The purpose of our Theater Company is to provide Manhattan with top-notch performances, beautiful aesthetics and relevant theatre. The Company is formed by a small group of artists who have been trained by Andrea Dantas, so that the artistic vision for all projects in development can have consistency. Given the nature of some plays, guest actors also trained by Miss Dantas are invited to join the company for a particular production.
About the Play
VATICAN FALLS, a fictional work based on factual accounts and events, takes on the Catholic sex abuse nightmare by chronicling the journey of one survivor amidst the backdrop of the (still) ever-growing scandal. The epic work bounces back and forth in time and location.
The story centers on Riccardo, late 20s, an Italian-American survivor based in Rome, Italy. Riccardo is a member of SCAR (Survivors of Catholic Abuse Refuge), a group of survivors who initially band together to seek an apology from the Vatican but decide retribution is the only way to counter the Church’s unrepentant complicity in the scandal. These strong-willed militants apprehensively turn to terrorism and are led by a trans revolutionary who goes by the name, Vi.
Seemingly by chance, Riccardo meets the stunning Claudia, a devout Roman. After an unconventional courtship, they fall in love. Alas, neither is who they appear to be. Claudia is a Vatican operative whose sacred mission is to keep tabs on Riccardo. And he has orders to watch her every move.
As the play unfolds, we meet Riccardo’s paradoxical abuser, Father David, and become privy to his turbulent home life with his pious but troubled mother, Teresa. Riccardo must come to terms with his abuse and how his relationship with Father David forever permeates his identity, psychologically, sexually and spiritually. In confronting his past, Riccardo must also decide how far he is willing to go to exact revenge on an impervious institution, realizing his choices could cost him his dignity and humanity.
About the Play
FRAGMENTED FRIDA IS AN ORIGINAL ONE WOMAN SHOW THAT TELLS THE JOURNEY OF MEXICAN PAINTER FRIDA KAHLO.
Fragmented Frida tells the story of the unbroken spirit of a broken woman. This timely piece explores the life, and seeks to capture the essence, of the audacious artist, Frida Kahlo, who overcame seemingly insurmountable adversity. The work presents a complex Frida as revolutionary, provocateur, activist, self-reflexive painter and as a woman in need of love and validation. Frida was a Mexican Jewish bisexual feminist, four strikes, even in the most progressive times. Fragmented Frida taps into the tremendous resilience that allowed this titanic figure to examine her own life and suffering via the canvas so it could be forever preserved as art.
Andrea Dantas (Creator/Writer/Frida Kahlo)
Christine Renee Miller (Director)
John Mcnulty (Hair, Make up & Costume Design)
Kia Rogers (Lighting Design)
Steven Medina (Set Design)
Matsy Stinson (Production Design)
Justin West (Projectionist)
Victoria Ratermanis (Production Manager)
Thiago Felix (Movement Coach)
THE HUFFIGNTON POST
"While today Kahlo is regarded as a figure of strength and courage, it was important for Dantas to capture the softer, more vulnerable aspects of her personality to show how, despite the mythical status she achieved, she was an emotional, fallible human being."
"A uniquely beautiful production."
"Fragmented Frida tells the story of the unbroken spirit of a broken woman."
EYE ON THE ARTS
"The production goes by quickly—a testament to the rich content of Frida’s personal life, certainly, but also Dantas’ excellent performance."
"Frida resonates deeply with everything that is going on today."