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Spotlight on Contemporary Spanish Theater: The Border and The Lost Children

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Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain

2801 16th St NW

Washington, DC 20009

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This new series will present works by contemporary Spanish female playwrights Paloma Pedrero, Laila Ripoll and Yolanda García.

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Spanish theater is a reflection of the land where it is created: culturally rich, and diverse. Rooted in a strong tradition of theater coming from the XVI century, contemporary Spanish theater is a blend of voices and styles exploring the issues of our time. SPOTLIGHT ON CONTEMPORARY SPANISH THEATER is a new initiative organized by the Cultural Office of the Embassy of Spain, in collaboration with Estreno Contemporary Spanish Plays and AENY - Spanish Artists in New York to provide a platform for unheard stories to D.C. audiences.

THE BORDER [La frontera] & THE LOST CHILDREN [Los niños perdidos] by Laila Ripoll

The Border (2004), translated by Karen Leahy (Estreno Contemporary Spanish Plays, vol.34, 2011), is a haunting two-character play that puts the spotlight on the intergenerational conflicts between two exiles—the ghost of a Spanish Republican grandfather exiled in Mexico, and his rebellious grandson itching to cross the southern border into the USA without documentation. It is a clash of memory/tradition versus economic hardship and individual autonomy.

The Lost Children (2005), translated by Karen Leahy (Estreno Contemporary Spanish Plays vol. 34, 2011), takes place in an abandoned and dilapidated Catholic orphanage in Spain. Through a poignant combination of realism, fantasy, black humor, and a heavy dose of the macabre, this four-character tragicomedy weaves in and out of a painful present, and an even darker past. It reveals the hidden abuses suffered by the most vulnerable victims of the Spanish Civil War (1936-39) and the Franco dictatorship—the young children of Republican families.

Laila Ripoll (1964)-winner of the Premio Nacional de Literatura Dramática 2015 for El triángulo azul, has been a constant presence on the Spanish stage for over two decades. She has committed both to the recovery of historical memory of a post-Civil War Spain, and to the respect for human rights, especially those of women.

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The best way to arrive is by public transportation. The closest Metro station is Columbia Heights (Green and Yellow line). Limited metered and two-hour zoned parking is available in the surrounding neighborhoods. Public parking garage is available at DC USA Shopping Mall (Columbia Heights Metro Station).

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2801 16th St NW

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