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Frida Kahlo at the Teatro Ángela Peralta

By Luz Ma. Chávez

Humberto Robles is a contemporary Mexican playwright. Even if you are not familiar with his name, you may have seen one of his plays such as Women of Sand, Amadeus, or Neither Princesses, Nor Slaves. His work has crossed borders and has been translated into different languages. Born in Mexico City in 1965, Robles began his career writing scripts for theater, television, and film. His work consistently intrigues through hints of activism, mostly relating to topics about the condition of women in Mexico, including tragic issues such as the disappearance of women in Ciudad Juárez.

Frida Kahlo ¡Viva la Vida!
Thu, Oct 22, 8pm
Teatro Ángela Peralta
100, 120, and 150 pesos

Robles successfully incorporate a sense of humor into his work to address social issues and injustice. In every script, he exposes audiences to a broad spectrum of emotions, causing them to experience laughter and shock, as well as the richness of the very Mexican use of double entendres.

Acknowledgements awarded to Robles include the National Drama Award for Emilio Carballido in 2014 and the Theater Journalists Association Award in 2001 for Frida Kahlo: ¡Viva la Vida! This latter work, which has already been shown in nine countries, will be presented for the first time in San Miguel de Allende on October 22, in the Teatro Ángela Peralta. Considered a jewel of Mexican theater, it is a play based on real documents and materials from the artist. During the performance, Frida narrates various episodes of her life, from the festive to the most dramatic. The work also represents a turning point for the image of the Mexican woman. It is a spectacle that goes beyond theater and includes dance, song, and visual media to take the audience to the heart and thoughts of Frida Kahlo—no matter what language you speak.

If you want to get to know one of Humberto Robles’s most acclaimed works, don’t miss the theatrical performance of Frida Kahlo: ¡Viva la Vida!


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