Teatro Paraguas presents the World Premiere of
A play by Augusto Federico Amador
Atacama is a two-person play about a man and a woman who meet in the northern Chilean desert while searching for bone fragments of loved ones disappeared by the Pinochet regime. They find a deep and unsettling connection that shakes their souls.
Although the play has had several staged readings around the country, the full production at Teatro Paraguas is the world premiere. The performances coincide with the 45th anniversary of the U.S.-backed coup d’etat in which the democratically elected socialist government of Salvador Allende was overthrown by the army under General Pinochet on September 11, 1973.
Augusto Federico Amador was born and raised in the Silicon Valley and is the son of a Peruvian father who is an accomplished jazz composer and an Austrian mother who is a master chef. Mr. Amador was recently awarded the prestigious Lincoln City Fellowship from Speranza Foundation for playwriting. Atacama placed in 50 Playwright Project’s 2017 list of best un-produced Latino plays, as well as a runner up for the 2017 National Latino Playwriting Award from the Arizona Theater Company, and it was a finalist at the Austin Latino New Play Festival. His plays have been finalists or semi-finalists for several awards, including the Eugene O’Neill Conference, Princess Grace Award, Terrence McNally Award, Metlife Foundation National Latino Playwright Award, New Works Labs at Stratford, and the Lee Strasberg Theater, among others.
Atacama has been presented as a staged reading at The Next Iteration Theater, Austin Latino New Play Festival, Skylight Theater, Theatre 80 St. Marks in NYC, and at the UCLA Department of Theater.
Friday • September 7 • 7:30 p.m.
Saturday • September 8 • 7:30 p.m.
GALA performance with reception • Playwright will be present • $25
Sunday • September 9 • 2 p.m.
Thursday • September 13 • 7:30 p.m.
Friday • September 14 • 7:30 p.m.
Saturday • September 15 • 7:30 p.m.
Sunday • September 16 • 2 p.m.
Thursday • September 20 • 7:30 p.m.
Friday • September 21 • 7:30 p.m.
Saturday • September 22 • 7:30 p.m.
Sunday • September 23 • 2 p.m.
$20 general admission
$12 limited income
$25 Gala Reception and Performance on Saturday September 8 • Playwright will be present
Buy tickets at atacama.brownpapertickets.com
Reservations: Call 505.424.1601 to buy tickets at the door
Atacama marks Juliet Marie Salazar’s directorial debut at Teatro Paraguas. First appearing on Teatro’s stage in a 2012 production of Fortunato, Juliet has acted in several Teatro Paraguas productions, including Enfrascada and Sotto Voce, and served as assistant director for Daphne’s Dive. Originally from El Paso Texas, Juliet has worked with El Paso Association of Performing Arts’ Shakespeare-on-the-Rocks and UTEP’s Union Dinner Theatre as a performer. Her directorial experience includes John Guare’s Cop-Out, Paula Vogel’s Desdemona: A Play About a Handkerchief, and The Laramie Project. For Juliet, Augusto Amador’s script, Atacama, provides an opportunity to explore meaning within our current social and political circumstances by listening to voices of the past.
This project made possible in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts, Santa Fe Arts Commission and the 1% Lodger’s Tax, and the Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry.