“Memorias” explores physical theatre based on a series of tableaux accompanied by original live music. Lines in Spanish, Portuguese and Kichwa [Andean language] will be heard throughout the performance.
The piece represents experiences and memories in the context of the cycle of life and death. Human rituals are expressed through the body, exploring its language and the possibilities of communication.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Grupo Teatro Libre is a grassroots, intergenerational, diverse and inclusive group. It was founded in 2008 in Toronto with the mission of doing theatre in Spanish and Portuguese in a collective and participatory manner, representing original creations or Latin American playwrights in their original language, and always promoting solidarity and respect for human rights.
Luis Rojas is a multidisciplinary artist who has devoted himself to Spanish-language theatre in Toronto since 2008. He is the artistic director of Grupo Teatro Libre. Although largely involved as a director, he has also served as actor/performer, producer, musician, light designer and set designer.
Concept / Artistic Director
Performers / Co-creators
Music and Sound
Santiago “Lobo” Vega, Luis Rojas
Set creation and design
One Perfect Day | Un día perfecto
A telenovela-inspired play about a wedding gone wrong.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Margarita Valderrama is a Colombian-Canadian, Dora Award-nominated actor; writer and filmmaker based in Toronto. She is also a Johanna Metcalf Performing Arts Prize protégé and currently part of the Reelworld Emerging 20 Program and the Canadian Film Centre’s Norman Jewison Writers Lab developing her first feature “Eyes Open | Ojos Abiertos”. Her first short film script “Date Night” won the ACTRA Toronto Shorts Competition and has since received official selection from various film festivals across North America. She completed Factory Theatre’s Playwriting Unit (The Foundry), two Playwriting Residencies through Aluna Theatre, and most recently was part of the Stratford Festival’s Playwrights Retreat. Selected acting credits include voicing Lime Chiffon on Strawberry Shortcake: Berry in the Big City, Lia Venegas on Bakugan: Battle Planet, Hayley Daily on Paw Patrol, and theatre work includes: El Retorno/I Return (Aluna Theatre – Radio Play), Rochdale (SummerWorks), and Meet Cute (Roseneath Theatre). More at www.margaritavalderrama.com
Mariló Nuñez is a Chilean Canadian playwright, director, dramaturg and scholar. She is a 2021 winner of the Johanna Metcalf Performing Arts Award in Theatre. She is the 2023-24 Playwright-in-Residence at Carousel Players Theatre for Young Audiences where she will premiere her play Mapu, and was the 2021 Playwright-in-Residence at Aluna Theatre. She has been a member of playwright’s units at Factory Theatre, Tarragon Theatre, Cahoots Theatre and Nightwood Theatre. She was McMaster University’s first Playwright-in-Residence in 2018 and was the recipient of the Hamilton Arts Awards for Established Theatre Artist. Her plays include: Three Fingered Jack and the Legend of Joaquin Murieta, El Retorno/I Return, Last Supper, Huinca, Foxy: Tales of An Urban Zorra, INQUEST, Demos Kratos, and Sangre Redux. She teaches playwriting at theatres and universities across the country using the Fornes Method. She was founding Artistic Director of Alameda Theatre Company, a company dedicated to developing the new work of Latinx Canadian playwrights. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph and is currently obtaining her Ph D. in Theatre & Performance Studies at York University. Her play El Retorno/I Return has been turned into a podcast for Radio Aluna Theatre.
Jeysa Caridad: Laura
Yago Mesquita: Rafael
Natasha Ramondino: Alba
Juan Carlos Velis: Gustavo
Alex Castillo: Helda
Julius Cho: Michael/Evan
Manuel Rodriguez-Saenz: Mateo
Margarita Valderrama: Playwright
Marilo Nunez: Director
Peter Riddihough: Cinematography + Projection Design
Alysse Szatkowski: Stage Manager
Claren Grosz: Producer
Abby Esteireiros: Set Designer
Kelly Wolf: Costume Designer
Sooji Kim 김수지: Lighting Designer
Lyon Smith: Sound Designer
Justin Miller: Bouffon Consultant
Siobhan Richardson: Fight/Intimacy Choreo
Anita Yung: Sound Operator
One Perfect Day | Un día perfecto has been supported by Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, Canada Arts Council, Factory Theatre, Cahoots Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille, Outside the March Theatre, Aluna Theatre, Why Not Theatre, and Nightwood Theatre.