Santiago’s theater scene is among the continent’s liveliest, but even in the regions live theater has an audience. Conventional theater plays venues such as Santiago’s Teatro Municipal and Providencia’s Teatro de la Universidad de Chile, but there’s an alternative theater scene elsewhere in Barrio Bellavista, parts of Providencia, and even otherwise staid, middle-class Ñuñoa.
One of Chile’s most popular plays is La Negra Ester, a prostitute’s story written by Roberto Parra (1921–1995), a musician brother of Violeta and Nicanor Parra. Since its debut in 1988, more than three million theatergoers have seen the play in various venues.
© Wayne Bernhardson from Moon Chile, 2nd edition