This performance is a double-bill of two readings. Your ticket gains you entry to both readings, commencing at 7:30pm. There will be a short break in between.
The Girl who was Cyrano
Written by Guillermo Baldo
Translated by Sebastián Gutiérrez
Directed by Mariana Aristizábal
Valentina, who is not a child anymore, becomes a child again to tell us about a girl who sometimes is a girl, and sometimes is a boy. A girl who, like a little Cyrano, replies to love letters from her best girl friend, but signing as a boy. Together, they build a trench, a shelter. The exchange of love letters and words becomes more and more frequent, as the little girl is pushed to face emotions she can’t classify nor understand. She is in love. There is more and more correspondence, as well as efforts to keep up with the lies. Some news will change the course of things… And if lies have short legs, love and the urge of desire will make them even shorter. Can love be understood at some age? The Girl Who Was Cyrano takes on the quest to find a stage that helps to rehearse a cross-generation encounter. We live in a society that constantly creates separate universes for children and adults, trying to censor young audiences from topics they are thought not to be ready to understand. It also takes on the responsibility to project a sensitive experience on stage, one open to debate and in tension with reality.
The Fisherman’s Short Play
Written by an unknown, Early Modern Mallorcan playwright
Translated by Richard Huddleson/Riocárd Ó hOddail
Directed by Sergio Maggiolo
The life of a fisherman’s wife is rarely a jolly affair, especially in Early Modern Mallorca. Depressed by unforgiving poverty, and feeling the need for some decent company, poor Llacinta is in dire straits. However, Lent is on the horizon and her fortunes could change swiftly.
With the switch from meat to fish, the event promises to be a real moneymaker if her husband can reel in the catch and get it to market in time. However, his steadfast taste for the auld hootch could spell disaster. Should her economic outlook shift from bad to worse through her husband’s negligence, Llacinta will need to quickly make some big decisions to solve her pressing problems. Like a snake in the garden, a crafty solution appears to her in the guise of a wayward, meddling priest…
The translation of this play came about through a 2021 research grant from the Institut d’Estudis Catalans.
All plays at #OOTW2022 will be presented as rehearsed readings.
Pictured: the cast of The Therapist, Out of the Wings 2021.