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Live Theater in San Miguel? Why Bother?

By Juan Perez

This article is meant as encouragement to the many nationals and expats who have never experienced live theater in our unique city.

Live theater gives the audience the opportunity to participate in making the art. Each performance is very different from any other. Not only is the audience entertained by the actors, the actors are influenced by the audience and thus this symbiotic relationship spawns a live creation for this one night only.

Theatre is a sophisticated expression of a basic human need to project stories onto ourselves and others, and to create meaning through narrative and metaphor.

Attending a live performance can promote a connection with and understanding of humanity in a broader sense. The inclusion of human conflict in many plays helps people relate to each other while providing subtle guidance in our own personal relationships.

For a performance to happen, people need to gather in one place for a couple of hours, and share in witnessing and contemplating an event that may be beautiful, funny, moving, thought-provoking, or hopefully at least diverting. And in an age when most of our communication happens online or in front of a screen, I think that this community theater gathering is in and of itself something that matters.

Watching a play also allows the audience to access emotions they often don’t experience. Whether you see a tragedy or a musical, there’s likely an element of the storyline that extends beyond your personal life experiences.

One of the key attributes that separates theater from movies and books is the fact that it’s a living breathing creation, of which you, as an audience member, are a crucial part.

There’s a bond that forms between the performers and the viewer, not to mention the connection that forms among the members of the audience together. There are brief magical moments that can only happen when spectators and performers share a physical space.

We at Caja Negra have developed an audience after several years of presenting plays in San Miguel. Our past plays include, House, Diary of a Madman, I Am My Own Wife, By the Waters of Babylon, The Tricky Part, Building the Wall, An Act Of God, Kiss Of The Spider Woman, and Wiesenthal.



Deconstructing O

Starring Ivette Pizarro and Alan Jordan

Jul 11–21

Friday, 7pm

Sat and Sun, 3pm

Shelter Theater

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