In his native Mexico, Hiram Marina is a well-known theater director and producer who’s helmed shows involving more than a hundred performers at once, for audiences that numbered in the tens of thousands.
After a couple of years of regularly traveling back and forth from Mexico to Connecticut, where his wife is from, Marina moved to Southington eight months ago. Eager to continue in his established career, he’s testing the waters with a single performance of a one-woman show, in the 80-seat Carriage House Theater on Farmington Avenue.
The show is “Frida Kahlo: Long Live Life,” about the celebrated Mexican painter who died in 1954. Marina and his wife Lauren have translated and adapted a 1998 script by Mexican playwright Humberto Robles. The production stars local actress Yari Castro.
“This show has been seen in over 20 countries, but in Spanish,” Marina said in a phone conversation last week. “This production is the first one in English, and it is the first time I have directed a play in English.” He and Lauren Marina have added “specific American jokes” to the show and made some other changes based on cultural differences they’ve perceived between American and Mexican audiences. “We worked for six months on the script,” Marina says.
The director is a longtime admirer of Kahlo’s life and work. He has visited the Frida Kahlo Museum in Mexico City and says, “I can’t believe what Frida Kahlo did in the 1940s and ’50s, fighting for freedom.” He is a strong believer in women’s rights. “My last production was about a woman. Now my wife, Lauren, is changing my life a lot. She is a wonderful…
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