Goodman Theatre’s 2016 production of Roberto Bolaño‘s masterpiece novel, 2666, has been filmed and is now streaming worldwide—you can view it free. The original 15-member all-Chicago cast plays 80 roles.
The play, which ran 5.5 hours including three intermissions, tells the story in five linked parts set in five distinct time periods and geographic locations. The novel was adapted by Robert Falls and Seth Bockley, who also co-directed the production.
The film version runs just under five hours and you can view the four parts separately; each runs 68-80 minutes. Start here to view 2666.
Bolaño, a Chilean native, lived in Mexico, Paris and Spain before his 2003 death. His works include nine novels, two story collections and five book of poetry. 2666, his final novel, begins with four academics searching for an enigmatic German author, Benno Von Archimboldi, and ends in Berlin at the beginning of the Nazi era. One act is set in a fictitious Mexican/US border town where police officers behaving badly face the inexplicable murders of hundreds of women. Santa Teresa, the fictitious town, is inspired by Ciudad Juarez, where a similar series of feminicides took place starting in 1993.
Read our review of the Goodman production of 2666. I called it a beautiful mess and said, it “has a sense of madness and tragedy that builds through the five acts.”
The play has not been staged since, because of the running time, five distinct sets and the large cast.
The stage-to-digital production and free streaming is funded by the Roy Cockrum Foundation, which sponsored the Goodman’s 2016 world-premiere production.