Festivals and Summary

2013 ישראל: הפסטיבל OFF  הבינלאומי לתיאטרון בובות בירושלים.

2012 ישראל: פסטיבל "בתים" עונת התרבות בירושלים.

2011 ישראל: פסטיבל בינלאומי לתיאטרון בובות, ירושלים

 

Israel :OFF International Festival of Puppet Theater, Jerusalem. August 2013

Israel:  " HOME Festival. Jerusalem Season of Culture, July 2012

Israel: International Festival of Puppet Theater, Jerusalem. August 2011

 

 

Summary:

 

The story opens with a young man about to hang himself in prison. The woman he loves, condemned to death for becoming pregnant out of wedlock, is about to be beheaded and the earthquake happens. Tearing down not only buildings but social conventions, the disaster opens up a chance for reconstruction and change. But that chance soon fades. Inflexible, deeply rooted laws and codes of behavior, Kleist tells us, grasp humans in moments of crisis more strongly than any earthquake could tear apart. Kleist leaves us little consolation in his unsparing vision of the human condition where the innocent pay for the crimes of the guilty, who go unpunished.

Characters

  • Jerónimo Rugera - A Spaniard, the lover of Josefa

  • Don Enrique Asterón- of a rich nobleman of Santiago. Josefa’s father

  • Josefa Asterón – Jerónimo’s lover.

  • Felipe - The son of Jerónimo and Josefa

  • Don Fernando Ormez - An acquaintance of Josefa, husband of Doña Elvira

  • Doña Elvira - Don Fernando's wife

  • Juan - Doña Elvira and Don Fernando's son

  • Don Pedro - Doña Elvira's Father

  • Doña Isabel - A relation of Don Fernando

  • Doña Constanza - Sister of Doña Elvira

  • Maese Pedrillo - A cobbler

  • Don Alonzo - An acquaintance of Don Fernando and Josefa, a naval officer

Notes  The story takes place in Santiago, the capital of the Kingdom of Chile. On the 13th of May, 1647 it was hit by a 8.5 Richter scale earthquake which devastated the city. At that time the Colonial Church operated a court responsible for judging all actions that allegedly threatened the Christian faith: the Holy Office of the Inquisition. A year after the Chileans shot guns to free themselves from Imperial Spain, Kleist shot himself to free himself from existential pain. In this story, a parable of injustice and inevitability, we understand why Kafka considered Kleist his honorary ancestor.

 

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