RADICAL

ONE-ACT: It is September 11, 1973 in Santiago, Chile and the government has been brutally overtaken by the military. In the midst, three strangers battle it out in a basement while chaos and paranoia drown a dying promise. Radical shows what happens to people who are left with nothing but hope. Winner of the Downtown Urban Arts Festival 2016 Best Play.
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RADICAL

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  • Alice Josephs:
    23 Jun. 2021
    Radical - from the roots or its common perception as extreme idealism. This one-act play is centred on three people at the Allende’s Chilean government’s end: Simon, from society’s poorest strata, terribly wounded; Martha, an American Christian missionary and a stranger part political gamester, part with a vestige of idealism as a journalist. Díaz-Marcano manages the trio’s dialogue and action skilfully, juggling between local events and light-touch Cold War metaphors sucking the audience into the larger backdrop and the individuals’ peril, suspicions, expediency, choices and, movingly, eventually their faith in each other in impossible circumstances.
  • Ellen Koivisto:
    21 Dec. 2018
    Welcome to the coup in Chile as experienced by a hunted reporter, an American religious, and a bleeding young man all hiding in a basement panic room, their actions framed by Salvador Allende's last words. Everyone is desperately trying to do what they know is right but they can't agree on what that is, making them as wracked by conflict as the streets above them. The question they have to answer is who or what can survive this end of a world.
  • Emily Hageman:
    15 Jul. 2018
    Diaz-Marcano never fails to blow me away with just how fearless he is. "Radical" is exciting and intense and brings to light an important--and not often discussed--moment in world history, but what drew me into the play and kept me there was just how human the characters were. Diaz-Marcano has a gift for writing deeply flawed individuals--and sometimes they are seeking redemption, and sometimes they aren't. Diaz-Marcano writes with relentless courage and honesty and his characters and stories need to be given voices and stage time. Know his name, he's going to really take off.

Development History

  • Workshop
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    Midtown International Theater Festival
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    2012

Production History

  • Professional
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    Downtown Urban Arts Festival 2016
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    2016

Awards

Winner
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Best Play
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Downtown Urban Arts Festival
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2016