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In Deconstructing “O,” Mamet’s Oleanna Gets a #MeToo and DACA Overhaul

By John Wharton

It’s the most important live theater moment of the summer season: join us for a seething exploration of political correctness, at a time when the nation’s morality has been tested by increased incidents of sexual harassment.

Deconstructing “O” is a dynamic reimagining of a 1990s classic play illuminated and inspired by DACA “Dreamers” and the #MeToo movement. We recently interviewed the play’s director, Christian Baumgartner, and castmembers Ivette Pizarro and Alan Jordan about their upcoming show:

Shelter (S): Ivette, what attracted you to this part?

Ivette (I): I feel for my character, Norma, because she’s a Latin immigrant. I see a lot of Mexican deportees here in San Miguel in tragic circumstances. I can identify because my father was a Cuban immigrant and had a lot of the same traumas.

S: Why is this play relevant?

Christian (C): Because of what’s happening in México and the world with the #MeToo movement, it’s more relevant than ever. Sometimes, such calls for justice are needed, but other times one can be accused of sexual harassment with no proof. A famous Mexican musician just committed suicide last week because of an online accusation.

S: How does this adaptation approach #MeToo?

C: The intriguing part of the script is that you can take either side—or both. It’s really up to the audience who’s right or wrong. We wanted to show how fragile that line is by showing the perspectives of the characters.

S: What was the inspiration for including a Dreamer in this adaptation?

Alan (A): Take a moment to think about this, that people are really living in these situations. The most important theater is involved in the real struggle of life!

Caja Negra’s string of successful San Miguel productions include: Kiss of the Spider Woman, An Act of God, Wiesenthal, Building the Wall, The Tricky Part, By the Waters of Babylon, I Am My Own Wife, Diary of a Madman, and House.

Deconstructing “O, starring Ivette Pzarro and Alan Jordan, runs July 11–21. Tickets are only available online at

Shelter Theater is an easy 10-minute walk down from the Jardín! Visit for our map, a list of events, and online tickets. Send ticketing questions and comments to Find our logo on the Que Pasa map in the upper left-hand corner.


Live Conference

“Exploring Patriarchy and the Negative Feminine”

Fri, Jul 5, 5pm

150 pesos


Live Music/Variety

Open Mic

Tue, Jul 9, 7pm

80 pesos (includes drink)


Live Theater

Deconstructing “O”

Thu–Fri, Jul 11–12, 7pm

Sat–Sun, Jul 13–14, 3pm

Shelter Theater

Vicente Guerrero 5

300–350 pesos


Ivette Pizarro

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