Cast Reflects on Staging Kiss Of The Spider Woman, Comments From the Actors and Director

KISS SPIDER

By Alan Jordan, Christian Baumgartner, and Rodrigo Demian

 

My journey with Kiss of The Spider Woman started several years ago. As a director, I have to ruminate and spend a lot of time with a play before I agree to direct.

This extraordinary play is seldom produced in its original state. It has been adapted into an award-winning film and an award-winning musical. In my opinion, it’s a masterwork by one of Latin America’s most unique novelist/ playwrights. Like Tennessee Williams and other great playwrights, Manuel Puig unleashes his own life experiences onto the stage for all to see. His romantic images and desperation live out loud in the character of Molina and his anger at a society that didn’t accept him rages in the character of Valentin.

Valentin does not look down on Molina because he is homosexual so much as he finds a commitment to homosexuality a selfish waste in a world that cries out for political reform. To Molina, Valentin’s political philosophy is an airy abstraction that does not measure up to the individual need for love and passion.

Put these disparate souls in a prison cell in 1970s Argentina, and we have a harrowing tale of love, intrigue, and betrayal.

¾Alan Jordan (Director)

 

Kiss of The Spider Woman is for me a great opportunity and a great commitment. It is an exquisite text, which gives the opportunity to show endless emotions and investigate complex relationships of human behavior.

Working under the talented leadership of director Alan Jordan and with my friend Rodrigo Demian gives me the confidence to launch myself into the creation of such an ambitious project. I hope to present something that was born in our hearts. “Art is an act of love.”

¾Christian Baumgartner (Molina)

 

Theater has always been a magical and somewhat dangerous thing for me because it can work as an endless path of self-knowledge and awareness. (That’s why most actors prefer to play deep complicated characters, I think). But it also seems like there’s a risk of going so deep you could lose it, which actually makes it even more interesting and fun. In that endless process of discovering and learning, having an interesting play, a nice crazy character, and a good director is all you really want.

I’ve worked with Alan Jordan before, in An Act of God at the Shelter Theater, and I can say without a doubt that he’s one of the best directors I’ve ever worked with.

Christian Baumgartner, with whom I’ve worked many times in the past, is most likely the best actor we have here in San Miguel. Kiss of The Spider Woman is a play that seems to be so challenging in so many ways that taking into account the great artists I’m working with, it just represents a huge and rare opportunity. I just feel lucky and grateful that I’m part of this production.

¾Rodrigo Demian (Valentin)

 

Kiss of the Spider Woman

By Manuel Puig

Starring Rodrigo Demian and Christian Baumgartner

Directed By Alan Jordan

Feb 22–March 4

Thu and Fri, 7pm

Sat, 3pm and 7pm

Sun, 3pm

Shelter Theater, Vicente Guerrero 4

Tickets: 250 pesos, reserved seating

Online: sheltervg4.com

In person: Tesoros at Biblioteca

 

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