The Seamstresses (Las costureras)
translated by Prof. Charles Philip Thomas
Las Costureras (The Seamstresses) premiered in November 2002 at the National Theatre in Santiago, Chile and with a strong dose of irony and humor this play deals with the realities in the lives of several women during the years from 1930 to 1973 in Chile. The central character, “La Madame” is owner of a shop where she and eight employees make outfits for a variety of clients throughout the years mentioned above. Because her work allows her to work with the wealthy, she appears to be a Belgian woman who speaks French. However, according to an interview in La Tercera newspaper, Coca Guzzani, the actress who portrays her states that, “she is a humble woman who has access to a better quality of life. She is strong, intelligent, straight-forward and a little insane. She is capable of moving on in her life, as well as aiding her workers, without needing a man at her side.” Using several historical events as focal points, rather than analyzing the historical, political, cultural and social aspects of these events, Marco Antonio de la Parra shows how the events have influenced the advancement of these women, the ones who in their time represent the struggle of the different social classes.
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