The year is 1973. In Chile, a group of young poets meet to write, argue, critique, and flirt. Days later, the government collapses and the president is shot. Amid the brutality, one poet rises to fame as a skywriting daredevil — and possibly a killer.
An eerily relevant drama unfolds in Brooklyn-based theater company Caborca's adaptation of Roberto Bolaño's novel Distant Star, a harrowing tale of fascism and its aftermath. It weaves Bolaño's memories of life (and death) under Pinochet's American-backed dictatorship into a perverse, seductive noir of urgent political necessity. Infused with the novelist's perverse humor and mastery of suspense, the play draws audience members, almost without their noticing, into the vortex of its terrifying world, making a political story personal and vice versa. Distant Star is staged throughout the bunker-like environment of the Underground Theater at Abrons Arts Center, the actors and audience occupying every inch of physical space.