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My Child, My Love: Sin Excepciones


By David Johanssen

It takes courage for a child to say, “Mom, I’m gay,” especially in conservative Mexico. In a new play, renowned Mexican actress Laura Sotelo presents the story of how she came to accept that her child is gay. It is a personal story that she hopes will change the hearts of parents across Mexico.

Having performed on stage, in film, and on TV for over thirty years, we recently interviewed Laura about her original Spanish-language show, Sin Excepciones:

Shelter: Why did you want to bring this production to San Miguel de Allende?

Laura: San Miguel is so incredibly romantic, but there is a lack of information about sexual diversity. What do you do when your child says, “I’m gay”? Do you reject him? Do you accept him? With my play, I want to touch the hearts of parents, to help them understand and accept their gay children.

Shelter: What is the most important part of your play?

Laura: To change the minds of family and society. If after leaving the theater, a mother arrives home, hugs, asks forgiveness of her child who has been rejected for being different and says “Let’s talk,” then this story will have fulfilled its mission. Rejection and homophobia often begin in the home, [which is] supposed to be the safest place. Hopefully, the message of the play will be clear even for non-Spanish speakers.

Sin Excepciones premieres Jun 30 at Shelter Theater, tickets available at the Biblioteca tienda[MA1] Tesoros and online at

Friday, Jun 22 at 5pm: Weinstein, a new documentary that chronicles the once-powerful Hollywood producer’s long fall from the top, thanks to the “Me Too” movement, and investigates Harvey Weinstein’s demeaning treatment of women over four decades, even as many stars enabled and protected him.

Saturday, Jun 23 at 6pm, don’t miss the magic of Cirque de Soleil on San Miguel’s biggest screen with the best sound. If you haven’t seen this incredible blend of acrobatics and dance with surreal sets and costumes, you are guaranteed to be blown away!

Shelter Theater is an easy 10-minute walk down from the Jardín! See our calendar at for dates and online tickets. Find our logo on the Que Pasa map in the upper left-hand corner. We reserve the right to refuse service due to our limited handicapped access. Write for details.


Documentary and Discussion


Fri, Jun 22, 5pm

100 pesos



Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away

Sat, Jun 23, 6pm

120 pesos


Live Music/Variety

Open Mic

Tue, Jun 26, 7:30pm

70 pesos (inc drink)

Documentary and Discussion

Organic Food: Hype or Hope?

Wed, Jun 27, 5pm

70 pesos



Once Upon a Time in Mexico

Fri, Jun 29, 5pm

100 pesos


Live Theater

Sin Excepciones, starring Laura Sotelo

Sat, Jun 30, 7pm

150 pesos


All events are in Shelter Theater, Vicente Guerrero 4



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