Colombian Theatre in the Vortex: Seven Plays

Colombian Theatre in the Vortex: Seven Plays

Colombian Theatre in the Vortex: Seven Plays

Colombian Theatre in the Vortex: Seven Plays

Synopsis

This book chronicles three decades of social and political disintegration in a nation marked by violence, paradox, and hyperbole, a country both blessed and cursed by its wealth of natural resources, its culture, and its strategic location in the western hemisphere. The plays (Soldiers C. J. Reyes et al.]; Old Baldy Jairo Nino]; Lucky Strike Santiago Garcia]; Roadhouse Teatro La Candelaria]; Pilot Project Enrique Buenaventura]; Femina Ludens Nohora Ayala et al.]; and The Orgy Enrique Buenaventura]) reveal the historical, economic, and social roots of Colombia's tragic circumstances. They are vehicles of critical analysis for making sense of both the causes and the consequences of the violence, as they examine the role of the army, the roots of the drug wars, the situation of women and victims of conflict, and the poisoning of a common ethos. The translations and introductory notes make the works and their subjects equally accessible for staging in the theater and for readings and discussion by groups interested in Latin American Studies. Judith A. Weiss is Professor of Hispanic Studies at Mount Allison University in Canada.

Excerpt

The plays in this collection date from 1966 through 1997. Thirty years, from the earliest works of collective creation (which became models for Latin American theatre artists, for students and grassroots workers, and for the Chicano movement in the United States) to the most recent plays, which are still testimonies of intellectual and artistic commitment to a shared response to history and to social problems. the later plays continue in many respects the earlier experiments in articulating the voices of the collectivity. Beginning with the works of the 1960s and 1970s, optimistic revolutionary times in which lines of conflict were clearly drawn, and continuing down to the products of a time of chaos from which the artist can see little if any possibility of Colombia emerging whole again, these plays together form a chronicle of three decades of social and political disintegration. But they also expose the historical, the economic, and the social roots of the tragedy, and in doing so they continue to equip their actors and their audiences with tools of critical analysis. the theatre thus continues to be a vehicle for making sense of both the causes and the consequences of the violence.

The plays included in this anthology are among the most significant works of the modern Colombian theatre. They are chronicles of a nation marked by violence, paradoxes, and hyperbole; a country both blessed and cursed by its wealth of natural resources and its strategic location in the continent, and unique because of the guerrilla movements that have successfully staved off defeat and have continued to recruit displaced and persecuted peasants and to hold large areas of the country, long after armed revolutionary movements in other Latin American countries laid down their arms.

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