Micro Theater

26Feb13

 

The history of micro fiction has generally established itself outside the mold of traditional writing styles. Writer and literary critic David Lagmanovich describes, in the introduction to La otra Mirada: antología del microrrelato hispánico, that micro-stories are “unusual flowers that have begun to appear in literary greenhouses” and characterizes them principally based on two traits. First, he draws attention to their length, or rather their brevity, and second, he holds that they cultivate the primacy of imagination, invention and above all else, fiction for our amusement. These pieces of flash fiction have found a home in the fast paced life of modernity that is often times ruled by the frenetic and accelerated quest for anything but extension and redundancy. This is what, according to Lagmanovich, flash fiction offers us, the social, the aesthetic and the psychological all combined simultaneous in a single, short and entertaining story.

Writers such as Anton Chekhov, Franz Kafka, H.P. Lovecraft, Ernest Hemingway, Julio Cortázar, and Fredric Brown have all been credited with contributing the development of the flash fiction writing style that has become increasingly popular within Hispanic literature. Yet, because of its dynamic and versatile nature, flash fiction has stepped outside of prose and found its way into the world of theater.  Micro theater, flash theater, sudden theater shares with the micro-story its brevity and fictionality, but takes as its model the theatrical mold.  Spanish writer and dramatist, Javier Tomeo, demonstrates the ludic and innovative technique of micro theatre with this piece taken from “Más por menos: Antología de microrrelatos hispánicos actuales.”

II

Mujer tejiendo junto a la ventana. Inesperadamente entra en la habitación un NIÑO, sosteniendo algo en el hueco de la mano.

NIÑO. Madre, mira que te traigo.

MADRE. ¿Qué me traes?

NIÑO. Una luz.

MADRE. ¿Dónde estaba?

NIÑO. En la charca debajo de la luna.

MADRE. ¿Te vio alguien como la cogías?

NIÑO. No, nadie.

MADRE. Anda, préndemela pues en el pelo.

Pausa. El NIÑO se alza sobre la punta de los pies y prende la luz en el cabello de la MADRE. Por un instante, la MADRE deja de tejer y sonríe.

This new way of approaching reality and, in this case, theater, is not solely limited to the written word.  For those living in Madrid, the opportunity to experience these types of “verbal photographs” in person has become a reality. Located in the center of Madrid just off of Gran Via at number 9, Calle Loreto y Chicote, Microteatro por dinero offers the chance to see up to five different shows each lasting around 15 minutes. Showings take place from Wednesday to Sunday and this month the program consists of the following: “Por Idiota”, “El gol en propia puerta”, “Las dos hermanas”, “Mentiras piadosas”, and “Gangs of Pasapoga.” Experience this refreshing burgeoning genre for yourself and let us know what you think!

Micro Theater

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