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    ISBN: 9780889227576 | Paperback

    80 pages | Pub. Date: 20120515
    5.5 W × 8.5 H × .5 D inches
    Backlist | Drama | Bisac: DRA013000
    Rights: WORLD


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.

“Vivid tapestry of love, loss and desperation.”
West of West

“A night of vivid storytelling …”
Calgary Herald

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

“She has the force of a hurricane. Aguirre deals in love instead of destruction.”
Mooney on Theatre

“A storytelling tour-de-force …”
Fast Forward Weekly

“There’s a clear, sophisticated intelligence at work here. The script is riddled with both serious and ironic political references.”
Georgia Straight

By Carmen 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.

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news | 2019-02-04
Newly published! Essential early work by the award-winning Carmen Aguirre.

…Aguirre’s more recent plays, Refugee Hotel, Blue Box, and The Trigger. Aguirre’s funny, poignant, and …

news | 2016-02-03
Valentine’s Day Specials!

…Fischman) Desert of the Heart by Jane Rule Plays: Blue Box by Carmen Aguirre Paradise Garden by Lucia …

news | 2013-02-26
The Regina Monologue

…will change when Carmen Aguirre arrives with her Blue Box at the Globe Theatre, her fiery solo show that …

news | 2013-01-28
Carmen Aguirre Visits Octopus Books!

…for a special lunchtime discussion and launch of Blue Box . It’s a story of terror, romance, and abandon …

news | 2013-01-16
Theatre in Ottawa: A look at Carmen Aguirre's Blue Box

…Carmen Aguirre’s Blue Box runs through February 3, 2013 at the Great … Canadian Theatre Company in Ottawa, Ontario. Blue Box is also now available in book form. …

news | 2013-01-07
Meet Brian Quirt and Carmen Aguirre!

…and director Brian Quirt of Carmen Aguirre’s Blue Box. Carmen Aguirre’s Blue Box runs January 15 …

news | 2012-02-09
Something Fierce Wins Canada Reads!

…is currently preparing for her one-woman show, Blue Box, to be staged at the National Arts Centre. …

news | 2012-01-24
Promo Video for Carmen Aguirre's Blue Box

…Promotional video for Carmen Aguirre‘s Blue Box, an upcoming world premiere theatre piece …

news | 2011-11-29
Carmen Aguirre Tours Blue Box in 2012

…(Talonbooks), will be touring her one-woman show Blue Box in 2012. Below are the confirmed Canadian cities … 16th to June 22nd, 2012 Magnetic North Festival Blue Box investigates Carmen’s remarkable life as an …