By TeatroReconstrucción Directed by: Rodrigo Pérez
This key piece from Greek tragedy is reinterpreted for the twenty-first century: an era in which issues like the patriarchy and gender constructions have become a fundamental part of national debate.
This version of Medea - a tragedy by Euripides - by outstanding theater director Rodrigo Pérez for TeatroReconstrucción takes place during a single night. As punishment, Medea’s forced to leave the place she came to with her two small children following in the steps of her husband Jason, making it easier for him to marry the daughter of the king at sunrise. She’s made to leave without her children, who will grow up at the palace, far away from their mother. This causes Medea to commit the crime she’s still famous for today. This production aims to make us reflect on the patriarchal contradictions in the domestic dispute between Jason and Medea and how what is political can influence not only a family’s construction but also its destruction. The idea is to retell this universal story from the here and now, raising specific issues and looking at them in depth in order to understand our own structures.
Cast and crew
Directed by: Rodrigo Pérez | Cast: Leyla Selman, Patricio Ruiz | Music: Cristóbal Troncoso | Technician: Francisca Díaz | Producer: Sebastián Torres.
A role model for contemporary Chilean theater
Founder of Teatro La Provincia, this psychology graduate from the University of Chile and actor from the Fernando González Theater Club began his career at the Teatro de Fin de Siglo (Cinema Utoppia, 99-La morgue) under director Ramón Griffero. That’s where he met Alfredo Castro, with whom he continues to work on productions by Teatro La Memoria. At the same time, he’s developed an outstanding career as a teacher and won a scholarship from the Goethe Institute to work in different German theaters. Among his latest production are La tempestad (2015), La viuda de Apablaza (2016) and Diatriba "El desaparecido” (2017).
Making its mark on the regional stage
Formed in 2005 in the suburbs of Concepción, this group aims to contribute to the creation and development of a local artistic and cultural movement. Plays such as Caos, Los out, La buena educación, Cruces hacia el mar, Tus dedos, Hamlet Máquina, Llueve Paradero, Terror y miseria, Querida, vagabunda y torcida and El pájaro de Chile are all part of their repertoire. They’ve participated in different events held in collaboration with the Chilean-German Institute of Culture, Goethe Zentrum and the Artistas del Acero Cultural Corporation, as well as in the First, Second and Third Exhibition of Dramaturgy from Germany and Concepción and the First Exhibition of Poetic Theater, in which some of the region’s most outstanding and budding poets took part.