In the vibrant city of Boston, the arts scene has always been a melting pot of diverse talents and captivating performances. Among the many shows that graced the stages of ArtsEmerson, “Plata Quemada” emerged as a gem before an unforeseen suspension brought a halt to its run. In this blog post, we delve into the thoughts and reflections of three individuals who were fortunate enough to witness this emotional and unique production.
I recorded this video with my associate producer Adam Leffert and then also my Zumba instructor and dear friend Jorge Fuentes, who I went to see Plata Quemada together on its opening day in Boston, MA.
An Unforgettable Experience
As the curtains lifted, the audience was immediately drawn into the world of “Plata Quemada.” Jorge, one of the viewers, described it as a “terrific piece of work.” The show’s authenticity and passion resonated strongly, thanks to the skillful execution of the actors and the seamless integration of Spanish-language subtitles for those unfamiliar with the language. The use of animation and clever staging brought a refreshing perspective, making the experience anything but ordinary.
Exploring the Complexity of Humanity
The plot revolved around the lives of bank robbers, but it was far from a simplistic portrayal of good versus evil. Adam, another attendee, praised how the characters were portrayed as humans with choices, both good and bad. This added depth and complexity allowed the audience to empathize with the characters’ struggles, their aspirations, and the inevitable consequences of their actions. The show touched on themes of redemption and self-expression, making it emotionally and ideologically rich.
Embracing Diversity and Inclusivity
One aspect that stood out was the bold decision to present the entire production in Spanish. In a diverse city like Boston, this choice might have raised some eyebrows, but the gamble paid off. Jorge appreciated how inclusive it felt, as both Spanish and non-Spanish speakers in the audience were engaged throughout, reading the subtitles diligently. It was a testament to the power of art to bridge cultural gaps and bring people together.
Physical Expression and Acrobatic Brilliance
Adam marveled at the physicality of the actors, as they skillfully embodied their characters and conveyed their emotions through movement. The use of lighting and staging further heightened the show’s impact, creating a visually stunning and immersive experience. The actors’ ability to seamlessly switch between multiple roles added layers to the storytelling, making it all the more enthralling.
End of an Era
The suspension of “Plata Quemada” was a bittersweet moment for the attendees, as it marked the end of ArtsEmerson’s theatrical offerings for the foreseeable future. This show had been the last they experienced before the outbreak of the coronavirus epidemic, which led to the suspension of numerous performances across theaters.
“Plata Quemada” was more than just a play; it was an emotional journey that left a lasting impact on its viewers. ArtsEmerson’s dedication to presenting diverse and daring productions like this made it a haven for theater enthusiasts. Although the show may have been cut short, its memory will endure, serving as a reminder of the power of art to transcend language barriers and connect us all on a profound level. As we eagerly await the return of live performances, we cherish the memories of experiences like “Plata Quemada” and look forward to the day when the curtains rise once more.