A Piece of Plastic

Description

Comedy or drama? This unique play by German playwright Marius von Mayenburg, directed by Luciano Cáceres, introduces us to a perfect, fair and flawless middle-class family that conceals its fears, hate, frustrations, aggressiveness, pain, conflicts and misery. A glance at the decadence and violence of 21st-century society.

The mother, Ulrike (Brenda Gandini), is a beautiful, measured and formal woman, who can suddenly lose her temper and become very aggressive towards her son Vincent (Santiago Magrinos) – who always has a camera in his hands, filming everything – and particularly with her husband, Miguel (Joaquín Berthold), a very simple doctor with aspirations of going to Africa to work for Doctors without Borders.

The seemingly normal and perfect world in which they live is shattered after the arrival of Jessica, the new house worker, brilliantly played by Shumi Gauto. Serge Haulupa (Julián Calviño) completes the criticism of society, the breakdown of values and the disintegration of a seemingly stable world, playing an artist and Ulrike’s boss, who thinks that “everything is art”, which means that he can transgress all social considerations and question all theories of the social system.

With wardrobe design by Ana Chispy Leiva and Julieta Harca, and Gonzalo Córdova in charge of lighting that highlights the naif set created by Agustín Garbelloto – where doors play a major part –, this comedy of twists and turns with constant comings and goings of characters offers rich dialogues that audiences will enjoy, laugh at and reflect upon, because every line deserves to be interpreted in its own right.

Produced by EUNIC, Goethe-Institut, and Ciudad Cultural Konex, the play was presented as part of the International European & American Theater Festival.

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Production Notes

  • Parental rating
  • Parental rating information not available.
  • Duration
  • 90 min
  • Original language
  • Spanish
  • Subtitles
  • English
  • Year
  • 2016
  • In theaters
  • No
  • Category / Genre
  • Drama

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