Even if the world is consumed by violence and disaster, life goes on. Marital proposals are voiced over the sound of gunfire, babies are born amid the rubble, and marriages test their limits as massive riots rage outside. The last is the subject of Por Las Tierras de Colón (Across Columbuss Land), an award-winning play directed by Mario Ernesto Sánchez about the relationship between a famous actress and her husband who are trapped inside a theater when civil unrest erupts. Written by Mexican playwright Guillermo Schmidhuber, the drama is based on actual events in 1948 when violent riots broke out in Colombia following the assassination of populist presidential candidate Jorge Eliécer Gaitán. The play, which confronts difficult questions about pan-Latin Americanism and individual fates, aptly closes Teatro Avantes XXV International Hispanic Theatre Festival.
Wed., July 28, 8:30 p.m., 2010