DE LA MISMA PASTA
Óscar Sanz Cabrera’s four-character play is vibrant, funny, engaging, and highly worthy of publication and production in English. The work concerns an aging mother, Luisa, who is facing a health crisis (she dies quietly onstage at play’s end), and her three embattled children, Lucas, María, and Esteban, two homosexual and one alcoholic. There is substantial cursing, including constant homophobic slurs, throughout the play, as well as the memory of the dead father’s molestation of Esteban. The three children, in various situations of economic compromise and struggle, vie for their aging mother’s money, the amount of which remains undisclosed until play’s end. Winner of the 2012 Premio Kuxta Ciudad de San Sebastián, Empty Bottles is a tragi-comic investigation of what Sanz Cabrera describes as the “purgatory” of lower class life where we find “the most dreadful dramas and the cruelest, and by definition, the funniest comedies.” Spain, one of the countries in the Euro Zone hardest hit by the 2008 financial crisis, still suffers from 25% unemployment. Sanz Cabrera’s characters emerge from that context.
|Comedia DramáticaComedy drama|
|60 - 90 min.|
|DE LA MISMA PASTA ha sido traducida al inglés por Matthew Ward, bajo el título de EMPTY BOTTLES y se ha publicado en otoño de 2014 en la revista estadounidense The Mercurian, que pertenece al Departament of Dramatic Art of THE UNIVERSITY of NORTH CAROLINA at CHAPEL HILL.|