La Serena

“Yo sabía que vos me ibas a encontrar y yo quería que fuera en medio del mar.”

Written by Guillermo Severiche

Directed by Rosie Berrido


  • Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 3:00pm

Language: Spanish

Age: 18+

Location: IATI Theater (64 E. 4th St. NYC 10003)

Website: Facebook Event


La Serena is a drama that features Augusto, a 50-year-old actor who suffers an accident when lighting scaffolding collapses on stage. After some days in the hospital, he returns to his apartment and receives an unexpected visit from Ramiro, a former lover who abruptly abandoned him fifteen years before. After recalling past conflicts, they are interrupted by Diego, Augusto’s young student who’s infatuated with his master’s talent. These happenings also prompt Augusto to revisit a tragic event of his childhood: the death of his father while vacationing in La Serena, Chile. Is this situation part of reality or part of a nightmare where past mistakes and regrets return to hunt and punish? This Argentine version of Jean Paul Sartre’s Huis Clos examines masculinities and delves into ideas of the afterlife in cyclical explorations of a man continuously chased by his own nature.

About the Playwright

Guillermo Severiche (1986) is an Argentine writer and scholar. He holds a Bachelors in Modern Literatures from Universidad Nacional de Cuyo (Mendoza, Argentina) as well as an M.A. in Hispanic Studies and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, LA). In 2016, after being awarded with a full university scholarship, he moved to New York to complete a M.F.A. in Creative Writing in Spanish at NYU. As a writer, he has published short stories and essays in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Spain, and Chile. His first novel, "El agua viene de noche", will be published in 2019. As a scholar, his area of research is contemporary Latin American cinema. He also collaborates with Cinema Tropical's online magazine, TropicalFront, by interviewing visiting Latin American filmmakers in New York City. He has been granted several fellowships to complete research for his work as a writer and scholar and to participate in artistic and academic events in Turkey (Bilgi University, 2012), Cuba (Festival de Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano, 2014), and Bolivia (Colectivo Ch'ixi, 2016), among others. Currently, he teaches at NYU, Fordham University, and Lehman College. La Serena is his first play.


Gerardo Gudiño
Alejandro Santoni
Hernando Caicedo


This Reading is free of charge–your kind donation is accepted.  The first glass of that red elixir of life–wine–is on us.  All proceeds ensure that we continue to support the genesis of theater: the playwright!

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