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Caja Negra’s Final Kiss


By Alan Jordan

San Miguel de Allende’s Caja Negra has quickly developed a reputation for presenting provocative literature from the world stage. Its productions have included House, Diary Of A Madman, I Am My Own Wife, By The Waters Of Babylon, The Tricky Part, Building The Wall, An Act Of God, Wiesenthal, and now Kiss of The Spider Woman.

Caja Negra reprises its production of Kiss of The Spider Woman after a sold-out run this past February. The four final performances happen tonight, Friday at 7pm, Saturday at 3pm and 7pm, and Sunday at 3pm.

Many of our theatergoers, foreign and Mexican, request that we repeat certain productions. A chance to revisit a play with fresh eyes is both a treat and a new challenge for the actors and director. Both the actors and I have discovered new secrets in the text, and we continue to flesh out the two complicated characters of Molina and Valentín.

My experience working with actors Rodrigo Demian and Christian Baumgartner, as well as choreographers Ezequiel Agreda and Lupita Guerrero, has been inspiring.

Our task of taking a beautifully written script and breathing life into the typed words of a playbook is not taken lightly. As artists, we honor the playwright’s script, yes, but we must go much further than that in order to take our astute audience on a journey.

It helps enormously when there is support—in other words, working in an atmosphere of creative appreciation, calmness, and trust. That is what I have found at Shelter Theater, owned by John Wharton and managed by David Johanssen. Shelter is a boutique theater with 56 seats and an incredibly small stage. It’s the closest venue we have to a traditional black box theater. The small stage has worked brilliantly for the plays Caja Negra has presented.

In February 2019, Caja Negra will reprise our original version of An Act of God, which was a huge success in 2017. The original cast, Erik Zavala, Sebastian Vallin, and Rodrigo Demian, will recreate their roles. Performances will be February 7–17. It’s an hour and a half of comedy heaven.

Also in February, we welcome back Simon Wiesenthal the Nazi hunter for only four shows, one of which is already presold, February 28–March 3. Moving, powerful, and beautiful, this is Wiesenthal’s persistence and hard-won humor at its best.

July brings our unique take on Oleanna to San Miguel, starring Ivette Pizarro.



Kiss of the Spider Woman

Shelter Theater, final four performances

Fri, Dec 7, 7pm

Sat, Dec 8, 3pm and 7pm

Sun, Dec 9, 3pm

Reserved seating

250–300 pesos

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