El año en que nací (The Year I Was Born)

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Lola Arias is about to pop. She’s eight and a half months pregnant and right now, as we speak, headed home to Buenos Aires to give birth. So, needless to say, the playwright won’t be present at FringeArts for the three-day run of her El año en que nací (The Year I Was Born)—but at least 10 performers from her homeland’s neighbor to the west, Chile, will. They’ll be describing the enduring effects of the iron-fisted reign of the late Augusto Pinochet, who seized power in a militaristic coup d’etat in September of ’73.

In his 17 years of despotic rule, Pinochet managed to accumulate hundreds of human rights violations (not to mention embezzlement and tax evasion charges). The numbers are astonishing: Nearly 30,000 citizens tortured, over 80,000 interned and at least 1,200—but perhaps as many as 3,500—simply executed for standing in his way. He is, essentially, on par with Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden among the grossest human beings to have recently walked the earth. His legacy is still potent and powerful.

Arias, on a trip to South America that included an exploration of Pinochet’s long-lasting devastation on survivors of his regime, started to pay special attention to those born during his tenure’s terrifying aftermath. She recruited people who, in El año en que nací, tell their stories and their parents’ stories, too. This isn’t exactly a play; there’s no book to stick to here. It’s all in Spanish, but subtitled in English and partially projected on a screen serving as a backdrop for photos, maps, news clippings and saved bits of history. Dance and music will be employed, as will, no doubt, heavy emotion and grief, allowing folks aged 20 to their early 30s to show us, in an exceptionally colorful and expressive way, how history trickles down. El año en que nací aims to reinforce, to the next generation, how wrongs will not be ignored and how recalling painful pasts can open our minds to a more optimistic, brighter future. / BILL CHENEVERT

Fri., Jan. 17 through Sun., Jan. 19. Various times. $20-$29. FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Blvd. 215.413.9006. fringearts.com
 

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WHEN
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Recurring: ONCE Sunday, January 19, 2014
Recurring: ONCE

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140 N. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA
One time only on 01/19/2014. .

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