Body Heat: Second Skin’s ‘La Chunga’Wednesday, 11 January, 2012
‘When a woman falls in love, she becomes weak’
Second Skin Theatre has announced the return of La Chunga, by Mario Vargas Llosa, 2010 Nobel Prize Winner for Literature. This dark and disturbing drama set in 1950s Peru runs from January 24th to February 19th 2012 at the Phoenix Artist Club in the West End.
Under Artistic Director Andy McQuade’s powerful direction, this masterful tale of fantasy and delusion finds self-styled ‘superstuds’ whiling away the hours over endless drinking and games of dice at the infamous ‘Chunga’s Bar’. The arrival of the beautiful Meche exposes their innermost desires and dreams until even the impervious bar owner, Chunga herself, falls under the spell of this enigmatic beauty.
In Llosa’s own words, La Chunga was written ”to project into dramatic fiction the human totality of actions and dreams, acts and fantasies.”
The Phoenix Artist Club provides a subterranean setting for this exploration of morality and sexuality that reveals what occurs deep in the Peruvian psyche.