Portrait of Pioneer


LAS TRES MARIAS Documentary Mask Play

Direction, production, dramaturgy, acting, mask confection Isabel Burr Raty


Financed by Council of Culture and Arts XI Region Chile

Sponsored by Wallonie Bruxelles in Chile / Spanish Cultural Center / UCC Channel Bicentenario / ACCA of CONAMA / Eduardo Cifuentes’s Photography / Municipalities of: Chile Chico, Cochrane, Caleta Tortel, Villa O’Higgins, Puerto Ibáñez and Puerto Tranquilo / SERNAM XI Aysén Region / Balmaceda Arte Joven / Pan Semilla / Vinos Bouchon

After the British, Spanish and Chilean explorers had exterminated all the indigenous nations in Chilean Patagonia, i.e: Caucahue, Aónikenk, Selk'nam, etc., the Chilean government opened the doors for pioneers to inhabit these lands. The new incomers came from the north of Chile and from Europe, settling along 800 km of exuberant territory. In this mask monologue, Isabel Burr Raty embodies three pioneer women (including her grandmother) who look at their life and future projects. This theatrical document unfolds the feminine story and contradictory reality of Jurassic lands that become ambitious tourism and energy projects.

Theatrical document – The Concept


Three maries is a combination of Comedia Humana, which is the modern version of Commedia dell’Arte, with documentary film. Both the masks and the film, perform as a unity by telling stories that back then had not been documented in a theatrical form. This theatrical document was designed to travel and be performed in unofficial performing spaces.

Play Tour

In 2006 this mask play toured all along the villages of the most southern part of the Austral Highway, from Coyaique to Villa O'higgins. Because at that time there were no theaters around, Las Tres Marias performed in public spaces and schools, communal centres, gyms, bringing theater to people that had never seen theater before.


Acting Direction Gonzalo Losada & María Ignacia Bouchon Camera Antonio Quercia, Daniela Morales, Isabel Burr  Editing Camila Montero & Luis Portcarrero Integral Design Sergio Torretta Scenography Fernando Meneses Graphic Design Francisca Armas Costume Design Marjory Araya Technicians José Joaquín Ovalle & Enrique Llano Creative Advisors Pía Beckmann & Fernando Meneses

Financed by Council of Culture and Arts XI Region Chile


60 mins

Created in 2005 Played in theaters such as Teatro Lasterrea 90, Galpon 7, Teatro Nescafe de las Artes and public spaces such as Bilblioteca de Satiago and played over 150 times until 2009 in Chile





March: Austral Highway Chilean Patagonia tour, villages: Chile Chico, Puerto Bertrand, Cochrane, Caleta Tortel, Villa O’higgins & Puerto Tranquilo

June: Centro Cultural de España, Santiago

July: Season in Teatro Balmaceda 1215, Quinta Normal, Santiago

September: Season at Teatro Lastarria 90, Santiago

November: Season at Teatro Galpón 7, Santiago



January: Season at Festival de Teatro Festival Off, Galpón 7, Santiago

January:  Season at Centro Cultural “El Sofá”, Santiago

January: La Legua, Santiago

September: Centro Cultural “Ainil”, Santiago



June: Season at Biblioteca de Santiago

September: Season at Biblioteca de Santiago



October: Season at Museo Benjamín Vicuña Mackena, Santiago