Dramatizing the healing process from child abuse is a daring task that Mexican-American playwright Mario Golden undertakes in his new tragedy, "The Love of Brothers." Theater for the New City will present the play's world premiere run March 5 to 29, directed by Andreas Robertz. The work ventures into dangerous and uncharted waters, depicting two gay siblings who reproduce scenarios of their childhood traumas in order to heal each other psychically. This leads them to incestuous acts. The play is shocking, but it is also an object lesson in love and sacrifice that we would all do well to heed.
The tragedy is the story of Rogelio and Sergio, siblings who live together in San Francisco. They were born in Mexico City to old money and brought to the U.S. in their childhood by their now-deceased parents. Sergio, the younger brother and a budding novelist, was abused as a child. Rogelio, his older brother and a successful painter living with AIDS, was unable to intervene and stop the crime. Weakened by fulminating cryptococcal meningitis, he seeks to atone for this before he dies.
As the play opens, Rogelio informs Sergio that he's decided to both stop painting and discontinue the use of the medication that's preserving his life. Terrified by the implications of this, Sergio tries to dissuade him, and when he fails, resorts to seducing him. The brothers slowly and unwittingly shut out the outside world, sepulchering themselves in their apartment. Their new arrangement delivers initial comfort, but soon the doors of their past fly open. The brothers' childhood traumas are revealed to be driving both of them to risky self-sacrifice.
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