"In the current socio-political climate,
he said to himself, committing suicide
is absurd and redundant. Better to become
an undercover poet."
466 Grand St,
New York, NY
Distant Star is about many things: accountability and guilt, the totalitarian state, poetry and art. It is a play that bears witness to the unspeakable past without presuming to make sense of it; rendering it inextricable from our understanding of the present.
The year is 1973. In Chile, a group of young poets meet to write, argue, critique and flirt. Days later, the government collapses and the president is shot. Amidst the brutality, one poet rises to fame as a skywriting daredevil—and, possibly, as a killer. The work weaves the author’s memories of life (and death) under Pinochet’s American-backed dictatorship into a perverse, seductive noir of urgent political necessity.
Written by Javier Antonio González
Co-conceived and directed by Shira Milikowsky
Based on the Novel by Roberto Bolaño
Featuring: Laura Butler Rivera, Yaremis Félix, Anne Gridley, Jon Froehlich, Tania Molina, Luis Moreno and David Skeist.
Thank you to everyone who has supported our first film. Shooting is officially wrapped!
"But this Zoetrope was, in many ways, a study in disillusion. The performers moved like
dancers and the entire event contained the grace of a poem."
-Steven Leigh Morris, LA Weekly
Two canonical plays performed in neighboring Brooklyn apartments. Jean-Paul Sartre’s NO EXIT (1944) will be directed by Brooke Bell, and Ferdinand Bruckner’s RACE (1933) will be directed by Michael Barringer.