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Mariano Pensotti

El Pasado es un Animal Grotesco (The Past Is a Grotesque Animal)

Part of Out There 2012: Global Visionaries

“Pensotti has a fine facility with irony, with the fine balance between comedy and tragedy and, most of all, with the ability to capture an epic psychosis in an unpretentious nutshell.” —British Theatre Guide

It’s 1999 in Buenos Aires. Mario, Laura, Pablo, and Vicky are in their mid-twenties and ready for careers, love, and adulthood. Over the next 10 years, Argentina’s economy will collapse and their dreams and the world will take unexpected turns. In this fast-paced, multilayered “mega fiction,” Argentine theater director Mariano Pensotti deftly unfolds the lives of these characters with an ingenious turntable set that conveys time’s ceaseless march, dividing the action into four spaces in which vital moments play out. The quartet learns how easily reality can transform into fiction and back again. In Spanish with English supertitles.

Note: Performance contains mature content.

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Performing Arts programs and commissions at the Walker are generously supported by members of the Producers’ Council: Russell Cowles; Sage and John Cowles; Robert and Katherine Goodale; Nor Hall and Roger Hale; King’s Fountain/Barbara Watson Pillsbury and Henry Pillsbury; Emily Maltz; Dr. William W. and Nadine M. McGuire; Leni and David Moore, Jr.; Josine Peters; Mike and Elizabeth Sweeney; and Frances and Frank Wilkinson.