Death of a President

Video in Spanish, 1 hr. A special presentation at the Teresa Carreño Theatre in Caracas, of Argentine playwright Rodolfo Quebleen’s dramatic monologue. Starring Roberto Moll as Salvador Allende, the martyred president of Chile, who died defending the presidential palace, La Moneda, during the coup d’état of September 11, 1973. Stick around for the last 4 minutes and you’ll see “Allende” get a hug from a living president, one of his biggest followers in both socialism and constitutional democracy.

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2 Responses to Death of a President

  1. Slave Revolt says:

    Wow, what an outstanding actor.
    I would have loved to have been there live that evening. Bravo!
    Also, it is interesting to see that some folks make socially engaged art in these times.
    Karl Marx theater in Havana would be a nice place to see a real show–as opposed to the slock they pimp off on Broadway.

  2. Yes, a one-man show of that length is a hellishly hard job. I was the female lead in a local amateur production with only three actors, and that was a LOT of memorizing. It was close to two hours, all told. I couldn’t imagine what I’d have done without the other two to remind me of what my next line was. So my hat’s off to this terrific “Allende”. He was able to sustain a monologue of this length all by himself, and that is no small feat.

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