IATI Theater opens its 2017 Spring season with Gazoline, a play written by Jordi Casanova, one of Spain’s most prolific contemporary playwrights, and inspired by the 2005 French riots, but with a “2017 New York Latino accent.” Gazoline explores the complexities of the millennial generation, a group that has demonstrated to be more than video games and selfies – they are a growing voice and a force for positive change.
Gazoline is a reflection of today’s sociopolitical climate in New York. Five millennials of Latino descent are at a crossroads: do they fight to stop the world’s chaos and claim peace, opportunity and justice for all, or do they embrace the status quo and remain passive observers in a world that seems destined to war, commotion and hatred?
In an anti-immigrant setting, full of rage and frustration, these teenagers address the complex relationship between their parents’ migration past, and the fine manipulation behind groups that, sometimes, use their communities for their own political gain and the cultural clash in schools and neighborhoods that brutally draw adolescents together from different backgrounds. Gazoline is an exploration of emotions and interactions between young people in a constantly changing social environment–shown through visual poetry and the director’s aesthetic approach.
Performances will be in Spanish with supertitles in English.