Interweaving recollections of her revolutionary life in Chile under Pinochet’s regime with her fleeting attempts to realize a "vision" of love in Los Angeles, Carmen Aguirre's one-woman show Blue Box is a fiery proclamation of carnal yearning and social conviction. Assertive, sexy, and wryly political, Aguirre shares the sacrifices of her life with humour and courage.
Carmen Aguirre is a Vancouver-based theater artist who has worked extensively in North and South America. She has written and co-written twenty plays, including The Trigger and The Refugee Hotel (both published by Talonbooks) and Chile Con Carne.
Her first non-fiction book, Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter was published in 2011 by Douglas & McIntyre in Canada and Granta/Portobello in the United Kingdom and is now available in Finland and Holland, in translation. It is being published in the United States in the fall of 2012 by Douglas & McIntyre. Something Fierce was nominated for the B.C. National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, the international Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction, was a finalist for the 2012 BC Book Prize, was selected by the Globe and Mail, Quill & Quire, and the National Post as one of the best books of 2011, was named Book of the Week by BBC Radio in the United Kingdom, won CBC Canada Reads 2012, and is a #1 national bestseller.
Aguirre has over sixty film, TV, and stage acting credits, is a Theatre of the Oppressed workshop facilitator, and an instructor in the acting department at Vancouver Film School. She received the Union of B.C. Performers’ 2011 Lorena Gale Woman of Distinction Award, will receive the 2012 Langara College Outstanding Alumnae Award, and has been nominated for the Jessie Richardson Theatre Award, the Dora Mavor Moore Award, and the prestigious Siminovitch Prize. Aguirre is a graduate of Studio 58.
"The play pivots on the fascinating contradictory impulses in this one person: the selfishness of sexual passion versus the selflessness of passionate revolutionary commitment. A good storyteller, Aguirre runs the full gamut of emotion."
– Vancouver Province
"There’s a clear, sophisticated intelligence at work here. The script is riddled with both serious and ironic political references …"
– Georgia Straight
"A storytelling tour-de-force …"
– Fast Forward Weekly
"She has the force of a hurricane. Aguirre deals in love instead of destruction."
– Mooney on Theatre
"Blue Box is an unapologetic story of power, told with power. Its narrative bathes in it, bemoans the loss of it, fights it and fears it."
– Monday Magazine
"A night of vivid storytelling …"
– Calgary Herald
"Vivid tapestry of love, loss and desperation."
– West of West