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Spanish Playwright Sees Concern in Latin America, Europe over Rightwing Extremism

LA PAZ – Award-winning Spanish playwright Lola Blasco said that one of the main concerns among her colleagues in the region is the spread of rightwing extremism in Latin America and Europe.

In an interview with EFE in La Paz, Blasco cited the current situation in Brazil, where last Sunday’s presidential election was won by far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro, who has regularly engaged in “xenophobic and misogynist discourse.”

Blasco, 35, warned that it is “alarming and worrying” for dramatists that this situation is being repeated in their countries, so they see the opportunity to write plays that reflect this concern.

The Spanish playwright arrived in Bolivia to offer a three-day workshop on the “political fable” – a type of story that portrays characters as animals or objects and has a moral message or warning to it – at the Cultural Center of Spain in La Paz.

Blasco held the same workshop in Argentina and after visiting Bolivia she will go to Asuncion.

She says that the fable is often used as a resource in political theater “during times of tyranny,” and its use currently is being revived in both Europe and Latin America.

“This should make us think about why the fable is emerging again as a way of telling stories,” she said.

“I know that I will write about some of things that we talk about here in the workshop. Really good stories have come out, popular stories from Bolivia that interested me a lot,” she added.

About audiences, she commented that they are becoming more open to other types of less-conventional theater and that the best in terms of quality and story should always be offered by playwrights, without falling into superficial language.

“In the theater we should not fall into that, because in theater we should not consider the audience to be ignorant. We should offer them the best of the best possible form,” Blasco said.

Blasco was awarded the 2016 National Prize for Dramatic Literature in Spain for her play “Siglo mio, bestia mia,” in 2009 she received the Buero Vallejo international award for “Pieza paisaje en un prologo y un acto” and this year she was presented with the Excellence Award from Madrid’s Carlos III University.

 

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