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El testamento de María

Agustí Villaronga, Frederic Amat and Blanca Portillo tell the tale of Jesus of Nazareth according to his mother in this pagan gospel.
Actress Blanca Portillo stars with this bold retake on Mary, recast as a simple countrywoman whose only child has been snatched away because of a heavenly decision she doesn’t understand. Irish novelist Colm Tóibín offers up this surprising monologue in which a pagan Mary spends her final days at Ephesus, tormented by the terrible hatred unleashed against Jesus and watched over by her son’s disciples. She knows that some of them are writing lies – and that’s why she wants to tell us what really happened.
Director Agustí Villaronga’s staging reflects the utterly human nature of the mother of God, a woman whose emotions pour out kaleidoscopically as she relives the ghosts of the past while standing at the doorway to death.
The piece is rounded out by artist Frederic Amat’s scenery and music by Australian singer and songwriter Lisa Gerrard, of Dead Can Dance.

Blanca Portillo Mary

translation Enrique Juncosa / versioned and adapted by Agustí Villaronga / setting Frederic Amat / costumes Mercè Paloma / lighting Josep María Civit / sound Lucas Ariel Vallejos / original music Lisa Gerrard
director assistant Martí Torras / setting assistant Roger Orra / lighting assistant Gane Gil / props Jordi Vera / technical director David Pascual / lighting technician Sara Rey / management Javier Pérez Santana / road manager  Pablo Ramos / distribution Jordi Buxó
co-produced by Testamento, Grec 2014 Festival de Barcelona, Centro Dramático Nacional i Avance - Producciones Teatrales
with the collaboration of the Generalitat de Catalunya and the MACBA

show in Spanish
length 1h. 15' no interval
03/15 debate with the company after the show

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