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Tuesday December 11, 2012 in Books
Six years after ﬂeeing the 1973 military coup that overthrew Salvador Allende, the democratically elected, socialist leader of Chile, eleven-year-old Carmen Aguirre and her family return to South America to join the underground resistance. At eighteen, Carmen commits herself to the movement, running a safe house on the border between Chile and Argentina. Forfeiting her ﬁrst marriage to the pressures of revolutionary life, and living for years with the ever-present fear of capture and torture for her opposition to the Pinochet regime, Aguirre realizes the sacriﬁces she who unconditionally loves the cause must make. “When one is in the revolution,” she says, “having a personal life is an act of treason.”
Fifteen years later, in Los Angeles, Carmen once again unconditionally gives everything of herself – for love of a diﬀerent kind. She begins a sexually passionate but emotionally impossible relationship with a handsome Chicano TV star whom she pursues as relentlessly as she herself was once hunted.
Emphasizing the tensions between these two modalities of loving, Aguirre’s monologue intercuts recollections of events that, although they are disconnected in time and space, together comprise two “core stories” that deﬁne her, and which she is challenged to reconcile.
In this sexy, fast-paced, and darkly comic follow-up to her acclaimed autobiography, Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter, Aguirre ultimately asks: Between the extremes of love for the political cause and love for another, how and where does one create space for self-love?
Cast of 1 woman.
ISBN 13: 9780889227576 | ISBN 10: 0889227578
5.5 W x 8.5 H inches | 64 pages
$16.95 CAN / $16.95 US
Backlist | Drama | Bisac: DRA013000
QUOTES OF NOTE
“The play pivots on the fascinating contradictory impulses in this one person: the selﬁshness of sexual passion versus the selﬂessness of passionate revolutionary commitment. A good storyteller, Aguirre runs the full gamut of emotion.”
– Vancouver Province
“There’s a clear, sophisticated intelligence at work here. The script is riddled with both serious and ironic political references.”
– Georgia Straight
“A storytelling tour-de-force …”
– Fast Forward Weekly
“She has the force of a hurricane. Aguirre deals in love instead of destruction.”
– Mooney on Theatre
“Blue Box is an unapologetic story of power, told with power. Its narrative bathes in it, bemoans the loss of it, fights it and fears it.”
– Monday Magazine
“A night of vivid storytelling …”
– Calgary Herald
“Vivid tapestry of love, loss and desperation.”
– West of West
About the ContributorsCarmen Aguirre
Carmen Aguirre is a Vancouver-based theatre artist who has worked extensively in North and South America. She has written and co-written twenty-one plays, including Chile Con Carne, The Trigger, The Refugee Hotel, and Blue Box. Her first non-fiction book, Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter, was published in 2011 by Douglas & McIntyre in Canada and Granta/Portobello in the United Kingdom and is now available in Finland and Holland, in translation.
We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts; the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund (CBF); and the Province of British Columbia through the British Columbia Arts Council for our publishing activities.