• Theater


By David Foster Wallace | Directed by Daniel Veronese

Argentina | Chile

  • Spanish
  • 60 minutes
  • +14

David Foster Wallace’s acclaimed play is brought to theater by a duo of mighty actors - Marcelo Alonso and Francisco Reyes - and the outstanding Argentine director Daniel Veronese.

In Encuentros breves con hombres repulsivos - a theatrical adaptation of David Foster Wallace’s novel by renowned Argentine director Daniel Veronese - there are two characters: A and B. Two actors interact and, during eight brief and independent meetings, switch from one role to another. The topics vary but all have something in common - contemporary masculinity in their relationships with women (whether these involve love, sex or even loss), putting the lack of communication between genders under scrutiny. Premiered in Argentina in July 2019 with local actors Marcelo Subiotto and Luis Ziembrowski, the Chilean version stars Marcelo Alonso (director of El padre and La última sesión de Freud) and Francisco Reyes (Lear, el rey y su doble, La desobediencia de Marte) and is also directed by Veronese.

Encuentros breves con hombres repulsivos is a Teatro a Mil Foundation and Finis Terrae Theater coproduction with T4 Theater Productions from Argentina.

Cast and crew

Written by: David Foster Wallace | Director: Daniel Veronese | Cast: Francisco Reyes and Marcelo Alonso | Assistant director: Francisco Albornoz | Producer: Cristóbal Pizarro | Coproduced by: the Teatro a Mil Foundation and the Finis Terrae Theater.

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Daniel Veronese


A role model of the Latin American theater scene

Born in Argentina in 1955, this author, adaptor, actor and theater director is one of the founding members of the experimental theater group El Periférico de Objetos, created in 1989. Among his latest works, La última sesión de Freud, Sonata otoñal, ¿Quién le teme a Virginia Wolf? (performed in Madrid and Mexico City), Bona Gent (performed in Barcelona), Bajo terapia (in its versions in Argentina, Madrid, Catalonia and Lima); Los corderos, Vigilia de noche and Invencible (performed in Madrid) particularly stand out. He has received numerous awards, such as the Platinum KONEX, the First National Award for Playwriting and the Iberian-American MAX.

David Foster Wallace


The great observer of today’s society

Considered one of the most brilliant and influential figures of his generation, David Foster Wallace (1962-2008) was a North American writer known worldwide for Infinite Jest, a novel chosen by Time magazine as one of the 100 best books published between 1923 and 2006. In 1999, he wrote Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, a work that, like all his prose, brought issues like the malaise of current society, North American idiosyncrasies and the crisis of masculinity at the end of the twentieth century to the fore.

It’s a good yet different way of discovering the work of David Foster Wallace, a writer known for his uncomfortable, biting prose criticizing North American society in the eighties and nineties. This is seen in the script of Encuentros breves. After its premiere in Argentina, critics mainly highlighted how well-executed Veronese’s adaptation was, since it managed to convey this discomfort on stage. “With considerable clarity, the play involves a series of literary monologues and brief conversations that can be interpreted on two levels of repulsiveness: the things men do and the men who recount what they do”, said Argentine magazine Otra Parte.

—It’s an opportunity to see Francisco Reyes and Marcelo Alonso - two actors with many years in theater under their belts - who have never worked together in theater before. Both, however, have formed part of interesting ‘acting duos’ in the last few years. Marcelo Alonso was in the successful Sunset Limited with Roberto Farías and Francisco Reyes was in La desobediencia de Marte with Néstor Cantillana and Lear, el rey y su doble with Daniel Antivilo.

Its dynamics and content, which brutally reflect on some of the most intimate aspects of human behavior, which we can all identify with to some extent. In fact, Encuentros breves is part of trilogy by Daniel Veronese called Experiencia, which “looks into socially harsh issues that contrast with the everyday life we’d like to have and which, at the same time, are close to our hearts”, say its producers. The trilogy’s other pieces are La persona deprimida, also being performed at Santiago a Mil 2020 and Los arrepentidos, whose successful Chilean version starred Alfredo Castro and Rodrigo Pérez.

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