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Theatre Production to Celebrate Lives of Three Hispanic Women

(Posted September 15, 2003)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- A musical theatre experience performed by one actress and a small instrumental ensemble will explore the lives of three Latina women in ?Tres Vidas,? performed at Juniata College by the Core Ensemble at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 22 in Rosenberger Auditorium in Oller Hall.

The performance is free and open to the public. The performance is part of Juniata?s celebrations for Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15).

The play celebrates the lives of Frida Kahlo, a celebrated Mexican artist and painter; Rufina Amaya, a survivor of a Salvadoran Army massacre in El Salvador; and Alfonsina Storni, an Argentine poet.

The performance will be acted by Georgina Corbo, a New York City-based performer who has appeared on ?Law and Order,? ?One Life to Live? and ?Sesame Street. Her performance will be accompanied by musicians Tahirah Whittington, cello; Hugh Hinton, piano; and Michael Parola, percussion.

The performances depict moments in the lives of the three powerful women. The performance segment on Kahlo, whose life story was recently celebrated in the Oscar-nominated movie ?Frida,? will outline the painter?s strength in overcoming a series of debilitating injuries and a tempestuous marriage to artist Diego Rivera. The segment on Rufina Amaya dramatizes her harrowing experience as the sole survivor of the El Mozote massacre in El Salvador. The final segment celebrates the life of Alfonsina Storni, a poet and newspaper columnist in Argentina.

The performance will incorporate traditional folk music and dance. The piece was written by Marjorie Agosin, who has written more than 20 books of poetry, fiction and literary criticism. She is the author of ?Ashes of Revolt: Essays on Human Rights,? ? Dear Anne Frank,? and ?A Map of Hope: Women?s Writings on Human Rights.?

Contact John Wall at wallj@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3132 for more information.