Teatro Milagro to Perform a Tribute to Frida Kahlo
September 11, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Illinois Wesleyan University’s Office of Multicultural Student
Affairs again welcomes Teatro Milagro, which will perform on campus their critically
acclaimed work FRIDA, un retablo on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Westbrook Auditorium of Presser Hall (1210
N. Park St., Bloomington).
The production, which is free and open to the public, will be presented at Illinois
Wesleyan as a part of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which formally begins on Sept.
15 and continues through Oct. 15.
Based in Portland Oregon, Teatro Milagro is one of three performance companies belonging
to the Miracle Theatre Group, the Northwest’s premiere Latino arts and culture organization.
Teatro Milagro’s production of FRIDA, un retracto is supported in part by The Bloomfield Foundation, Carpenter Foundation, El Centinela,
El Hispanic News, Juan Young Trust National Endowment for the Arts, New Belgium Brewing,
Oregon Arts Commission, The Equity Foundation, Powells.com, Regional Arts & Culture
Council, Target, Herbert A. Templeton Foundation, The Ventura Group, and Wells Fargo.
Written and directed by Olga Sanchez, FRIDA, un retablo brings to the stage the story of Frida Kahlo, one of Mexico’s most revered and iconic
painters. Last performed five years ago, the production has been reworked, now bringing
even more vividly to life the imagination of the artist who famously said, “They thought
I was a surrealist, but I wasn’t. I never painted dreams, I painted my own reality.”
Two actresses will portray Kahlo; Dael Maln as the older Frida and Maya Maln-Gonzalez
as the younger. Omar Vargas returns in the role of Diego Rivera, Kahlo’s sometimes-estranged
husband. Matthew Preston will play several roles, including Kahlo’s lover Leon Trotsky,
Andr Breton and Julian Levy. Art Viloria composed the production’s music and Tomas
Rivero designed and painted its signature mural.
For additional information about Hispanic Heritage Month, visit the Multicultural
Student Affairs Web site at http://www.iwu.edu/multicultural/index.html. For additional information about Teatro Milagro, contact Casa Latina Cultural Center
at (309) 556-3412.
Contact: Teresa A. Sherman, (309) 556-3181