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Richard III And They've Never Heard Of Love

Bárbara Mestanza, Paula Ribó

Direction: Jason Trucco

Teatre La Gleva | 06/07 - 14/07

Two actresses leave behind a city, Barcelona, that is immersed in a turbulent political situation. Between songs, they will search for the truth in the other side of the ocean, and they will discover that the truth is scarce in newspapers as well as in history books.

What is the American dream? ... These two Barcelona girls have just landed  in a New York theater where they will begin to rehearse Shakespeare's Richard III. One of them will be the deformed and ambitious protagonist who gets to take the throne of England and the other will play all the other characters, always under the watchful eye of the director. Both actresses have just left a troubled city, where the political situation is confusing and controversial. They, however, are immersed in the fiction created by the English Bard, until a book discovers that this character was not exactly as Shakespeare shows and that perhaps Richard III was not the tyrant he portrayed. Where is the truth? They wonder too, by reading the American newspapers which tell them about Barcelona and some facts that are not what they deem authentic. And so, the show uses a classic drama to tell us about the search for the truth or, rather, for our own truth.

Some neon lights that symbolize the compulsive consumption and the American dream illuminate the scene, where a metatheatrical fiction takes place. The two protagonists conceived this show in October 2017 during a trip to Los Angeles to get to know the Mecca of the cinema. There they found a multidisciplinary artist, Jason Trucco, with whom they imagined this project, developed in a residence at La MaMa Theater, a mythical alternative setting in New York. Is it a fiction or is it a documentary theater? Choose yourselves, because the two main characters are, at the same time, the artists who have imagined it all: the actresses and musical performers of the musical project The Mamzelles Bàrbara Mestanza and Paula Ribó. They are accompanied by Jason Trucco, director of the show both in reality and fiction, who is a resident artist at CultureHub, a community of art and technology formed by the MaMa Experimental Theater Club of New York and the Seoul Institute of the Arts.

A co-production of 2019 Barcelona Grec Festival and Amici Miei Produccions, Teatre la Gleva, La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club and Inconvinience Store

Artistic card

Author: Paula Ribó and Bárbara Mestanza Direction: Jason Trucco Dramaturgy: Paula Ribó, Barbara Mestanza and Jason Trucco Interpretation: Bàrbara Mestanza, Paula Ribó, Eduard Tudela and eugene the poogene Musical composition: Bàrbara Mestanza, Paula Ribó, Eduard Tudela Assistant director: Júlia Barceló Production: Julia Simó Puyo


Multimedia gallery

Richard II- Or They Dont Know About Us


Discipline Theater Hybrid scene

Dates and schedules Saturday 6/7 - 20:30 H Sunday 7/7 - 20:30 H Monday 8/7 - 20:30 H Tuesday 9/7 - 20:30 H Wednesday 10/7 - 20:30 H Thursday 11/7 - 20:30 H Friday 12/7 - 20:30 H Saturday 13/7 - 20:30 H Sunday 14/7 - 20:30 H

Space Teatre La Gleva

Duration120 min

LanguageEnglish with Catalan subtitles

Price16-20 €

Directed toPassions

Other criteria International Coproduction


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