Isabel desterrada en Isabel: el país de los que no se hablan

Tamara Acosta is the main character of the new version of the play by Juan Radrigán, the reflection about society, ageing and the vagrancy of Isabel desterrada en Isabel had its first performance on January 12 at the Theater Festival Juan Radrigán, which takes place until January 26 in Quilicura. Directed by Alexandra Von Hummel, the play shows its effect when it raises the street to the stage, when it goes beyond its time.

“How is she going crazy because of loneliness, when there is people everywhere?”

Foto: Luis Pérez García
Photo: Luis Pérez García

Champurria music sounds, psychedelic cumbia that seems to have emerged from the depths of the Amazon rainforest spills into the ears of the audience as beams of green and yellow light fall on the curtains that limit the scene. Chabela enters pushing her cart, looking for some alcohol concho that she can rescue among the bottles distributed on stage, then she starts talking to one of the two dogs at the side of the stage. A slender, muscular and shiny white porcelain dog with a muzzle wrapped in a leather muzzle. She talks and talks, he – just like the audience – is a passive speaker.

“There I saw the pure time, that is the day and the night and the moon and the wind. All questions that don’t answer you when I speak to them.

Foto: Luis Pérez García
Photo: Luis Pérez García

Isabel is defined by Radrigan as a starry woman. Her clothes are ruined, her teeth are crooked, the constant Chileanism is accompanied by a Castilian who eats letters; everything makes up a woman who looks for the crowds to feel the human contact, to stop winding up the thoughts that eat her head. She lives on San Diego and Santa Rosa streets, opposite direction to the neighborhoods where El Divino Anticristo used to walk. He has a different abandonment from other characters of the recent theater that show people in a street situation. In Los vigilantes there are two actors on stage, although it is almost a monologue of the son, at least the mother is present. The Divine dialogues with Lily. But Elizabeth has no one to talk to, figures, statues, projections of video clips on the curtain in the background. People who pass by but don’t really pass by, only in her mind. People who don’t answer her even to say they won’t give her a cigarette. Ignored and rejected like an outcast, with no one to tell her their sorrows or their joys, that is the marginalization that Isabel faces.

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Foto: Luis Pérez García
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“I can’t be in the room, everything that his eyes watched, everything that his hands touched, it puts me very sad” Chabela talks about her partner, Aliro, whom she met in a square some time ago, an indeterminate period of time in which she laughed and wanted to embrace life itself to thank him for the joyfulness of so many gray and lonely days. Someone to laugh with, sing with, cuddle with. She laments, drinks, looks for some memory that makes her smile. Elizabeth has hope, she has a look at reality that is kind. There is a reason why it hurts inside her when she goes to pick fruit from the garbage in La Vega, when she sees pregnant mothers and malnourished girls reduced to eating from the ground like animals, nibbling on the side of the fruit that is not rotten, rescuing vegetables in bags that have to feed the mouths of an entire family. She complains with helplessness that is compounded by not knowing to whom to complain about this country that hurts her, of not having anyone to talk to about these issues either. “Nobody talks to anybody anymore”, and that for her is a nightmare, that for her is the suffocation of a system that throws her to the edge of civilization. The invitation then is to dialogue, to talk until we find the words that constitute an agreement for a better life, for a country with less abandonment. The invitation is to let oneself be moved by the performance of Elizabeth in exile that will take place – with free admission – in Villa Santa Maria (Del Trigal with El Romeral) on Saturday 25th January at 8.30pm.

The play of Radrigán is part of the excellent selection of theater that was made for this festival, you can check the list of plays that are presented until this Sunday 26th here.

Foto: Luis Pérez García
Photo: Luis Pérez García

Data Sheet

Director and space designer: Alexandra Von Hummel

Dramaturgy: Juan Radrigán

Staff: Tamara Acosta

Director and Producer assistant: Constanza Thümler

Lighting Designer: Rodrigo Ruiz

Designer and costume designer: Francisca Von Hummel

Audiovisual Designer: Andrés Abrigo

Sound Designer: Nicolás Bascuñán

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