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In his poem “Harlem,” Langston Hughes posed the famous question “What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up, like a raisin in the sun?… Or does it explode?  On October 18, 2019, Chile exploded into an intergenerational conflict that brought several million people into the streets all over the country for weeks on end. It was touched off by the government’s announcement that they would be raising the subway fares and the spontaneous…

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  In Kiss, Chilean playwright and director Guillermo Calderón brings his masterful sensibility to an intense, tightly wound story where naiveté can turn out to be the kiss of death. The author visited the Boston rehearsals in October of 2017 to talk about this powerful new play with director David Dower. Press play to watch the whole conversation; excerpts from Calderón’s answers below.   “My way [to do this] was to make a play about…

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“Kiss begins on a set. In all of Guillermo’s plays he’s playing on our willingness to suspend our disbelief. Guillermo Calderón grew up in the Pinochet era in Chile. He knows, firsthand, the calamity that lurks in the shadows where empathy has failed and the dangers of comfortably distancing ourselves from the problems of others. Through his young, earnest, committed protagonists he calls us all to mind that gap. What will it take to truly…

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While preparing for Historia de Amor’s brief, Boston visit (starting this Thursday, closing APR 24) the LA Times raved about the show’s west coast run, describing it as “If Alfred Hitchcock turned a graphic novel into live theater.” This sent me running back to my Hitchcock DVDs, which, admittedly, I had not focused on since my initial obsession while I was studying film production in college. I was struck by how painterly of a director he…

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