Theater

PLATA QUEMADA

By Ricardo Piglia in a version by Teatrocinema

Chile

  • Spanish with English subtitles
  • 120 minutes
  • +16

A captivating police thriller based on the novel Plata quemada by Ricardo Piglia, brought to the stage with all of Teatrocinema’s visuality and showmanship.


Renowned national company Teatrocinema brings a captivating adaptation of the award-winning novel Plata quemada by Argentine writer Ricardo Piglia to the stage. Based on a true story that happened in the province of Buenos Aires in 1965, it tells of a group of politicians, police and criminals who plot a huge robbery on an armored truck. As they escape, the robbers decide to double cross the others and escape with all the money. Cornered, a siege begins, with the gangsters resisting right up to the very end.

Plata quemada is a Teatrocinema, Teatro a Mil Foundation, Chilean Chamber of Construction and Chilean Chamber of Construction Cultural Corporation coproduction, with support from a Fondart 2018 grant from the Ministry of Culture, the Arts and Heritage.

Novel written by: Ricardo Piglia | Script: Teatrocinema, Zagal and Sofía Zagal in collaboration with Montserrat Quezada | General director: Zagal | Assistant directors: Sofía Zagal and Laura Pizarro | Cast: Christian Aguilera, Daniel Gallo, Esteban Cerda and Julián Marras | Art directors: Vittorio Meschi and Max Rosenthal | Set, lighting and costumes designed by: Teatrocinema | Original score: Zagal | Lighting designer: Luis Alcaide | Soundtrack created by: Teatrocinema | Storyboard: Vittorio Meschi | Multimedia designer: Mirko Petrovich | 3D modeling and 2D-3D animation: Max Rosenthal | 2D drawing and animation: Vittorio Meschi | Post-production: Vittorio Meschi and Max Rosenthal | Multimedia operator: Lucio González | Lighting operator: Luis Alcaide | Sound engineer: Juan Ignacio Morales | Costume designer: José Luis Plaza | Producers: Sally Silva and Teatrocinema | Coproducers: Teatrocinema; Ministry of Culture, the Arts and Heritage; Fondart (2018 national funding); Teatro a Mil Foundation; the Chilean Chamber of Construction and the Cultural Corporation of the Chilean Chamber of Construction | With support from: the Aldea del Encuentro Corporation, Litoralpress and Valook | Sponsored by: the Illustrious Municipality of La Reina.

“The inventiveness and variety of resources used make it dazzling; never before has Teatrocinema put on a piece as cohesive and dramatically fast-paced as this”.

—El Mercurio

“This production has inherited the fatalistic and tragic elements of the best of film noir”.

—Culturizarte

“Written by Zagal, the score is one of the high points, creating a tense atmosphere worthy of a thriller”.

—Wikén magazine

Plata quemada - the novel written by Ricardo Piglia in 1997 on which this play is based -is one of the most important texts in contemporary Spanish literature. Winner of the Planeta Award, it was also chosen as one of the best 100 novels in Spanish of the last 25 years in a survey of literary experts from Latin America and Spain carried out by Colombian magazine Semana. In 2001, it was also turned into a film, directed by Marcelo Piñeyro.

—True to Teatrocinema’s style, Plata quemada is not only an intriguing political and police drama but also a piece that dares to show what happens behind the scenes in plain sight of the audience as the piece is being performed. Together with the plot, the audience is able to appreciate the complexity of the score that accompanies each part, thus combining both substance and virtual reality.

—Its captivating comic-book style embraces both the setting and characters alike, to the extent that the latter even use the onomatopoeia typically employed in this genre.

—Thriller: This literary and film genre includes a large dose of action, as well as mystery, suspense and the audience/reader’s burning desire to find out what’s going to happen to the main character.

—Nene, Gaucho and Cuervo: These are the nicknames of the actual robbers who attacked the armored truck in San Fernando in the province of Buenos Aires in 1965: Marcelo Brignone, Carlos Mereles and Roberto Dorda.

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—Laura Pizarro, founder of Teatrocinema, talks about Plata quemada on the Teatro a Mil Foundation’s website

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