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Tres Vidas


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Tres Vidas 
8:00pm-10:00 p.m. , McManus Theater 
An evening-length work based on the lives of three legendary Latin American women: Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, Salvadoran peasant activist Rufina Amaya and Argentinean poet Alfonsina Storni.
Written by Marjorie Agosin and directed by Matthew Wright.
Sponsored by Messina. A Messina The Visionary Theme-Wide Event
Admission is FREE to all members of the Loyola Community and the General Public


Tres Vidas Cast Picture Tres Vidas celebrates the life, times and work of three significant Latin and South American Women: painter Frida Kahlo of Mexico, peasant activist Rufina Amaya of El Salvador and poet Alfonsina Storni of Argentina. With storylines including Frida Kahlo’s dramatic and passionate relationship with painter Diego Rivera, Rufina Amaya’s astounding singular survival of the massacre at El Mozote and Alfonsina Storni’ life long challenges as Argentina’s first great feminist poet, Tres Vidas presents dramatic situations timeless in their emotional appeal and connection to audiences across all gender and ethnic spectrums.

With a script written by Chilean poet/writer Marjorie Agosin, Tres Vidas offers powerful portrayals of each woman and includes the singing of traditional Mexican folk songs as well as Argentinean popular and tango songs made famous by Mercedes Sosa and Carlos Gardel. Additional music by Astor Piazzolla, Orlando Garcia, Pablo Ortiz, Alice Gomez, Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Michael DeMurga and Osvaldo Golijov round out the musical score.

Since 1993, the Core Ensemble has toured nationally to every region of the United States and internationally to England, Russia, the Ukraine, Australia and the British Virgin Islands. The Ensemble was the recipient of the 2000 Eugene McDermott Award for Excellence in the Arts awarded by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has received support from the State of Florida Department of Cultural Affairs, New England Foundation for the Arts, Palm Beach County Cultural Council, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music and the Virgil Thomson Foundation.

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About the Writer: Marjorie Agosin

Since the mid-1980’s Marjorie Agosin has emerged as one of the leading voices of Latin American feminism in the United States. Agosin is the author of almost twenty books that include poetry, fiction and literary criticism. She has won several distinguished prizes including the Letras de Oro Prize for Poetry, the Latino Literature Prize, and the Morgan Institute Prize for Achievement in Human Rights. Scholastics Magazine chose Agosin as 1998 Latino Mentor of the Year.

Marjorie Agosin was raised in Chile. When Agosin was in her teens, rumors of an impending coup led her immediate family to move to the United States. Her family settled in Georgia where Agosin took an undergraduate degree in Philosophy from the University of Georgia. She went on to take a Ph.D. in literature from Indiana University where her doctoral dissertation concentrated on the work of Chilean writer Maria Luisa Bombal.

Agosin is the author of: Bruias y also mas/Witches and Other Things, Ashes of Revolt: Essays on Human Rights, Dear Anne Frank, A Map of Hope: Women’s Writings on Human Rights and Angel of Memory. She is currently a Professor of Spanish at Wellesley College and was recently named a fellow to the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University.

About the Music

Music in the show ranges from popular and folk songs from the Mexican, Salvadoran and Argentinean cultures, to transcriptions of works by Astor Piazzolla, to new music written especially for the Core Ensemble by composers Osvaldo Golijov, Orlando Garcia, Pablo Ortiz and Michael DeMurga.

About the Director:  Matthew Wright

Matthew Wright is an actor, director and theatre educator whose work has taken him across the United States.  As an actor he has appeared at such nationally acclaimed regional theatres as The La Jolla Playhouse, The McCarter Theatre, The Clarence Brown Company, The Studio Arena Theatre and Trinity Repertory Theatre.  He has worked with many wonderful theatre artists including directors Des MacAnuff, Tina Landau, Anne Bogart, and Oskar Eustis and a roster of award-winning actors.  His work as a director has included such diverse works as Brand, Hedda Gabler, Three Sisters,  Ivanov, Misalliance, On The Verge, Harvey, Holy Ghosts and three multi-disciplinary pieces with CORE Ensemble. He has served on the faculties of The Ohio State University, Wright State University, and Florida Atlantic University. He is currently Associate Professor of Theatre at Oberlin College.


Questions for further reflection and discussion: 

1. How are these women visionaries? 

2.  How did gender influence the life work of each of these women?  



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