Teatro Abierto

Definition

Theater

  • (Spanish: Open Theatre) An Argentine theatermovement founded in 1981 to fight political repression and revitalizethe country's drama. Osvaldo Dragún was amongst those who launchedan appeal for new works that resulted in the choice of 20 one-actplays for production. These were staged by 20 different directorsat the Teatro Picadero in the space of a week. Suspiciously, the theaterburned down at the week's end, but public demand ensured that furtherperformances took place at the Teatro Tabarís. The impact ofthe second season was weakened by mediocre scripts and the outbreakof the Falklands War; the movement has since been less influentialowing to Argentina's return to democracy.
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