"… a wonderful play… absolutely rivetting … astounding … if you have ever wondered about the power of theatre, go see this show”. CBC Toronto
Gloria Montero's award-winning Frida K., written for her daughter, actress Allegra Fulton, takes place on the day of Frida’s first and only solo exhibition in her native Mexico. Devastated by broken health, Frida reminisces and rages as she recounts her tormented marriage to muralist Diego Rivera, his many infidelities, her own affairs with Trotsky and others, all told against a background of the fashionable art scenes of Paris and New York, the Mexican Revolution and the Spanish Civil War. As Frida prepares not only for her exhibition but for her approaching death, she reveals how a life of crippling pain has been transformed into paintings of terrifying power.
Frida – who lived intensely through the political and artistic revolutions that shaped the 20th century – is truly a woman of our time. Vulnerable and provocative, Frida is a classic modern heroine. The myth she fabricated out of the tragedy of her life holds its own beside those of Medea, Antigone and Electra of ancient times.
Frida K. was first produced in the Toronto Fringe Festival with Metal Corset Co., in 1994, starring Allegra Fulton and directed by Peter Hinton. From 1995 to 2011, Frida K. was produced in Canada, the UK, the USA, Spain, Czech Republic, Sweden, Poland, and Latvia. The play has won rave reviews and received multiple awards.