! Teatro!

Institute History

  • 1990 Sundance Film Festival


In any society, art's mission is to reflect life, to inspire its audience to new understandings. to empower the soul. In a poor and oppressed country, artistic endeavor carries even more responsibility. In Honduras theatre is not just entertainment it is the essence of self-expression and revelation.

Through the lives of the members of Teatro la Fragua. a remarkable acting troupe started ten years ago by American Jesuit Jack Warner, iTeatro! presents a view of Hondurans fighting for change without bayonets or bullets.

Inspired by Luis Valdez's Teatro Campesino in California, which had so successfully demonstrated the power of theatre to inspire and motivate an oppressed people, Warner began his troupe by rounding up teenagers from street corners, pool halls and church groups. Today, after a decade of both setbacks and successes, Teatro la Fragua supports eleven actors and has an international repertoire of plays, including Valdez's The Two Faces of the Boss. More importantly its members are now developing acting groups allover the country. The mission is to give a voice to the common people of Honduras: campesinos who have never seen a play, children in village acting groups who are speaking before a crowd for the first time, and the actors themselves, who perform at great personal risk. Similarly. the film presents the people of Honduras to the American public by exploring the powerful nexus between art and politics with compassion and a sensual use of the film medium.

Sunday, January 21, 10:30 p.m.
Holiday Village Cinema I

Wednesday, January 24, 10:00 a.m
Holiday Village Cinema ill

Thursday, January 25, 1:30 p.m.
Holiday Village Cinema I

Saturday, January 27, 4:30 p.m.
Holiday Village Cinema I


— Robert Hawk

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