Blue Box
Written and Performed by Carmen Aguirre
Directed by Pedro Chamale

Presented as part of DBLSPK @TheFishbowl
Friday, March 9 
Show at 8pm, Doors at 7pm
#100, 1398 Cartwright St
Tickets by donation at the door

DBLSPK is Boca del Lupo’s quarterly play reading series, in partnership with rice & beans theatre, which looks at the relationship between language and culture by reading excerpts of translated works in both languages. 

Join us for a unique evening hearing from one of Vancouver’s most celebrated creator/performers, Carmen Aguirre, as she reads from her play Blue Box in both English and Spanish (translation by Bruce Gibbons).

Six years after fleeing the 1973 military coup in Chile, eleven-year-old Carmen Aguirre and her family return to join the underground resistance. At eighteen, Carmen commits herself to the movement, running a safe house on the border between Chile and Argentina. Forfeiting her first marriage to the pressures of revolutionary life, and living with the ever-present fear of capture and torture, Carmen realizes the sacrifices she who unconditionally loves the cause must make.

Fifteen years later, in Los Angeles, Carmen once again unconditionally gives everything of herself – for love of a different kind. She begins a sexually passionate but emotionally impossible relationship with a handsome Chicano TV star whom she pursues as relentlessly as she herself was once hunted.

Emphasizing the tensions between these two modalities of loving, Aguirre’s sexy, fast-paced, and darkly comic monologue ultimately asks: Between the extremes of love for the political cause and love for another, how and where does one create space for self-love?

“A storytelling tour-de-force”. – Fast Forward Weekly

Originally commissioned and developed by Nightswimming.
Original dramaturgy and direction by Brian Quirt.
Blue Box has also received public workshops through Alameda Theatre (Toronto), Buddies in Bad Times Theatre’s Hysteria Festival (Toronto), Alberta Theatre Projects playRites Festival (Calgary) and Neworld Theatre (Vancouver). Blue Box was written, in part, during a residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts Playwrights Colony.

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