Directed by Aliocha de la Sotta
A fiction that breaks all the rules, with the excellent Solange Lackington as a Gabriela Mistral ‘forced’ by a group of women to become a role model for feminism and tolerance.
Renowned director Aliocha de la Sotta directs this play, written by Andrés Kalawski and depicting Chilean poet Gabriela Mistral in Brazil in 1945, kidnapped by a group of women who are trying to change the world and who want to take advantage of her position to promote tolerance. As the first Latin American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, she’s the most famous intellectual on the continent, friend of presidents and consultant to governments, which is why she has the ability to address the world on many topics. In fact, her captors want to force her to write something very risky. In Mistral, Gabriela (1945), actress Solange Lackington plays the poet and Valeria Leyton plays Alicia, leader of the women’s movement that’s holding her hostage. It’s not a biographical production; it’s an impossible fiction and “a Mistral play with bullet holes” in the words of Andrés Kalawski. It’s a fantasy about an attempt to create a fairer world, in which millions of women would be able to love who they want to. It’s an exploration of different facets, contradictions and depths that breaks the mold Mistral has been cast in up to now.
Cast and crew
Written by: Andrés Kalawski | Directed by: Aliocha de la Sotta | Cast: Solange Lackington and Valeria Leyton | Musical score: Fernando Milagros | Research: Mariana Hausdorf | Costume and set designer: Daniela Vargas | Lighting designer: Andrés Poirot | Wardrobe assistant: María Trinidad Barros | Hair and make-up: Franklin Sepúlveda | Produced by GAM Center.
Aliocha de la Sotta
One of the great Chilean producers
An actress and director, she studied at the Fernando González Acting Academy between 1991 and 1993. Afterwards, she went to live in Liège, Belgium to perfect her knowledge at the Royal Conservatory of Dramatic Art. She began her career as an assistant to director Rodrigo Pérez on different productions, such as El malentendido by Albert Camus and Ofelia o la madre muerta by Marco Antonio de la Parra at the Chilean National Theater, at the same time as working as an actress. In 2000, together with the La Matriz theater company, she adapted and directed the play La lluvia de verano by Marguerite Duras. This was the start of her career as a director, especially of productions dedicated to younger audiences at the Chilean National Theater, such as La historia de un niño que enloqueció de amor (2005), and La mala clase by Luis Barrales (2009). Among her latest works are Hilda Peña (2014), El Dylan (2017) and Cassandra, La Sandra (2019). She was director of the XVIII National Dramaturgy Exhibition.
Between theatrical theory and practice
With a Masters in Literary Theory from the University of Chile and as a PhD in History candidate at the Catholic University, he has premiered more than 10 plays, some of them published in Chile, logo y maquinaria (Sangría, 2010) and Los clásicos (Sangría, 2013), as well as in anthologies in Chile, Cuba and Mexico. His productions have also been selected for national and international festivals. In 2012, Niño Terremoto (Frontera Sur, 2011) won the Marta Brunet Award for Best Children’s Book of the Year. His areas of research include the history of Chilean theater, documentary and testimonial theater, the relationship between historiography and fiction and narrativity. He’s currently artistic director of the UC Theater.
“One of the high points of Kalawski’s script is the rapid disregard for the superficial (and selfish) approach that for years has tried to identify Mistral with the bland and infantile image of a ‘teacher’”.
“Mistral, Gabriela (1945) uses originality to get to the bottom of the woman behind the poetry, with all her convictions and contradictions”.
“Solange Lackington as Gabriela Mistral is superb. This might be the high point of her career as a theater actress”.
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