The show produced in 2012 in Costa Rica with Teatro Popular Melico Salazar / Ministry of Culture & Youth / FIA International Festival of Arts, and with the support of Italian Embassy in San Jose, CNT (Compañía Nacional de Teatro) under the patronage IILA (Istituto Italo Latino-Americano), written and directed by Giuseppe L. Bonifati, actors Alberto Martinez Guinaldo (Spain) and Paula Sancho Fernandez (Costa Rica), got a Special Mention at the International Theater Award 2013 “Teresa Pomodoro”.
The jury was coordinated by Livia Pomodoro and composed by international masters as Eugenio Barba, Lev Dodin, Frédéric Flamand, Jonathan Mills, Lluís Pasqual and Luca Ronconi.
In a country existing with no army for more than 50 years, Greta has a dream that she holds inside as fiercely as her virginity: to become a soldier-woman. In order to make it real she secretly performs a desperate attempt: she wants to get accepted into the body of the “Civil Guard” . Apparently, she is listened and understood by the police chief, Ramon.
But he is a rather corrupt man. The young girl is just overwhelmed by an orgy of words that make her believe in a true interest coming from the man, and she trusts him. Nevertheless, Ramón will take her by force, as in a ritual sacrifice. Are these roots of a “happy past that has produced unhappy people” to bring Greta to the end, crushed by the memory of a lost and sincere time. Only at the end the play will reach the conclusion that gets a genious tone, that of a revolution. The revolution of “the different”, the last possibility to resist, albeit unnecessarily, to the barbarism that is approaching. So Greta ransoms her lost dream of becoming a soldier; without complaining she greats herself and the things she has lost along the way, although with a deep wound in her heart.
***** Student’s Jury Award – Puppet is A Human Too Festival 2012 (Warsaw, Poland)
(Andres Saenz Lara – La Nacion, Costa Rica)
The empty stage, illuminated only by the light source of a bulb hanging from a rope, turned out to be an impressive setting.
The light has taken different forms and was manipulated by the actors in a surprising way. (…) The movements in the space and the body expression supported the kinesthetic and visual interest for the all lenght of the show. (…) However, the essential meaning of Maiden in Costa Rica has remained opaque to me, though, judging by the warm applause at the end,
maybe the public has perceived that most than the critic.
(Emilio Nigro – Quotidiano di Calabria, Italy)
Maiden in Costa Rica was awarded in Warsaw at Puppet is a Human too Festival for the “brave attempt to experiment in the context of visual theater (…) In January, the performance will be set up at Odin Teatret in Denmark. With Alberto M. Guinaldo and Paula Sancho Fernandez, its the result of an international co-production. It stages the disappointments of Greta in a country without army for more than 50 years, who dreams of becoming a woman–soldier. A dream (…) that jealously she guards as her virginity.