- Sept. 29, 2019
-- ."If you have doubts about your identity, contact Las Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo." So read billboards across Argentina, where thousands of people were "disappeared"
between 1976 and 1983 under a brutal military dictatorship. Questions of truth and identity are explored when Antaeus Theatre Company
presents the West Coast premiere
of Stephanie Alison Walker
's striking new play, The Abuelas
. Andi Chapman
directs for an Oct. 11
opening at the Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center
in Glendale, where performances continue through Nov. 25. Low-priced previews begin Oct. 3.The Abuelas
explores the repercussions of Argentina's "Dirty War" on one family. In March of 1976, a military junta seized control of Argentina. Those opposed to the new government were told "to make themselves invisible, or they would be made to vanish." By September of that year, the regime was already responsible for an average of 30 abductions each day. From these abductions, a new word came into common usage: desaparecidos
, the "disappeareds."
Among those detained and tortured were young pregnant women who rarely survived, and whose babies were then stolen and illegally adopted out to "politically acceptable" parents. Despite the atmosphere of fear promoted by the junta regime, two groups of women — representing the mothers and grandmothers of the disappeared — began protesting the disappearances of their relatives and striving for the reunification of their families. "The Madres" embarked on a crusade to obtain information about their missing children, demanding both the return of their children and punishment for their captors; "The Abuelas" have a sharper focus: to find the living. They call them los desaparecidos con vida
("the living disappeared")
, referring to the babies who had been taken from their murdered daughters and sons.
How does one go on after discovering her entire life is a lie? Does the restoration of truth bring freedom or suffering? Is it possible to integrate two identities into one life? The Abuelas
explores these questions — as well as the heart's capacity for forgiveness, even in the face of the harshest betrayal.The Abuelas
, Oct. 11
- Nov. 25
at 8 p.m.
at 8 p.m.
at 2 p.m
. and Mon.
at 8 p.m.,
Previews Oct. 3 - 1/10, Tickets $35,
. The Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center,110 East Broadway
, CA 91205
.Tix and info call 818-506-1983
or go to www.antaeus.org