Francisco Reyes: Yorick, La Historia de Hamlet

Francisco Reyes: Yorick, La Historia de Hamlet

CHILE

“The piece is surprising, captivating and touching. The star’s capacity as an actor meshes with the correct camera angles, lights and shadow, background music and, of course, with the puppets.” -Culturizarte, Chile

VIRTUAL EVENT

Yorick, the story of Hamlet, is an appropriation of Shakespeare's Hamlet, structured according to Hamlet's main soliloquies and narrated by Yorick, a character who in the original is represented by the iconic skull of the late court jester. It is a one-person show, whose video version also includes characters played by plasticine puppets. 

A live theater version designed to be performed outdoors was created in 2014. The work was solely performed in small Chilean towns lacking cultural infrastructure and played in ruins of buildings that had cultural significance in the history of the towns. The current video version features the actor who plays Yorick, the captivating Francisco Reyes, who also animates the plasticine characters. It is an intimate spectacle, which cleverly uses a storytelling format to tell the story in an atmosphere illuminated only by the light of a candle.

Post Q & A after each performance

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Yorick, la historia de Hamlet, es una apropiación de Hamlet de Shakespeare, estructurada en función de los principales soliloquios de Hamlet y narrada por Yorick, personaje que en el original está representado por la icónica calavera del fallecido bufón. Es un espectáculo unipersonal, donde en su versión video, los demás personajes aparecen representados por muñecos de plasticina.

El espectáculo fue creado el año 2014, en una versión de teatro en vivo y concebido para ser representado al aire libre y solo en pueblos pequeños, carentes de infraestructura cultural. Para su representación se buscaron ruinas de edificios que hubiesen tenido alguna importancia en la historia de esas localidades. En la actual versión en video aparece solo el actor que encarna a Yorick (Francisco Reyes), quien además manipula a los personajes de plasticina. Es un espectáculo íntimo, que usa el formato de cuentacuentos para narrar esta historia en un ambiente iluminado por la luz de una vela.

 

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Francisco Reyes has enjoyed a long career in theater, cinema and television. Unhappy with his job as an architectural graduate, he turned to music and then theater. A small role in a telefilm on the life of Saint Theresa of the Andes opened the doors to TV work, consolidating him as one of the most famous faces on Chilean TV with his performances in popular soaps. He’s also had an outstanding career in cinema, with various collaborations with Raúl Ruiz, including his role in the Oscar-winning film A Fantastic Woman 2017 (Una mujer fantástica). In theater, he’s had acclaimed roles in recent productions such as La gaviota, La desobediencia de Marte and Encuentros breves con hombres repulsivos. In the live theater version of Yorick, la historia de Hamlet, the actor makes up part of a team with his children Elisa, Ismael and Simón.

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Date/TimeGM/STCA
FRI 2/12
5:00 pm
$15$12$8
SAT 2/13
3:00 pm
$15$12$8
SUN 2/14
3:00 pm
$15$12$8

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff