VIDA is a Spanish- and Portugese-language performance group for both native and non-native speakers on the Bloomington campus of Indiana University. The letters in this name stand for Vision, Identity, Drama, and Art. We aim to produce plays that foster cultural understanding and promote the richness of Hispanic and Lusophone cultures through live theatre in Bloomington. We seek to establish an annual performance in Spanish and create a space where we can bring together students and professors from the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Indiana University, the Hispanic community of Bloomington and IU, and Bloomington's theatre community to work together in producing quality productions.
Our pieces include (scripts linked where available):
Maruxa Vilalta’s Una mujer, dos hombres, y un balazo (Mexico, 1981), or "One woman, two men, and a gunshot," is a piece that satirizes political corruption and parodies the melodramatic genre, in which a dishonest governmental candidate must attempt to keep all his skeletons in their closet during the most important night of his career.
Julio Cortázar’s Dos juegos de palabras (Argentina, 1948), or "Two sets of words," is an absurdist piece that takes place in a town plaza, where the audience becomes part of the scenery. A young woman roams the parameters, attempting to escape the cuadro while her parents and a peculiar night watchman discuss her upcoming marriage.
El Quijote en una nuez, a graduate student-written adaptation of Cervantes’s classic, which features some of Don Quijote’s most memorable escapades.
O Auto da Compadecida was written in 1955 and gave national prominence to its author, Ariano Suassuna. The play combines elements of popular and folk culture from the Brazilian Northeast with European traditions, most specifically the Medieval Autos, resulting in a text full of humor and moral character.
And a brief skit in Italian, titled Nella provincia di Monza Brianza.