The Camp

GRISELDA GAMBARO (ARGENTINA, 1967)
TRANSLATED BY MARGARET CARSON

When Martin shows up to his new job at an unidentified corporation, he immediately develops a sense of unease: the director is a man named Franco who wears an S.S. uniform—ostensibly just for fun—and his female companion Emma acts like a diva but has a shaved head and a number tattooed on her arm. Lured into playing along with the ‘as if’ quality of what he sees, Martin refuses to recognize the intimations of off-stage violence until it is too late. This drama by one of Latin America’s most celebrated playwrights offers a prophetic vision of Argentina’s Dirty War (1976–1983), when thirty thousand people were murdered by the military regime.

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