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Virtual Live Reading of Beben

October 17 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Free – $15

Brava & La Lengua Teatro en Español present a
Virtual Live Reading of “Beben” by Guillermo Calderón

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2020
5pm (PST) via Facebook Live

Performed in Spanish with English subtitles.

On October 17 – the 31st anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake – La Lengua Teatro en Español presents Beben (which in German translates as “to quake; to tremble”) for the first time in the US. Set in Chile in 2010, Beben chronicles the experience of four volunteers from an international NGO who join a camp to help the victims of a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami. The crisis forces the four to confront the social and political effects of trauma, the role of religion, and the desperate need of state and government relief that arises during natural disasters like these when everyone must adjust to a new normal.

Written by the prominent Chilean playwright Guillermo Calderón, Beben is based on a story called “Earthquake in Chile” by Heinrich Von Kleist about a similar earthquake in Chile in 1647. When the NGO volunteers confess to Anna that they have told Von Kleist’s particularly cruel story to the children in the camp, all are forced to reflect on the motivations of their behavior.

This contemporary piece questions what change looks like in today’s politically and ecologically fragile society. If the map around us changes after a natural disaster, shouldn’t the way we treat each other change, also? Maybe not.

Cuatro voluntarios de una ONG internacional se unen a un campamento para ayudar a las víctimas del catastrófico terremoto con tsunami que azotó Chile en 2010. La crisis los obliga a enfrentar los efectos sociales y políticos del trauma, el papel de la religión y la desesperada necesidad de ayuda por parte del Estado que surge durante desastres naturales, mientras todos deben adaptarse a una nueva normalidad.
Escrito por el destacado dramaturgo chileno Guillermo Calderón, BEBEN se basa en una historia llamada “Terremoto en Chile” de Heinrich Von Kleist sobre un terremoto similar en Chile en 1647. Cuando los voluntarios de la ONG le confiesan a Anna -la líder del cuerpo de voluntarios- que han contado esta historia particularmente cruel de Von Kleist a los niños del campamento, todos se ven obligados a reflexionar sobre las motivaciones de su comportamiento.
Esta pieza contemporánea cuestiona cómo se ve el cambio en la sociedad actual, política y ecológicamente frágil. Si el mapa que nos rodea cambia después de un desastre natural ¿no debería cambiar también la forma en que nos tratamos unos a otros? Tal vez no.

Details

Date:
October 17
Time:
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Cost:
Free – $15
Website:
https://www.brava.org/all-events/2020/10/17/beben

Venue

Brava Theater Center
2781-24th Street
San Francisco, 94110 United States
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Phone:
415-641-7657
Website:
www.brava.org

Organizer

Brava Theater Center
Phone:
415-641-7657
Email:
info@brava.org
Website:
www.brava.org