Strangers on a Train
There’s nothing quite like a thrilling railway ride to hurl together a group of strangers on a vexing journey of self-discovery. Viaje, a new Spanish-language drama by Miami playwright and theater director Ernesto Garcia, tells of seven train passengers unaware that the trip they have undertaken will reveal their innermost secrets during a voyage marked by astonishing confessions, lust, and pain. Among the memorable characters on Garcia’s lumbering locomotive are a self-assured shrink, a young man escaping his parents, an elderly woman courting fate, a young woman searching for her missing lover, and a twitchy man obsessed with a suitcase. Once the train leaves the station, nothing is the same for these passengers, whose realities begin to unravel. Whom are they fleeing? Where are they headed? In Garcia’s suspenseful tale, the increasingly nervous band of travelers is forced to find answers to their own destinies. Both love and hatred are what bind the protagonists, says Garcia, who also wrote the musical score and designed the scenery and lighting for this psychologically freighted production unfolding onstage Thursday and running through Saturday at Little Havana’s Teatro en Miami Studio (2500 SW Eighth St., Miami). “Each of the characters is confronted by the unknown and forced to deal with their own doubts and fears,” Garcia explains. “Viaje is an ode to love and an invitation to reflect upon our own lives.”
Thu., May 9, 8:30 p.m.; Fri., May 10, 8:30 p.m.; Sat., May 11, 8:30 p.m., 2013
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