WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
Mercurial Chilean playwright and director Guillermo Calderón, who is described as "an authentic genius of the theater" by the New Yorker, confronts urgent questions about the complex relationship between artists, truth, and reality in this new work having its U.S. premiere at REDCAT. In Mateluna, a perceived act of injustice raises questions about how artistic activity relates to political violence, and what guilt and justice might mean in a post-Pinochet era. While creating his acclaimed production Escuela, Calderón consulted closely with Jorge Mateluna — a former guerrillero in the Chilean FPMR, who spent 14 years in jail for his activities. During the run of those performances, Mateluna was jailed again and is serving 16 years for his alleged participation in a bank robbery that he says he had nothing to do with. The Supreme Court is being urged to determine if he is a political prisoner.