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|By: Blanca Doménech|
Translated by: William Gregory
A world premiere from Spain
“How do you heal a wound? You let it scar over. And once it’s scarred over, the scar stays there forever. And you forget about it. And you carry on like nothing’s happened.”
Decades on, and a former dictator’s self-mythologising mausoleum is crumbling from within. Hired by the government of today, a young researcher spends scrupulous hours seeking ways to keep it standing. But as Right and Left clash in the outside world and the political debate creeps violently towards the door of the monument, her attempts at professional distance are quickly challenged. Trapped inside with a guard whose motives are unclear, she can no longer escape her own hypocrisy, and her once-proud arguments are dangerously threatened from every corner.
In 2015, El mal de la piedra received a special mention at Mexico’s ‘Sor Juana de la Cruz’ International Literature Award. The play explores the legacy of Spain’s dictatorship and the ongoing effects of shared national trauma in a world where many would rather simply forget.
Director: William Gregory