Camino Real Productions Presents KITTY & LINA 3/21-3/29
Camino Real Productions presents Kitty and Lina by Manuel Igrejas
Directed by Linda López McAlister, March 21st through March 29th at the Wells Fargo Auditorium , National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico (1701 4th Street SW). Then the production moves to Teatro Santa AnaIn San Miguel Mexico, April 1st through April 5th
"Grand sets and high-kicking chorus lines are nice, but a simple idea well executed is all you need for an engaging evening of theater. Kitty and Lina . . . fills that bill nicely." NY Times
"Four stars. Deeply affecting." Time Out New York.
Camino Real Productions is one of the several new theatrical production companies founded in Albuquerque in recent years. It is the brainchild of veteran actor/director Linda López McAlister and its inaugural production was Still Life: A Theatrical and Musical Portrait of Georgia O'Keeffe and Frida Kahlo by Harry Clark that played to record houses at the Wells Fargo Auditorium at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in May, 2006, followed by an equally successful run at the Teatro Santa Ana in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
Camino Real's second production, Kitty and Lina by Portuguese-American playwright Manuel Igrejas, opens this month (March 21 through March 29) as part of the National Hispanic Cultural Center's annual March Women and Creativity series. It consists of exquisite portraits of two women from different parts of the world and different ends of the age spectrum, both of whom are dealing with the joys and struggles of living in New York City. Kitty (Tawni Vee Waters) is a twenty-something aspiring actress from Texas, half Anglo and half Mexican-American, who is finding that being a pretty girl is not always all it's cracked up to be and is finding out who she really is. Lina (Nancy Jeris, who portrayed Georgia O'Keefe in Still Life) is an immigrant from Portugal who escaped her arranged marriage and through pluck, luck, and a little on the side, had a big career in publishing in New York City. Now she's retired, her long-time lover has a new young wife and family, and, though she still loves New York, she's finding that there are new challenges for a woman of a certain age.
McAlister was attracted to this play for a number of reasons, starting with the fine reviews it received when it opened in New York at Manhattan Theatre Source in April 2008. She could also see herself in both characters: the half Anglo, half Mexican-American young woman who goes to New York to be an actress and the 70-something woman who has had a successful career and is now dealing with the challenges of aging. She believes these women's stories have universal resonance and will speak to audiences of all ages and backgrounds.