Opening: Friday, January 10 at 7:30 PM
Followed by a post-show reception – details to come.
A young, career-minded woman working for a logging company is sent to Chile by her boss. Her company hopes her empathetic, driven nature will assist them in their attempts to negotiate away indigenous lands considered sacred by the Mapuche people of Chile. As she works to convince the Mapuche to sell the only thing they hold dear, she’s surprised by what she learns about the noble people’s traditions and their respect for their land. Her encounters with the Mapuche elders and dreams of a sacred Araucania tree spirit will test her dedication to her job with the logging firm.
Marilo Nuñez is a Canadian-Chilean playwright. She was Artistic Director of Alameda Theatre Company, a Toronto company dedicated to new work by Latinx Canadian playwrights. She won the 2018 Hamilton Arts Award, Established Artist in Theatre, and has been shortlisted for the KM Hunter Artist Award in Theatre twice, nominated for the Most Influential Hispanics in Canada, and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Spirit Awards. Marilo traveled to Chile in June 2019 and met with Mapuche leaders and families who welcomed her into their homes as they taught and exposed her to their culture and land. She wrote this play for them, to tell their stories and spread word of their struggle to preserve their land and autonomy.