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Héroe de Peñablanca

Inspired by the case of the Seer of Peñablanca. years 80' Chile.

The play “MA Héroe de Peñablanca.” is a free version of the events that occurred in the town of Peñablanca around the case of the seer Miguel Ángel Poblete: a young man who between 1983 and 1987 claims to see the Virgin Mary on the top of the Montecarmelo hill who comes to bring a message of salvation for the people of Chile, managing to summon more than 100,000 people from all over the world. A social phenomenon and popular religiosity that was widely covered by the media and was in constant controversy due to its alleged link with the government of the time. The new look proposed by the Teatro LA SANTA company on the case of the seer is to rearticulate this story from the Maternal Abandonment suffered by the seer in his childhood, which builds a new story about the life of Michelangelo. The play “MA Héroe de Peñablanca.” intends to humanize the character of Miguel Ángel (MA), considering that he has usually been deified or ridiculed, distancing us from that journalistic gaze -closer to the anecdotal- that has prevailed in the investigation of the Peñablanca seer, where his transvestism becomes relevant sexual, its "madness", extravagance or "irrationality".

Our version is based on the MATERNAL ABSENCE, which enables and triggers the various events of her life, structuring her personality and generating an obsession with the maternal, materialized in her visions of the Virgin Mary. In the course of the work we will face a Michelangelo who, from his humanity, reveals the decadence in which he finds himself and the inexhaustible struggle he is carrying out to transcend, and find a meaning of life and a place in society, even reaching , to disrupt reality to fulfill his goals, who, guided by the voice of his mother, the Virgin Mary, is capable of taking justice into his own hands in the name of faith. The theme of Maternal Absence crosses the staging and takes on special relevance in this project, considering that being a "huacho" in our country is a characteristic feature and pillar of Chilean identity, becoming a defining "brand" of the subject in national history, a reality on which this work reports. Absence, affective lack and marginality, constitute the founding topics in this story: that of an orphan boy who, through the transition from childhood to adolescence, constantly seeks to find an origin, belonging and happiness.

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A child/orphan seeks faith. A child/pilgrim climbs hills, spies supermarkets, gas stations, stadiums, banks, parks in search of his mother. Our child/Hero is looking for something with a taste of origin. And he can't find it. And he gets tired. And it stops. And search again.

And he crosses paths with his ghost mother, with Yeny, with the twins, with the town father and they all become clues, signs of something he is not prepared to understand.


Stage direction: Rosa Landabur.

Dramaturgy: Alejandra Moffat .

Cast: Camilo Fernández, Marisol Vega, Constanza Thumler, Patricio Ódenes, Maria Eugenia Valenzuela.

Scenic Design: Daniela Vargas and Natalia Morales.

Lighting design: Francisco Herrera.

Production: Javiera Fernandez.

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