No Boundaries series to present the Chilean political drama ‘Escuela’
The Yale Repertory Theatre’s No Boundaries performance series continues with “Escuela,” a tale illuminating the struggle and yearning of a lost generation prepared to use any means necessary to achieve justice and freedom, which will take place Wednesday-Friday, Feb. 24-26.
There will be three shows only of “Escuela,” which is written and directed by Guillermo Calderón. Performances are at 8 p.m. each night at the Iseman Theater, 1156 Chapel St. The show will be performed in Spanish with English supertitles.
In “Escuela,” a group of young left-wing activists gather in a drab living room in Chile in 1987 to receive paramilitary instruction aimed at overthrowing the military dictatorship. Wearing ski masks to conceal their identity from each other, they teach their respective skills, among them using a gun, political theory, and clandestine organizational methods.
Calderón was born in Chile during Salvador Allende’s democratically elected left-wing Popular Unity alliance and came of age under the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. His plays include “Neva,” “Diciembre,” “Clase,” “Villa,” “Discurso,” “Quake,” “School,” and “Kiss.” His productions have toured extensively through South America and Europe and have been performed at festivals including the Buenos Aires International Theatre Festival, the Chekhov Festival in Russia, Seoul Performing Arts Festival in Korea, and the World Theatre Festival in Belgium. The English-language version of “Neva” had its U.S. premiere at The Public Theater in 2013 and a subsequent production toured to South Coast Rep, Center Theatre Group, and La Jolla Playhouse. Calderón’s co-written screenplay “Violeta Went to Heaven” won the World Cinema Jury Prize for Drama at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. He also co-wrote “The Club,” winner of the Silver Bear at the Berlinale in 2015. He is currently working on a commission from The Public Theater.
Tickets for “Escuela” are $50-$70 and are available online, by phone at 203-432-1234, and in person at the Yale Rep box office, 1120 Chapel St. Student tickets are $25.