One of Latin America’s most important and prolific writers, Griselda Gambaro has Information for Foreigners is a drama of disappearance, an experimental. Griselda Gambaro’s Information for Foreigners might be one of the most deeply engaging plays I have read so far and it generated in me many. “Life here is surreal” is the idea that pervades every conversation with Griselda Gambaro, according to Marguerite Feitlowitz, who interviewed.

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I’m sure it would have been much more interesting to view rather than read. Jun 01, Robin rated it really liked it Shelves: I don’t think this is the edition I read of Gambaro’s play back then, but it will have to do in order to make the record here in GoodReads. The children sing and play “Anton Pirulero. Similarly, actors are interspersed with the audience groups, and in certain scenes they intervene in the action, further impacting the audience, which is now left with no one to confide in.

Scene 2 The group comes to a locked door and hears a voice singing behind it. The guide leads the group out saying they entered the wrong room and will go dancing.

He is then is killed by the “child monster” with a finger handgun. Multiple groups of audience members are led though a large house to different rooms and hallways where the scenes are presented.

C rated it liked it Jul 26, The guide leads his group away in a hurry. Information for Foreigners is a drama of disappearance, an experimental work dealing with the theme of random and meanin One of Latin America’s most important and prolific writers, Griselda Gambaro has focused on the dynamics of repression, complicity, and violence–specifically, the terror of violent regimes and their devastating effects on the moral framework of society.

I wish to see it staged one day. As it enters the house, the audience is split into groups, which are each led by a Guide who takes them from one scene to the next.


She gives specific instructions on how the play is to be performed, starting with the location a large house or a warehouseand continuing with the participants actors and audiencewhich iformation not be allowed to talk to each other during or prior to the performance. Other editions – View all Foreigner for Foreigners: Another tool that Gambaro used, which I thought to be very effective in portraying the terror and the lack of security present in Argentina at that time was having actors amongst the audience, which reaffirmed the idea that at that time, no one could be trusted and people did not know who might be informants for the police, sometimes these could have been neighbors or even members of their families.

I read this for my theatre history class. Scene 20 Each of the guides leads their groups into one large room to watch this, the final scene together.

It is the period of the state-run Dirty War, a series of highly dramatic acts of violence that were staged by the state in order to repress the people who fought the political ideology in power, either through physical or intellectual activism, and which resulted in the kidnapping, torture and murder of approximately 30, people.

Fill in your details grisdlda or click an icon to log in: The only playwright I’ve ever read who has been able to fufill the dramatic vision of Artaud, Gambora haunts readers and audiens with her dystopic visions of the fraility and fallibility of humanity.

Griselda Gambaro – “Information for Foreigners” | Alexandru Thinks Theater

Still, even from reading it, this play does a great job at exposing the really awful griminess of totalitarian government, censorship, and inaction a la At first the guard says no, but then allows it. The group is rushed from the room. Scene 7 This scene is a continuation of scene 3. These plays are gutsy and grotesque, and deserve more attention. Behind a translucent screen is a table and a group of prostitutes.


Prostitutes Man 1 Man 2 Man 3 Man iinformation [1]. Worthen notes that “In many respects, Information for Foreigners is a play about its audience Gambaro stipulates that it should occur multiple overlapping times as different groups move through the same part of the house.

Scene 18 Children follow a “child monster” holding a club.

A very important component of the piece is the time, space and setting which triggers conversations on the value we assign to our private space as well as forcing reflections about public secrets and their importance in the context of the Argentinian dictatorship. Quotes from Information for F The men say she was never there and carry off the corpse singing.

He puts the gun in her lap and warns her that one pull of the trigger will end everything. The guide then takes away her chair and gives it to an audience member.

Information for Foreigners

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Information For Foreigners

Then a gunshot is heard in the next room. Sep 30, Karina Verigina rated it it was amazing.

Scene 5 Scene 5 takes places in the previously locked room of scene 2 A woman is holding her baby and speaks for the child as well as herself. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: