Casa Matriz (2003)

Susana Uribe y Lucy Bolaños Susana Uribe y Lucy Bolaños

La Máscara's "Casa Matriz," a one-act play for two actresses written by Argentinean playwright and cartoonist Diana Raznovich, is the story of a search for the perfect mother. Bárbara is turning 30, and as a (very expensive) gift to herself, she decides to hire a "substitute mother" from a very unique agency, Casa Matriz. This agency -a bizarre mothering equivalent of an escort service- specializes in delivering fully customized mothers-for-a day to their clients, who shape their ideal matriarch by filling out a form detailing their every emotional need, all the desired characteristics, and the perfect scenario. Using the technique of "theater within theater," this comedy provokes laughter and the immediate reflection of the emotional relations between mothers and daughters. It investigates interpersonal communications of everyday people, and critiques the problematic system of family structure.


Additional Info

  • Title: Casa Matriz
  • Alternate Title: Dial-a-mom
  • Holdings: photo gallery, video (HIDVL)
  • Duration: 01:28:35
  • Language: Spanish
  • Date: 16 Apr 2003
  • Location: Performed at the Powerhouse Theatre, Visytheatre Brisbane Powerhouse, Australia. Images from Performance of Casa Matriz in Cali, Colombia (2002).
  • Type-Format: play
  • Cast: Lucy Bolaños (protagonist), Susana Uribe (protagonist).
  • Credits: Teatro La Máscara, producer ; Diana Raznovich, writer ; Diego Vélez, director ; Sergio Gómez, assistant director, choreography and props ; Carlos Posso, set design ; Hernán Darío Correa, set/lighting design, graphic design ; Robinson Achinte, lighting design, technician ; Juan Carlos Murcia, Takeshima, sound recording ; Mónica Herrán, Carlos Arias, photography ; Gustavo Vivas, music.

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