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La persona deprimida

By David Foster Wallace, in the version and direction of Daniel Veronese.

  • Spanish
  • 60 minutes
  • Todo público

Actress Amparo Noguera lets loose a brutal monologue on depression: a blunt but also intimate and touching piece with a sprinkle of humor.

Told in the third person, La persona deprimida is the story of a woman with clinical depression and her relationship with her psychiatrist and parents who, she says, are to blame for her current state. It focuses on the specific therapy her psychiatrist suggests, called ‘the circle of help’: a group of people she trusts and who she can call at any time. The story continues by detailing an excruciating kind of intimacy, showing an extreme side to humanity that goes beyond the illness itself and giving a glimpse of a whispered cry for help.

After its successful premiere in Argentina in 2019 starring actress María Onetto, Argentine director Daniel Veronese presents a new version in this Teatro a Mil Foundation coproduction. This time, Amparo Noguera gets under the skin of the main character in a script that is blunt but also intimate and touching and with a sprinkle of humor.

Written by: David Foster Wallace | This version written and directed by: Daniel Veronese | Cast: Amparo Noguera.

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Daniel Veronese

Director

A shining example on the Latin American theater scene

Born in Argentina in 1955, this author, adaptor, actor and theater director is one of the founding members of the experimental theater group El Periférico de Objetos that was formed in 1989. He has received numerous awards, such as the Platinum KONEX, the First National Award for Playwriting and the Iberian-American MAX. One of the most important theater events in the world, the Grec Festival in Barcelona, described him as “a legend of contemporary Argentine theater”.

David Foster Wallace

Author

The great observer of today’s society

This North American writer is considered one of the most brilliant and influential figures of his generation. His most famous novel, Infinite Jest, was chosen by Time magazine as one of the 100 best books published between 1923 and 2006. He committed suicide in 2008, suffering from depression. Ten years before, he wrote The Depressed Person, a piece that talks about a woman with depression who tries to work out her problems by talking to her therapist and support group.

—It talks of issues like endogenous depression, psychiatric treatments, psychological therapy and other related treatments: different aspects of mental health that are still taboo in a society that persists in a search for happiness at any cost. The text also deals with loneliness, abandonment, cruelty and the lack of empathy in society.

It goes into areas of humanity that are not very glamorous, using both humor and intelligence. In this case, the woman’s full of angst but feels incapable of sharing this pain.

Star of the show, Amparo Noguera, an outstanding cinema and theater actress, is dressed in black on an austere set and uses just her voice and expressions to keep us focused on a complex story to which she contributes depth, empathy and tact.

—Depression: The National Institute of Mental Health defines this as “a mood disorder that causes distressing symptoms that affect how you feel, think and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating or working. To be diagnosed with depression, symptoms must be present most of the day, nearly every day, for at least two weeks”. According to the latest National Health Survey figures from 2016-2017, 6.2% of Chileans have depression, of whom 10.1% are women and 2.1% men.

–Read more about the Argentine version of La persona deprimida here.

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