By Ramon Griffero, Translated by Adam Versényi
Elisabeth Corley, Bonnie Gould, Julie Fishell, Jeff Cornell, Nilan Johnson, Maren Searle
A Staged Reading Directed by Joseph Megel
Your Desires in Fragments is by the important, but little-known to the English-speaking world, Chilean playwright and director Ramon Griffero. While he was in high school in the early 1970s Griffero ran guns for the guerrilla group, Movimiento Izquierda Revolucionario. At the time of the military coup in 1973 Griffero was just entering university. With the aid of an uncle in the military he was able to leave the country and spent the next number of years studying and working in England and Belgium. In the mid-1980s he returned to Chile and, as an openly gay former revolutionary, founded the theatre company Teatro del Fin de Siglo, and “El Trolley,” a cultural space for resistance to the Pinochet dictatorship. By programming primarily performance art and “art actions” that the regime did not comprehend, “El Trolley” was able to avoid censorship and provided a vitally needed gathering space for those in opposition to the military dictatorship. Griffero’s plays and productions from the late 1980s to the present have been essential components in the resurgence of contemporary Chilean theatre. His plays have been produced and premiered in Latin America and Europe and have been translated and published in French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Czech; but, as of yet, not in English. He has also published a number of essays on art and politics, particularly regarding his artistic theory, “the dramaturgy of space”. Adam Versényi is working on a collection of translations of Griffero’s plays that will be the first appearance of his work in English and will make his important contributions in theatrical innovation and to the intersection of art and politics accessible to a much wider audience than before.