El proceso - Centro Dramático Nacional

El proceso

Based on the novel by Frank Kafka with playwriting and direction by Ernesto Caballero

17 FEB – 02 MAR 2023
From Tuesday to Sunday at 8.00pm
Meet the artistic team: 2 MAR 2023
Accessible performances: 16 y 17 MAR 2023

María Guerrero Theatre | Sala María Guerrero

Please arrive well in advance as the auditorium will be closed once the performance has begun.
To collect tickets, our box offices will be open from Monday to Sunday from 2.30pm to 8.30pm.

TEAM

Version and direction

Ernesto Caballero

Cast

Carlos Hipólito and others to confirm

Set designer

Mónica Boromello

Lighting

Paco Ariza

Co-producers

Synopsis

One morning two officials show up at the guesthouse where the bank manager Josef K. lives to inform him that a legal proceeding has just been opened, the cause of which is unknown to them. They inform him that he must appear immediately in court to clarify his situation. From that moment on, K’s life is going to be caught up in an absurd and endless trial that, as one of the members of the court indicates, includes the defendant’s own conviction.

An uncle of K’s then decides to help his nephew and puts him in contact with a lawyer who is a friend of his, so that, despite the illness that keeps him in bed, he can take charge of his defence. However, the efforts of the lawyer Huld do not bear fruit, so K finally decides to take charge of his own case. He then gets in touch with the painter Titorelli, a well-connected person in the courts as he is a portrait artist of judges, who does not guarantee him an acquittal, just, at best, a prolonged postponement of the case.

The nonsense and frustration increase until, finally, two guards come looking for the accused, take him to a quarry on the outskirts of the city, and there, summarily and bureaucratically, carry out the death sentence. Before dying Josef K. still manifests a strange guilt.


Director’s Note

Trials are theatrical performances and vice versa. Here we have that masterpiece Las Euménides, in which Aeschylus captures the trial against Orestes in the Athenian Aeropagus. Josef K. also faces the court of citizenship, the public court of our time, which observes from a distance from the viewer the excesses of an imperishable bureaucratic-administrative network whose only logic and reason for being is its own subsistence. We contemplate the tribulations of the unfortunate Josef K., and he, in turn, sees us helplessly waiting – as he waits from that old man who looks out the window moments before being executed – a saving intervention at the last moment that will never come.

Our staging is inspired by the story that the character of the prison chaplain tells K in the penultimate chapter of the novel: the story of the prisoner who spent his entire life at the Gates of Justice trying unsuccessfully to cross them until he perished in the attempt. Blind access to mysteries inaccessible to ordinary mortals is visually defined in a scenographic conception that refers to the dark sacredness of an arbitrary judicial apparatus, on whose platform a Kafkaesque choir acts as a protean and multiform character, perhaps the incarnation of the worst nightmares of the defendant Josef K. and also those of all of us, such as the dangerous furies that tormented and accused Orestes in Las Euménides.

TEAM

Version and direction

Ernesto Caballero

Cast

Carlos Hipólito and others to confirm

Set designer

Mónica Boromello

Lighting

Paco Ariza

Biography

Ernesto Caballero

Ernesto Caballero

Ernesto Caballero is a playwright, stage director and professor of acting at the Escuela Superior de Arte Dramático in Madrid. He has directed the Centro Dramático Nacional (National Drama Centre or CDN) from 2012 to 2019. He has also been associate director of the Teatro de la Abadía. Co-director (together with Karina Garantivá) of the Teatro Urgente project. He is currently the artistic director of the Lantia Escénica production company.

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His latest works as a director have been Mother Courage, by Bertolt Brecht (CDN); Tartufo, by Molière (Lantia Escénica); Hannah Arendt, by Karina Garantivá (Teatro Urgente); Voltaire by Juan Mayorga (Teatro Urgente); and Esta noche se improvisa… by Luigi Pirandello (Teatro Español and Lantia Escénica).

He has premiered numerous works such as Auto, La autora de Las Meninas, Reina Juana and Viejo amigo Cicerón.

The Valle-Inclán Prize for his production El laberinto mágico, based on texts by Max Aub, he has also received the Max Prize, the Madrid Theatre Critics Prize for his works Auto and Rezagados, and the Stage Directors Association Prize for his production Sainetes, by Ramón de la Cruz, among others.

He has recently been appointed Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters by the Government of France.

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Co-producers