Genny Lis Padilla plays Frida, with James Harrell on guitar, written and directed by Brigitte Viellieu-Davis
It is El Dia de Los Muertos or Day of the Dead in Mexico, the day it is believed that the dead can be summoned to visit the living, and the spirit of Frida Kahlo comes back to to tell us the tale of her life and inspire us with her joy in being alive, even in the face of pain and heartbreak. The iconic Mexican painter, activist and maverick of her time illuminates her work and struggles through monologue, song and images of select paintings she created in her brief life. Frida will rouse in each spectator the glory of the imagination and the will to embrace our existence in spite of all odds.
This theater production is an hour in length and is in English, with 6 songs in it in Spanish. It was originally performed in Urban Stages Educational Theatre Festival in New York City this past October to very enthusiastic audiences. It is accompanied by a power point presentation of Frida's art.
March 2nd, 2009