We open our festival with a double bill. One ticket allows you into both shows.
We are constantly asked to fill in forms, tick boxes and put things in black and white. But identity and gender are more complex. Not being able to tick a box doesn’t make us incomplete, quite the opposite, as the protagonist of this short monologue discovers, it can transform and empower us. The process of filling in an application for a passport helps the intersex protagonist to realise that the categories on the form restrict them, but looking to nature, mythology and deities inspires and completes them. In contemporary society we are facing more demands to prove our identity and the play asks us to reflect on the ways in which we do this.
Written by Mónica Maffía (Argentina), translated by Sophie Stevens
It’s the first day of the final year of secondary school. Meisa lost her spots over the summer. Barrientos is late. And Juan still knows all the answers. Three teenagers feel the first blows of love, cruelty and kindness as they float somewhere between the classroom and the cosmos.
Cosmica, by Mexican playwright Gabriela Román Fuentes, takes an honest and poignant snapshot of life through an adolescent lens. Meisa and Juan’s new-found romance is changing their sense of themselves, the world and the universe. But no matter how much they stare at the skies, pressures from their classmates, teachers and social media notifications bring them down to earth. When intimate photos are posted around the school, their world will take another painful spin.
This translation by Georgina Escobar was commissioned and developed at The Lark, New York City as part of the US/Mexico Playwright Exchange Program.
As part of the live performance, audiences will be invited to receive messages via WhatsApp. Ahead of the show you’ll receive an email containing a link to join a WhatsApp chat, as well as a set of simple instructions to make sure you can enjoy the show in a private, safe and secure way. The WhatsApp group and all numbers will be deleted within 24 hours of the performance. If you have any questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are affected by the themes of Cosmica, Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123 or at email@example.com, and Childline on 0800 1111.
Written by Gabriela Román Fuentes (Mexico), translated by Georgina Escobar and directed by Kate O’Connor.
This performance is a reading and will take place with a live audience at Omnibus Theatre.
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