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Uncommon Voices presents “Ay Días, Chiqui”
April 25, 2022 @ 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm$15 – $35
By Jose Manuel Friedel
Translated and adapted by Gabriel Torres & Scout Davis
Performed by Gabriel Torres
Directed by Scout Davis
ORDER OF EVENTS:
6:30PM Doors Open
6:30PM Mingling, wine & Colombian food (advance purchase required)
7:30PM Performance Start
8:30PM Discussion of the piece with Gabriel Torres and Scout Davis, who will be asking you, our audience, to imagine possible endings for the play.
Ay Dias Chiqui (Oh these days…Chiqui) tells the story of a transvestite* in 1980s Colombia, South America. Fearful of leaving her home because of the crime riddled streets outside her door, Chiqui talks to us about God, her mother and her childhood. Through poetic language, song, dance and more, Jose Manuel Freidel, the writer, poignantly explores the loneliness of solitude and the impact of hatred towards things we don’t understand.
In the original version of the script, Chiqui comes back home stabbed and bleeding to death, Friedel hoped to inquire on the reality of the community and ask of the country to take action upon it. In this version of the script, contemporized and translated to inquire on the pressing issues of our country, and the relationship of latine queer bodies, we ask of the audience to re-imagine where Chiqui ends up after leaving her home, and what the uncertain future entails.
*the use of the word transvestite is a direct translation of the original Spanish used in script, which was written in the 1980s and we use it today to honor the intention of the author at the time, while acknowledging the use and connotation of the word in today’s context is complicated at best and if used in inappropriately can cause harm.