Bait

A Festival of 4-English Language
World Premieres

Buenos Aires is renowned as the playwriting epicenter of Latin America. Particularly over the past decade, new theatre from Argentina has captured the attention of South America, Europe, Australasia and now, the United States.

BAiT (Buenos Aires in Translation) epitomizes true international theatrical collaboration, bringing together four of the most dynamic playwrights from Buenos Aires and pairing them with four cutting-edge U.S.-based directors to present a repertory program of English language world premieres. This is the first time that any of these remarkable playwrights will have their plays presented in the United States.

BAiT will publish these plays -translated by Jean Graham-Jones – in the winter of 2007.
Subsequently, BAiT will select and send four emerging U.S. playwrights to Buenos Aires and partner them there with translators and similarly acclaimed experimental theatre companies – culminating in four Spanish language world premieres.

Shoshana Polanco, Creative Producer

Photos by Rachel Roberts

WOMEN DREAMT HORSES
by Daniel Veronese, directed by Jay Scheib
At a meeting to discuss the demise of the family business, three brothers and their wives play a zero-sum game in which all will be losers.
Approximate running time: 70 minutes

A KINGDOM, A COUNTRY OR A WASTELAND, IN THE SNOW
by Lola Arias, directed by Yana Ross
In a cold country where it is always night, two sisters, Luba, young and tough, and Lisa, older and easy prey for love, hunt and breed hares. When they end up catching a man – Reo, a wild orphan – and bringing him home, family chaos ensues.
Approximate running time: 75 minutes

PANIC
by Rafael Spregelburd,
directed by Brooke O’Harra with her company,
The Theatre of a Two-Headed Calf
Infused with the aesthetics of low-budget horror movies, Panic follows a mother and her two children, remnants of an unclassifiable family, as they attempt to recover the key to their safety deposit box and the life savings within – from the hands of the dead. Their pursuit is a fatal cocktail of desperate measures: from legal, religious, and psychotherapeutic tactics to the paranormal.
Approximate running time: 120 minutes

EX ANTWONE
by Federico Leon, directed by Juan Souki
This hyper-fragmented text imagines a dreamlike encounter with the past, navigating a labyrinth where memories, fantasies and being overlap in an unconscious way. Leon excavates a mental state in which reality, an ex-reality, and a wished for reality converge.
Approximate running time: 60 minutes

BAiT is a Performance Space 122 Production, an initiative of Salón Volcán, with the support of
Instituto Cervantes, The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center,
and the Consulate General of Argentina in New York.

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November 4 – 19, 2006
Downstairs Upstairs
Sat Nov 4 A Kingdom…
7 p.m.
Women Dreamt Horses
8:30 p.m.
Sun Nov 5 Ex Antwone
7 p.m
Panic
8:30 p.m.
Tue Nov 7 Ex Antwone
7 p.m.
Panic
8:30 p.m.
Wed Nov 8 A Kingdom…
7 p.m.
Women Dreamt Horses 8:30 p.m.
Thu Nov 9 A Kingdom
7 p.m.
Women Dreamt Horses 8:30 p.m.
Fri Nov 10 Ex Antwone
7 p.m.
Panic 8:30 p.m.
Sat Nov 11 Ex Antwone
3 p.m.
A Kingdom… 7 p.m.
Panic
4:30 p.m.
Women Dreamt Horses
8:30 p.m.
Sun Nov 12 A Kingdom…
3 p.m.
Ex Antwone
7 p.m.
Women Dreamt Horses
4:30 p.m.
Panic
8:30 p.m.
Tue Nov 14 Ex Antwone
7 p.m.
Panic
8:30 p.m.
Wed Nov 15 A Kingdom…
7 p.m.
Women Dreamt Horses
8:30 p.m.
Thu Nov 16 A Kingdom…
7 p.m.
Women Dreamt Horses
8:30 p.m.
Fri Nov 17 Ex Antwone
7 p.m.
Panic
8:30 p.m.
Sat Nov 18 Ex Antwone
3 p.m.
A Kingdom…
7 p.m.
Panic
4:30 p.m.
Women Dreamt Horses
8:30 p.m.
Sun Nov 19 A Kingdom…
3 p.m.
Ex Antwone
7 p.m.
Women Dreamt Horses
4:30 p.m.
Panic
8:30 p.m.
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