court, Paola Giannini, Rodrigo Pérez, Marcial Tagle, Jaime Leiva | Wardrobe: Taira Court | Lighting: Tatiana Pimentel | Music: Miguel Miranda | Graphic designer: Carola Sánchez | Producer: Guillermo Ugalde.

“A piece that is shocking, emotional and moving, like Antonin Artaud’s Theater of Cruelty”.

—El Mercurio

“In the masters that are Rodrigo Pérez and Amparo Noguera we’ve got a lovely attempt at raising the flag of what they’ve defended for so many years: the art of poetry, a generation, a method”.


Mano de Obra undoubtedly comes to make sense at a time when the country is discussing the flexibility of the working day, while the press inundates us with headlines about the inhuman conditions that immigrants in the country live in”.

–Arte al límite Magazine

–“We’re trying to maintain a dream we’ve had all our lives” – interview with actor Rodrigo Pérez on the re-opening of Teatro La Memoria and the new premiere of Mano de obra on the Teatro a Mil Foundation’s website.

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