Rochelle and Max Levit Stage
Ursula, or let yourself go with the wind
written, directed and performed by Frida Espinosa-Müller
original music and sound design by Armando Monsivais
production consultant Elise Thoron
Friday, February 14 8:00pm
Saturday, February 15 2:30pm
Saturday, February 15 8:00pm
This workshop production is performed in Spanish with English subtitles, Ursula tells the journey of Nadia, a 7 year-old, separated from her mother after seeking asylum at the US-Mexico border. As Nadia waits for her asylum to be processed, she reflects on the difficulties she is leaving behind in Honduras and the new reality she is facing. Live, original music from Armando Monsivais will take audiences into Nadia’s mind as she tries to make sense of all that is happening around her.
FRIDA ESPINOSA-MÜLLER (Playwright) is a Mexican-born artist. She holds her BFA in Dramatic Literature and Theatre at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (U.N.A.M.) and studied physical theater at the Dipomado Teatro del Cuerpo (DTdC) in Mexico City. In Mexico City, she was part of the Company Tespis from 1992 to 1997, founded her own company in 1999 called Seudópodos, and was a member of the Artistic Ensemble of El Laboratorio de La Máscara from 2002 to 2004. In 2005, Frida moved to Dallas to join Cara Mía Theatre Resident Ensemble, where she has served as an actress, designer and teaching artist. Frida teaches theater, puppetry and visual arts as part of Cara Mía’s Educational Programs for Youth. She has adapted, written and directed several children’s plays that are part of Cara Mia Theatre’s Educational touring repertory. Frida has also served as director, editor and ensemble on the Broadway en Español Series, a collaboration with the AT&T Performing Arts Center and Cara Mía Theatre.
Her designs for Cara Mía Theatre include puppetry, costumes and masks for The Magic Rainforest, and TEOTL: The Sand Show, puppets and props for Crystal City 1969, and Bless me Ultima, and props for Tina’s Journey and Nuestra Pastorela. Frida has also designed masks for the University of North Texas’s production of The Siege of Numantia, and costumes and masks for Dallas Children’s Theatre Yana Wana’s Legend of the Bluebonnet.
Some of her favorite roles include: Trinculo in Espejos/Mirrors, the Nurse in Romeo and Julieta, Dolores in Zoot Suit, Rosa in Lydia, the title role in Yerma, the Mother and Death in Blood Wedding, Niña in Nuestra Pastorela, Alicia in The Dreamers: A Bloodline, Abu in Deferred Action (in collaboration with the Dallas Theater Center), Mami and Lila in Yemaya’s Belly, Lupe in De Troya, Gog in Gog and Magog, Tina in Tina’s Journey and Ultima in Bless me, Ultima.