In Detroit and around the world, two of the biggest troublemakers ever were Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. And for three nights this week, you can catch a unique telling of their story.
Created by author, journalist and Kresge Literary Arts Fellow Louis Aguilar, “The Troublemakers: Frida And Diego In Detroit” tells the story of two of the giants of the art and political worlds.
The multimedia presentation uses sophisticated narration, dramatic readings, projected imagery and original music to bring to life the creation of Rivera’s “Detroit Industry,” one of the world’s most famous installations, incredible murals adorning the walls of the Rivera Court at the Detroit Institute of Arts. When made, Rivera and Kahlo were under fire from the public and their patrons alike for their politics and their work.
There will be three performances, Tuesday, March 20 through Thursday, March 22, at the Elizabeth Theatre, above The Park Bar, 2040 Park Avenues, Detroit, Michigan, 48226. The show begins each evening at 8 p.m. and is staged in commemoration of Detroit Industry’s 79th anniversary.
Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students with ID. For reservations, please call Elizabeth Theater Box Office at (313) 444-2294 for tickets and additional information. Click here for online info.
The image above is a detail from the North Wall of Detroit Industry. For details on the work, please visit the DIA online. Better yet, go in person.
For an online review of an earlier production of the show by Imagination Station, please click here. The Detroit News published an article by reporter Aguilar on the artists, available online here. Again, it’s better yet to go see the show in person.
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