Sometimes the idea of home has to be remade. And remade. And remade.
Directed and co-written by Janet Moran (A Holy Show, Swing), Looking for América is the real-life story of writer and performer Federico Julián González.
Following his father’s arrest by a Military Junta, at the age of five, Fede and his family were forced to flee the Salvadoran Civil war. There followed years of continuous moving throughout Latin America with his mother and brother as they sought sanctuary.
In 2019, Fede and his 74-year-old mother set off on a quest through Havana to look for América. Shared memories, conflicting recollections and offline maps led them through their past. A past peopled with ghosts scattered among grand avenues, dark lanes and unnerving dead ends in the city that had taken them in, more than 30 years before. They spoke to shop-keepers, taxi drivers, old ladies and more importantly to each other. When they were about to give up, they found her.
Looking for América charts two journeys. The journey of that night in Havana looking for a Salvadoran ex-Guerilla fighter called América, and the journey of escaping the catastrophe that had engulfed his country decades before. A catastrophe whose after effects still resonate today.
★★★★ “Delivered with spellbinding storytelling skill”
– The Scotsman
PERFORMED BY Federico Julián González
WRITTEN BY Federico Julián González and Janet Moran
DIRECTED BY Janet Moran
Lighting Design by Colin Doran
AV Design by Neil O’Driscoll
Sound Design by Mark Jackson
Production Managed by Veronica Foo
Deputy Production Managed by Gavin McEntee
Stage Managed by Mark Jackson
Chief Lx Síofra Nic Liam
Produced by Once Off Productions
Line Produced by Cally Shine
Funded by the Arts Council
Supported by Draíocht Blanchardstown and Pavilion Theatre