“If you double-click on an icon that says: VILLA, click-click, a description comes up of everything that actually happened to her in the villa. Click. Who she hugged. Click. Who she spoke to. Click. Who she helped. If you Click click on an icon that says: THE ROAD NOT TAKEN, you see what the family and friends think would have happened if nothing had happened to her. If she’d never been in the villa.”

This is a story about reclaiming your country. In this slyly surprising and gripping play, Guillermo Calderón puts us in the room with three women charged with deciding the future of the Villa Grimaldi, an infamous detention camp of Chile’s Pinochet government.

Calderón is a leading playwright/director from Chile whose works have been performed in over 20 countries. His bracing plays lace playful humor, and flashes of startling stagecraft, into narratives of the dictatorship’s effects on his country and its people.

Reviews of Villa

“Villa stares down the gun of history with gut-wrenching intimacy and a disarming sense of humor.”
Theater Is Easy

“The script is an exceptionally eloquent statement about the ripple effects of dictatorship, how such ghastly abuses of power reverberate long after they have ended.”
Lighting and Sound America

Photos by Pavel Antonov

U.S. English Language Premiere
MAR 01 – APR 01, 2017

Written & Directed by
Guillermo Calderón
Translated by William Gregory

Crystal Finn
Vivia Font
Harmony Stempel

Production Designer:
María Fernanda Videla Urra
Sound Designer:
Mark Van Hare
Production Stage Manager:
Jenny Kennedy

VILLA artwork:
The Geometry of Conscience
by Alfredo Jaar
Photo by Cristobal Palma


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