A Multi-media Tale of the True, Epic Battle Over Diego Rivera's Art
The Elizabeth Theater, above the Park Bar, presents The Troublemakers: Frida and Diego in Detroit , Tuesday March 20 through Thursday March 22, 2012.
When Rivera and his then-unknown wife Frida Kahlo arrive in Depression-era Detroit, the two glamorous, brilliant Communists ignite a media-fueled controversy involving tens of thousands and ultimately help a bitterly-divided city find common ground. They also produce modern masterpieces.
Kresge Literary Artist Fellow Louis Aguilar's script is based on the actual words said by the artists as well as the many passionate words said by Detroiters in defense or opposition of the artists. Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Stephen McGee has created visuals based on more than 100 archival photos. Blue Note recording artist Jessica Hernandez has composed a score based on sounds collected at the Ford Rouge Plant.
The ensemble cast of The Troublemakers includes Kresge Performing Arts Fellow Valeria Montes (AKA La Chispa flamenco dancer) and Hubert Massey, one of the few African American artists who paints in the same fresco style as Rivera. Other cast members include novelist Lynn Crawford and author Dan Austin; journalists such as Putlizer Prize winner Charlie LeDuff, WDET's Martina Guzman and Detroit News editorial writer Ingrid Jacques; musicians such as hip-hop artist Invincible and legendary rock producer Jim Diamond, founder of Ghetto Recorders. Other local artists and community leaders are also featured.
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