On the one hand, playwright Isaac Gomez presents a docudrama cataloging despicable acts of violence against women just across the Mexican border in Juarez, Mexico, based on his own interviews with the people there. On the other hand, that often moving, sometimes harrowing material is put into a meta framing device that is more distracting than revelatory. Del Castillo arrives on stage dripping wet, doffs her umbrella and coat and complains about the audition she just left where she was asked to play a character named Cha-Cha who was no more nuanced than her name suggests. She then sits down to a table reading of a play by her friend Isaac Gomez, whom she addresses offstage in breaks from the actual play.
Off Broadway Review: ‘The Way She Spoke’ With Kate del Castillo
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Her talent and luck and ethnicity pay off. He makes you think of your papi, who jerked your mother around for years and scorned your independent spirit, but then bragged about your books. He calls you from pay phones. And damned if you can keep from talking about him and telling him how much better women are, how much better you are. Some women love them, but like as not the women are bisexual and glad of it, and the men were lapses of good sense. She tells you about her business--a metaphysical bookstore--and her drinking and her history with Rosie.
An Antidote for Women Who Get Bitten : LOVERBOYS. By Ana Castillo (W. W. Norton: $21, 224 pp.)
Mexican actress Kate del Castillo is an international star. In , she gained a new kind of attention after a fateful meeting with Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. She joined us recently for an episode of "Salon Talks" to discuss this play, which she says is the ballsiest work she's ever done, the fall-out from her El Chapo meeting and why the world needs more men — not women — like her. This show is based on the real life story about the femicide, the violence against women, in Juarez, Mexico. It's actually the journey the author [playwright Isaac Gomez] took down to Juarez.
America Is Not the Heart is an epic, intergenerational story following several women in one family. In search of a new life in Milpitas, she joins her uncle Pol and his family: his wife Paz, and Roni, his eight-year-old daughter, who was born in the US. Castillo began writing America is Not the Heart as a quite different story. The Paz Hero meets decades later is a woman who worries about appearances and is all too aware of the importance of class. The book clicked for Castillo when she moved on to Hero, who carries most of the narrative.