Viva Arrabal!

In Fernando Arrabal’s film Viva La Muerte (Long Live Death), an image of father and son cuts away to shots of soldiers and rifles. The father is captured at his home while a soldier yells, “Smash the bastard’s brains out!” Galloping horses trample the father’s head, and the screen turns red.

Long Live Death is one of Arrabal’s cult films. He is a Spanish director, playwright, screenwriter, novelist, and poet who has published more than 100 plays, 14 novels, and 7 poetry collections. He is internationally acclaimed for his avant-garde plays. “Arrabal is one of the last masters of the theater of the absurd that is still alive,” says Max Ferrá, an instructor at the Actor’s Arena at Miami Dade College. Tonight at 6:00, the living legend will speak about his work during a conference at MDC’s North Campus in the Joan Lehman Theatre. Admission is five dollars, and the discussion will be in Spanish.
Sat., July 28, 6 p.m.


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