As COVID-19 forces us to shelter-in-place, Kiss of the Spider Woman powerfully reminds us that the human imaginationKissOfSpiderWoman Photo allows us to dream a different reality – political or personal – from the distorting one in which we find ourselves imprisoned.

Manuel Puig’s compelling story of two strangers thrown together in a prison cell during the Argentinian military junta began as a novel in 1976. It went on to become a play, a movie, and a musical. Through a special arrangement with the author’s estate, BAT is producing a performance reading of the stage play on November 1, at 2 pm; Nov 7 at 8 pm; and Nov 8 at 2 pm (PST). Get your tickets (Zoom link) by donating HERE.

Set in a small prison cell, Kiss of the Spider Woman explores the developing relationship of revolutionary Valentin Arregui Paz and his cellmate Luis Alberto Molina, a homosexual who has apparently been 'planted' to sniff out the secrets of Valentin's Marxist group.

These two appear to have nothing in common, but Molina begins winning over his cellmate Valentin by weaving Molina's version of a 1940s movie plot. The movie is a dreamy love story of thwarted desire, longing, and intrigue. But what is Molina’s motivation? Is it possible to begin telling stories as a snare, only to find that they bring freedom? And might kindness make as much of a contribution to societal change as an armed struggle? Things are not always what they appear to be.

The cast:

Molina : Justin Charles
Valentin : Bruno Camacho Jiménez
Live Music : Josh Zimmerman
Zoom Director : Roy Arauz

The show contains a little adult language and some sexuality.

Like all of BAT’s Shelter-in-place Season II, this is a pay-what-you-can fundraiser for BAT. Due to COVID-19, some of us are not making the money we used to, but that should not keep you from enjoying better live theater. Whether you give $1 or $10,000, BAT would love to see you at the show! Get your tickets (Zoom link) by donating HERE.


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