Women in the Closet

by Eduardo Sarlos (Uruguay)
Directed by Mario Marcel

About the play: Two sisters separated by distance and circumstance reunite. Events and years have gone by, and they only have the memory of what the other one “used to be.” They would like to recognize each other, even their most silent secrets…in what we call “the past.” An unexpected encounter --an explosion leading to the only possible outcome: finding one’s identity.

From the director: To direct a work by Eduardo Sarlos one is challenged by a high reaching goal. I first became aware of his works in the late 80's while participating in the Latino Festival of New York.  I had the opportunity to approach Mujeres en el Armario, a work that had great repercussions and revealed a very well represented author. I was consequently moved to not only learn more about his work, but also by the possibility of representation. For several reasons, the moment was postponed, and I am now left to lament the fact that we cannot partake of the joy in hearing his voice laden with tenderness, nor to experience his strong yet warm presence. Thus, the commitment is now greater.  I -along with the other actors-must be accountable to concrete premises that Don Eduardo left within the work: to present implacable death, solitude and aging, threading these with the most opulent and realistic black humor. Today, Teatro de la Luna has a commitment of honor. To represent Eduardo Sarlos, and some more to Roberto Cossa, Carlos Gorostiza, José Ignacio Cabrujas and to others who like them, leave within their work a commitment and a void sometimes difficult to fill.
Mujeres en el Armario pay homage, humble yet sincere to one of the great ones in Latin-American theater. In your memory Don Eduardo.

Mario Marcel

About the Author: Don Eduardo Sarlos was born April 8, 1938 in his never to be forgotten Budapest.  He arrived in Montevideo, Uruguay from his native Hungary in 1948. In 1971, he received a degree in architecture and began a phase in the visual arts, which later proved to have been a precursor to his literary works. In 1979 he exhibited paintings and drawings where he first introduced the characters that later on were given the spoken word in theater.

He had his 'memories' and all of the ghosts inherent in a child who has been witness to a war as despised as it was illogical. He was undoubtedly a passive and silent witness.  Consequently he was not surprised that in 1983 his brief yet meteoric career as a dramatist would be launched with a work which would be a compendium for all that followed: La Pecera (The Fish Bowl).

For fifteen years Eduardo Sarlos gave his very best to Uruguayan theater. The theater itself found in him a lucid and talented author.  For the duration of his brief career he wrote more than twenty works. One of his favorites being Mujeres en el Armario (Women in the Closet), part of which is sketched in a town near Washington, D.C., and where we find-among other themes-death approaching tenuously and in silence.
On January 7, 1998 Don Eduardo Sarlos left us his last drawing: his goodbye.


Sara…….................................Nucky Walder

Nora.............................................Ruth Jasiuk

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