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Theatre After Dictatorship: Chile’s Guillermo Calderón

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Nov 17, 2011
Nov 17, 2011
Segal Theater
Guillermo Calderón Photo courtesy of artist

Guillermo Calderón
Photo courtesy of artist

Meet one of Latin America’s rising theatre stars, Chilean playwright and director Guillermo Calderón, following his acclaimed presentation at the Under the Radar and Radar L.A. Festivals 2011. Trained in Chile and the U.S., Calderón takes on politically charged subjects both historic and contemporary in a minimalist style that “comes up big where it counts” (La Segunda). Calderón’s works have been presented in 25 countries and he is currently under commission by London’s Royal Court Theatre and the Schauspielhaus  Düsseldorf. For this special evening, Calderón will direct excerpts from his play Neva, set in St. Petersburg in 1905, which juxtaposes a rehearsal room inhabited by Anton Chekhov’s widow (the actress Olga Knipper) and her fellow actors against a Tsarist repression of
striking workers just outside the door. In collaboration with the Public Theatre and AOI International.

Guillermo Calderón is a playwright and director based in Santiago, Chile. He has written and directed Neva, Clase, Diciembre, Villa, and Discurso – all runaway hits internationally. His productions have been presented in 25 countries and festivals, including the Wiener Festwochen, Under the Radar Festival in New York City, Seoul Performing Arts Festival, Chekhov Festival in Moscow and the Edinburgh International Festival. He studied theatre at the New School and Dell´Arte School of Physical Theater. Calderón attended the Royal Court Theatre International Residency in 2009. He is currently working on a commission from the Royal Court Theater.

6:30 p.m., Thursday, November 17, 2011
Martin E. Segal Theatre. Free!