Stage Manager for the North American premiere of Something in the Air (“Lo Que Está En El Aire”) politically charged chilean play about missing persons by Carlos Cerda and the The Ictus Theatre Collective (Teatro ICTUS de Santiago) translated by Lina De Guevara for Toronto Workshop Productions, 12 Alexander Street, Toronto from February 23 until March 27, 1988
Directed by Robert Rooney. Stage Managed by Toby Simkin.
STARRING Paulina Abarca; Ramiro Puerta; Agata Pilitowska
The kidnapping depicted in the play, Something’s in the Air is fictional. But the circumstances closely resemble an episode in March 1985 when armed men in civilian dress abducted three members of Chile’s Communist Party in broad daylight. Two days after the abductions, which occurred in two separate incidents, the victims were found dead on a road near the Santiago airport, their throats slashed.
The killings, and the brazenness and brutality with which they were carried out, shocked many Chileans. They were followed by a wave of kidnapping and torture cases, some directed against members of the Roman Catholic Church. The deaths, thought to be the work of the police force known as the Carabineros, shook the military Government of President Augusto Pinochet and led to rumors that the President, who called the killings a brutal crime, had lost control of his own armed forces.