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A Mother’s Love, Sin Excepciones


By David Johanssen

In a new one-woman show, 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.

Sotelo has performed on stage, in film, and on TV for over 30 years. We are delighted to host her at Shelter Theater for her original Spanish-language show, Sin Excepciones.

According to Sotelo, although San Miguel de Allende is a tolerant city, there is a lack of information about sexual diversity. What does a mother do in this conservative culture when her child announces he is gay? Do she reject him? Do she accept him? In her one-woman show, Sotelo shares her experience, hoping to help parents understand and accept their gay children.

Sotelo’s goal is to change the minds of family and society. Rejection and homophobia often begins in the home, which is supposed to be the safest place of all. If after leaving the theater, a mother arrives home, hugs and promises unconditional love to a child who has been rejected for being different, her story will have fulfilled its mission. Hopefully the message of the play will be clear even for non-Spanish speakers.

Sin Excepciones premieres June 30 at Shelter Theater. Directed by Nestor Navarro. Tickets available at the Biblioteca tienda, Tesoros, and online at

Filmed mostly in San Miguel, the 2003 film Once Upon a Time in Mexico is a star-studded tribute to our gorgeous colonial home, wrapped in an exciting tale of Mexican politics and drug wars. You’ll love to see all the shots of familiar places around town as well as enjoy the work of Johnny Depp, Salma Hayek, and Antonio Banderas. See it today, Friday, June 29 at 5pm—only at Shelter!

We continue our classic film series on Friday, July 6, at 5pm with Treasure of the Sierra Madre. Local classic film buff Edward Verona hosts John Huston’s 1948 treasure-hunt classic starring Humphrey Bogart, playing a drifter down and out in Tampico. As critic Roger Ebert noted, “The movie has never really been about gold but about character. Bogart fearlessly portrays a pathetic, frightened, selfish man.”

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.



Once Upon a Time in Mexico

Fri, Jun 29, 5pm

100 pesos


Live Performance

Sin Excepciones starring Laura Sotelo

Sat, Jun 30, 7pm

150 pesos


Live Music/Variety

Open Mic

Tue, Jul 3, 7:30pm

70 pesos (inc drink)


Classic Film

Treasure of the Sierra Madre

Fri, Jul 6, 5pm

100 pesos


All events are in Shelter Theater, Vicente Guerrero 4


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