Scherzo (Dialogue with a Statue)

Translated from Scherzo (Diálogo de la Estatua) by Rafael Guizado (1948)

Duration: 21 minutes

Genre: Serio-comic one-act

Synopsis

The spirit of a late head of state, The Man, looks forward to resting in peace, only to find that he’s trapped inside his memorial statue and forced to hear what visitors truly think of him. The harshest criticism comes from the ground he stands on.  The Man’s sensual and sassy companion, The Earth, goads him into a dialogue examining the reality and consequences of his legacy.

Timothy Cummings as The Man. Photo: Axis deBruyn
Bree McCallum as The Earth. Photo: Axis deBruyn

“full of humor and grace, not without sarcasm, full of successes in the composition and style, permeating to the last page of a bitter and at the same time cheerful vision of the Colombian political world. Guizado, as we know, is one of the few major playwrights there are in Colombia. “

Semana, Espejos Politicos 30

Production History

The translation, as included in my adaptation of Rafael Guizado’s one-act plays Symphony for Six Actors, had a staged reading at Cervantes Theatre, London, in Out of the Wings Festival 2017, directed by Kate O’Connor.

The first production was in Las Vegas, by Asylum Theatre, in partnership with Out of the Wings, Winchester Dondero Cultural Center, and Nevada Chamber Orchestra, in June 2021. It was directed by Sarah O’Connell, and produced by Sarah O’Connell, Irma Varela, and Ralph Stalter, Jr.

From left to right: Violinists Candace Chun and Donna Martinez, violist Tyler Gordon, and cellist Mert Sermet set the mood with preshow chamber music at Winchester Dondero Cultural Center in Las Vegas. Photo: Axis deBruyn.

The love of power excludes other loves.

Rafael Guizado, Scherzo
 Amanda Guardado as Her, Alexander Vincent Sireci as Him, and Timothy Cummings as The Man. Photo: Axis deBruyn

SCHERZO is an excellent play to teach the principles of script analysis with

Sarah O’Connell, University of Nevada Las Vegas Adjunct Faculty

Publications

Guizado, R. (1949). Renuncia ministerial: Cuentos políticos. Bogotá: Editorial MinervaGuizado, R. (1948).  – Out of Print

Scherzo: (diálogo de la estatua). Revista de las Indias, N9 101, T. 32. (Enero-Feb.) – Out of Print