This article studies the dramas HP (2007) and Las niñas araña (2008) by Chilean dramatist Luis Barrales. The analysis of these works suggests that the construction of the characters as marginal subjects forms an image of the materialism that reigns in Chile's postdictatorial space. This image arises from the articulation of a hierarchical structure that reproduces centric and peripheral spaces. To give shape to it, these two dramas resort to diglossic speech acts and to the imitation of certain contemporary references coming from pop culture and crime reports. In short, the resulting image is an illusion of the marginal in the context of Chilean neoliberal logic.