Chela: A True-Life Dramatization of Love, Lunacy, Violence, and Sexual Taboos
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The last date listed for Chela was Wednesday October 20, 2010 / 8:00pm.
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Featured review from Javier Valencia
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I saw Chela at Casa 0101 and loved it so much then that I planned on seeing it again with family. This time around, at the Santa Monica Playhouse I brought my Mom to see this amazing one woman performance. As I did before, I will highly recommend Chela to more family and friends. In fact I will take the opportunity to see it again. Great story and an incredible performace!
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LMAO. Perfectly executed thrill ride of a comedy play which will give you bipolar bouts of joy and sadness, mostly joy. I took the wifey and she raved about Dulce's performance, we were both laughing on our way home. Must see while you can.
Based on the true-life story of the playwright’s mother, award-winning writer/performer Dulce Maria Solis, Chela yields a tragic and comedic tale of love, lunacy, domestic violence, and sexual taboos. As the oldest girl of fifteen in a poor Mexican Family, Chela rides and slaughters pigs for the family’s meals, rises to marble queen in street competitions, and chases boys away from her precocious sister. This tumultuous, but simplistic childhood ends when the mixed agendas of her mother and the men who surround her, thrust her into a series of tragic events. Forced to immigrate illegally to the United States and tricked into a loveless marriage, Chela recounts her struggle to reclaim her sexuality and a life worth living for.
Dulce Maria Solis has performed at the Actor’s Alliance Festival at the Lyceum Space (San Diego REP) and won Outstanding Female Performance. She has also performed Chela at the Centro Cultural de la Raza and California State University of San Marcos in San Diego, the Frida Kahlo and CASA 0101 Theaters in Los Angeles and at the MECA theatre in Houston, Texas.