International Theater Day, where to celebrate it at low cost?

This Sunday is the International Theater Dayestablished in 1961 by the International Theater Institute (ITI) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, popularly known as UNESCO.

The reason for remembering this day is given the importance of this performing art to contribute to world peace.

Why on March 27?

March 27, 1962 was the opening date of the 1962 “Theater of Nations” season in Paris. At that time, the theaters of all the signatory countries of the United Nations (UN) were asked to devote that week to the issues of world peace and the Declaration of Human Rights.

The international theater community celebrates it with its staging during local and international events, but the ITI also issues a statement for the occasion and a discussion where internationally renowned figures share their reflections on theater and the culture of peace.

The art of experience

The author of the message this year is the American Peter Sellars, director of theater, opera and festivals. His approach invites that, after the pandemic, human beings return to unity and together see new alternatives to the realities that society lives through what he calls the art of experience, as well as reviving lost feelings and customs in the new day to day.

“The theater has always presented the life of this world as a mirage, allowing us to see through human illusion, deception, blindness and denial with liberating clarity and force (…) this is a time for a profound refreshing of our minds, our senses, our imagination, our stories and our future,” Sellars said in the statement.

Where to celebrate?

In Santo Domingo there are different spaces where stage lovers can celebrate and enjoy the theater this Sunday and, best of all, at low cost.

Since last March 18, for example, the Banreservas Cultural Center has been presenting free on the Ravelo Hall of the National Theater a play every weekend.

This initiative, which will end on April 10, is developed to promote and support this performing art in our country. It is important to highlight that the stagings are in charge of Dominican playwrights from the independent sector.

“The Conch of Amin” of the Utopía Theater is the billboard production for this Sunday. The staging, under the direction of Miguel Espinoza and Francisco Rodríguez, is scheduled to start at 5:30 in the afternoon, and you must reserve your tickets by calling 809-960-2094.

Another option would be to support the National Theater Company in the world premiere of the play Makandalinspired by the poem “The Metamorphosis of Makandal”, authored by Manuel Rueda.

The play, for people over 13 years of age, is being presented at the Máximo Avilés Blonda Hall of the Palace of Fine Arts Arts until April 3. The functions are Friday and Saturday at 8:30 at night, while today Sunday they start at 6:30 in the afternoon.

The general entrance to see “Makandal, name of the hidden and the unnameable” has a cost of RD$100 per person. Tickets are available at the palace box office, but they are only open Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and then from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

At Guloya Theaterlocated on Calle Arzobispo Portes, has been presenting since March 17 a theater festival with a gender perspective dedicated to the actress Delta Soto, called “Mariposas en Escena”.

Today is the last day of the festival, which closes with a function at 6:30 p.m. entitled “Let the Woman Be” a work “that invites us to laugh at ourselves and leave the door open to the idea that another world is not only possible, but also necessary”.

General admission for this presentation costs RD$500, but students, older adults and people with disabilities can pay RD$400. The play is for ages 14 and up.