.Written and directed by Argentinean playwright Aristides Vargas, La Razón Blindada was the recipient of an LA Weekly Production of the Year Award when 24th Street produced the U. S. premiere, in Spanish with English supertitles, in 2011.
U.S. premiere of 24th STreet’s production was first Spanish language play to win L.A. Weekly Award for Production of the Year
The company has previously toured La Razón Blindada to North, South and Central America, for a total of nearly 100 performances. The current tour is funded by a Los Angeles City DCA Cultural Exchange International Grant. 24th Street has traveled to El Salvador three times previously as a cultural envoy of the U.S. State Department.
In La Razón Blindada, two political prisoners, oppressed by physical and emotional abuse, find solace in meeting every Sunday at dusk to tell the story of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza. Their storytelling unravels amidst the extreme limitations imposed by their condition as inmates in a maximum security prison. Vargas drew from testimonies by Chicho Vargas and other political prisoners held in Argentina’s Rawson Prison during the 1970s “Dirty War,” as well as from the classic novel El Quixote by Cervantes and The Truth About Sancho Panza by Kafka.
The company will offer a free follow-up interactive workshop in Los Angeles upon their return from El Salvador.