BY ANTONIO MUÑOZ DE MESA
Iván Villanueva and Rosa Mariscal in Madrid production, April 2013.
Policy (La visita)
A priest, who is in charge of a Catholic school and summer camp, reviews his insurance policy with a woman agent whose son attends the school. In their episodic cat-and-mouse game, carried out over a period of weeks, the priest wants to add two new clauses to the policy: confidentiality and a definition of sexual abuse of children as a work-place accident. The action of Muñoz de Mesa’s play takes place in Spain, but the insurance clause is based on a real lawsuit from the Netherlands in which the insurance company lost its case and was required to pay the victims’ families. The several scenes end with surprises and contain moments of humor while dealing seriously with an international problem. The priest proclaims that he and the agent are engaged in a game where winning is the only thing. That game is a conflict between his love of money and her sense of morality.
Single, minimalist set of priest's study
Spanish premiere: April 2013, Teatro Arenal, Madrid, directed by the author
The English translation is as yet unpublished and unstaged