‘Funny, sexual, moving and deeply political’

Carmen Aguirre’s one-woman show ‘Blue Box’ opens tonight at LSPU Hall

Published on March 27, 2014
Nightswimming Theatre’s Carmen Aguirre performs a scene from “Blue Box,” part of a one-woman show which opens tonight at the LSPU Hall in St. John’s. — Submitted photo

A story of love, lust and revolution spanning Chile, Los Angeles and Vancouver, Nightswimming Theatre’s “Blue Box,” written and performed by Carmen Aguirre,  opens at the LSPU Hall tonight.

The one-woman performance weaves together two stories, the theatre company says.

“One (is) from Carmen’s underground life in the 1980s Chilean resistance movement fighting the Pinochet dictatorship. The other (is) of a passionate and complicated relationship with a charismatic Chicano actor, each exploring how to get what we want when no one wants us to get it,” Nightswimming says in its description of the piece. “Funny, sexual, moving and deeply political, ‘Blue Box’ reveals a woman committed to a cause to which she would have sacrificed her life, and committed to a man who refused to sacrifice anything for anyone.”

Nightswimming commissioned “Blue Box,” and debuted it two years ago with a national tour.

Aguirre, based in Vancouver, is perhaps best known for her 2011 book, “Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter,” in which she writes about her childhood and her parents, who were part of the resistance against Augusto Pinochet. The book won the 2012 CBC Canada Reads contest. Aguirre also appeared in the Showcase TV drama “Endgame,” alongside Labrador native Shawn Doyle.

“Blue Box” runs until Sunday night with nightly shows at 8 p.m. (and a discussion with Aguirre after Friday’s show, facilitated by Amy House) as well as a half-price matinée Sunday at 2 p.m.

Regular-price tickets are $25 general admission and $19 for seniors, students and artists, and are available at the LSPU Hall box office, by calling 753-4531 and online at www.rca.nf.ca.

Aguirre will also read from “Something Fierce” Friday at 1 p.m. in room A-1046 of MUN’s Arts building. Admission is free.