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Directed by Mariana Muñoz
A musical theater songbook based on the text by Juan Radrigán
Country: Chile
Discipline: Radio theater | Musical theater songbook

Borrachos de luna is an audio adaptation of the text of the same name by Chilean playwright Juan Radrigán. In this case, it’s a musical theater songbook for radio theater that rethinks the crossover between theater and music. The listeners are treated to a repertoire that combines both the spoken word and singing on a single playlist.

Borrachos de luna takes place at night in an empty city whose silence is shattered by the sound of planes and helicopters crossing the sky over and over again, dropping leaflets announcing that it’s forbidden for people to meet up. As a result, clandestine meetings occur in confinement behind four walls, like that of José, a record player repair man and María, a woman who opens the doors of her small house every evening to make money from showing off her body. As a result of several attempts to get a broken device to work and play music from old records, these characters get to know each other and have a sad conversation about love. It’s an exchange of words and feelings that’s interrupted by the arrival of an out-of-towner bringing news. Drunk on the moonlight, these three souls pass their time singing, waiting for the start of a show that may never happen.

This piece converts Juan Radrigán’s work into an collection of boleros, tangos and other nostalgic tunes to be listened, danced, sung or cried to under the glittering moon behind closed doors.

DIRECTOR

Mariana Muñoz Mariana Muñoz is an actress, director and teacher. Her pieces are influenced by her work with masters like Andrés Pérez Araya, Andrés del Bosque and Juan Radrigán and her pieces as a director are characterized by her research on the crossover between theater, music, popular culture and comedy. One of her most notable pieces has been Amores de cantina by Juan Radrigán. This year, she directed the acclaimed play Preguntas frecuentes by Nona Fernández.

DRAMATURGY

Juan Radrigán Juan Radrigán (1937-2016) is one of the most renowned playwrights in Chilean theater history. During his career, he wrote more than 40 plays with strong social undertones, including Hechos consumados (1981), Balada de los condenados a soñar (1989) and Amores de cantina (2009). In 2011, he won the National Performing Arts award, an honor that joined others such as the awards from the Art Critics’ Circle in 1981 and 1982, the Municipal Literature award in 1983, the Altazor award in 2005, the Bicentenary Dramaturgy award in 2010 and the Seal of Excellence award in 2011 from the National Council for Culture and the Arts.

TECHNICAL INFO

Adapted for theater and directed by: Mariana Muñoz | Cast: Claudia Cabezas, Mario Avillo and an as yet unnamed actor | Musical score: Mario Avillo and TBC | Recording and sound mixing: TBC. A Teatro a Mil Foundation coproduction.

Only available for producers and cultural managers interested in supporting the circulation of this show.

Andrés García andres@fundacionteatroamil.cl