The Escuela-Mateluna-Colina trilogy of plays were written and directed by Guillermo Calderón and produced by the same creative team to critique and reflect on the transformation of Chile over the last few years. This began with the military dictatorship, continued with the return to democracy, exploded with the social uprising of October 2019 and will - perhaps - culminate with the new Constitution. The plays deal with the current political debate on how to leave behind the dictatorship’s legacy and on who will take responsibility for those arrested during riots if official bodies will not.
Escuela (2013) tells the story of a group of youngsters in the eighties who receive paramilitary training in order to resist and take down the dictatorship. The play takes place during the transition, when the country is at a political turning point, allowing for reflections on resistance, the consolidation of a political and economic model imposed by a dictatorship and the role of political violence in transforming society.
Mateluna (2016) is the second play in the trilogy and was premiered in Berlin. It explores the ethical and artistic problems facing the creative team, given the erratic trial and imprisonment of Jorge Mateluna, who took part in the trilogy’s first play and was accused of a crime he did not commit. This play was part of the campaign called ‘Mateluna is Innocent’, aiming to free someone condemned for his past alone, and discusses justice and freedom.
Colina (2022) is the third and final piece in the trilogy, aiming to symbolically and esthetically release Jorge Mateluna from being unfair imprisoned for his beliefs.