The Frida Kahlo Theater Presents the Los Angeles Premiere of the *Award-Winning Bilingual One-Woman Show “Chela”

In honor of the “International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women,” Grupo Teatro SINERGIA and Teatro Frida Kahlo Theater presents emerging playwright and actor Dulce Maria Solis’ award-winning play, “Chela,” on November 20, 21, 22, and 23, 2008 at 2332 W. Forth Street, Los Angeles, CA 90057. Tickets are $20.00. Discounts are available to seniors, students, ESL students, and SAG and AFTRA actors. For tickets call 213-382-8133 or 323-206-2114.

Los Angeles, CA, October 11, 2008 --( **Immigrant women face a higher rate of domestic violence than American born women. They face compounded challenges if they decide to leave due to culture differences, language barriers, and lack of financial resources. One study reveals 48 percent of Latinas reported that their partner’s violence against them had increased since they immigrated to the United States…and that 51 percent of intimate partner homicide victims were foreign-born. Chela is the true story of one such immigrant.

Chela is an intimate biography of the writer and actor’s, Dulce Maria Solis, mother.

This ninety minute play chronicles the seemingly illogical and unreasonable ways in which Chela reacts and copes with sexual assault, verbal and physical abuse by her mother and husband, an almost absent father, fifteen miscarriages, and immigrant status. At times, the way in which Chela deals with the events in her life are funny, other times it is disheartening, but most of the time her actions are poignant illustrations of an unexamined life. And it is not until her life somewhat improves, that she starts to question the events in her life, and the first thing she questions is what really should be happening in the bedroom.

Dulce Maria Solis has performed at the Actor’s Alliance Festival at the Lyceum Space (San Diego REP) and won Outstanding Female Performance. She also performed at the Centro Cultural de la Raza and California State University of San Marcos.

Grupo de Teatro SINERGIA’s programming is made possible, in part, by grants from the Departmen of Cultural Affairs, City Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, California Arts Council, National Endowment of the Arts. Art Partners. The William Reagh Los Angeles Photography Center is operated in partnership with the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles.


* This is a Bilingual Performance
*** Due to the explicit nature of the program, under 18 will not be admitted without parental Accompaniment.
Dulce Maria Solis
Dulce Maria Solis
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