Tony Award winner Priscilla Lopez (A Chorus Line) will portray Mexican painter Frida Kahlo in Dolores C. Sendler's Goodbye My Friduchita, running July 6-Aug. 7 at The Directors Company. Michael John Garces (Dreaming in Cuban) directs.
Friduchita blends dance, music, projections, puppetry and drama into the life story of painter Frida Kahlo. Kahlo, who married fellow artist, the muralist Diego Rivera, carried on affairs with men and women, favored communism and suffered with her own demons.
Goodbye My Friduchita played seven months at the Coconut Grove Playhouse in 1997-98. Sendler's other works include The Day the Pope Came to Town and a musical adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea.
Lopez, who first became prominent in her OBIE-winning role of Morales in A Chorus Line, won the Tony for Best Featured Actress as Gino in 1980s musical Marx Brothers takeoff, A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine. Other Broadway credits include The Sisters Rosensweig, Nine, Pippin and Company.
Also in the Friduchita cast are Mexican actress Anilu Pardo, Claudia J. Arenas, David Anzuelo and Bill Torres. Torres replaced the previously announced Isaiah Cazares. Designing Friduchita are Troy Hourie (sets), Mimi O'Donnell (costumes), Robert Williams (lighting), William Padilla (sound) and Elaine McCarthy (projections).
Tickets ($25-$20) are available by calling the Directors Company box office at (212) 712-7458. The Directors Company is located at 311 W. 43th Street.
-- By Christine Ehren