24 October to 7 November 2016
Llàtzer Garcia (Girona, 1981) studied acting at the Theater College in Barcelona, and dramaturgy in Sala Beckett and the Theater Institute, both in Barcelona. He has worked as a director assistant and as an actor. He has written, among others, the following plays: Au revoir, Lumière (2003, Ciutat de Sagunt Award), Sweet Nothing (2007, Ciutat d’Amposta Award), Vent a les veles (2008, Marqués de Bradomín Award), Ens hauríem d’haver quedat a casa (2010, Festival Temporada Alta Festival, Sala Muntaner), Kafka a la ciutat de les mentides (2011, Grec Festival) La terra oblidada (2012, Ciutat de Gandia Award. Sala Flyhard), La pols (2014, Sala Flyhard, La Villarroel. Barcelona Critics Award, Serra d’Or Critics Award), Sota la ciutat (2015, Temporada Alta Festival. Teatre Lliure) and L’última nit del món (2016. Sala Flyhard). He has also written the short pieces Doppelgänger, Ara em toca a mi and Jericó. Some of his works have been translated into English and Spanish, and most of them have been published. He is the dramaturg and director of the company Arcàdia.
After a six-month break, I’ve started to work again for my theater company, Arcàdia. Our next play will be staged at the new Sala Beckett, as part of the Grec Festival in Barcelona. The play will not be based in any original text of mine but on the rewriting of two contemporary classics: Look back in anger, by John Osborne, and Sweet Birth of Youth, by Tennessee Williams.
Both plays really go together. Both have anger and poetry. Both deal with outsiders that live in a world that is falling apart. Both are chamber plays, almost claustrophobic. Both present characters that are neither able to love, nor to be loved. Both really relate to the current times.
It is not a matter of adapting their work, but of rewriting it in a very free manner. I will try to take the essence of the original plays in order to write a new one. This is for me the only way to face these two stories of great characters.