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Oregon-based theater company to perform "Frida, un retablo" at New Mexico State

The New Mexico State University Department of Theatre Arts and the American Southwest Theatre Company (ASTC) will present Teatro Milagro to Las Cruces with a new work titled "Frida, un retablo." The Oregon-based company will perform "Frida" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, at the Hershel Zohn Theatre on the New Mexico State campus.

Maya Linda Malan-Gonzalez plays the young Frida in "Frida, un retablo."

myth and cult figure Frida Kahlo was born a Mestizo of European and Mexican parents. Art became her escape from polio, a bus accident and numerous surgeries that left Kahlo in constant pain. Her dark, braided hair and distinctive bird-wing eyebrows are portrayed in more than 200 self-portraits.

The Miracle Theatre group is the largest Hispanic arts and culture organization in the Northwest. For more than six years, Teatro Milagro, the bilingual touring company of Miracle Theatre, has toured throughout the West Coast, Mexico and Canada, presenting original Latino plays about important global issues.

"Frida, un retablo" is a journey into the life of Kahlo, who is played by company artist Ina Stauss. Kahlo's artist husband, Diego Rivera, is played by Omar Vargas. Danel Malan and her daughter, Maya Linda Malan-Gonzalez, will play the old and young Kahlo, respectively.

"Frida, un retablo" will play for one performance only. For information and reservations call the New Mexico State and ASTC box office at (505) 646-4515.

Photo is available at http://ucommphoto.nmsu.edu/newsphoto/gonzalez_maya.jpg.
CUTLINE: Maya Linda Malan-Gonzalez plays the young Frida in "Frida, un retablo."

Sarah Wheeler
March 19, 2002