Costa Rica Theatrical show is a social inclusion project:

The stage of the Melico Salazar Popular Theater will host the theatrical show “Si nosotras fuéramos ellos” (“If we were them”), a production that takes the stage with the representation of 43 young people from vulnerable areas of the country.

The show is a version by French playwright Serge Sándor, inspired by the play “La Cruz”, by Costa Rican Fernando Rodríguez, which recounts the crime in the mountains of Alajuelita, where seven women were murdered in 1986.

It is the result of the project “Theatre and society behind the scenes of life”, which uses the performing arts as a vehicle for social inclusion. The initiative aims that, through theater, people who participate in the project can express themselves and see their social skills stimulated, such as the exercise of sustained attention, the improvement of school and sports performance. and the reduction of social and family violence.

The realization of this project is possible thanks to the joint efforts of the Ministry of Justice and Peace, the Ministry of Culture and Youth and the French Embassy in Costa Rica.

In addition, the Melico Salazar Popular Theater, La Libertad Park, the National University, the Labyrinth Company, Rebond’Art, the United Nations Latin American Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders and the Court Juvenile Criminal Appeals of the Costa Rican Judiciary collaborated to make this happen.

According to the Ministry of Justice and Peace, Ministry of Culture and Youth, the young people participating in the production took part in theater workshops with Sándor in the civic centers for peace of La Capri-Desamparados and Pococí- Guapiles; in addition, eight acrobats and dancers from the School of Dance, Theater and Circus of Parque La Libertad also participate; there are four performers from the theater workshop of the artistic culture project of the Zurquí Youth Training Center; and eight advanced or graduate students from the UNA School of Performing Arts.

“This drama goes far beyond this massacre, it is universal and questions the role of women in our society and in particular in the case ‘If we were them’, the story of adolescents which is built day by day. on minefields. The distant places between the different groups of actors, led me to write a play like a puzzle, which fit together finely in the theatrical scene”, declared the French playwright.

To the original text are added fragments of classics by the French playwright, actor and poet Molière, as well as some testimonies by women.

The show “Si nosotras fuéramos ellos” (If we were them), rated for ages 12 and up, will be presented on Friday, June 10 at 8 p.m.; Saturday June 11 at 8 p.m. and Sunday June 12 at 6 p.m., at the Théâtre Populaire Melico Salazar.

General admission is 8,000¢; students and citizens of gold, ¢4,000 colones. Tickets on sale at boletería.teatromelico.go.cr.