VILLA

Written & Directed by Guillermo Calderón
Translated by William Gregory

U.S. ENGLISH LANGUAGE PREMIERE:

“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.

 

Show Dates & Ticket Info:

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March 01 – April 01

Mon – Sat @ 7:30PM

Tickets: $35 General Admission / $45 Premium Reserved
(Student Tickets w/ID: $15 advance / $10 Rush)

THE BUZZ


“Stirring and mournful.”


Villa is three things simultaneously: a photorealistic comedy about decision by committee, a bolder No Exit, and an anguished scream.”★★★★


“A smart, ironic drama. Gruesome humor paired with deep insight is what Calderón does best.”


“A subtle work of political theater by an exciting contemporary voice. The play is a knock-out.”


“Stares down the gun of history with gut-wrenching intimacy and a disarming sense of humor”.


“An exceptionally eloquent statement about the ripple effects of dictatorship. Three furious, yet tightly contained, performances — taut, probing and riddle with barely suppressed anguish. A simple, yet powerful, production design.”

AUDIENCE REACTIONS

#NOW: VILLA de #GuillermoCalderon continúa hasta el 1 de Abril en el @playcompany @wildprojectnyc #teatrolatino #latinx #theater #nyc – L.E. Magazine‏ @LatinoEvents


For #InternationalWomensDay & until April 1, I highly recommend the play Villa, by Guillermo Calderón, @playcompany. – Jennifer Prince‏ @jenchilada


@StefunnyStyles @playcompany crystal finn is a GODDESSSSS – DRAMATURGY AMY‏ @jumyhre


NYC GO SEE VILLA NOW @playcompany. Holy shit. Yes. – Gabrielle Reisman @gabriellreisman


@playcompany’s VILLA is perfect political theater and the only thing I’ve seen in months that matters – Haleh‏ @halehroshan


“Evokes the head-spinning contradictions in our national political psyches” Calderón’s VILLA at @playcompany – BOMB Magazine‏ @BOMBmagazine


@playcompany’s Villa was absolutely amazing and I don’t think I will be able to recommend it enough. Huge congrats to all involved!!! – Alexa Spiegel‏ @AlexaSpiegel


Muchas felicidades a Calderón y a toda la gente que trabajan en #VILLA en @playcompany — una obra profunda, llena de dolor, y poderosa. – J.B. Alexander‏ @JayBeeAlexander


Glad to see our good friends Crystal Finn and Jenny Kennedy kicking butt in VILLA from @playcompany at the @wildprojectnyc – Fault Line Theatre‏ @faultline_th


Still reeling from seeing this incredible play (with the incredible Harmony Stempel) last week. – Michele McNally @MicheleMcnallyActor

I loved Villa @playcompany by Guillermo Calderon, translated by @wjg22. It’s smart, harrowing, and beautifully done. Congrats to all! – Andy Bragen/ABTP @abtpnyc


I’ll be thinking about @playcompany’s VILLA for a long time. Shaken to my core. No one does what Crystal Finn can do. I was transfixed. – Stephanie Styles‏ @StefunnyStyles


Strong positive responses around the table for Villa by Guillermo Calderón from @playcompany – Maxamoo Podcast @maxamoo


@wjg22 @nytimes @playcompany – how exciting! Congratulations to everyone involved! – Foreign Affairs @4nAffairs


Congrats to RC Alum Mark Van Hare, the sound designer 4 @playcompany’s Villa by Calderón @wildprojectnyc thru Apr 1 – Ricochet Collective‏ @ricochetnyc


Looking forward to VILLA @playcompany tonight. I loved their production of CAUGHT & excited to see more of their work. – Alex Curtis @HeyAlexCurtis


VILLA @playcompany stares down the gun of history; gut-wrenching intimacy and a disarming sense of humor. Best Bet. – Theatre Is Easy @theatreiseasy


NYC REVIEW: Guillermo Calderon’s VILLA @playcompany looks at “historical memory & national reconciliation” in Chile – Exeunt Magazine‏ @theatremagazine


@playcompany excellent production of VILLA – Alexandra Ripp‏ @ripple617


Excited to attend a performance of Villa in NYC tomorrow & have our ED, Elizabeth Silkes, speak on a panel on historical memory afterward! – Sites of Conscience‏ @SitesConscience

