This year the Mérida International Classical Theatre Festival will travel further afield than ever before, being present in the Cultural Programme of the 2018 Mediterranean Games in Tarragona.
Thus, the Festival continues to open up new spaces after the extensions of Medellín, Regina, Cáparra and Madrid, Tarragona being the first contribution of a temporary nature, together with the holding of the Games.
The different currents of the Mediterranean Sea will be the guiding theme of a series of cultural proposals to showcase the territory’s common heritage that will take place this year from April to October, both in the city of Tarragona and in the rest of the towns hosting the event. Exhibitions, concerts, theatre performances, dance shows, historical re-enactment activities and popular folklore exhibitions will make up the central core of the programme.
The Secretary of State for Culture of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport, member of the Consortium Board of Mérida International Festival of Classical Theatre attached to the Junta de Extremadura, will be responsible, on this occasion, for financing this theatre programme, presenting two major productions at Teatro Tarragona: Oedipus Rex by Sophocles, directed by Denis Rafter (9 and 10 June), and Caligula, by Albert Camus, directed by Mario Gas (16 and 17 June).
9 and 10 June 2018
Version by Miguel Murillo
Oedipus rules in Thebes with the veneration of the people and the love of Jocasta, the widow of Laius, the dead king, now his wife. The city is plagued by many evils and its inhabitants beg Oedipus to intercede for them. News arrives from Delphi, from Apollo’s altar, brought by Creon, pointing to who killed Laius as the cause of all the evils. Only his punishment will save Thebes.
Oedipus promises his people that the guilty person will be punished. Teiresias, the blind prophet, warns Oedipus and begs him to measure his words because his fate has been revealed by Apollo. After the death of the king of Corinth, Polybus, who Oedipus believes to be his father, a terrible truth will reach the throne of Thebes: Oedipus is the cause of Laius’ death and Jocasta, Oedipus’ widow and wife, is really his own mother.
Shocked by this, Jocasta commits suicide and Oedipus, before the corpse of his mother and wife, desperately stabs out his own eyes and calls for the punishment that he himself had sworn for the culprit and thus save Thebes.
Version: Miguel Murillo
Dramaturgy: Denis Rafter and Miguel Murillo
Direction: Denis Rafter
Cast: José Vicente Moirón, Memé Tabares, Gabriel Moreno, Javier Magariño, Juan Carlos Castillejo, Camilo Maqueda, Jesús Manchón, Francisco Quirós, Pedro Luis López, Javier Herrera, Ana Jiménez, Ana Márquez, Laura Ferrera, Pilar Brinquete, Vera Avellano, Nuria Mordillo
A co-production by Festival Internacional de Teatro Clásico de Mérida and Teatro del Noctambulo.
16 and 17 June 2018
By Albert Camus
Mario Gas directs Albert Camus’ Caligula, starring Pablo Derqui and which deals with recurrent themes in the author’s works such as the existential absurd, metaphysical alienation, suffering and the logic of power.
Caligula is one Albert Camus’ great dramatic works. Based on the Roman emperor described by Suetonius, Caligula is actually a series of works in one. The protagonist of the play, interpreted by Derqui, finds himself face to face with the absurd after the death of his sister/lover and submits his subjects to a terrifying series of demonstrations of what he considers to be the absurd truth: that “men die and they are not happy”.
Derqui had previously worked under the direction of Mario Gas in Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” at Teatre Lliure in 2009. The play, which criticizes conservative ideals and the fallacy of the American dream, consecrated Miller as a playwright in 1949.
Author: Albert Camus
Translation: Borja Sitjà
Dramaturgy & Direction: Mario Gas
Cast: Pablo Derqui, Borja Espinosa, Pep Ferrer, Mónica López, Pep Molina, Anabel Moreno, Ricardo Moya, Bernat Quintana, Xavier Ripoll
A co-production by Festival Internacional de Teatro Clásico de Mérida, Teatre Romea and Festival Grec