On Wednesday, the 30th the Muestra Escénica Iberoamericana (MEI) is putting the last show in their programme: San Juan, by La República theatre company. Written by Max Aub, it deals with exile through a ship journey. With the support of the Department of Education, Youth, Museums, Culture and Sport of the Cabildo de Tenerife, run by councillor Concepción Rivero, the play will be performed at 8:30 pm in the Teatro El Sauzal. Tickets are at 12 euros and there are discounts available. You can book them on www.meitenerife.com.

San Juan is an allegory of exile written by Aub, a Spanish author who fled to Mexico after the Spanish Civil War. It is about the tragic journey of some Jewish people in 1938 on board the San Juan, a former animal cargo ship. They travel from country to country but are rejected at every port. Nonetheless, the hope that they will be allowed to land at some point drives them on. 

Nearly all the social types are on the San Juan: rich and poor, young and old, rebels and submissive, traitors and loyal, communist Jews... A piece of society that eventually shows its ugliest side: misery, despair, ambition, resignation… The boat becomes one single character with a common fate for everyone. 

With the Jews and the World War 2 as a backdrop, San Juan criticises the lack of humanity, also among the Jews, who are crowded together on the old boat. A redeeming shipwreck, therefore, death, is the longed-for freedom to escape from the tragedy. 

Directed by Nacho Cabrera, the cast performing the crew includes Miguel Ángel Maciel, Efraím Martín, Toni Báez, Abián de la Cruz, Idaira Lermo, Sara Álvarez, and Saulo Valerón. The play by the Gran Canaria company was performed at Teatro Cuyas de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria on 25 and 26 September. 

MEI shows, organised by the Auditorio de Tenerife, have two rates, the standard at 12 euros and one for El Sauzal residents at 9 euros. There are non-combinable discounts for the unemployed (50%), under 30-year-olds (30%), large families (25%) and students (10%). A document to prove you are entitled to the discount must be shown at the door (ID, DARDE, large family card, student card…).

Tickets can now be booked online on www.meitenerife.com, at Teatro El Sauzal box office 90 minutes before the show begins and at Auditorio de Tenerife box office by making an appointment to come Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturdays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, except holidays. You can book your appointment for the box office on //www.auditoriodetenerife.com/en/contact-us and on 922 568 625, where they can also answer all your queries Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, except holidays.

Buying the tickets implies the user unconditionally accepts the contents of the measures implemented by the Teatro El Sauzal to prevent the spread of COVID-19. You can read them on www.teatroelsauzal.com.