Full Circle Presents

by Augusto Federico Amador


Directed by Lara Trujillo

Starring Pedro R. Bayon and Lara Trujillo 

at Mixed Blood Theatre, May 8 - 24, 2020

Producer: Rick Shiomi, Associate Director: Martha B. Johnson

Set in the extraordinary landscape of Chile’s gorgeous Atacama desert, Amador’s play takes the audience on a powerful, metaphoric quest that begins with the meeting of two strangers in this vast desert. Both have come in search of the sun-bleached, shattered bones of their children, who were “disappeared” years earlier--killed by the brutal General Pinochet regime (1973-1990,) then buried in the Atacama Desert.  

With the unfolding of the past and present lives of these two mysterious figures (Ignacia, played by Lara Trujillo, and Diego, played by Pedro R. Bayon), Atacama transforms into the realm of magical realism.  The play then metaphorically and powerfully explores universal themes of human polarization--gender and intergenerational tensions, religious and political divides--that can lead to transgression and tragedy, as they did in Chile.  Chile’s painful history becomes a metaphorical lesson for all humanity as this play grapples with political forces that tear families and countries apart because of opposing views, choices, and actions—all so painfully relevant to the world today.  And in the end, the play magically explores transformative possibilities that can lead from national and family transgression, to remorse, reparation, forgiveness, and redemption.  

Selected by Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre for its list of 50 outstanding plays highlighting “intersecting social identities,” Atacama was given its world premiere in September 2018 by Teatro Paraguas both in Santa Fe and in Albuquerque, performances coinciding with the 45th anniversary of the U.S.-backed coup d'etat in which the democratically elected socialist government of Salvador Allende was overthrown by the army under General Pinochet on September 11th, 1973.

Full Circle chose to produce Atacama because of the play’s tremendous relevance to our contemporary lives, and for its issues at the heart of Full Circle’s mission of diversity and social justice.  

Atacama will soon be published in Spanish by Teatro Sin Paredes (Mexico City) in a collection of five plays by noted North American playwrights, including works by celebrated writer Caridad Svitch and Pulitzer Prize winner ‎Quiara Alegría Hudes. 

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Opening Night: Saturday, May 9, 2020 at 7:30pm

All Seating is General Admission.

General Admission Tickets: $25, $20 Students/Seniors 

3 Special $9 General Admission Ticket Nights:  

  • Friday, May 8 (Preview)

  • Wednesday, May 13

  • Wednesday, May 20. 

*TICKET FEES NOTICE: Modest BPT fees will be added to all online or telephone ticket purchases.

Address of Mixed Blood Theatre: 1501 Oromo Street, Minneapolis, MN  55454

Accessibility: ASL Interpreted, Audio Described and Open Captioned TBA. Large Print programs and wheelchair accessible seating are available for all performances.

“This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.”