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Theatre play "To DIE:GO in Leaves by Frida Kahlo" in Dallas until 12 March

07 March 2023

This “purely, intoxicatingly theatrical” production, inspired by Frida’s paintings and biography, tells a story as much through movement and imagery as dialogue.
With performances in both Spanish and English, To DIE:GO in Leaves by Frida Kahlo is still extremely relevant twenty years after its debut.

In the Cara Má Theatre's production of "To DIE: GO in Leaves by Frida Kahlo," two actresses will play Frida Kahlo.

Each Maryam Baig and Frida Espinosa Müller interpretation of Kahlo is unique. Müller has translated Baig's 2003 original play into Spanish, nearly 20 years after Baig first wrote it. Despite the fact that the two women were born on opposite sides of the world, they connected with Kahlo.

We can all recognize a part of ourselves in Frida Kahlo because she is so truly, blatantly vulnerable, according to Baig.

Baig, who was raised speaking Urdu and was raised in Karachi, Pakistan, will take on the English-speaking character of Kahlo. Müller, a Spanish-speaking actor who was born in Mexico City and raised there, will play the Spanish-speaking role of Kahlo

Müller and Baig are keen to point out that Kahlo's well-known double self-portrait, "The Two Fridas," is suggestive of their dual approach to the part.

The theme of juggling several identities as a gender-fluid, mixed-race individual with impairments is frequently explored in Kahlo's artwork. Because to the fact that the character is being played by two women, Baig and Müller may express Kahlo's diversity through their own viewpoints and experiences.

Compared to 20 years ago, Baig has more resources and life experience while she is acting in the play today. She also has another Frida who can translate the narrative into Spanish. But her initial will to accomplish more with less is a reflection of Frida Kahlo's capacity to create striking artwork despite suffering from melancholy, persistent pain, exhaustion, and a limb amputation.

Müller said the artist had the “capacity to enjoy life, to find her beautiful imagination, the place to survive, the place to create, the place to endure and somehow transform whatever was happening with her into something beautiful.”

Read the complete KERA News article at this link.

At the Latino Cultural Center, logistic details and info at the link below