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El año que nací: living stories bare Chile’s soul and bond us Sep 22, 2013

Darkness.  The spotlight was on a solo guitar player.  The first measures of his singular, electric guitar filled the space and washed over the room.  The hair on my arms stood up.  A stirring and collective lift occurred as the reverberating and forward moving tones, reminiscent of Gustavo Santaolalla’s score in The Motorcycle Diaries, drew us into the present scene together, and summoned us to transition as participants and travelers on the potent journeys presented in El año que nací (The Year I Was Born).

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Lola Arias, El Año En Que Naci. (Chile) Sep 22, 2013

El año en que naci, by Lola Arias, was a fabulous play.

 

It was a very well structured story with brushes of music, colors, diversity and the use of a sarcastic humor to convey collective pain that defines a generation in that far corner of South America, Chile.

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Taking it. Sep 21, 2013

I am writing this while also reading in horror about the current terrorist attacks at Westgate mall in Nairobi.  I’m literally stunned, and am alternately pouring over every photo I can find and keep turning my computer off in shocked sadness. Obviously I can’t really comprehend what is happening.  And then I remember the shootings less then a week ago at the Navy Yard that seem to have shuffled out of the news cycle.  And Syria. 

I can’t take it.

 

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"Flecked with humor and compassion..." - The Seattle Times reviews El año en que nací Sep 20, 2013

"Revelatory" and "compelling": two words used by The Seattle Times to describe El año en que nací . Read the review here.

 

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Damnatio Memoriae Sep 20, 2013

My first experience of it was reading a biography of Trotsky. I was fourteen and I had taken a deep interest in figuring out just what was this "evil empire" I kept hearing about from my Hollywood-trained POTUS.

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Recent Chilean History Sep 18, 2013

Chilean dictatorship (1973 -1990)
After Salvador Allende was overthrown by the 11 September 1973 coup d'état, Chile was ruled by a military dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet that lasted up until 1990. The regime was characterized by the systematic suppression of political parties and the persecution and killing of dissidents.

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My chat with Lola Arias Sep 17, 2013

By Nilki Benitez

Last week, I had the opportunity to speak to Lola Arias, Argentine writer and director of El Año En Que Nací (The Year I Was Born). We spoke on the phone and discussed her current works, her beliefs and how she puts her spectacular performance pieces together.

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El año en que naci rave review Sep 17, 2013

"One of the best...things I have ever seen": Portland Theater Scene reviews El año en que nací.

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INTERVIEWS WITH LOLA ARIAS Sep 16, 2013

Watch a myriad of videos (and brush up your Spanish) with this funny, engaging and genuine director.

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