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The Infinite Flash of Memory: A conversation on Jardín de Pulpos (Octopus’s Garden)

July 15, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Infinite Flash of Memory: A conversation on Jardín de Pulpos (Octopus’s Garden)

Date: Monday, July 15th, 2019

Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Location: Loisaida Inc. Center, 710 East 9th Street, New York, NY 10009

FREE to the public. Limited seating. RSVP at caborca.tickets@gmail.com


This evening features a discussion about Latin American resistance movements and protest-theatre art originated in the 20th century; about the collaborative creative process, dramaturgy, acting, staging, and translating Jardín de pulpos for the 21st century Anglophone US audience. 

“The other time when we did the workshop [with actors], I told them that the public also writes as they are watching. You, [as playwright], write something that you think actors and actresses are acting on. The actors and actresses are acting something that they think the audience will understand and the audience understands something they need, but it is not necessarily what the author says, nor what the actors and actresses say. It is a great disagreement. What happens is that there is a disposition or willingness to believe.”

– from Juegos interiores: an interview with Arístides Vargas.

Presented by Caborca and Loisaida Inc., in partnership with The Graduate Program in Translation at the University of Puerto Rico in Río Piedras, and UArte – Universidad de las Artes in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Javier Antonio Gonzalez is a participant in the Global Connections–IN the LAB program, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by Theatre Communications Group, the national organization for the professional not-for-profit American theatre

This symposium is being presented alongside Caborca’s visionary new production of Octopus’s Garden in its first English language version. Translated by Aurora Lauzardo. Directed by Javier Antonio González. Octopus’s Garden runs at Target Margin Theater from July 12-21. For tickets to our performances visit https://octopusgarden.brownpapertickets.com

A man enlists the town madwoman to help him recover his memory at the seashore. He encounters the ghosts of his ancestors emerging from the rupture of authoritarian violence, inviting him to dream again.

Special guests:

Arístides Vargas – playwright, founder, and director of one of the most important groups of Contemporary Latin American Theater: the Malayerba Group.

Charo Francés – founder and director of the Malayerba Actoral Training Laboratory.

Rosa Luisa Márquez – Puerto Rican director,  actress and professor, specializing in Ibero-American Theatre.

Aurora Lauzardo – translator, professor and co-chair of the Graduate Program in Translation at the University of Puerto Rico.

Javier Antonio González – playwright and artistic director of Caborca.


Rojo Robles – writer, playwright, filmmaker and instructor of Caribbean and Latinx Literature at Brooklyn College, CUNY.

“Opinions like those expressed while in a panel, presentation, performance or through artwork are expressed by the author in their personal capacity and are the author’s own. They do not necessarily reflect the views of Loisaida Inc., its affiliates or staff.”


July 15, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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(646) 757-0522


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