Creature/Creations, a political fable about responsibility and delusion in oppressive times, will be presented at Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica Friday and Saturday, July 17th and 18th.
Performances are scheduled at 8:30 p.m. both days at Highways, 1651 18th St., Santa Monica.
The one-woman show was written in 1981 by Argentinean writer Eugenio Griffero during the country’s military dictatorship. This new production is adapted and directed by Abraham Celaya and performed by Minerva Garcia.
The expressionistic fable Creature/Creations recounts the tale of a woman whose world has been turned upside down, with her family and friends all dead. She survives by thinking she is a hen.
But as she examines her life, she comes to the shocking realization that she has been a “collaborator” in the terror and violence that engulfed her. She realizes it was easier for her to look the other way, deluding herself with fantasies and distractions in order to enjoy her privileged status, the middle way.
Creature/Creations is part of a group of 21 short plays written in 1981 for the first cycle of Teatro Abierto (Open Theatre) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Also known as Theatre Under Vigilance, Teatro Abierto was a cultural reaction by the theatre community against the military dictatorship that ruled Argentina from 1970 through 1983.
Director /translator Celaya has served as the artistic and education director of Theatre of Hope, the education and outreach coordinator of the Pasadena Playhouse, and associate director and the assistant to the artistic director, Benny Sato Ambush, at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco.
García is well known to Los Angeles audiences. A few of her credits are Electricidad at the Mark Taper Forum, Frida at the Frida Kahlo Theatre and Sandra in Living Out at the Seattle Repertory Theatre. She can also be seen on the small screen in series like Dexter, Viva Vegas, Los Beltr·n, City of Angels and The Closer.
Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for members, students and seniors. For reservations or to buy tickets,(310) 315-1459 or www.highwaysperformance.org/.