Past event


Co-presented with ArtsEmerson 


Available April 10, 2021 to ticket holders with a password. Purchase a ticket here.

5 PM PDT on 4/10 & 3PM PDT on 4/11


Program Notes

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After the Performance

Live Q &A

Join the artist in a post-show Q & A by clicking on the link provided to you via email.



In Spanish with English subtitles

Dragón, Guillermo Calderón’s latest work for the stage, is a story about a group of artists who meet to begin creating the work that should anoint them as undeniable forces of nature in the avant-garde theater community. The plot provides a window, a reflection, on opportunism and violence written by the internationally renowned Chilean playwright and director. In The Return of the Dragon, Calderón has developed a new audiovisual vision that adopts the format of a micro-documentary, expressly made in the context of the new circumstances of confinement. The action is set against the compelling topics Dragón introduces as well as the artistic and cultural references at the core of the show, while juxtaposing them against the context of Chile’s current political situation compounded by the consequences of the pandemic.

This video was recorded during the quarantine in Santiago de Chile in June 2020, and it includes documentation from mobile phones.

Conversation with Guillermo Calderón and Jennifer Thompson, lecturer in the Theatre Arts and Latin American and Latinx Studies Programs at the University of Pennsylvania to follow presentation.  


Dragón, la última obra de Guillermo Calderón, es una historia sobre un grupo de artistas que se encuentran para crear la obra que debe consagrarlos. La trama da pie a una reflexión sobre el oportunismo y la violencia escrita por el dramaturgo y director chileno de larga trayectoria internacional. En La Segunda Vida de un Dragón, Guillemo Calderón propone una nueva apuesta audiovisual que adopta el formato de una especie de microdocumental, realizada expresamente en las nuevas circunstancias de confinamiento, que trata sobre Dragón y cruza las referencias al espectáculo con el contexto político del Chile actual y las consecuencias de la pandemia.

Este video fue grabado durante la cuarentena en Santiago de Chile en junio de 2020, e incluye registros de teléfonos móviles.

Conversación con Guillermo Calderón y Jennifer Thompson, profesora de Artes Teatrales y Programas de Estudios Latinoamericanos y Latinxs de la Universidad de Pensilvania seguirá la presentación.

He lets it rip and shows us his mettle. As a writer, Calderón is as interested in power as fact and illusion as the legendary Jean Genet and María Irene Fornés.

Hilton Als, The New Yorker

The return of the Dragon is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Additional Quote

“But there’s a freshness and forcefulness to Calderón’s work, which marries the urgency of politics to the playful joy of theatremaking.”

American Theatre