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Build together a culture of hope

In the middle of the First World War, the English side and the German side face each other every day.  “Silent Night”, invites us to learn about the lives of seven soldiers involved in the conflict.  The story is based on true events, a true Christmas miracle in which a ceasefire allowed soldiers from enemy armies to experience a peace that was not the work of man.

The play “Silent Night” has been staged by Esperanta, a cultural association made up of a group of artists who seek to build a culture of hope in the world.  “We believe in the power of art to do good in the world: awaken awareness, bring hope, generate unity and, above all, invite action in one’s life”, says Bornis Mena, co-founder of the cultural association and actor in the work.

Poster of the play "Silent Night" by Esperanta Theater.

Poster of the play “Silent Night” by Esperanta Theater.

This play allows us to explore the various paths that led these soldiers to war: two German brothers trying to survive and return home, an English soldier in search of glory, a battle-hardened lieutenant, a husband who only longs for returning to the home he has just made and a man from whom the war has taken everything, including his very identity.  Finding themselves in the hell of war, they will begin to yearn for something more.  A miracle is brewing in a veiled way and will unexpectedly lead them to a true Silent Night.

The director of Esperanta, Marcelo Rodríguez, a teacher and actor, also tells us that the association decided to produce this play within the framework of the 50th anniversary of the founding of our community.  “The Sodalitium Christianae Vitae has formed an important part of our encounter with the Lord through art and our decision to put our gifts at his service”.

The play will take place in the auditorium of the Santa María de la Evangelización pastoral center located at Jirón Dos #553 in San Borja (Lima).  The work will be presented in a double function at 7pm and 8:30 pm on December 8th, 9th, 16th, 17th and 18th.

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Diana Cueva.  Director, playwright and theater teacher, she graduated in Performing Arts from PUCP, with a master’s degree in Hispanic American Literature.  She trained with teachers like Alberto Ísola, Alonso Alegría and Jorge Villanueva.  In 2017 she participated in the Directors Lab at the Lincoln Center in New York.  She directed the play “Ruido” by Mariana de Althaus (2013), presented at the XII Saliendo de la Caja Festival, at the CCPUCP.  That same year she directed “Dispossession”, a production of the Alonso Alegría Dramaturgy Nursery at the Ricardo Palma Cultural Center.  In 2015 she directed “Los Charcos Sucios de la Ciudad” by Mariana de Althaus in the theater of the Mocha Graña Cultural House;  and in 2018 she wrote and directed “Despegue” with the Esperanta association.

Bernardo Scerpella.  Actor graduated from the XXVI Actor Training Workshop of Roberto Ángeles and from the VI Workshop for Professional Actors of Alberto Ísola.  He trained in Esperanta acting and body expression workshops run by Marcelo Rodríguez and Luciana Vicente and in Pietro Sibille’s acting workshop at the CCPUCP.  In addition, he has led international acting workshops with Francisco Lummerman, Laura Silva, Julián Doregger.  Actor in “Waiting for Godot” (2017), “Hermit” (2017), “Takeoff” (2018), “Unfinished Symphony” (2018) and “The Logic of God” written by Alonso Alegría.  With the latter he participated in the 2013 Youth Art Festival in Rio de Janeiro.  In cinema he participated in the film “En Busca de Javier” and in “Exchanged”.  In 2019 he was part of the cast of “En la piel de Alicia” and in 2022 “Brujas”, Peruvian soap operas.  In 2020 and 2021 he starred in the novel “Junta de Vecinos”.  In 2018 he premiered “I’m fine”, a short film about suicide prevention, in which he starred, and was in general production and writing the script.

Boris Mena.  Co-founder of the Esperanta Cultural Association.  Playwright trained at the Alonso Alegría Dramaturgy Nursery.  Independent actor trained in acting, body expression and psychological realism workshops at Teatro Convivio.  He has worked as an actor in: “The logic of God” by Alonso Alegría, a play that participated in the 2013 Youth Festival in Rio de Janeiro;  “Invisible” by Diego Salinas;  and actor in the short film “El Regalo” written and directed by Sebastián Lazo;  “Los hijos de Putín” by Diego Salinas, a work nominated for Best In-Person Comedy of the year 2022 at the Oficio Crítico Awards.

Eric Herrera.  Peruvian actor-in-training and audiovisual communicator.  He studied communication sciences at the University of San Martín de Porres and graduated in 2018. He entered the Superior School of Dramatic Art to study theater.  He led camera acting workshops with César Ritter at Arte y Escena;  and character construction by Emanuel Soriano in La Plaza.  He is currently studying the last cycle of acting at the Ten Talents School, directed by Bruno Odar.  He has participated in different university and independent short films, advertising, radio locution and conducting, in addition to having small participations in national series and feature films such as “La Pena Máxima” and “La Herencia de Flora”.  In October of this year, he participated in the play “El Espejo” by Emilio Carballido, under the direction of Bruno Odar.

John Escalante.  Venezuelan actor.  He began his acting training in 2002 and since then he has practiced uninterruptedly up to the present.  He studied at the National Experimental University of the Arts in Caracas – Venezuela the Bachelor of Theater Mention Acting.  He has worked mainly as an actor, participating in more than 30 productions (among professionals and academics).  In 2014 he arrived in Lima, and since then, he has worked as an actor, director, and teacher.  From May 2017 to October 2020, he was a Cultural Animator in the Audience Training Program of the Gran Teatro Nacional.  This 2022 he participated in the play “ABOUT WOLVES” at the Teatro La Plaza and in the play CHABUCA within the framework of the First Adolescent Theater Festival at the Gran Teatro Nacional.

Ricardo Fernandez.  He graduated from the specialty of Performing Arts in Communications from the PUCP, with a master’s degree in Cultural Management from the UIC of Barcelona.  In addition, he graduated from the Ópalo and Roberto Ángeles acting workshops.  He acted in different theatrical productions among which “Los charcos sucios de la ciudad” stand out.  He wrote “Ciudad Cualquiera”, a work that won the special jury prize at the “Sala de parto” drama festival produced by the La Plaza theater.  Work that he directed and premiered in the theater of the Cultural Center of the Universidad del Pacífico.  He directed various productions, including “Power Off”, a work that won the audience award at the Saliendo de la Caja festival in 2013. Currently, he works as a stand-up comedian, starring in different one-man shows in bars and theaters in the city.

Marcelo Rodriguez.  Director, Teacher and Cultural Manager with studies in Performing Arts at the Faculty of Communication Arts and Sciences of the PUCP and graduate of the III Opalo Actor Training Workshop, directed by Jorge Villanueva.  He trained with teachers like Alberto Ísola, Alonso Alegría, Teresa Ralli and Luis Peirano.  From 2007 to 2015 he directed Teatro Convivio, a youth theater project with which he participated in the Rio de Janeiro Youth Art Festival in 2013, with “La Lógica de Dios” by Alonso Alegría.  Since 2008 he has been the director of the Esperanta cultural association, with which he premiered “Despegue”, written and directed by Diana Cueva (2018), “El Regalo”, a short film by Sebastián Lazo (2021), among other projects.  Since 2016 he has been the head of the Department of Art and Culture of the Villa Caritas and San Pedro schools and directs various artistic, educational and cultural projects.

Anthony Brescia.  Actor, performing arts student at the UPC.  Trained as an actor at the San Pedro school as a teacher Marcelo Rodriguez.  Currently studying dramatic action with Alana Alamadrid.  He has worked as an actor in: short film “Así suena el Peru”, “Verdad Viva” and in theater in Newsies and Hairspray.