Written & Directed by Guillermo Calderón
Translated by William Gregory


“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:


March 01 – April 01

Mon – Sat @ 7:30PM

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


The Play Company, in collaboration with International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, Historical Memory Project, and the CCNY Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at CWE present

A Conversation on Human Rights: Making Historical Memory Into Present Action

WHEN: March 10, 2017

TIME: Directly following the 7:30PM performance of VILLA
WHERE: The Wild Project, 195 East 3rd St. New York, NY 10009

Writer/director of Villa 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.

This event is free and open to the public.


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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




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.

March 9
Artists in Conversation

Critic, Author and Columbia University Professor Alisa Solomon will facilitate a conversation with playwright/director Guillermo Calderón and production designer Maria Fernanda Videla Urra immediately following the performance at Wild Project.

March 10
A Conversation on Human Rights: Making Historical Memory Into Present Action

In collaboration with International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, Historical Memory Project, and CCNY Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at CWE.

Community Partners


The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) aims to engage audiences in an ongoing and historical dialogue, in which people of all backgrounds are able to see American history through a critical perspective, to reflect on their own experiences, and to make meaningful connections between: the past and the present, the global and the local, themselves and others.

Monday – Closed
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday – 11am-6pm
Thursday – 11am-9pm

MOCA First Free Thursdays: Free gallery admission on the first Thursday of each month, made possible through the generosity of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and J.T. Tai & Co. Foundation.

General Admission: $10/ MOCA Members: Free
Seniors (65+ with ID) and Students (with school ID): $5
Children under 12 in groups less than 10: Free

215 Centre Street, NY, NY 10013
tel. 855.955.MOCA

City College of New York’s Center for Work Education

The primary mission of the Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Center for Worker Education (CWE) is to provide an excellent education to working adults from New York City and surrounding regions. CWE offers an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts degree, a Bachelor of Science degree in early childhood education, and a number of certificate programs. CWE serves a population that would be otherwise underserved by the college, and its courses and educational programs are specifically designed for students whose access to higher education may have been limited or interrupted due to financial limitations, work responsibilities, and family obligations.

A spirit of open inquiry, curricular innovation, and academic integrity are linchpins of the CWE mission. Equally important are respect for diversity among faculty, staff and students, and a continuous search for our common ground as learners, teachers, and scholars. In providing its program, CWE seeks mutually beneficial relationships with labor unions, community-based organizations, city agencies, and employers in both the non-profit and private sectors who share our educational mission. With a dual focus on excellence and access, and by reaching out to the community, CWE aims to be a positive force in lower Manhattan and in the New York metropolitan area.

International Coalition of Sites of Conscience

The International Coalition of Sites of Conscience is a worldwide network of “Sites of Conscience” – historic sites, museums and memory initiatives – that activate the power of places of memory to engage the public with a deeper understanding of the past and inspire action to shape a just future. The Coalition supports its members in many ways, including providing direct funding for civic engagement programs; introducing members to a global network of similarly minded sites, helping them establish best practices and new partnerships; organizing leadership and program development opportunities; offering dialogue training; and conducting strategic advocacy for individual members and the Sites of Conscience movement as a whole. Learn more at

Historical Memory Project at John Jay

In the wake of the Cold War’s end, state violence, militarization, and militarism continue to ravage the Global South. Latin America is no exception, suffering the indelible footprints of prolonged state violence. We maintain that the recovery of historical memory is a part of the antidote to historical injustices. Through active recovery of historical memory and records from our base in NYC, HMP is committed:

– To cultivate historical memory of the forcibly disappeared, the tortured, the massacred, the victims of sexual violence, and those whose human rights were violated by planned and coordinated actions

– To teach and raise awareness of mass atrocities and state violence in the public university and grassroots communities of New York City, with the goal of shaping a new generation of memory defenders, promoters, and human rights archivists, seeking truth, justice, and critical human rights.

– To pierce the veil of silence over state crimes, wars, and genocide in Latin America by creating an active online learning experience that connects historical memory to local materials and primary sources, including human rights courts files, forensic evidence, expert witnesses, oral testimonies, war photography, and journalistic accounts. To this effect, we are creating an open historical memory repository for students and researchers of Latin America.

– To organize cultural and educational historical memory events, workshops, and seminars focused on recovering and keeping alive historical and collective memory in Latin America, especially photography. By bringing the past into the present, we are also creating a space for dialogue over enduring ideological and political conflicts

Asian American Arts Alliance

Dedicated to strengthening Asian American arts and cultural groups through resource sharing, promotion, and community building. Since 1983, the Alliance has sought to unify, promote, and represent the artistic and cultural producers of one of New York City’s fastest-growing ethnic populations. The organization is a diverse alliance of artists, organizations, and arts supporters who believe that working together as a pan-ethnic, multidisciplinary community is essential to nurturing the development of artists and arts organizations and to providing meaningful and innovative ways for civic engagement in society.

Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm

We are always happy to have visitors at our office in DUMBO – feel free to stop by and say “hello”! Subway: F to York Street and A/C to High Street

20 Jay Street, suite 740
Brooklyn, NY 11201
tel. 212.941.9208
fax. 212.366.1778

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

PlayCo thanks the following institutional funders for their support of this production of VILLA: