Lola Arias

Lola Arias: El Año en Que Nací (The Year I Was Born)


“The experience is soul-crushing, it shakes
you to the core.” —La Segunda

“A truly great piece of documentary-theater.” 
The Santiago Times

Amid bursts of exuberant rock music and deceptively playful scenarios, 11 Chileans born during Pinochet's dictatorship—all non-actors—reconstruct their family histories using photographs, letters, old clothing and personal stories. Argentine director Lola Arias' El Año en Que Nací reveals a nation's complex history through the eyes of a generation, in a riveting work of documentary theater that dives purposefully into lives lived within a brutal military regime. While deftly navigating the humorous and the horrifying, the political and personal, Arias invites each performer to attempt to make sense of the past as they reconstruct the lives of their parents—resistors and collaborators alike—through memories suppressed, erased or simply unspoken.

Performed in Spanish with English surtitles.


RUN TIME: 120 minutes

Los Angeles Theatre Center
514 South Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013 | Map

PARKING: $5–6 event parking at several locations off Main and 6th Streets.

Production of Foundation Teatro a Mil.

Funded in part with generous support from the Performing Americas Program of the National Performance Network (NPN) with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs’ Cultural Exchange International Program, the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

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Radar L.A. is supported by a grant from ArtPlace America, a collaboration of leading national and regional foundations, banks and federal agencies accelerating creative placemaking across the U.S., the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.


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