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“Inventive and impactful. Django in Pain serves as an important remainder of the powers of connection and accountability."
—The Unforgettable Line
"A day will come when you might need to kill a wolf; a mad wolf out there, or a wolf inside of you... "
A playwright wants to write a happy play, but he can't because his main character is so depressed that he wants to end his life. Hopefully the playwright will find a way to give Django’s journey a happy ending. Or is it the other way around?
Django in Pain is an astonishing, exquisitely detailed and healing piece about depression, creativity and love. Made and staged within the isolation of the early days of the pandemic in New York City, using only hand-made puppets and scrap materials found around their home, this feature-length table-top puppet show filmed on a cellphone chronicles the often-humorous with razor edges of grief misfortunes and adventures of Django—a puppet loosely inspired by Django Reinhardt, and a stray dog that keeps getting in his way. A deeply personal and at the same time universal, multi-layered tale of despair, loyalty and hope.
Django in Pain premiered in New York City in Oct 2021 to rave reviews. The Spanish version, Django con la Soga al Cuello has been presented in Mexico and Argentina, where it received more than 6000 views in just three days.
“In a world that seems to give us lots of reasons to give up, Django in Pain is a cry of hope”
—Juan Carlos Araujo, Entretenia.com (translated from Spanish)
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POR PIEDAD TEATRO
Por Piedad Teatro aims to raise questions and discuss issues that affect the world we live on by producing bold, high quality and risk taking contemporary theatre. Past co-productions at the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival include: Working on a Special Day (Fringe 2014) and The Duchamp Syndrome (Fringe 2015).
THE PLAY COMPANY
The Play Company produces adventurous new plays from the United States of America and around the world, to advance a dynamic global experience of contemporary theater and expand the voices and perspectives represented on USA stages.
CO-CREATOR/WRITER/DIRECTOR/SET AND PUPPET DESIGNER AND PERFORMER – ANTONIO VEGA
Antonio Vega is a theatre artist born in Guadalajara, Mexico, where he graduated from Jalisco School of Theatre. He joined Por Piedad Teatro in 2004 and became the company’s artistic director in 2012. He splits his time working as an actor, director, translator and playwright between Mexico and New York. He has been a resident artist at Tofte Lake Center, Blue Mountain Art Center, and at the Berkeley Repertory Theater’s The Ground Floor program. He has performed in more than thirty plays taking on iconic characters such as Iago in Shakespeare’s Othello and Saturnine in Titus Andronicus.
CO-CREATOR/PERFORMER/DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY/FILM EDITOR/ SOUND DESIGNER – ANA GRAHAM
Ana Graham is a theatre artist born in Mexico City where she studied drama at Núcleo de Estudios Teatrales. She is the founder and artistic producer of Por Piedad Teatro where she has developed most of her work as director, actress, translator, and costume designer since 1999. She has performed in more than 25 plays, receiving multiple awards and nominations for her work. In 2005, she received an Ariel nomination for Best Actress for her work in the film Mezcal.
COMPOSER/ MUSIC PERFORMER/SOUND MIXER – CRISTÓBAL MARYÁN
Cristóbal MarYán is a musician born in Mexico City. He started playing piano at the age of eight and began composing at twelve. He completed his BA in Music at New York Universtity Abu Dhabi. Upon his return to Mexico, he joined the Núcleo Integral de Composición where he workshops most of his latest work. His compositions have premiered in New York, Italy, Finland, Canada, Mexico, Abu Dhabi, and Sri Lanka. In 2017 he received Mexico’s Metropolitan Theatre award for Best Sound Design for the play 10 Out of 12 by Anne Washburn, produced by Por Piedad Teatro.