Las Mujeres by Erlina Ortiz and Directed by Tamanya Garza @ West Kensington Ministry, Philadelphia [from 8 to 17 March]

Las Mujeres by Erlina Ortiz and Directed by Tamanya Garza

8 - 17
19:30 - 21:30

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West Kensington Ministry
2140 N Hancock St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19122
Power Street Theatre Company with the collaboration of West Kensington Ministry presents Las Mujeres by Erlina Ortiz and directed by Tamanya Garza, a play centering the voices of distinguished womyn from Herstory’s past. Las Mujeres will premiere at West Kensington Ministry in March 2018 for Womyn’s Herstory Month- preserve our herstories, defend our womynhood, and share culture through art for social change!


What: Power Street Theatre Company (PSTC), the only Womyn of Color led multicultural company in Philadelphia, invites you to experience Las Mujeres by Erlina Ortiz. Las mujeres means “the womyn”, and in this modern adaption of the feminist play Top Girls by Carol Churchill, Ortiz weaves the narratives of Latina womyn from throughout herstory, and how their own struggles and triumphs mirror the challenges womyn face today in our patriarchal society. This play is predominantly in English, however, there will be a synopsis for each scene available in Spanish.

Pre-show: Doors will open one hour before each performance. PSTC in partnership with Galaei’s youth program will exhibit an artistic project entitled, El Altar based off of the play Las Mujeres. In conjunction to the youth exhibition, PSTC is also partnering with New Voice Philadelphia to screen a series of interviews highlighting various Womyn of Color in positions of leadership in Philadelphia entitled Voices de Mujeres.

Where: West Kensington Ministry- 2140 N Hancock St, Philadelphia, PA 19122

When: Community Night (International Womyn’s Day)- Thursday, March 8th (7:30 pm)
Opening Night- Friday, March 9th (7:30 pm)
Saturday, March 10th (7:30 pm)
Monday, March 12th (7:30 pm)
Thursday, March 15th (7:30 pm)
Friday, March 16th (7:30 pm)
Closing Day- Saturday, March 17th (3:00pm & 7:30pm)

Play Synopsis:

“Those of us who make a difference are the ones they don’t expect to fight back.”- Las Mujeres

Las Mujeres is a journey through time as we meet the famous Latinas of Herstory's past. Marlene, a workaholic engineer who wouldn’t call herself a feminist, has just been the only womyn at her firm promoted to a managerial position. After a devastating encounter, Marlene finds reality has faded away and her kitchen becomes… a party. The guests? Frida Kahlo, Rita Hayworth, Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, and Minerva Mirabal. Don’t know them? You will. These remarkable womyn share their stories of art, and Revolucion! with the comfortable and complacent Marlene, but will she wake up?

Tickets: Ticket prices range from $10-$25. Tickets are available by visiting; Ticketleap or arriving to the Box Office for Las Mujeres one-hour before each performance, located at West Kensington Ministry (2140 N Hancock St, Philadelphia, PA 19122).
*Must show ID for discounts: Industry, Students, Senior Citizen, Veterans and Community Residents
*Childcare included with all ticket sales, must RSVP to guarantee slot.
*To RSVP for childcare please email: [email protected]
*To RSVP for group sales email: [email protected]
*High School students 18 years old and under are free of charge. Must RSVP for groups of 10 or more.

Gabriela Sanchez as Marlene
Krystal Lizz Rosa as Lena
Lorenza Bernasconi as Rita Hayworth
Anjoli Santiago as Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz
Marisol Custodio as Minerva Mirabal
Diana Rodriguez as Frida Kahlo

Artistic Team:
Playwright: Erlina Ortiz
Producer: Gabriela Sanchez
Assistant Producer: Kaelem Von Camper
Director: Tamanya Garza
Assistant Director: Erlina Ortiz
Production Manager: Asaki Kuruma
Stage Manager: Jamie Brooke
Set Designer: Yoshi Nomura
Costumer Designer: Asaki Kuruma
Lighting Designer: Ro Gauger
Sound Designer: Daniel Ison
Projection Designer: Gabriela Sanchez
Props Master: Jamie Brooke

Power Street Theatre Company (PSTC) is home to a collective of fierce multicultural and multidisciplinary artists dedicated to the mission of empowering marginalized artists and communities of color throughout Philadelphia and beyond. PSTC is a program of Culture Trust Greater Philadelphia.

West Kensington Ministry shared faith compels us to move in to action and serve our community with the resources we have. We serve creatively and faithfully from providing space for concerts, youth programming to keep our youth safe, operating recording, ceramic and silk-screen studios and engaging ourselves in issues from poverty to immigration reform and the reform of the criminal justice system.

New Voices Philadelphia promotes the complete health and well-being of Black women and girls in the Greater Pittsburgh Region, Pennsylvania and Ohio. Reproductive Justice is our innovative framework to engage Black women and girls in local, national and global movement-building for Human Rights, Racial and Gender Justice.

Galaei is a queer [email protected] social justice organization. Queer acknowledges and represents the mosaic of sexual and gender identities within our communities. [email protected] represents the multiracial, multicultural experience of Latinidad. Galaei embodies the common history of resistance and resilience of [email protected] and queer people. We are unwavering in our commitment to the advancement de nuestra familia through leadership and economic development, sexual empowerment, and grassroots organizing.
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