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Gustavo Ott (Venezuela) 120 Lives x Minute / Your Molotov Kisses

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Jun 1, 2009
Jun 1, 2009
Segal Theater
Gustavo Ott Photo courtesy of the Artist

Gustavo Ott
Photo courtesy of the Artist

Join us for an evening as we explore the work of Venezuelan playwright Gustavo Ott, playwright and artistic director of the Teatro San Martín in Caracas. Readings and panel discussions will highlight the career of one of Latin America’s most provocative and ingenious playwrights.

Your Molotov Kisses (Tu Ternura Molotov): Victoria is a television journalist who wants a child; Daniel is a lawyer who believes in flying saucers and life in other galaxies. Because the young couple can’t trust the randomness and meaninglessness of their lives, they are trying to make love at Victorias peak point of ovulation, based on their cultural preference for a son. Both are filled with conviction that timing is all, until a mysterious Fed Ex package arrives from the FBI.

120 Lives x Minute is a play about beauty and art, and an airplane crash in Venezuela. In 2005 a plane went down because it ran out of gas. It crashed in an area where the western world has their most important oil reserve.

Gustavo Ott (b. Venezuela) has received numerous international awards, productions, and residencies as a playwright, including The Public Theatre (New York), La Comedie Française (France), Teatro Xola (Mexico), Teatro Nacional (Columbia), AL-MaSRAH Teatro (Portugal), The Kitchen Dog Theater of Dallas, and the GALA Hispanic Theatre of Washington D.C. His play Your Molotov Kisses won the Ricardo López Aranda International Playwrighting Prize in Madrid in 2004, and he was awarded the Tirso de Molina International Playwriting Prize in 1998 for 80 Teeth, 4 Feet and 500 Pounds. In 1993 Ott founded the Teatro San Martín de Caracas (TSMC), a two stage theater located in Caracas’ working class area. The theatre stages work written and performed by artists from all over Latin America, and also offers skills-based training workshops to the community in areas such as electricity and carpentry. Ott has studied at the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, the International Writing Program of the University of Iowa, and the Residence Internationale Aux Recollets in Paris (2006). Ott’s play Mummy in the Closet, featuring music by Mariano Vales (Argentina), will premiere at the GALA Theatre of Washington D.C., June 4-28th, 2009.

6:30 p.m., Monday, June 1st, 2009
Martin E. Segal Theatre. Free!