By: Valerie Chique
La Llamada de Lauren, a story of passion and contradiction which captivated an entire audience on Wednesday March 5, 2014. Ramón Figueroa Amphitheater Chapel, in the Chardón building of the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez (UPRM), was the perfect setting for this work of art written by the famous Spanish playwright, Paloma Pedrero. UPRM students as part of a student association called Teatrum, were those who gave life to this work.
This work was previously presented by the present author, Paloma Pedrero who was fortunate that her works began when the regime of the dictator Francisco Franco was ended after his death in 1974. That time of freedom for Spain, Pedrero had don’t take for granted that time and began to make the most of her dramas, mostly of homosexuality and social injustice, were somewhat not accepted for those times. This time was the time for her to shine in the theaters of Spain and other countries.
Moreover, actors of TeatRUM that gave life to the characters were Lyannis as Rosa Ortiz and Ricardo Rodriguez and Pedro. The show began with Pedro dressing as a woman; he put on a dress and put his wig as he looked in the mirror and listen to songs of that time. His wife, Rosa, came home and was surprised of the guise of her husband but at the same time she loved it because it was alluding to the carnival when they were going to go after celebrating their third wedding anniversary. Peter wanted the two of them to dress themselves as Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart, big stars of Hollywood in the 40′s. Everything was fine until Rosa realized that something strange was going on with Peter. She notice many changes in his attitude and confronted him to know the truth. Peter at the end of the day never wanted to fully disclose what his problem was, which is part of the magic of the theater, leaving the public to draw their own conclusions.
At the end of the play the audience was delighted. Then proceeded to the questions and theater teachers gave their opinions about the things that gave them more work on preparing the show. The students asked questions to the actors and teachers. One member of the audience, Vincent J. Ruiz, said that “I thought that it was very entertaining, with a lot of ups and downs. But overall I really enjoyed the show”. The show lasts about an hour and a half and had approximately over 100 students in the theater. TeatRUM will be continuing doing more shows in this semester.