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The Cast of Kiss Tells All

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By David Johanssen

Although acclaimed Argentinean novelist/playwright Manuel Puig wrote Kiss of the Spider Woman 40 years ago, the multilayered, intensely compelling tale of love, betrayal, and intrigue remains timeless. Now Shelter Theater is proud to host this important story as Caja Negra presents the original stage play in English, from February 22 to March 4. Advance tickets are available at Tesoros, in the Biblioteca, and online at

We recently had a chance to interview the cast of Kiss of the Spider Woman:

Shelter: Alan, as the producer/director, why did you choose this play for San Miguel audiences?

Alan Jordan: I think it’s important in Mexico to celebrate Latin American literature and Latin American actors. These are professional actors who are very talented and bilingual. This is a challenging piece of work seldom presented in its original form and in English.

Shelter: How did such a daring play get written 40 years ago?

Alan Jordan: Manuel Puig wrote from the heart. He was ostracized and bullied for being gay. I think this was his catharsis, a way of dealing with his pain.

Shelter: Christian, what is the biggest challenge with this play?

Christian Baumgartner: Well, the play is in English, but I have always wanted to do it. Working with Alan and Rodrigo was just too great an opportunity to pass up.

Shelter: Rodrigo, how do you feel about doing your first nude scene onstage?

Rodrigo Demian: I’m pretty relaxed about it. There’s nothing gratuitous about it. The nudity is totally justified in the script as an important part of the story.

So, where the heck is Shelter Theater? Nearby—an easy 10-minute walk from the Jardin. Google us or find our logo on the Que Pasa map in the upper left-hand corner. See our calendar at for dates and online tickets. Please note: prepaid tickets are released at showtime with no refund.


Live Theater

Kiss of the Spider Woman

Fri, Feb 23, 7pm

Sat, Feb 24 and Mar 3, 3pm and 7pm

Sun, Feb 25 and Mar 4, 3pm

Thu and Fri, March 1 and 2, 7pm

250 pesos

All events are in Shelter Theater, Vicente Guerrero 4


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