Faraway Land of Mine (Lejana tierra mía)
translated by Prof. Charles Philip Thomas
Lejana tierra mia (My Far Away Land) was presented for only two shows in 1992 in the initial premiere. The play has premiered again recently to rave reviews in Argentina, and it will soon be presented in other countries. Some 15 years later the message of the play is touching audiences who are very receptive to the message which echoes that of The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle, a current best-selling book. Alberto Peyrano, critic for Ambitoweb, states that the play “touches all of us present day Argentineans, the play transcends the everyday to speak a universal message, this work is a sure candidate to become a classic in the future.”
A father and son are both artists and they point out the values and traditions of their respective generations. The son helps the father and wants to be like him, while the father expresses continual disagreement that doesn't allow him to enjoy the present moment. Like a kind of ritualistic ceremony repeated day after day, both of them are deeply caught up in what they are painting, and people and past events are brought up which cause them to reflect on everyday life. In what starts out as a simple everyday conversation, statements which begin as divisive and negative are, little by little, changed and reach a poetic and positive level. Accusations by the father that the son has changed parts of the painting lead to heated discussions that culminate in great emotional impact. The father murmurs phrases such as “I wish there were colors that could express the sound of those far away bells” while the son asks his father to “open a window in one of the houses you've painted” so he can see the outside world. Suddenly the discussion moves to a higher level when it is revealed that one of the two has an airplane ticket and is ready to go in search of himself and find the things he believes have escaped him in life. (I'm not telling which one).
I truly believe that after seeing or reading this play we will have changed for the better, and will have gained by realizing a truth that as the play tries to show, “the real true land is inside ourselves and not on the other side, not in the past nor in the future, and it is the present which gives us the opportunity to be happy with what we have, as long as we are able to become conscious of this fact.
Works in Translation by
Prof. Charles Philip Thomas