About Writer/Director

We’re thrilled to be working with renowned Chilean theatre artist Guillermo Calderón. Mr. Calderón’s plays have toured extensively throughout the world and have been presented in Uruguay, Brazil, Bolivia, Canada, Portugal, Mexico, Cuba, Colombia, England and of course, Chile. New York audiences know him from his production of Neva at The Public Theater and his appearances in the Under the Radar Festival with his own company. His screenwriting credits include Neruda (2017 Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Language Film) directed by Pablo Larrain. For the New York premiere of Villa Mr. Calderon will be directing a new production in a collaboration with U.S. theatre artists. His bold social engagement and beautifully theatrical aesthetic mesh with PlayCo’s artistic values, and we have long admired his work. We can’t wait to introduce our audiences to this play.

Guillermo Calderón

Guillermo Calderón

MEET THE CAST

IDEA LAB

 

PlayCo’s IDEA LAB is expanding! In addition to inviting artists, scholars and community leaders to share their perspectives on the plays in our season, we’re creating a new strand of conversation with PLAYBACK – a series of open and informal conversations to share responses and connect with the issues and themes in our work.

PlayCo staff members, ambassadors, and special guests will kick off these intimate 20-30 minute post-show chats, as an opportunity to reflect together on what we’ve heard and seen, and what we’ll take away.  We will have PlayBacks once per week, check back for complete schedule.

All Idea Labs and PlayBack conversations will be at The Wild Project, 195 East 3rd Street, immediately following the performance (Villa will run approximately 90 minutes) and all are free and open to the public.

 

ARTISTS IN CONVERSATION
MARCH 9

Critic, Author and Columbia University Professor Alisa Solomon will facilitate a conversation with playwright/director Guillermo Calderón and production designer Maria Fernanda Videla Urra.

A CONVERSATION ON HUMAN RIGHTS: MAKING HISTORICAL MEMORY INTO PRESENT ACTION
MARCH 10

Following the performance of VILLA on March 10, writer/director Guillermo Calderón joins Kate Loewald (Founding Producer, PlayCo),
Elizabeth Silkes (Executive Director, ICSC), Marcia Esparza (Founder and Director, HMP), and Danielle Zach (Acting Director, Human Rights Studies at CCNY) for a conversation on how lessons from the past inform contemporary human rights.

A CONVERSATION WITH ALFREDO JAAR:
THE ARTIST OF THE GEOMETRY OF CONSCIENCE

MARCH 29

Alfredo Jaar is an artist, architect, and filmmaker who lives and works in New York City. Jaar’s work has been shown extensively around the world. He has participated in the Biennales of Venice (1986, 2007, 2009, 2013), Sao Paulo (1987, 1989, 2010) as well as Documenta in Kassel (1987, 2002). Important individual exhibitions include The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; Whitechapel, London; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome; and Moderna Museet, Stockholm. Major recent surveys of his work have taken place at Musée des Beaux Arts, Lausanne; Hangar Bicocca, Milan; Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlinische Galerie and Neue Gesellschaft fur bildende Kunst e.V., Berlin; Rencontres d’Arles, Arles and Kiasma, Helsinki. Jaar has realized more than sixty public interventions around the world. Over fifty monographic publications have been published around his work. He became a Guggenheim Fellow in 1985 and a MacArthur Fellow in 2000.

DISCURSO
MARCH 30

Reading of excerpts from the play Discurso, written and directed by Guillermo Calderón, featuring Crystal Finn, Viva Font and Harmony Stempel.  Written as a companion piece to Villa, Discurso sees Michelle Bachelet, Chile’s current president and also from 2006 – 2010, as she makes her farewell speech on leaving office at the end of her first term. But she’s is not being as gracious and diplomatic as she should be. Is she saying what she really thinks or is someone putting words into her mouth?

PLAYBACKS
(Every Wednesday starting MARCH 1)

Join us for a PLAYBACK, a series of open and informal conversations to share responses and connect with the issues and themes in our work. PlayCo staff members, ambassadors and special guests will kick off these intimate 20-30 minute post-show chats, as an opportunity to reflect together on what we’ve heard and seen, and what we’ll take away.

All IDEA LAB EVENTS will be at Wild Project, 195 East 3rd St., immediately following the performance and are free and open to the public.