Cita a ciegas (Blind date) was a genuine case of love at first sight for director Andrée Ruth Shammah. An absorbing thriller, an intriguing entanglement of apparently casual encounters in which violence, apprehension and humour twist among loving relationships. A blind man is sitting on a park bench in Buenos Aires. He’s a well-known philosopher and writer – clearly inspired by Argentinian author Jorge Luis Borges – who has the habit of enjoying the morning air. One morning, his contemplation is interrupted by a passer-by: from here on a series of encounters and dialogues reveal links between the characters which are increasingly disturbing, mysterious and sometimes unexpectedly funny.
Like Borges, who grew up speaking and writing English and Spanish and lived in several countries, Diament is an intercultural writer, an emigrant and an exile who writes about Argentina, about identity and isolation, just as the great Argentinian poet did.
Cita a Ciegas is the most-often performed of Mario Diament’s plays worldwide. Considered his masterpiece, it played for five years in Buenos Aires as well as in numerous theatres in South America (Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Panama, Mexico, Dominican Republic). Meanwhile, in the states it has been staged in Miami, Washington, Dallas, Arizona and New York; in Europe it has appeared in Paris, Stockholm and the Miskolc National Theatre in Hungary. A Spanish production is scheduled for 2019 in Madrid. With a script by Andrée Ruth Shammah, Cita a ciegas is presented for the first time in Italy, with the title “Confidenze fatali” by Mario Diament.