FRIDA K. By Gloria Montero
Directed by Peter Hinton
Set & Costumes by Ken Garnhum
Lighting by Bonnie Beecher
Sound Design by Troy Slocum
Starring Allegra Fulton
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Nearing the end of her life, Frida Kahlo, painter, iconoclast and revolutionary, prepares for her first and what would ultimately be her only solo exhibit in her native Mexico, and in so doing she excavates her life in painting, politics and love. Critically-acclaimed but never particularly famous while she lived, Kahlo was the wife of Mexican mural painter Diego Rivera, whose public life and large work often overshadowed her own.
Daughter of an epileptic Hungarian-Jew forced to emigrate to Mexico, Kahlo suffered polio as a child and was nearly killed in a bus accident in her teens. Nonetheless, she lived a passionate life, never allowing herself to be seen as a victim. Her story is one of survival and defiance in the face insurmountable pain. Frida K. celebrates the triumph of Kahlos experience and her creative transmutation of that pain into beauty.
Ten years after the original production, the dynamic Allegra Fulton revives the role of a lifetime. In celebration of the centenary of Frida Kahlos birth, this co-production with Go Diva Productions Inc. / Citadel Theatre (Edmonton, Canada), and the National Arts Centre English Theatre ( Ottawa, Canada )pays tribute to an artist who brought to the world of international painting the face and reality of womens' experience.
"Frida Kahlo is Theatre. A brave and vigilant narcissist, witty and troubling. A speaker of suffering, she articulates what is taboo and felt in the pain of experience. A perfect match to the passionate, articulate and dramatic talents of Allegra Fulton."Peter Hinton (Director)