Plot summary[ edit ] Scene 1 The group enters a dark room. The guide takes time to find a flashlight and reveals a man wearing only faded underwear. The man covers himself and says he has the wrong room. Scene 2 The group comes to a locked door and hears a voice singing behind it. Scene 3 A girl in wet clothes is sitting in a chair.
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A very important component of the piece is the time, space and setting which triggers conversations on the value we assign to our private space as well as forcing reflections about public secrets and their importance in the context of the Argentinian dictatorship. By engaging the audience as participants of the play, an exploration occurs around the way political systems affect people and the reactions people have against the terror political systems such as the one in Argentina often impose on citizens.
The idea of public secrets means the acknowledgment of something that is happening, yet keeping silent about such events in order to avoid confronting the reality; the reality in which by keeping silent we become accomplices and contributors to the enforcement of terror.
A performance in a space with such a transparent meaning to everyone in a time of terror and violence provides the spectators with food for reflection of their lives in such systems and the crimes that no one is talking about. Another tool that Gambaro used, which I thought to be very effective in portraying the terror and the lack of security present in Argentina at that time was having actors amongst the audience, which reaffirmed the idea that at that time, no one could be trusted and people did not know who might be informants for the police, sometimes these could have been neighbors or even members of their families.
In the same way that I believe Pope L. But if theatre etiquette is as embedded in us as we discussed in class, I am not sure how much of a reaction would I have had and how far I would have gone to disrupt the performance. The idea that this is only a performance and no one would be actually harmed would be too prevalent in my mind, to allow myself act on my impulses and do something.
Was it the idea of inevitability or fear that stopped people from acting in Argentina? Is it the same fear that stopped people from reacting during Pope L. What is it that stops us from doing the right thing?
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Kile April Learn how and when to remove this template message. It w These are amazing plays that Americans need to read more often. They find a woman that the shoe belongs to who recites a poem. The guard sends them all out.