You don’t want to miss Carmen Aguirre’s Blue Box, onstage now at the Great Canadian Theatre Company. This show reveals Aguirre’s remarkable life as an underground revolutionary in Chile. It’s a story of terror, romance, and abandon that takes us from the dangerous mountain passes of Chile to the perilous roller coasters of Hollywood; from an ardent love affair with a TV star, to a passionate love for a revolution that strove to change an entire nation.
Funny, sexual, moving and deeply political, the show reveals a woman committed to a cause to which she would have sacrificed her life, and committed to a man who refused to sacrifice anything for anyone. The show has received such positive feedback because of Aguirre’s intimate, engaging, and refreshingly frank delivery of her story. It is a poetic and artfully paced performance.
Carmen Aguirre has been connecting with audiences across Canada since she performed Blue Box as a workshop for sold-out crowds at GCTC’s undercurrents festival last year. Carmen’s memoir, Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter, won the 2012 CBC Canada Reads competition and spent six months on the best seller lists in Canada.
Carmen Aguirre’s Blue Box runs January 15 to February 3 on the GCTC Main Stage at 300-1227 Wellington St. West. Performances are at 8 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, at 4 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Special Performances include Pay-What-You Can Sunday, January 20, at 2 p.m. Then, following the 8 p.m. show Friday, January 25, members of the creative team will be participating in a talkback with audience members. It’s a great chance to find out more about the play, the writing and what it’s like bringing your life to the stage. Sunday, January 27, the Playtime Program offers a fun and enriching opportunity for children to exercise their creativity, while theatre-going parents get to enjoy a great GCTC matinee.
Tickets for Carmen Aguirre’s Blue Box are on sale now at the GCTC Box Office at 1233 Wellington St. West, at Holland Ave. Call 613 236-5196 and check www.gctc.ca.