[dropcap]G[/dropcap]ood theater strives to do more than entertain. It stirs emotions, casts doubt and in the end, poses questions that demand answers. This is the case with the much-anticipated “El Principio de Arquímedes,” which will have its last curtain call after a long run here at Apollos 2000 Theater in Chicago on Saturday, Nov. 14.
Aside from a stellar cast, which includes Jose Guillermo Cortines, Alberto Mateo, Rosalinda Rodriguez and David Chocarro, the story is compelling and promises to leave theatergoers reeling with emotions. As an aside, David Chocarro, who plays Ruben, a swim coach accused of improprieties with a young student, also has a full nude in the piece, but that, he shares in an interview with EXTRA, is the least of it.
His love for theater and the chance to show that side of his professional training is at the center of it for Chocarro. “I have done theater since I was really young. “Arquímides” opens more doors for me and it is such a pleasure for me,” he said. “It is also a big challenge for me, and it’s not just because I have the nude but because the character is so complex,” he added.
EXTRA: What is the challenge of working on a theater project versus in front of the cameras like the telenovelas you work on?
Chocarro: Here, they say action and it’s off. Each time is different. The public is really active. They are constantly making decisions, they’re changing their mind. No two shows are the same because of this chemistry.
How can you compare this story to what we see on social media and how the public can be so quick to judge someone?
What you have just said is exactly what happens in the story. Because as the human race we do that, and I won’t even say as a society because it has been shown in nine countries, and it is the same reaction. As humans, we tend to be prejudice. The way it is narrated it’s told like a news story. That’s what happens to us in real life. We hear something in the midday news and make a decision. Then we hear it in the evening news and change our mind. The next day, there is proof that they were wrongly accused.
What does this reveal to us about the accused and the lack of control he has over the situation?
Everyone can identify with him at some point. You find out how much harm social media can do and how powerful it is. So much so, that a person’s life can be over because of it. In the end, the audience is inevitably divided. And it gets to the point where it does not even matter if he’s guilty or not, his life is ruined anyway.
Would you say this play has audience members analyzing themselves and their tendency to judge others?
Yes, it takes you to a place of reflection. There will definitely be a before and after. You are obligated to analyze yourself. There are people who have seen it five times, and each time this experience is different for them.
In Miami, “Arquímides” was scheduled to run for six weeks, but because of its popularity, ran for 12 weeks before taking off for the Dominican Republic. There will only be one show in Chicago. “El Principio de Arquímedes” will take place on Saturday, Nov. 14, at Apollos 2000, 2875 W. Cermak in Chicago.
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