• Theater

EL OGRITO

By Compañía Pat’Côte | Directed by María Coté Rivara | Written by Suzanne Lebeau

Chile

  • Spanish
  • 40 minutes
  • +6

Warning You’ll need to bring a picnic blanket, folding chairs and/or a cushion to sit on. There are only 40 spots available, so signing up beforehand for one of the three functions is essential.

A special kind of ogre who doesn’t fit in with the rest of his classmates teaches us a lesson about the importance of diversity and the search for our own identity.


A little boy and his mother live in a cabin in the middle of a forest, miles away from anyone else. He’s recently turned six, so it’s time for him to go to school, even though he’ll soon realize that he’s perhaps too special to fit in with the rest of his classmates. His unusual size, changes of mood and enigmatic lust for blood soon come to bother them and it all becomes too much for his mother, who decides to tell him the truth and explain why he’s the way he is.

El Ogrito is a brave and tender tale told in a clear and amenable style that considers children capable of reflection. It’s not only got a message for children but also for adults: about the way children can overcome what’s inherited or a painful past. It’s a story full of contrasts and profound questions with endearing - and at the same time complex - characters.

El Ogrito is held in a square in Talca, with live music, songs and elements of circus (the tightrope) all as props.

Cast and crew


Written by: Suzanne Lebeau | Director: Coté Rivara | Cast: Coté Rivara, Robert Cartwright | Musician: Andrés González | Producer: Loreto Aravena | Visual designer: Francisca Burgos | Stage technician: Marcela Larenas.

Coté Rivara

Director

Focused on creating new audiences for theater

An actress from the Pontific Catholic University of Chile and director of the Compañía Pat’Côté, she creates and presents original shows based on compiling everyday stories from both a traditional repertoire and theatrical adaptations. She’s been living in the Maule Region since 2015, creating pieces with associated artists linked to storytelling and the crossover with theater, music, territorial research and bringing classical music to early childhood.

Suzanne Lebeau

Suzanne Lebeau

Playwright

In June 2016, this Canadian actress, playwright and writer won the Governor General’s Performing Arts award - the highest Canadian honor for the performing arts - for her lifelong contribution to Canadian theater.

Pat’Côté

Pat’Côté

The company

Created in 2003, this company has been based in several different places, including France, Valparaíso and currently Pelarco, a small town in the Maule Region. It’s been characterized by bringing together a variety of artists for different projects associated with the performing arts, taking part in theater festivals, oral narration and street arts in France, Chile, Argentina and Colombia. Its work uses the techniques of oral narration and theater to research and look further into new ways of making the spectator dream.

-Its powerful script introduces spectators of all ages to issues such as the search for identity.

-It’s an opportunity to find out more about the work of Suzanne Lebeau, an award-winning Canadian writer of theater scripts for all the family.

-It takes place is a town square with huge trees as a backdrop, allowing the audience to experience something different. The tightrope provided is used for theatrical purposes and for the staging: it’s a live metaphor for the risk, danger and vertigo that struggling against yourself in the search for identity creates. The piece has also got an engaging soundtrack with original songs played live.

Street theater: This is the name given to outdoor theater presentations in public which don’t charge an entrance fee, performed on urban stages so a large number of people can see them. It emerged as a way of emancipating the working-class and reinforcing the revolutionary feeling against the powers-that-be at the beginning of the twentieth century. Later, it was developed as a way of making theater more democratic and of taking it to different parts of the city.

-Find out more about the work of Canadian playwright Suzanne Lebeau and her company Le Carrousel.

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