Written by José Luis Esteban
Dramaturgy: José Luis Esteban, Alfonso Plou, Carlos Martín
Music: Gonzalo Alonso
Coreography: Elia Lozano
Set Design: Tomás Ruata
Lighting: Tatoño Perales
Costume design: Ana Sanagustín
Hairstyle: Virginia Maza
Technical Director: Alfonso Plou
Photography: Marcos Cebrián
Graphic Design: Línea Diseño
Production Team: Pilar Mayor y Alba Moliner
Production: María López Insausti
At the party of Ambassador Salastano two strange travelers appear by surprise:Andrenio and Critilo . The first has grown among beasts on an uninhabited island, the second took him out of there and leads him across Europe in search of two women: the eloped girlfriend of Critilo and the unknown mother of Andrenio. Both will have to survive the ridicule, temptations and traps offered by this perfect European society gathered around the ambassador. Argos, Volusia , Egenio andVirtelia are the friends of Salastano and the different faces of a world so civilized that it does not know how to escape from itself.
It has a similar structure to the thriller or a treasure hunt that are being discovered gradually. El Criticón takes the audience by the hand, throughout action that happens in real time, and the Resident’s attempts to get Andrenio and Critilo never leave the Embassy again.
Why? Who are the Residents? What or to whom are Andrenio and Critilo in fact looking for? What terrible secret does the Embassy keep within its walls?
The conflict between the truth and what is supposed to be truth, between naivety and blame, the past and the future, ethic and realty… appear in this play El Criticón under its first layer full of thriller and irony, and sharpen the thesis in which the play is based: redemption is possible.