Original play in Spanish launches Yale Latin American Theater Series

A performance on Friday, Nov. 2, by Las Chicas de Blanco, a critically acclaimed two-woman theater company from Argentina, will kick off a new Latin American theater series at Yale.

Free and open to the public, the Spanish-language production takes place at 8 p.m. in the Off Broadway Theater, 41 Broadway.

Sandra Posadino and Claudia Quiroga, who form the duo Las Chicas de Blanco (The Girls in White), will perform their original play “La Edad de la Ciruela” ("The Plum's Age"), which premiered in 2010 and was chosen to represent the Province of Buenos Aires in the 2011 National Drama Festival of Argentina. The play was also performed in two festivals in Brazil in 2012: the Latin American Festival of Theater Groups (São Paulo) and the Circular Ruins Festival of Latin American Theatre  (Minas Gerais).

“The plays of Las Chicas de Blanco approach daily issues from a sensitive, female, and ironic perspective,” say the production organizers, adding that the playwrights “value humor as a life-saver and use it even in their most dramatic productions.”

The duo also take part in the cultural program “The Subway Lives,” which stages artistic performances in unconventional spaces such as the city’s subways. Posadino and Quiroga have also launched the all-woman cultural initiative “Women Take up Art,” a group that promotes theater as a tool for transformation.

The Latin American Theater Series is made possible by the Council on Latin American and Iberian Studies at the MacMillan Center at Yale, in collaboration with the Yale Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and with the support of a Title VI grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The project aims to demonstrate the relevance of the Latin American theatrical tradition and to provide access to Spanish-language productions for the Yale campus and New Haven communities.