Amusement with five voiced letters

By Lilia Trápaga

The theater group El Caldero (The Cauldron) will present a new production based on the book Las vocales malditas (The Damned Vowels) by Mexican writer Oscar de la Borbolla. In adapting it for the stage, the goal is to transform the reader’s individual experience into a collective one. In this work, De la Borbolla, with his remarkable wit and knowledge of the Spanish language, offers us five short stories, each one written with words that contain only the same vowel. The titles are intriguing: Cantata a Satanás (Satan’s Cantata), El hereje rebelde (The Heretic Rebel), Mimí sin Bikini (Mimi Without Bikini), Los locos somos otro cosmos (Madmen Are Another Cosmos) and Un gurú vudú (A Voodoo Guru).

Las Vocales Malditas(The Damned Vowels)
Thu–Sat /Jue-Sab, Jun 19–21, 8pm
Teatro Santa Ana
La Biblioteca, Reloj 50A
100 pesos; 50%
estudiantes y maestros/students and teachers

The narrations open the door for us to a universe in which black humor, subversion and irony permeate.

The cast includes (in alphabetical order) Marcia Armenta, Paloma Defendini, Jesús Ibarra, José Luis Mendoza Aubert, Eduardo Mora, Edna Orenday, Víctor Rivadeneyra and Francisca Salcedo. Patrick Johnson T. executes lights and sound. Lilia Trápaga directs.

Performances will take place on June 19, 20 and 21 in Teatro Santa Ana at La Biblioteca.

The show is in Spanish, and in the playbill there will be a synopsis in English. The performance is not suitable for children.


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