The Plane in Flames by Juan Rulfo

Presence Theatre presents a staged reading of They Have Given Us the Land, You Don’t Hear Dogs Barking and Luvina from THE PLAIN IN FLAMES by Juan Rulfo.

Read aloud by Mexican actor Sebastian Viveros with sound and music by Blanca Regina.

Directed by Simon Usher and performed by Sebastian Viveros. Produced by Lorna Nickson Brown with Presence Theatre.

Juan Rulfo is one of the greatest Latin American writers. Born in 1917, Rulfo set all his short fiction in his birthplace of Jalisco, Mexico, depicting the tumultuous post-revolutionary period of his childhood. Written in the 1940s and 1950’s- Rulfo’s tales draw on the poverty and violence of his childhood and document the experience of rural depopulation and migration to the cities.

Rulfo’s stark and startling dramatic monologues hold an elemental and universal quality.

‘Juan Rulfo didn’t write more than three hundred pages, but they are almost as many and, I believe, as durable as those we’re acquainted with from Sophocles.’ – Gabriel García Márquez.

"Rulfo is one of the greatest Latin American writers. His spare, startling short fiction, set in tumultous post-revolutionary Mexico, possesses an elemental, universal quality"

US writer Susan Sontag called his first novel, Pedro Paramo, 1955"one of the masterpieces of 20th-Century world literature", while Colombian Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez said that he could recite the book by heart and that it influenced his own masterpiece, One Hundred Years of Solitude.

Translated from the Spanish by Ilan Stavans with Harold Augenbraum. Courtesy of the University of Texas Press.