July 11 – August 17, 2014
Cast: George Villas, Kristina Drager, Nicole Gerth, Nili Rain Segal, Johanny Paulino
City Garage presents nine-time Obie-winner Maria Irene Fornes’s chilling tale of torture and love.
Orlando, an angry young military officer, bitter about his low rank, blames his misfortunes on his uncontrollable sex drive and his marriage to Leticia, his uneducated wife. Determined to rise within the regime of an unnamed Latin American country, he becomes addicted to the dirty work of torture and interrogation. He abducts a homeless young girl who he hides in the basement and repeatedly abuses sexually to satisfy his self-destructive appetites. Incapable of expressing love, he becomes a monster, both in his public and private life, psychologically punishing the woman who loves him.
The play is a fragmentary and frightening examination of the complex way power is exchanged between torturer and victim.
Fourth Sunday Q&AAfter the Sunday, August 3 matinee, please join us for an informal discussion with the cast and creative staff of The Conduct of Life.
This project is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and the Wells Fargo Foundation.